Let’s just pretend for a moment that we all had more money than Scrooge McDuck, plus milk baths, personal yachts, and a massive double decker bus that doubled as a food truck and served gourmet tacos to the polo team in your backyard every Tuesday evening. Life is good at the top of the totem pole, and from where the world’s elite sit, anything can be had for the right amount of money, including the fastest supercars ever made.
One of the big things on everyone’s agenda when they come into some money (or turn 16), is to go out and buy the biggest baddest hypercar on the market today. It’s elitist shopping at its very finest, and if you want to keep up with the damn Kardashians, or any other troop of financially over-endowed individuals, buying the fastest neck-snapping Ferrari out there is a great way to kick things off.
But despite all the changes that occur in the auto industry on an annual basis, there is one list that won’t see a whole lot of movement: the fastest production cars in existence. The need for speed has come a long way in the last couple of decades, and while the race to 300 miles per hour remains well underway, the engineering required to do so is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.
So in order to showcase what every billionaire yearns to possess, here are 10 of the fastest production cars on the planet today, excluding all vehicles that are tied for a particular position. According to TheSupercars.org, where the list first originated, vehicles that are not street legal are immediately disqualified, as well as concept cars and modified machines. This leaves us with 11 stock production supercars, each of which is ranked by its confirmed top speed, and not by horsepower, while theoretical top speeds that have not been proven are also disqualified.
11. Noble M600
Noble is a small company in England with a big horse in the supercar race. The M600 can muster 225 miles per hour (after hitting 60 in 3.4 seconds), thanks to a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that produces 650 horsepower. More impressive still is that the engine unit, before Noble gets its hands on it, originates from Yamaha, and was originally bred for the Volvo XC90 SUV. Tied at 10th place is the Gumpert Apollo, which can also hit the lofty 225 mile per hour mark.
10. Pagani Huayra
Despite its appearance — what with its gaping catfish fascia, and antennae-like mirrors — everything about the Pagani Huayra was designed for speed and lavish loads of luxury. With its twin-turbo AMG 6.0-liter V12, the Pagani delivers 720 horsepower that helps it max out at 230 miles per hour.
9. Zenvo ST1
Danish boutique supercar maker Zenvo is behind the ST1, a beast that can reach 233 miles per hour thanks to its supercharged and turbocharged 7.0-liter V8. While zero to 60 comes in just under three seconds, the fact that Zenvo built just 15 ST1s is almost equally impressive. They’re almost impossible to obtain, no matter how big your bank account is.
8. McLaren F1
Nearly 25 years after its introduction, the McLaren F1 is still about as legendary as a supercar can get. Capable of 241 miles per hour, the F1 is also still one of the fastest cars around. A 627-horsepower V12 — courtesy of BMW — is what helps the F1 hit 60 in just 3.2 seconds.
7. Koenigsegg CCX
Like the McLaren F1, the CCX will make it to 60 (62, really) in a mere 3.2 seconds, but unlike the F1, the Koenigsegg will do it with four fewer cylinders and two more turbos. That combination is good for 806 horsepower and propels the Swedish supercar upstart to a top speed of 245 miles per hour.
6. Saleen S7
One of the few American supercars ever built, the Saleen S7 has the chops to hold steady in fourth place with a top speed of 248 miles per hour — not too shabby considering the car left production in 2007. A 7.0-liter V8 with twin turbos gives the S7 750 horsepower on tap, allowing it to tackle the zero to 60 sprint in just 2.8 seconds.
5. SSC Ultimate Aero
Along with the Saleen S7, the SSC Ultimate Aero has helped boost America’s presence on our list of the world’s fastest. The 256 mile per hour car shares fourth place with the 9ff GT9-R, and its 1,000-horsepower twin-turbo V8 that makes it all possible. Notably, the Aero held the fastest car in the world title from March 2007 to July 2010, prior to being overthrown by the next four street legal monsters.
4. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The Bugatti Veyron was developed for breaking records, and needless to say, it’s done its job. The Super Sport — the even hotter version — can make it to 60 miles per hour in just 2.4 seconds, and has a restricted top speed of 258 miles per hour. With 1,200 horsepower, the Veyron Super Sport costs millions to own, no provider in their right mind will insure one, and it’s virtually impossible to run it at top speed. Still, we can dream…
3. Koenigsegg One:1
Koenigsegg was only getting started with the CCX. The One:1 you see here tackles zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds, and has a top speed that still isn’t actually known for sure, though it has been clocked at 260 miles per hour. That’s good enough to place the One:1 in third place for the world’s fastest car.
2. Bugatti Chiron
It may be faster than the outgoing Veyron Super Sport just by a fuzz, but at a limited 261 miles per hour, it’s more than enough to land the Chiron in the top three for world’s fastest road legal automobile. Sprinting to 60 in under 2.5 seconds, and producing over 1,100 foot-pounds of torque, Bugatti’s next-generation supercar has the potential to be the world’s fastest production vehicle if engineers are crazy enough to remove the limiter on it.
1. Hennessey Venom GT
Based on a heavily modified Lotus Exige body, the 7.0-liter LS7 twin-turbo Hennessey Venom GT convertible can reportedly hit 275 miles per hour, but has a confirmed 265.6 mile per hour title to prove that it’s the fastest convertible in the world. While we originally omitted the Venom GT from this list, due to it coming close to being a modified car, we had to give it the top spot because 1,451 horsepower is just too much to ignore.