Speed is addictive and these cars can easily get you hooked to mind-bending performance. Cars that are merely "quick" need not apply here, we're looking for the fastest of the fast that can, did, or do hold records for top speed. Sure, you could go faster in a land speed record car, but try convincing the DMV to give you a license plate for one. Here are the most rapid rides on the planet, from slowest to fastest.
Aston-Martin One-77 - 220 MPH
At the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Aston-Martin delivered a supercar that immediately made the world sit-up and take notice. Under the impossibly curvaceous body lived a 7.3-liter V12 engine built and tuned by Cosworth. When paired with the carbon fiber chassis and the suspension designed by Multimatic, the One-77 was capable of 220 mph.
It's certainly no slouch in the performance department, but it's the design that won hearts, and the Aston-Martin halo car won several international design awards including the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Design Award.
Pagani Zonda Cinque - 221 MPH
Pagani is an Italian boutique supercar maker that first set the world on fire in 1999 with the introduction of the Zonda C12. The Zonda line, with all the improvements, special editions and series continued to be produced for 18 years, up to the final model in 2017.
Always powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG tuned V12, the original C12 had 444 horsepower with the Cinque (Italian for five) getting a boost to 670 horsepower. This was enough to rocket the Zonda to 221 mph, and thanks to some serious aerodynamic engineering, could produce 1,653 pounds of downforce.
Lamborghini Veneno - 221 MPH
Lamborghini, known for outlandish designs, took influence from Le Mans prototype race cars when building the Veneno. The car utilizes state-of-the-art aerodynamics and suspension engineering to deliver a true "race car for the road" experience.
The Veneno is powered by the Aventador's 6.5-liter V12 engine with 740 horsepower on tap. This is enough shove to get the Veneno up to a heady 221 mph. The car's cutting-edge design and features, and an eye-watering $4.5 million price tag make the Veneno one of the most expensive and exclusive cars on the planet.
Hennessey Venom GT - 270 MPH
The Venom GT is a highly modified Lotus Exige crafted by Hennessey Performance Engineering. Hennessy stretches and widens the chassis and incorporates a 7.0-liter GM LSX V8 with two turbochargers mated to a 6-speed manual transmission from the Ford GT supercar.
This combination of Lotus chassis, GM engine, Ford transmission, and Hennessey construction make a car that weighs 2,743 pounds and can achieve a 270 mph top speed. The record was actually set at the 3.22-mile long space shuttle landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center and the Venom GT is 50 mph faster than the landing speed of the space shuttle.
Pagani Huayra - 230 MPH
Pagani's Huayra succeeded the Zonda and ratcheted up the performance and technology. A special 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V12 engine built by Mercedes-Benz AMG churns out 720 horsepower and motivates the Huayra to a top speed of 230 mph.
Despite being wickedly fast in a straight line, the Huayra is one of the best handling cars in the world. With its lightweight suspension, bespoke Pirelli tires and active aerodynamics that move while the car is in motion, the Huayra is just as capable of tearing up the race track by generating an insane 1.8G of lateral cornering force.
Pagani Huayra BC - 238 MPH
If the standard Huayra isn't sporty enough for you, Pagani offers an even more hard-core version in the BC. Named after the late Benny Caiola, the Huayra BC is a more powerful, stripped-down, track-focused weapon that's able to hit a substantial 238 mph.
Like all Paganis, the Huayra utilizes an incredible mix of technology and design. The body and chassis are constructed from a material called "carbon triax" which weaves carbon fiber and kevlar together to create an ultra-strong, ultra-light material. Paired with lightweight titanium exhaust and a stripped out interior, the Huayra weighs a scant 2,685 pounds.
McLaren F1 - 241 MPH
The legendary McLaren F1 is the original hypercar; the driver sits in the center, it's powered by a BMW V12 with 620 horsepower, the engine bay is lined with gold foil, and it was designed by one of the most successful F1 teams in the sport.
With its epic wins at the 1995 Le Mans 24hr race and in the BPR sports car series, the F1 was not only a phenomenal road-car but also one of the greatest racing cars ever made. On the 31st of March, 1998, a five-year-old McLaren F1 set the production car speed record at 240.1 mph at Volkswagen's test track.
