The fastest cars in the world

Hold on to your butts: These are the fastest cars in the world

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Gumpert Apollo (225 mph)

The Gumpert Apollo remains one of the ugliest cars ever inflicted on the world, but what it lacked in looks, it made up for in speed. With a claimed top speed of 225 mph, it embarrassed many better-known supercars when it first appeared in the early 2000s.

The Apollo was the brainchild of Roland Gumpert, the engineer who led development of Audi’s first Quattro all-wheel drive system. Fittingly, it used a twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter Audi V8, which made 789 horsepower in top-spec trim. The car sold for north of $300,000 when new.

Perhaps because people wanted a car that was both good-looking and fast, Gumpert declared bankruptcy in 2012. It was subsequently reincarnated as Apollo Automobil. The company is currently in the process of launching two new supercars, the Intensa Emozione and Arrow.

Lamborghini Veneno (221 mph)

Sometimes you get what you pay for in life, and the Lamborghini Veneno proves it by appearing on our Most Expensive Cars in the World list as well as this one. That’s right, this $4.5-million supercar is actually quite the bargain if you manage to get your hands on one.

With a 6.5-liter V12 producing 750 screaming Italian ponies, this venomous Lambo approaches superbike levels of performance with a 0 to 60 time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 221 mph. The car also features an array of racing-inspired gadgetry, such as a quick-shifting ISR semi-auto transmission with five different modes, pushrod suspension, and horizontal damper units. There’s also the comic book/stealth fighter styling, which is worth the price of admission for some.

If you thought $4.5 million was a lot, you’ll love this — in 2014, a Veneno sold in Germany for a whopping $6.5 million.

Aston Martin One-77 (220 mph)

The One-77 is the most extreme road-going Aston ever — and the fastest. It may share a front-engined layout with “regular” Astons, but the One-77 is a completely different animal.

Only 77 examples were made, and each sports a 7.30-liter V12 producing 750 hp. Like the chassis, it’s based on an engine used in lesser Aston production models, but it’s both lighter and more ferocious.

Aside from its performance and jaw-dropping good looks, the most remarkable thing about the One-77 may be that Aston was able to create a hypercar without making many compromises. While it matches race-inspired mid-engined designs for performance, the One-77 still has the look and feel of something much more luxurious and well-rounded. It is, after all, the only front-engined car on this list.

The One-77 proves that incredibly fast cars don’t have to focus solely on performance. Its character is almost as special as its 220 mph top speed and limited production run.

Jaguar XJ220 (217 mph)

Jaguar XJ220

The XJ220 lost six cylinders and two drive wheels on the way to production, but it still managed to claim the title of fastest production car in 1992.

The original concept version featured a V12 engine and all-wheel drive, but the production model had to make due with a twin-turbocharged V6 and rear-wheel drive. Still, that was enough to get the XJ220 to 217 mph at Nardo once engineers removed the rev limiter.

However, it wasn’t enough to solidify in the car’s place in history. Buyers weren’t as impressed by the production version as they were with the concept, and a weak early ‘90s economy tanked sales. Sometimes being the fastest just isn’t enough.

McLaren P1 (217 mph)

McLaren’s successor to the F1 isn’t as fast, but it’s much more high-tech. Its 903-hp hybrid powertrain seamlessly blends electric and turbocharged V8 power, making the P1 one of the most capable performance cars ever made.

During the car’s press junket, McLaren said it emphasized the driving experience over outright top speed. Maybe the company didn’t think it could compete with Bugatti, or maybe it just thought organ-shredding lateral grip was a better way to torture customers than stratospheric speeds.

With a claimed lap time of around six minutes, the P1 also excels at a performance metric that’s almost become more important than top speed: the Nürburgring.

Ferrari LaFerrari (217 mph)

Along with the P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Ferrari LaFerrari is part of a trio of hybrid supercars that showed the world that performance cars don’t have to be (too) inefficient.

The Ferrari matches the McLaren for top speed and cleverness. Its 6.3-liter V12 is joined to a hybrid system modeled on the Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) used in Ferrari’s Formula One cars. Not only does the LaFerrari give its driver 950 hp to play with, it also provides the instantaneous response of electric motors to get things going.

Lamborghini Aventador S (217 mph)

Breaking up the holy trinity of today’s most innovative supercars is a decidedly old-school bully wielding one bludgeon of a powertrain. A 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 delivers 690 hp and 507 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In addition to its towering top speed, the Lamborghini Aventador S will explode to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

Compared to its million-dollar top speed contenders, the Aventador’s $400,000 price tag is a bargain. For that, you get one of the wildest designs of the last decade and a spine-tingling howl through the supercar’s center-exit exhaust.

