If there’s one metric that most automakers chase these days it’s horsepower. From family wagons to three-row SUVs, they’re all making more and more power every year.
But there’s another metric that isn’t quite as mainstream, yet still remains a powerful indicator of vehicle quality and performance: top speed. Here are some of the world’s fastest cars.
1. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
It took a lot of engineering to get Bugatti’s Chiron Super Sport 300+ to hit a blistering 300 miles per hour. But once you’re behind the wheel, you can feel the thrill of that speed all the way through the chassis and engine.
The W16 quad-turbocharged powerplant combines eight liters of power with 1,500 hp, and that’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Its peak torque reaches 1,600 newton meters, and it’s only a couple of seconds behind the standard Chiron when it comes to sprinting from zero to 60 mph.
2. Koenigsegg Gemera
Koenigsegg’s latest hypercar is called the Gemera. It’s a hybrid two-seater that can accommodate four passengers and comes with plenty of features and benefits.
The car has three electric motors that power each rear wheel. It also has a twin-turbo 2.0-liter inline-three that puts out 592 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.
The Gemera can go from 0 to 62 mph in 1.9 seconds and can travel up to 31 miles on electricity alone. It also offers all-wheel drive and torque vectoring to keep the car stable at high speeds.
3. Ferrari FXX K Evo
The FXX K Evo is the latest track car from Ferrari. It debuted in late 2014 and combines a 6.2-liter V-12 and electric motor for a combined 1,035 hp.
The Evo is based on the LaFerrari, and its design is a combination of all the latest advancements used in the company’s racing cars. It also weighs less than the previous FXX K and sports a host of aerodynamic upgrades.
4. McLaren Speedtail
The McLaren Speedtail is a high-end, limited-production hybrid supercar that has been introduced to the market in 2018. It’s an impressive car.
Its powertrain is a 4.0-liter V8 engine that’s paired with a parallel hybrid system. This creates a combined 1035 horsepower that powers the Speedtail to 186 mph in 12.8 seconds.
It also has an impressive interior that includes three big screens and bleeding-edge technology. The windshield also features electrochromic glass that can darken at the touch of a button.
5. Pagani Huayra
The Pagani Huayra is a unique hypercar that is crafted using the highest level of craftsmanship. It features a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine sourced from Mercedes AMG, producing 730 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque.
The body of the Huayra is made from carbon-titanium HP62, which is lighter and stronger than conventional carbon fiber and more resistant to impact damage. The car also complies with US safety standards, offering dual-stage front airbags and traction and stability control systems.
6. Ferrari Enzo
The Ferrari Enzo is the most iconic supercar of all time. It is a highly sought-after car due to its unique exterior finish, which is only available on this particular model.
It was Ferrari’s flagship supercar of the early 2000s, and it introduced a number of new technologies that were revolutionary at the time. This included a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and paddle-shifted 6-speed transmission.
7. Aston Martin Vulcan
If you are looking for a car that is both track-focused and designed for racing, then the Aston Martin Vulcan is a great choice. It has a 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 that produces over 800 horsepower and can reach top speeds of 190mph.
It also features a carbon-fiber chassis that keeps everything light and strong. The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox and a carbon ceramic prop shaft.
8. Ferrari LaFerrari
The LaFerrari is one of the most extreme supercars ever built, and it boasts a unique blend of performance and efficiency. The car uses an F1-derived hybrid solution known as HY-KERS, which combines a powerful electric motor with a classic V12 engine to deliver 950bhp and 663lb ft of torque.
The car is based on a carbon fibre tub chassis that has been optimised for aerodynamics in the F1 wind tunnel. The aerodynamics are backed up by a sophisticated set of electronics that control everything from the traction control system to the suspension setup and active wings at both front and rear.
9. Rimac C_Two
Rimac is a 300-person company that makes bespoke electric vehicle solutions. The C_Two is their flagship hypercar, and it’s one of the most technologically advanced cars ever made.
It’s equipped with the world’s first AI driving coach, which uses 12 ultrasonic sensors, 13 cameras, and six radars to help you extract every last bit of performance from your ride.
Its four electric motors produce 1,914 horsepower, allowing the car to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds. Plus, it can go 404 miles on a single charge thanks to its 120-kWh battery pack.