Koenigsegg CCR - 241 MPH
Built from 2004-2006, the CCR is a Swedish supercar from manufacturer Koenigsegg. Known for brutal acceleration and mind-boggling top speeds, Koenigsegg's innovative cars are built to smash speed records.
Powered by a twin-supercharged 4.7-liter V8, based on a Ford V8, the CCR blasted it's way into the record books with a 241 mph speed run at Italy's Nardo Ring track in 2005. That supercharged V8 puts out 806 horsepower and is good enough to get the CCR from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
9ff TR 1000 - 243 MPH
The 9ff is a German, low-volume car manufacturer that, like RUF, uses the Porsche 911 as a base from which to build some of the fastest cars on the road. Even though they may share styling, silhouettes, and mechanicals with Porsche cars, a 9ff creation is technically classified as its own make.
In 2009, 9ff brought the TR 1000, a twin-turbo 1000 horsepower monster to the ATP testing circuit in Germany, they "lit the candle" and hit 243.4 mph.
Koenigsegg CCX - 245 MPH
The CCX was the 3rd generation car from Swedish maker Koenigsegg. The idea was simple: make the fastest, most exclusive supercar on the planet that could serve as a global model and suit the American market.
To do that, Koenigsegg completely revamped the design and production process to create a completely new car from the ground up. The result of all the labor was a twin-supercharged 806 horsepower beast that accelerated from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and topped out at 245 mph.
Saleen S7 Twin Turbo - 248 MPH
The Saleen S7 Twin Turbo is the fastest incarnation of the now-legendary S7 supercar. Initially conceived by Steve Saleen and RML, based in the UK, the S7TT is one of the rarest and fastest cars on the planet.
The S7TT makes use of a bored-and-stroked version of Ford's 351 Windsor V8 engine, an engine that can trace its origins to the late 1960s. The V8 displaces 7.0-liters, and with 5.5 psi of turbo boost, hurls the S7TT to a top speed of 248 mph.
Lamborghini Aventador SV - 220 MPH
Introduced in 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Aventador SV (SuperVeloce) is a lighter, faster and more hardcore version of Lamborghini's flagship supercar. Packing a 6.5-liter V12 engine with 740 horsepower, the big Lambo can hit 60 mph from a standstill in 2.8-seconds and reach a top speed of 220 mph.
A big rear wing, front splitter, and a new rear diffuser mean the SV has the aerodynamic grip to match its grunt. The SV moniker traditionally has been attached to Lamborghini's most hardcore models, and the Aventador SV will feel right at home on the race track.
Dauer 962 Le Mans - 251 MPH
Some supercars are called "race cars for the road," but others, like the Dauer 962, just are race cars. The 962 Le Mans is a sports car that is directly based on the Porsche's 962 race cars. Dauer Racing took the Porsche 962 and added a passenger seat, leather upholstery and a DVD player to make the car passable as a street vehicle.
A hydraulic suspension system was also installed so that the 962 could meet minimum ride-height requirements for the public road. Because the road car didn't need to meet racing rules, the unrestricted engine was good for 730 horsepower and a 251.5 mph top speed.
9ff GT9 - 254 MPH
in 2007, the German manufacturer 9ff stretched and chopped a Porsche GT3 chassis and added a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged flat six-cylinder engine that produced an astounding 1,120 horsepower.
On the inside, the 9ff was stripped down to the bare essentials and fitted with a roll cage for safety. All of the GT9s produced featured blue leather upholstery with a square pattern. The highly modified GT9 rocketed to a stratospheric 254 mph, narrowly missing becoming the fastest production car in the world, at the time.
Callaway Sledgehammer - 255 MPH
The Callaway Sledgehammer is, in essence, a tuned C4 generation Corvette. In reality, it's really a specially modified version, of a modified version of the Chevrolet Corvette, created as a testbed for turbocharging Chevrolet's 350 cubic inch V8.
Callaway cars commissioned a special low-drag body, called the AeroBody and boosted the 'Vette's motor to 898 horsepower. The result was a 255 mph Corvette that still had its stock interior, radio, air conditioning, and power sport seats.