Ford GT (216 mph)

The Ford GT isn’t your average supercar. Not that the term “average” normally applies to a high-end sports car but this one truly is different. Hear us out. Instead of a 12-, 10-, or eight-cylinder engine it surfs the downsizing wave with a 3.5-liter V6. The mid-mounted EcoBoost makes about 600 horsepower, which is less than the amount provided byDodge’s vaunted Hellcat engine, but it’s bolted in a carbon fiber body that weighs only 3,000 pounds. Take it around the right track and you’ll see 216 mph displayed on the speedometer.

McLaren 720S (212 mph)

Rather than mimicking its competitors, McLaren pushed its form-follows-function design language further to create the 720S’ exclusive shape. As impressive as the 720S may be at rest, it won’t make you giggle like a goon until wheels are in motion. Mated to the car’s carbon fiber monocoque chassis is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 tuned to produce 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Hold the gas pedal down long enough and you’ll travel at 212 mph.

Ferrari 812 Superfast (211 mph)

It’s all in the name: this car is, quite literally, super fast. It’s the Ferrari 812 Superfast, a front-engined, rear-wheel drive Italian powerhouse that absolutely inhales roadways. Its naturally-aspirated, 6.3-liter V12 engine makes 789 hp and 530 lb-ft. of torque while a dual-clutch transmission gets thepower to the tarmac. 0 to 60 mph takes under three seconds and it reaches 211 mph.

When you aren’t punishing pavement, the 812’s interior is a gorgeous mix of leather and high-tech equipment, offering drivers the best in modern grand touring. Ready to buy? Hope you have $320,000 to offer the prancing horse deity.

Porsche 918 Spyder (210 mph)

The last member of the so-called “holy trinity” to appear on our list, the Porsche 918 Spyder is everything we love about hybrid hypercars — incredible speed, high efficiency levels, and eye-opening applications of battery technology. It may be a hair less impressive than the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari in the top end, but with a maximum speed of 210 mph, the 918 is no slowpoke.

The Spyder can obviously hold its own on the straights, but the German is at its most comfortable on the track, where its all-wheel drive traction and unbelievable acceleration combine to take on the record books. In 2013, the vehicle lapped the Nürburgring in just 6:57, becoming the third-quickest production car ever to do so. It also holds the production car lap record at Laguna Seca.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso (208 mph)

If the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is lacking one thing, it’s an extra pair of seats. Fortunately, that’s where the GTC4Lusso comes in. Formerly known as the FF, Ferrari tweaked the four-wheel drive supercar’s styling a bit, added more power, and set the supercar off to the races. The F12’s 6.3-liter V12 finds its way under the GTC4Lusso’s long hood to the tune of 680 hp and 515 lb-ft of torque. Though it makes less power than the F12, its all-wheel drive system means the GTC4Lusso can best its 0 to 60 mph run by 0.2 seconds.

Four seats and four driven wheels could make this one of the best daily-driver supercars with all-season capability. Sure, it’s likely that if you can afford the car’s $300K asking price, you can afford a luxury SUV for winter weather, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right decision. Let the Italian play in the snow, won’t you?

Bentley Continental Supersports (209 mph)

It’s hard to make grand touring look any better than the Bentley Continental GT, and when the word “Supersports” is tacked onto the end, it means tremendous power. Now out of production, the Continental Supersports used a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine to produce 700 hp and an equally stunning 750 lb-ft of torque. All four wheels got a dose of grunt via a dual-clutch transmission. Level the hammer and the GT Speed gets to 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds and passes the 200-mph mark with enough runway.

Then and now, the Continental Supersports stands out as the fastest four-seater car in the world.

Audi R8 (205 mph)

The 200-mph benchmark is an important measuring stick for supercars, as that magical number proves a carmaker means business. It separates the men from the boys, if you will. In 2015, Audi finally broke into the 200-mph club with the second-generation V10 Plus model, which boasts an impressive top speed of 205 mph.

Perhaps more noteworthy than the coupe’s big V10 and all 610 of its German ponies is the vehicle’s balance. The car is extremely poised, with tons of grip and a trick suspension setup that can be sporty when you want it and soft when you don’t. The interior is even adorned with Nappa leather and other first-rate materials, because if you’re going to cruise the Autobahn at 205 mph, you might as well do it comfortably.

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