The World’s 25 Fastest Production Cars
When car companies compete for top-speed bragging rights, the world wins.
The first production vehicle to crack 320km/h was the Ferrari F40. The year was 1987; immediately after that Italian stallion’s speedometer registered 321km/h, the race to enter the 400km/h club began. In 2019, amid fervent competition between Koenigsegg, Hennessey and Bugatti, the Chiron Super Sport bested the others by a horseshoed nose, achieving a staggering 490.3km/h. In early 2020, a bevy of new hypercars was announced—several promising at least 480km/h. Then, this year, SSC North America turned a claim into reality, cementing the SSC Tuatara’s spot at number two—at least for now. So, we’re updating our list of the fastest cars in the world and expanding it to show more wheeled lightning. (Three quick editor’s notes: our sole criterion is top speed, our floor for consideration is at least 350km/h and unproven manufacturer claims are denoted.)
Porsche 918 Spyder — 350km/h
Porsche did some light sandbagging when it claimed the top speed on its 918 model was 344km/h. In 2018, one 918 Spyder was recorded clocking 351km/h. Still the fastest production car the Stuttgart marque has produced, the hybrid power train features a naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V-8, good for 446kW, and twin electric motors that contribute another 210kW, bringing the sum to 656kW.
Ferrari Enzo — 350km/h
Only 400 of these carbon-fibre beauts emerged from Maranello, all singing the glorious, throaty song of a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V-12. With 484kW lurking in that mill, and a lithe-for-the-time curb weight of 1360kg, the Enzo shredded the quarter-mile in 11 seconds flat, with the ability to continue on to 350km/h, given enough asphalt.
Aston Martin One-77 — 354km/h
This limited-edition coupe from Aston Martin was capped at 77 units, though after an accident in Asia, only 76 examples remain. Beneath the long hood lies a 7.3-litre V-12 from Cosworth, good for 559KW. That propels the aluminum-and-carbon-fibre chassis from a dead stop to 97km/h in 3.5 seconds. A series of tests by Aston showed that its steed was capable of 354km/h back in 2009.
Rimac Concept_One — 355km/h
This gorgeous stunner hails from Croatia, the first road-legal production vehicle to emerge from the brain of Mate Rimac. The fully electric hypercar employs four motors that, in concert, make 913kW and 1600Nm of torque. Less than 10 examples were produced, including the one that Richard Hammond famously crashed on camera, so when one came up for sale in New York City in September of 2020 for approx. $2.1 million, it was a big deal.
Pagani Huayra — 383km/h
The successor to the game-changing Zonda, the Huayra comes from Italian speed master Horacio Pagani and is named after Huayra-tata, a Quechua wind god. Fitting, considering the 536kW coming from a twin-turbocharged Mercedes-AMG V-12. A seven-speed single-clutch gearbox puts down the power while delivering chunky, whiplash-inducing shifts, allowing you to scream from zero to 97km/h in a mere 2.8 seconds.
Pagani Huayra BC Roadster — 386km/h (Estimated)
The “BC” in the moniker of this entry is an homage to Benny Caiola, an Italian-born businessman who became a New York real estate titan. Caiola bought the first Zonda off Horatio Pagani himself, subsequently becoming a dear friend. This iteration of the open-top Huayra launched in 2019, after Pagani left the Geneva International Motor Show with five unsolicited deposits for a more aggressive version of the Huayra Roadster. The resulting machine features a new Mercedes-AMG twin-turbo V-12, tweaked to be about seven per cent more powerful than the coupe version of the BC. The 590kW output should be more than ample to rocket the approx. $4.6 million open-top hypercar to 386km/h.
McLaren F1 — 386.4km/h
The iconic three-seater from McLaren was a revolutionary model from the brilliant mind of designer Gordon Murray. Built in 1993, it was the first carbon-fibre-bodied production car ever built, and featured a 6.1-litre V-12 from BMW that was good for 460.8kW and 640Nm of torque. For the then-expensive, now-bargain price of approx. $920,000, you were rewarded with blistering speed: zero to 97km/h in 3.2 seconds and zero to 160km/h required just 6.3 seconds. Simply mental performance figures, especially when you factor in that the engine is naturally aspirated. When it officially set the world speed record back in 1998, the 386.4km/h run remained top dog until 2005, when the Koenigsegg CCR bested it by all of 1.6km/h.