Koenigsegg Regera - 255 MPH
The Koenigsegg Regera is a truly unique hypercar. Designed as a luxury, practical, and grand touring car, the Regera is focused on a smooth rid and long-distance travel as opposed to race track performance.
The uniqueness truly lies in the powertrain. A 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing 1,100 horsepower is combined with three electric motors that add an additional 697 horsepower. That 1,797 total horsepower is then sent to the rear wheels via a direct drive system. That means the Regera has no gears and no gear shifting.
Bugatti Chiron - 261 MPH
The Bugatti Chiron is so fast that is has to be limited to 261 mph. It's limited with special electronics to a speed normally achievable only by aircraft. The reason for this, according to Bugatti, is that a tire doesn't exist that can cope with the stresses of the true top speed of the Chiron. Bugatti estimates this to be 289 mph.
Regardless, 261 mph is plenty fast, and to get there the Chiron makes use of a 1,479 horsepower W16 quad-turbocharged engine mated to a 7-speed gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system.
Bugatti Veyron SuperSport - 268 MPH
The official name is Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. It's very fast and is the more powerful version of the Bugatti Veyron. The 16.4 stands for 16-cylinder engine, 4 turbochargers.
Debuting in 2010, the Veyron Super Sport is an engineering masterpiece that combines a 1,184 horsepower 8.0-liter W16 turbocharged engine with revised aerodynamics to achieve a top speed of 268 mph. The brilliance of the engineering in the Veyron Super Sport is that it's easy to drive, extremely comfortable over long trips, can hit extremely high top speeds.
Koenigsegg Agera RS - 278 MPH
On November 4, 2017, Koenigsegg broke the internet with a pair of top speed runs on an 11-mile section of Nevada State Route 160. The car was recorded on the southbound run at 271 mph. On the northbound run, the car hit at brain-warping 285 mph.
That translates to an average speed of 278 mph, making the Agera RS the fastest production car in the world. A 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 1,160 horsepower on tap motivates the unhinged Agera. At 278 mph, the Agera RS covers the length of a football field in 0.9 seconds.
Zenvo ST1 - 233 MPH
Zenvo ST1 debuted in 203 at the World Luxury Expo at the Magnificent Emirates Palace. The Danish-made car is one of the newest supercars on the market and of course has a lot to show for itself.
Twincharged with a 7,011 cc LS7 V8 engine, this car can achieve 124 mph in as little as 8.9 seconds. It was designed by Christian Brandt and Jesper Hermann. No detail is overlooked when it comes to this high performance car, as it is manufactured by the hands of a small team at Zenvo Automotive.
SSC Ultimate Aero - 256 MPH
From 2007 to 2010, the SSC Ultimate Aero was the fastest car in the world that you could drive on the street. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.3-liter Chevrolet V8, the Ultimate Aero produces 1,183 horsepower. That was enough to propel the hypercar to 256 mph in 2007.
The SSC Ultimate Aero was sold without any electronic driver aids such as ABS or traction control. The company's philosophy was to make a car that could beat the world, but remain user friendly and be a true "driver's car."
SSC Tuatara - 300 MPH
Just when you think SSC North America has outdone themselves with the SSC Ultimate Aero, they turn around and come out with the SSC Tuatara. Designed in collaboration with automobile designer Jason Castriota, the Tuatara's sleek body packs a lot of power underneath it.
The engine may contain a mere 5.9-liters but that's in order for it to achieve a high redline of 9000 rpm. The car bears its name from a reptile that has the fastest molecular evolution of any living animal and can only be found in New Zealand.
Koenigsegg Jesko - 300 MPH
Koenigsegg may have had the fastest production car in the world with the Agera, but they didn't stop there. In fact, Koenigsegg already found the Agera's replacement in the Jesko. Updating the 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine in the Agera, the engine in the Jesko is also outfitted with a nine-speed multi-clutch transmission which they dubbed "Light Speed Transmission (LST)."
This promises up to 16000 horsepower with the use of biofuel (and around 1280hp, otherwise). With everything this car has going for it, the manufacturer says that under the right conditions it can reach a top speed of up to 300 mph.
