For sports car fanatics, there are tons of ways to measure a quality vehicle. Quick acceleration, measured in 0-60 ratings, shows off that massive adrenaline rush you can get, while some fans may point to aesthetics designs or even technical capabilities as sweet features. But the ultimate measure for speed freaks is top speed. This is most often tested on a long track, with a two-way run to account for wind. Afterwards, the average of the two runs is taken as the overall top speed.
The following cars on this list will only count production vehicles, which excludes any race-specific or custom tuned models. Production cars are defined by three factors: they are constructed with the intent of retail sale to consumers, there have been at least 20 vehicles made by the manufacturer, and they pass all official tests and regulations to ensure they are street-legal. Additionally, claimed top speeds will require a legitimate source as proof. The ‘fastest car in the world’ recognition has fueled something of a friendly competition between manufacturers, with companies going for the throat with each iteration. It is difficult to tell what the future holds for supercars in 2017 as theoretical top speeds and actual recorded top speeds vary greatly, but the bar of excellence will continue to rise.
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1. Hennessey Venom GT
It’s rare that there’s a new kid on the block, but every once in a while, a manufacturer will come out blazing for the trophy. American manufacturer, Hennessey, and their flagship Venom GT cranks out optimal performance with technical prowess. In 2014, on the Kennedy Space Center’s shuttle landing strip, this supercar registered an incredible 270.49 mph top speed. Although, it wouldn’t be an interesting competition without at least a bit of drama. On a technicality, some do not recognize the Venom GT as faster than the Bugatti Veyron SS since it was recorded on a single run. However, the American manufacturer claims that the successor to the Venom GT, the Venom F5 will raise the bar even higher.
2. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The previous king of the hill, the Bugatti Veyron Super Short, is by no means a slouch in the speed department. Based on the base mid-engine model, the Veyron Super Short features an increased engine power of 1200 PS, and an improved aerodynamic package. It has recorded a maximum top speed of 267.86 mph, making it easily the second fasted production road car in the world for several years since its creation. Funnily enough, the saying ‘burning rubber’ applies to this beast of a car, since its top speed is electronically limited to 258 mph in order to prevent its tires from disintegrating.
3. Koenigsegg Agera R
This supercar from Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg made its debut in 2011, and has proven that it’s a marvel of engineering. The Agera R was built upon the foundation of its predecessors by iterating on performance and aesthetics alike. Agera means “to take action” in Swedish, and this car delivers that in spades. It is powered by a 5L twin-turbocharged V8 engine, and has a recorded max speed of 260 mph. Not only that, but its braking capabilities is certainly impressive, with a braking distance of 30.5m for 100-0 km/h.
4. 9ff GT9-R
Based loosely off the Porsche 911, the GT9 from German tuning company 9ff jumps off the charts. The biggest difference compared to their source of inspiration is switching to a mid-engine design rather than rear-engine for improved weight distribution. With a 0-100 km/h rating of 2.9 seconds, it has excellent acceleration. Its top speed is 260 mph, and only 20 GT9-Rs were produced with the largest, and most powerful engine.
5. SSC Ultimate Aero
Holding the title of fastest production car in the world between 2007 and 2010, the American made mid-engined Ultimate Aero is a solid piece of work. In the most recent line, it features a 6.9L V8 engine with 1046 hp @ 6950 rpm, and recorded a maximum speed of 257 mph. While it is no longer the fastest car ever, it still holds its place among the top 10 in the world.
6. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
Incorporating twin-turbo style engines in their original version, this American hand-built supercar packs a punch. It can dominate a quarter-mile in just 10.5 seconds, and its top speed easily reaches 248 mph. Its 0 to 60 is just 2.8 seconds, while its 0 to 100 is just a hair under 6 seconds. The upgraded twin Garrett turbochargers increases is maximum power to 750 hp as well.
7. Koenigsegg CCR
Debuting in 2004, this vintage sports car claimed a maximum theoretical top speed of more than 245 mph, which was unheard of at the time. In 2005, the Koenigsegg CCR recorded a top speed of 242 mph, breaking the record that was previously held for 8 years by the McLaren F1. Its standing quarter mile measured at 9.7 seconds, while the 0 to 100 acceleration rating measured 3.7 seconds.
8. McLaren F1
This British designed and manufactured supercar was one of the original supercars to hit the streets. Back in 1998, it set a world record for fastest production car, reaching a top speed of 242 mph. This was especially impressive since it debuted in the 90’s, when supercars were still in its infancy and just starting to differentiate from simply tuned sports or muscle cars. For its achievements in automobile design, and for putting one of the first supercars built for public roads, the McLaren F1 is held in high regard.
9. Zenvo ST1
Built by a Danish company, Zenvo, the ST1 is a high performance supercar that combines a sleek aesthetic with an understated, but powerful performance. The Zenvo ST1 debuted in 2009, and only 15 cars were built and sold. It uses a turbocharged and supercharged 6.8 liter V8 engine that generates 1104 hp at 6900 rpm. It features a top speed of 233 mph. What’s more impressive is that it is almost entirely built by hand.
10. Ultima GTR
With a mid-engine and rear wheel drive layout, the Ultima GTR is an excellent sports car with specifications that do not disappoint. Despite its unconventional frame, it features a superior power-to-weight ratio than many other competitors. Its maximum recorded speed is 231 mph. One of the unique things about this vehicle is that you can order it as a kit, and build it to your specifications in your own garage.