Saleen S7 Twin Turbo — 399km/h
Steve Saleen set out to build a Bugatti Veyron challenger, and this street-legal race car was the result. One of the first American mid-engined performance machines ever crafted, the Saleen S7 was 100 percent hand-built. A heavily-tweaked 7.0-litre twin-turbo Ford 351 Windsor Small Block gets bored and stroked, bestowing the handsome coupe with 559km/h.
Koenigsegg CCXR — 400km/h
The CCXR uses the same 4.7-litre twin-turbo V-8 mill as the CCX, but the Swedish company modded the power plant to run on E85 race gas, which shot the power from 593kW up to 748kW be exact. Given the CCXR’s upgraded aerodynamics package and engine, it would be interesting to see how it performs in a proper top-speed run that’s in a straight line and not on a circular track (which is how the aforementioned CCR ran).
Koenigsegg Gemera — 400km/h (Claimed)
The second hypercar from the Swedish automotive wizards to grace our list is referred to as a “mega GT” by founder Christian von Koenigsegg. That’s because it’s packing 1267kW, 3500Nm of torque and has four seats, each of which was designed to hold an actual human. (Thoughtfully, there’s room for the storage of one carry-on suitcase per passenger.) The sprint to 97km/h is over in 1.9 seconds—faster than you can read this sentence.
Tesla Roadster — 400km/h+ (Claimed)
Elon Musk launched Tesla with a coupe, so this electric Roadster is a fitting return to his roots. Only he’s turned everything up to 11. Tesla claims its 200 kWh battery pack will provide up to 997km of range, while a trio of motors will propel the approx. $300,000-plus four-seat supercar to 97km/h in 1.9 seconds. With that quickness, the quarter-mile is in your rearview in just 8.8 seconds.
Aston Martin Valkyrie — 402km/h (Claimed)
When engineers from Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing put their heads together, the world benefits. The Valkyrie, or AM-RB 001 as it was known in development, is a fantastically wild-looking hypercar. Behind your seat, a 6.5-litre Cosworth V-12 churns out 865kW, more than enough to compress your innards during the 2.3 seconds it takes to hammer to 97km/h. And it has recently been spotted road-testing.
McLaren Speedtail — 402km/h
The rear-wheel-drive Speedtail employs a hybrid system good for 772kW, and its sleek shape and lightweight carbon-fibre construction is tailor-made for its top speed of 402km/h. McLaren claims it’ll take only 12.8 seconds to go from a dead stop to 300km/h, which is an eye-watering stat.
Bugatti Veyron — 407.2km/h
When Bugatti launched the Veyron in 2005, it represented a number of firsts, including fastest, most powerful and most expensive car available at the time. Behind your head, an enormous 8.0-litre W-16 engine generates746kW and a staggering 1248Nm of torque. That’ll rocket you to 97km/h in 2.5 seconds, 200km/h in 7.3 seconds, 300km/h in 16.7 seconds and, if you’ve got the guts, all the way to a top speed of 407km/h.
SSC Ultimate Aero TT— 412.1km/h
SSC North America’s 2007 Ultimate Aero TT has a Guinness Book of Records–verified top speed of 412.28km/h. That record has since been broken by others, and now belongs to its successor, the SSC Tuatara. But that doesn’t take anything away from this fully carbon-fibre behemoth. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged Corvette C5R V-8 that’s tuned to produce more than 820kW and 1483Nm of torque. The rip to 97km/h is 2.7 seconds, and the task of stopping the land missile is aided by twin air brakes that pop up from the rear wings.
Rimac Concept Two — 415km/h (Claimed)
The second model from the Croatian electric hypercar manufacturer is aptly named Concept Two (also known as C_Two) and comes with a lot of boastful claims. The 1407kW coupe purportedly hits 97km/h from a standstill in 1.85 seconds, has a maximum range of 646km and hustled around the Nürburgring twice without a dip in performance.
Bugatti Chiron — 420km/h
While Bugatti bosses said they wouldn’t do a top-speed run (and instead just did a zero-to-400km/h-to-zero sprint), one owner hit up Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds to see the 1118 kW Chiron realise its limited top speed of 420km/h. The speedometer goes up to 500km/h, though, so undoubtedly the 2018 Chiron can go much faster, but the folks at Bugatti cite tyre limitations as the reason for the factory-installed governor.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport — 430.98km/h
Here’s yet another Bugatti, this one built back in 2010 for the sole purpose of securing the accolade of fastest production car ever built. And the Veyron Super Sport achieved it, per Guinness. From the same W-12 power plant, engineers managed to eke out an additional 134kW, bringing the grand total to 882kW. To unlock the potential for max speed, you’ll need a second key that’ll give unfettered access to the engine.
Hennessey Venom GT — 435.1km/h
John Hennessey’s eponymously named performance group is obsessed with power and speed, evidenced by shoehorning as much oomph as it can into production cars from other manufacturers. Then Hennessey built his own supercar in 2014, powered by a 7.0-litre twin-turbo GM V-8 packing 927kW. The Venom reached 435.1km/h at the Kennedy Space Center’s 5.1km landing strip, but only in one direction. Since both directions are required for a record-holding run, in addition to a production volume of 30 or more cars (only 13 Venoms have been sold), the Hennessey doesn’t qualify for official record books. But still, the beast has surpassed 434km/h and that’s impressive as hell.
Koenigsegg Agera RS — 447.07km/h
In November of 2017, a Koenigsegg Agera RS, running E85 fuel (meaning it was getting 1014kW), was driven by a factory driver to a two-way average speed of 447.07km/h on an 17.7km strip of closed road in Nevada. The car, owned by a customer who suggested the feat, actually hit 457km/h during the record attempt, which is staggering. At the time, it also nabbed the fastest zero-to-400km/h-to-zero metric (33.2 seconds), the highest average speed during the flying kilometre (431km/h) and for the flying mile on a public road (444.6km/h).
Hennessey Venom F5 — 482km/h+ (Claimed)
Hennessey Performance Engineering’s Venom F5 picks up the baton from its older sibling and rockets away. A 6.6-litre twin-turbo V-8 pumps out 1354KW and 1617Nm of twist, which propels the 1338kg coupe to 100km/h in under two seconds. And in case you were wondering, its name is an homage to the F5 category of tornados, the most intense level possible on the Fujita scale.
Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut — 531km/h (Claimed)
The fourth and final Koenigsegg to make the list is named after the founder’s father. While the Swedes have yet to officially cite a top speed for the 1193kW asphalt assaulter, in theory, the 5.0-litre twin-turbo V-8 can reach 530km/h+. To achieve this kind of speed, the only expanse of tarmac long enough would be the 8.7km straight at Ehra-Lessien in Germany, but that’s a Volkswagen facility and it’s unlikely VW would welcome a hopeful contender to bust its Chiron’s record.
Devel Sixteen — 558km/h (Claimed)
A V-16 with 2237kW? Sounds like a dream, which may explain why it’s been in development for more than a decade in Dubai. That mill is made by slapping two LS V-8s together, and if that’s not enough oomph, you can opt for a truly bonkers 3700kW+ iteration of the Devel Sixteen for more than $3 million. That’ll just be for drag-strip dominance, as that version won’t be legal on the road.
SSC Tuatara — 455.2km/h
In October of 2020, SSC North America’s founder Jerod Shelby took his latest hypercar to a Nevada desert and hammered out a run that was touted to have averaged 508.73km/h. The internet, however, was sceptical, and shredded that session’s data in short order, negating it. In January of 2021, Shelby decamped to proving grounds at Kennedy Space Center for a redux, bringing ample recording devices and external groups to monitor. That trial resulted in a 449.43km/h speed on a northbound run, followed by the car reaching 460.27km/h on a southbound pass. Those (certified) results average to 453.85km/h, which is more than enough to notch the SSC Tuatara above the Koenigsegg Agera RS on this list.
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport — 490.48km/h
The top spot for the world’s fastest supercar goes to Bugatti. In 2019, pilot Andy Wallace railed a tweaked version of the 1193kW, 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged Chiron Super Sport around the Ehra-Lessien track. The modifications included lengthening the body by 10 inches, lowering it and giving it a new rear aero kit, as well as a new exhaust setup. The real heroes, however, were the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that were x-rayed before fitment to ensure perfect structural integrity. Watch the Chiron hit 490km/h below: