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+