Let’s face it: most people will never experience their car’s top speed, no matter what it is. Outside of Germany, exceeding 100 mph is generally forbidden and just not a normal part of everyday life. Yet some automakers still tout and pursue max speed. If nothing else, it’s an indicator of their engineering prowess and bolsters a high-performance image. The magic number of 200 mph was once reserved for two-door supercars, but with horsepower thresholds loftier than ever, it’s attainable by a small number of production sedans as well.
Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli Trofeo – 203 MPH
Maserati’s Trofeo lineup includes two sport sedans capable of breaking the 200 MPH barrier. One is the full-size Quattroporte, which occupies the same segment as the BMW 7-series and Mercedes-Benz S-class. Slightly smaller is the Ghibli, with a wheelbase that is 6.4 inches shorter. At the range-topping Trofeo trim level, they are powered by a Ferrari-based 3.8-liter V8 with twin turbochargers. Both have 580 hp at their disposal, which is enough to propel either Italian sedan to a terminal velocity of 203 miles per hour.
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye – 203 MPH
The Hellcat Redeye is the most powerful Dodge Charger available, with 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque. According to Car & Driver, it’s good for a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds with proper throttle technique. Traction eventually becomes less of an issue, as speeds rise past 100 mph, which takes only 7.5 seconds to reach. Given enough space, Dodge says the Redeye will do 203 mph. With nearly 800 horsepower on tap, we have no reason to doubt it.
BMW Alpina B7 – 205 MPH
With access to unrestricted sections of the German Autobahn, BMW is no stranger to high-speed driving. Normal versions of the full-size 7-series will cruise at 120+ mph all day long. But only the Alpina-modified version has enough grunt to hit 205 mph. Per Road & Track, the tuning firm replaces BMW’s turbochargers and swaps out the pistons within its 4.4-liter V8. The result is 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque routed through an eight-speed and xDrive AWD system. Alpina’s engineers also rework the intake, exhaust, brakes, and suspension to match the increased output.
Bentley Flying Spur – 207 MPH
While Bentleys no longer fly down the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans, the company’s road cars are still available with race-worthy power levels. Its Flying Spur sedan can be optioned with the colossal 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 626 hp with the aid of twin turbos. Regardless of the 5300 lb curb weight, that’s sufficient thrust to propel a Flying Spur to 207 mph, given enough road or track.
Despite the fact that most owners will never see 200 mph, the engineering that allows such speed in a practical daily driver is impressive. The electric sedans of the future are already here, so these five could be the last of their kind with internal combustion onboard.