Dagger GT - 315 MPH
In 2012, TransStar Racing teased plans for a production supercar called the Dagger GT. It was designed for the sole purpose of becoming the world's fastest production car. But how exactly would it have achieved that?
They planned to outfit the Dagger with a 10.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that was custom built for TranStar by Nelson Racing Engines. Generating 2,700 horsepower, this car supposedly would have been able to achieve 315 mph. We say "would have" because since this car has been in talks, no one has ever seen it reach production.
Devel Sixteen - 320 MPH
At the 2013 Dubai Motor Show, there was a car so unbelievable it's no wonder that it has never been brought to production. Enter the Devel Sixteen, which can supposedly reach a top speed of up to 320 mph. With a quad-turbo V16 made from two LS V8s, this car can achieve more than 5,000 horsepower.
Not much has been said about this car since it made its debut but word has it that a production version of this curvy monstrosity actually came to light in 2018, when it was supposedly given to Drake.
Koenigsegg CCXR - 249 MPH
You already know all about Koenigsegg's CCX, so consider the CCXR its "eco-friendly" sister. Sure, they're powered by the same 4.7-liter twin-supercharged V8 engine, but the CCXR's engine was modified to run specifically on E85 gasoline.
A car that runs on better fuel was designed better also. In addition to its modified engine, the CCXR also has better aerodynamics that allow it to reach a top speed of nearly 250 mph! For a car that can go from zero to 62 in less than three seconds, we wouldn't expect anything less.
Ferrari Enzo - 221 MPH
It was a long time coming for a Ferrari to make this list, but here we have the Enzo Ferrari, which was developed in 2002. What makes this car unique is the fact that it uses Formula One technology, including a carbon-fibre body, an electohydraulic shift transmission, and carbon fibre-reinforced silicon carbide ceramic composite disc brakes.
This car has some serious go-power with a 6.0-litre V12 producing 651 horsepower which allows it to achieve a top speed of over 220 mph. Only 399 Enzos were put into production and all were sold to existing customers by invite only.
Bugatti EB 110 GT - 212 MPH
The Bugatti EB 110 GT is one of the throwback players on this list due to the fact that it is no longer in production. If you happen to see one of these guys out on the road, just know that it was at least the fastest car in the world in the early '90s.
With a 60-valve, quad-turbocharged V12 engine and a six-speed manual transmission, this car could reach a top speed over 210 mph. Multiple road tests of this car proved that it will have you flying over 120 mph in less than 20 seconds alone.
Rimac C Two - 258 MPH
An incredibly fast car that can reach over 250 mph nearly on its own? You better believe it. The Rimac C Two, also known as the Concept Two, is a semi-autonomous all-electric sports car made by Croatia's Rimac Automobili.
She was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where she claimed to be able to do zero to 60 in 1.58 seconds! The electric motors produce 1,914 horsepower and can allegedly reach a top speed of 258 mph. This car is so fast, that it nearly killed The Grand Tour's Richard Hammond.
Aston Martin Valkyrie - 250 MPH
Aston Martin may have a lot going for it with their One-77, but have you ever seen the Valkyrie? This car could probably beat the One-77 in a race since it can reach an alleged top speed of up to 250 mph.
Built collaboratively with Red Bull Racing, the Valkyrie uses a mid-mounted 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces 900 horsepower. It is expected to be put into production in 2019 ever since it was announced in 2017 but we've yet to see this come into fruition.
Tesla Roadster - 250 MPH
It seems that Teslas are everywhere nowadays so it's no surprise that they're also taking the super-fast car circuit. Completely electric and battery-powered, this four-seater sports car is said to be able to reach 60 mph in as little as 1.9 seconds, which is the fastest of any legal street car on the market.
Of course, it's not likely you'd even use the Roadster on the streets if you're trying to achieve its top speed of a reported 250 mph. With one electric motor in the front and two in the back, its one of the most accessible fast cars around.
