Bugatti, Ferrari and McLaren are three of several car makers that build cars capable of exceeding 200mph. The cars on this list can do significantly more than that...
27 August 2016

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.

Bugatti Chiron – 261mph

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.

But we have little reason to doubt Bugatti’s credentials after the success of the Veyron. The Chiron will be limited to 261mph at launch, which suggests it’ll easily go faster further down the line.

With the best part of 1500bhp to play with, and driving dynamics that insiders say dramatically improve on the Veyron, it’s surely at the top of the discerning speed merchant’s list.

Koenigsegg Regera – 248mph+

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.

Zenvo TS1 – 233mph 

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.

Noble M600 – 225mph

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.

Lamborghini Aventador – 217mph

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.

Ferrari F12tdf – 211mph+

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.

Keating Berus - not known

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.

The harsh reality of the Keating 'The Bolt' supercar

SSC Tuatara – 276mph

Development on the Ultimate Aero’s successor appears to have stalled, with no media updates from SSC since 2013.

Hennessey Venom GT – 270mph

As fast as it is, it’s a heavily modified Lotus rather than its own thing. In our humble opinion.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 268mph

Very fast. Very exclusive. Very sold out.

Lamborghini Centenario – 217mph+

Wild. Styled. £1.7 million each. Also sold out.

McLaren P1 – 217mph

British manufacturing at its finest. 375 made. And they’ve all gone.

Ferrari LaFerrari – 217mph

Part of the great hypercar trio of 2014, just as fast as the P1 and with a much sillier name. And guess what? It’s sold out. Sorry.

Ferrari LaFerrari Spider

Missed the coupé LaFerrari? Great news! The new, yet-to-be driven Spider removes the roof, but keeps… oh wait, it’s sold out too.

Porsche 918 Spyder – 210mph

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.

Phill Tromans

Our Verdict

Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti originally brought us the Veyron and now has masterminded a 1487bhp, £2.5m masterpiece that's set to become the world's fastest production car

Join the debate

Comments
8

27 August 2016
Plenty of YouTube videos show head to heads and the P1 is comfortably faster than the LaFerrari both in a straight line and around a circuit. Why do the media never tell it like it is with Ferrari? It's almost the same as the way the Scottish media refuse to tell the truth about Rangers. Always skirting around the issue and never reporting what they don't want reported.

27 August 2016
jmd67 wrote:

Plenty of YouTube videos show head to heads and the P1 is comfortably faster than the LaFerrari both in a straight line and around a circuit. Why do the media never tell it like it is with Ferrari? It's almost the same as the way the Scottish media refuse to tell the truth about Rangers. Always skirting around the issue and never reporting what they don't want reported.

In Solomondrin's "Hyper 5" megatest between the LaFerrari, Veyron Super Sport, P1, Huayra and 918 the LaFerrari was faster than the P1 around the track - as was the 918.

27 August 2016
Autocar wrote:

The fastest cars in the world - top 15

The Pagani Huayra hits 230 mph, so would be a worthy inclusion to this list.

28 August 2016
The media don't tell the truth about Ferrari because the Maranello outfit are known to take a strop and stop inviting people to events, give them cars to review, etc.

28 August 2016
jmd67 wrote:

Plenty of YouTube videos show head to heads and the P1 is comfortably faster than the LaFerrari both in a straight line and around a circuit. Why do the media never tell it like it is with Ferrari? It's almost the same as the way the Scottish media refuse to tell the truth about Rangers. Always skirting around the issue and never reporting what they don't want reported.

When driven by the same professional diver, P1 is just a few tenths faster, on SOME tracks. But it needs to get into race mode, which means an inch above tarmac and needs that huge surfboard wing to do so. I think Mclaren regrets that race mode as it clearly demonstrates how much better LaFerrari really is. Maybe that is why LaF is the most expensive and desirable of the 3 and keep increasing in value. But people keep saying Ferrari owns auto journalists and force them to write good things about Ferrari. As if they would be the only ones. Do they also force customers and random people to love their cars?

Dan

27 August 2016
I am looking forward to seeing Autocar's full 8 page road test of the Bugatti Chiron sometime in the near future.

Safe driving

28 August 2016
Regardless of top speed, the F12 TDF is awesome. Ferrari may not produce 'the' fastest cars but in terms of desirability and branding they're leagues ahead of anyone, and always will be.

3 September 2016
I'll stick to my long-time favourite, the 612 Scaglietti. I couldn't go any quicker in one of these, so it makes sense to go for the prettiest car ever over the fastest. Parked on the drive the Scaglietti wins every time. Maybe if my name was Vettel or Verstappen I'd think differently, but I'm just your average motorist and I'd rather live to enjoy something slightly less spectacularly fast.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK
  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals