When females hit middle age they get new boyfriends, when males become middle aged they buy a sports car. Unless you are content to live under a rock I don’t care who you are, everyone craves the feel of speed, the elements of danger, adrenaline and the all-eyes-on-me thrill of driving a supersonic beauty. Men love the powerful sensation behind the wheel and women feel the euphoria a fast car provides, after asking what the color options are, of course.
Mainstream car companies are jockeying to produce a less expensive sports car that appeals to new car buyers in todays economy, however there will always be cars produced that push the speed boundaries and car enthusiasts who will open up their bank accounts to buy the best, most ridiculous looking, fastest car out there. If you live like Jay Leno you may already own one or two of these fast cars in your collection. Do you care about how quick your car reaches 60 mph or do you want more horsepower? Either way, feast your eyes on these top ten fastest wonders of the mechanized world.
1) Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (268 mph.)
$1,990,064 +. Made in France. 1,200 hp.
Zero to 100 mph and back to zero in 9.2 seconds!
Most Bugatti buyers already own another Bugatti. Pros: saying you own a Bugatti Veyron. Cons: Insurance rate of a mega yacht. Check this out: Founded in 1909 the Bugatti company closed its doors a few times to finally go into production again after Volkswagen acquired it in 1998.
2) Hennessey Venom GT (275 mph.)
$950K+. Made in USA. 1,200 hp.
Zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds.
Perhaps the Hennessey manufacturer’s top speed claim is possible if you could test it on a straight road to the moon. Pros: Hennessey Venom GT appears to be a more realistic investment for the speed. Cons: Only ten produced a year.
3) Koenigsegg Agera R (275 mph.)
$1.6M+. Made in Sweden. 1115+ hp.
Zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds.
Check this out: Tied for second fastest car with the Venom, this car’s hardtop roof is stowable under the front hood lid. It runs on biofuel.
4) SSC Ultimate Aero (273 mph.)
$2.4M+. Made in USA. 1099 hp.
Zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds.
Cons: runs on biofuel, which is not as readily available as gas/petrol. Pros: has potential to be fastest car in the world, detachable roof, impressive suspension and traction. Check this out: Agera is Swedish for “To act”. Made of carbon fiber/Kevlar. Features “dihedral synchro-helix actuation doors”. The Guinness Book of World Records tested the SSC Ultimate Aero (above) as the fastest car in the world 2007 to 2010. New to the supercar contending world is the SSC Tuatara with 1,300 hp. Stay tuned.
5) Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo (248 mph.)
$550K+. Made in USA. 750 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.
Pros: Smooth brakes, bursts to life with an unmistakable raucous rumble, a big selling point and high on the manliness scale. Cons: Too low to ground? Depends on what makes your world go round.
6) Koenigsegg CCX (245 mph.)
$545K+. Made in Sweden. 806 hp.
Zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds.
Pros: Power and performance. Cons: Not comfortable for long, sightseeing drives so you have less time to show it off.
7) McLaren F1 (240 mph.)
$3M+. Made in Britain. 620 mph.
Zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
Check this out: Only 64 of this model were made. Production ended in 1998. These cars increase in value each year.
8) Gumpert Apollo (224 mph.)
$288K+. Made in Germany. 650 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds.
Check this out: This car belongs in movies such as Men In Black or Mission Impossible where they drive upside down in tunnels. It is said this car has the capacity to drive upside down if driven over 190 mph.
9) Noble M600 (223 mph.)
$330K+. Made in Britain. 650 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
Pros: Amazing power and acceleration. Cons: Only 50 made annually, lacks features Check this out: Perfect for the closet speed demon, the M600 does not scream look at me! It has a classic contoured shape and holds its own in the speed department. The Noble sports a Volvo twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
10) Ascari A10 (220 mph.)
$650K+. 625 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.
You may be able to afford the import costs of this beauty, but to keep the car in your driveway? The name, A10, commemorates Ascari Companys 10th anniversary. Only 50 of these models, featuring a BMW V8 engine, will be hand assembled.
11) 2002 Ferrari Enzo (217 mph)
$1M+. Rare finds under $700K. Made in Italy. 650 hp.
Zero to 60 mph in 3.14 seconds.
Check this out: Named after Enzo Ferrari the Enzo has flown the world to star in movies and work with movie stars such as Demi Moore.
12) Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster (217 mph.)
$1,930,700+. Made in Italy. 678 hp.
Zero to 200 mph in 9.2 seconds.
Pros: Similar to F1 racecars and road legal. Cons: only five produced. Check this out: Roadsters are not allowed in the US so if you are one of the lucky five to own one buy a vacation home in Europe and leave it there!