Milan Red - 249 MPH
The Milan Red is named after the Red Kite, a bird of prey, and it's easy to see why. This car is just as vicious, outfitted with a 6.2-liter quad-turbocharged V8 that can produce a reported 1,307 horsepower and 1,303 lb-ft of torque.
With power like that, it can supposedly reach a top speed of 249 mph and go from zero to 62 in just 2.47 seconds. Contrary to what the name suggests, this is an Austrian-made car that is worth around $2.3 million.
Cadillac CTS-V - 200 MPH
Just when you thought that most fast cars were primarily made in Europe, leave it up to the good 'ole US of A to produce their own fast car in earnest. Enter the Cadillac CTS-V, which has a reputation of being one of the few sport sedans that can clock in at 200 mph.
With an LT4 supercharged gasoline V8 engine, it is the most powerful car that Cadillac has ever produced. 2019 would be your last chance to bag a brand new version of this car since it will be discontinued.
Jaguar F-Type SVR - 200 MPH
The Jaguar F-Type SVR is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine that allows it to produce 575 horsepower and a claimed top speed of 200 mph. This car is lighter and louder than its predecessor, the R, with carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon-fiber packages.
This is another car that the average car consumer can actually purchase if they have more than $126,000 lying around. But who wouldn't want to be able to go from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds? This curved automobile is the fast car that you didn't know you needed.
Jaguar XE SV Project 8 - 200 MPH
But just when you think that Jaguar Land Rover outdid themselves with the F-type SVR, they went back to the drawing board and came up with the XE SV Project 8. This is also one of the fastest road cars they've ever made that can reach 200 mph.
Project 8 is like a life-size Hot Wheels, as one reviewer put it, with a vent spanning the front of the hood. Unlike a Hot Wheels though, this car has a 5.0-litre, supercharges V8 engine that can produce 592 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Aston Martin Vanquish S - 201 MPH
Aston Martin has no shortage of fast cars, as evidenced by the Vanquish S that debuted in 2004. It's 6.0-liter V12 engine is naturally aspirated and produces a 580 horsepower helping jump to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
It's a 6-speed automated manual transmission with an acceleration of 4.8 seconds, and used to be the fastest car that Aston Martin ever produced. That is, until they came out with the One-77 at the top of this list. Still, you can't deny that the Vanquish S is a really fast car that can reach a top speed of 201 mph.
Lamborghini Huracan - 212 MPH
In 2014, Lamborghini made the Huracan to replace the Gallardo and it seemed that the Italian automaker had something special in its hands. With a 5.2-liter V10 engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch, the Huracan has the power to achieve 212 mph.
Lamborghini has a knack for naming their stellar cars after Spanish fighting bulls, so you better believe that Huracan was one of the best fighters in his day when it fought in 1879. There are an unbelievable amount of variants of this single car so there are plenty in the world to choose from.
Bentley Continental Flying Spur W12 S - 202 MPH
When it comes to large, luxury sedans, the Bentley Continental Flying Spur W12 S might as well be the fastest. This four-door sedan is one of the few that can achieve top speeds over 200 mph and that's because Bentley gave it a twin-turbo W12 engine.
You'll really be taking your family for a ride in this car and we don't mean that lightly. Producing 626 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque, you'll be clocking in 60 mph in as little as 4.2 seconds.
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye - 203 MPH
Dodge says that their Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye embodies high energy and for a car that can supposedly achieve a top speed of 203 mph, we wouldn't doubt it. After all, its 6.2-litre supercharged High-Output HEMI V8 engine can produce 797 horsepower that blasts the car well over the 200 mph mark.
When put to the test, Dodge says that the Redeye can run a quarter mile in just over ten seconds, which is good if you're running late to a very important meeting. Not that you'd even be on your way to work if you decided to take one of these out for a drive one day.
Aston Martin Rapide - 203 MPH
Before Aston Martin's One-77 was able to outrun the Vanquish, there was the Rapide. This four-door, four-seater is a high-performance sports car that you could probably take your family for a ride in.
They'll really be having a blast when you're able to get to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds, thanks to a 5.9-litre V12 engine that lives under the hood. The Rapide can attain a recorded speed of 188 mph but some have suggested that this little guy can clock in at 200 if it really tried.