The ultimate joy ride for luxury vehicle enthusiasts

 

Cars are becoming so much more than just a form of transportation these days. There are touch screens, sound systems, and even driverless vehicles, but most true car enthusiasts prefer to stick with the need for speed. Whether you prefer American muscle or exotic international models, these are the top five fastest cars in the world today.

5. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

One of the most popular supercars ever, this beast is the first of its kind produced in America. The Saleen S7 was produced from 2000 to 2009 and includes a whopping 7-liter, V8 engine that produces 550 horsepower. That was before the company decided to upgrade the vehicle to a twin turbocharged engine, which increased the horsepower to 750. The increase in engine power allowed the S7 to reach 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and complete a quarter mile in 10.5 seconds. It’s top speed of 248 mph places the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo as the fifth fastest car in the world.

Top Speed: 248 mph

4. SSC Ultimate Aero

For a brief period in the mid-2000’s, Shelby SuperCars had the fastest car in the world. Sporting a 6.3-liter, V8 twin turbocharged engine, the Ultimate Aero produces an astounding 1,287 horsepower. There is no electronic assistance to help control the power either, creating a purer driving experience for those that can handle it. In 2007, the Ultimate Aero reached a top speed of 256 mph, which is good enough to claim the fourth spot on our list.

Top Speed: 256 mph

3. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Bugatti is a brand known for its exotic luxury cars that travel at astronomical speeds, and Volkswagen wanted to carry on that tradition when it purchased the brand by developing the fastest production car in the world. VW achieved that goal with the production of the Bugatti Veyron, until it was passed up by the Ultimate Aero in 2007. They went back to the drawing board and developed the Super Sport. With a quad-turbocharged W16 engine producing 1,200 horsepower, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport tops out at 268 mph to claim the third slot on our list.

Top Speed: 268 mph

2. Bugatti Chiron

The Bugatti Chiron is the successor to the Veyron, and it is certainly better in almost every fashion. The Chiron hit 261 mph using street legal settings, but its exact top speed remains a mystery. Many experts believe that on a racetrack, the Chiron could beat the record set by the Hennessey Venom GT. Even though it is built like a racecar, you do not need to be a professional to drive it, as it was engineered to automatically adjust its machinery as the speed increases or decreases.

Top Speed: 261+ (Assumed to be above 270 mph)

1. Hennessey Venom GT

A super lightweight chassis combined with a 7-liter, V8 twin turbocharged engine that pumps out 1,244 horsepower equals the fastest production car in the world. The Hennessey Venom GT recorded a 270.4 mph run at the Kennedy Space Center, giving it the edge on the Bugatti Veyron. Although the Venom GT performed better and the Chiron is presumed to be faster, the Veyron Super Sport is still considered the fastest production car, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, but it’s only a matter of time before this monster claims the top spot.

Top Speed: 270 mph

Search