Speed matters, especially when it comes to the fastest cars in the world.
If the lottery win comes in, many of us will be heading to the showroom that boasts the cars with the biggest top velocities. Ultimate seat comfort, or the finest cupholders in existence, are rather less of a draw.
Admittedly, we might not actually hit the speeds that modern hypercars are capable of. Anything over 70mph on a British road is illegal. Anything over about 180mph is terrifying. Yet, like owning a watch that works on the moon, or a pen that can write at 200m under the sea, it’s nice to know that, in theory, your car can perform miles-per-hour miracles.
With that in mind, here are the fastest production road cars you can get your hands on today. Well, theoretically – getting hold of a new one is not as straightforward as you might think.
We’ve ummed and aahed about including the Chiron on this list, as it’s not been seen at speed yet, and even if you can afford the £1.9 million asking price, you won’t see your car until 2017 at the earliest.
Koenigsegg has been quietly and earnestly churning out massively fast monsters for decades, but the Regera adds a touch of luxury missing from previous machines.
It’s still an absolute barnstormer though, with a hybrid powertrain containing a twin-turbo, 5.0-litre V8 and three electric motors, which combine to produce more than 1500bhp. Although a top speed hasn’t been revealed, Koenigsegg reckons it’ll hit 248mph in 20 seconds. So, at least, that.
Revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the TS1 is an evolution of the stylish, fast but somewhat fire-plagued ST1, which found fame on Top Gear for all the wrong reasons.
Electronically limited to 233mph, it’s available to order now from the Danish manufacturer, and is powered by a twin-supercharged, 5.9-litre V8 with 1085bhp. This one will hopefully be less flammable in its tendencies.
Hewn from carbonfibre in deepest, darkest Leicestershire, the M600 is powered by a 4.4-litre Judd V8 with a mere 650bhp – puny compared with some of its rivals. But it’s old school, lightweight, without so much as ABS to sully its purity, and it’s exceedingly fast.
Our reviewer Matt Prior used words like “astounding”, “wild,” and “incredible”, even if the lack of ABS actually scared him a bit.
The top speed for all Aventador models is identical, so although the super-mental SV variant is sold out, you can top out at just the same velocity in the standard and still-quite-insane model. A naturally aspirated, 690bhp 6.5-litre V12 does all the necessary thrusting to get you up to 217mph with all the drama that Italy can muster.
The F12 Berlinetta clearly wasn’t insane enough for Ferrari’s bigwigs, so they decreed that it be given a power boost from 730bhp to 770bhp, and a suffix taken from the old Tour de France road race (for cars, not bikes).
The result is an absolute lunatic, with a 6.3-litre V12 up front and power delivered the rear, with a deliriously happy driver sitting in between.
British manufacturer Keating built a TKR that hit 260mph a few years ago, so it has form for making very fast cars. However, the more recent Keating Bolt garnered quite a bit of negative press for quality and out of date technology.
The Berus is a project that promises big things, chiefly 2000bhp, but it currently exists only as a half scale model. We may see something more tangible in 2017, but we’re not holding our breath.
Completes the hypercar trio by also being sold out.
Like all internet lists, this one will be subject to controversy. Why haven’t we included your favourites? So many reasons. Largely because you can’t buy them any more, unless you go into the used market, and there are numerous small-volume cars that promise massive speeds, but we haven’t seen them yet proven.
But don’t let our reasoning dampen your rage – feel free to comment indignantly below on what we’ve missed out.