Speed has fascinated mankind for millennia. Foot races in ancient Greece and chariot races in Rome gave rise to competitive speed, and man has never looked back. But it wasn’t until the first cars emerged from garages across Europe that man’s quest for speed took off. Today, almost every car can hit 100 mph and most family sedans will breeze past 120. Performance cars routinely play around 140 to 170. But our need for speed looks beyond that.
What was once a quest for 200 mph in a production car now sits at 300, as automakers strive to add more power, smarter aerodynamics, and begin to implement electric motors, all in the name of going faster. Here’s a complete ranking of the fastest cars in the world according to top speed. But for some additional context – and because it's more achievable in the real world – we've also included how long each takes to hit 60 mph.
Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut
Koenigseggknows a thing or six about building mental hypercars and the Jesko Absolut is the latest example. But while most other cars on this list have reached their top speeds, the330-mile-per-hour V-max here is only theoretical. Yes, it’s based on math, but no Jesko Absolut has cracked 330 yet.
With 1,600 hp and 1,106 lb-ft of torque from a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 and a slippery body that still offers significant downforce, the $2.8-million Swedish monster has the credentials for a high-speed run. That said, we wouldn’t count on the Jesko being allowed to hit 330: the best place on the planet for an attempt, the Ehra-Lessien proving grounds in north-central Germany, belongs to Bugatti’s parent company,Volkswagen.
Top Speed: 330 MPH
Horsepower: 1,600 Horsepower
Torque: 1,106 Pound-Feet
Price: $2.8 Million
Hennessey Venom F5
Ultra-high speeds aren’t the exclusive domain of Europe. Those crazy folks in Texas atHennessey Performance Engineeringknow a thing about it too. While the oldLotus Elise-based Venom GT would run up to 266 mph, Hennessey claims the upcoming Venom F5 will blast past 310 mph, thanks to a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V8 thatproduces 1,817 hp and 1,193 lb-ft of torque. While the price is lower than some of its European rivals, starting at $1.8 million, Hennessey is planning to build only 24 examples.
Top Speed: 311 MPH
0-60: 2.4 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,817 Horsepower
Torque: 1,193 Pound-Feet
Price: $1.8 Million
Thetrack-only Bugatti Bolideis the wildest creation to ever come out of Molsheim, which is certainly saying something. Based on the Chiron platform, the Bolide takes that vehicle’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine and feeds it a steady diet of 110-octane racing fuel, helping elevate the output to1,825 horsepower and 1,365 pound-feet of torque, increases of 247 hp and 185 lb-ft compared to the (ultimately faster) Chiron Super Sport 300+.
The top speed, even with the track-focused aerodynamics, exceeds the Chiron too, at 310 mph to 304. Entry to the ultra-exclusive Bolide owner club was going for $4.7 million, butBugatti confirmed the range was sold out at the dawn of 2022.
Top Speed:310 MPH
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
Bugattiis the Dodge of hypercars, continuously finding ways to squeeze ever more performance from one particular engine. Its quadruple-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W16 engine shocked us in the Veyron and Veyron Super Sport – two cars that, were they still in production, would handily make this list – but this monstrous engine is on an entirely different level in the newer Chiron Super Sport 300+. With 1,600 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque (600 hp and 193 lb-ft more than the original Veyron), the range-topping Chiron hits 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and, as the name suggests, can crest 300 mph. In official testing,Bugatti recorded 304 mph.
Top Speed:304 MPH
Ah, the SSC Tuatara. After some uncertainty surrounding its first attempt, the American automaker made a second run in January 2021 and set a blistering two-way average of 282.9 mph at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds at Space Florida's Shuttle Landing Facility. That's quite a bit slower than its alleged 316-mph average, but it's still more than quick enough for this supercar, with its 1,750 hp and 1,280 lb-ft of torque. Those figures are fitting for a car with a $1.9-million price tag.
Top Speed: 282.9 MPH
0-60: 2.5 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,750 Horsepower
Torque: 1,280 Pound-Feet
Price: $1.9 Million
If there was ever a question as to whether electrification is the future of performance, Rimac (now teamed with Bugatti) is on a mission to answer “YES” with cars like the Nevera. The sleek Croatian hypercar packs four electric motors with a total output of 1,914 horsepower and 1,740 pound-feet of torque. But while the 258-mph top speed is deeply impressive, we’re more bewildered by the 1.97-second to 62 mph and the world-beating quarter-mile time, where it took just 8.74 seconds all while on cold tires. On properly warmed rubber, that time fell to just 8.58 seconds. Wild.
Top Speed: 258 MPH
0-62: 1.97 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,914 Horsepower
Torque: 1,740 Pound-Feet
Price: $2.5 Million
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Aston Martin has never really played in the hypercar space, instead contenting itself to build excellent and beautiful grand tourers. The Valkyrie is a change of tact, the result of a partnership between Aston and its Formula One partner, Red Bull Racing, to build a world-beating hypercar.
The Valkyrie features a naturally aspirated, Cosworth-sourced V12 and hybrid system to produce 1,160 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, but it’s how that power arrives. It comes at very high engine speeds, with the V12 packing an 11,000-rpm redline. Unleashed on the right road, this mid-engine Aston will hit 60 in 2.5 seconds and carry on to a top speed of over 250 mph.
Top Speed: Over 250 MPH
0-60: 2.5 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,160 Horsepower
Torque: 664 Pound-Feet
Price: $3 Million
More than nearly any other brand on this list, McLaren knows about building record-breaking hypercars. The legendary F1 held the record for over two decades, until the Bugatti Veyron arrived. The new McLaren Speedtail won’t reclaim the F1’s record with its promised 250-mph top speed, but the 1,036-hp, $2-million hypercar is arguably the prettiest car on this list. And anyway, 250 mph is pretty damn impressive, as is the zero-to-60 sprint of 2.9 seconds. Unlike the 300-plus-mph Jesko and Venom F5, we have little doubt of the Speedtail’s relatively reasonable max velocity.
Top Speed: 250 MPH
0-60: 2.9 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,036 Horsepower
Torque: 848 Pound-Feet
Price: $2 Million
With seating for four and a three-cylinder engine, the Koenigsegg Gemera doesn’t sound like the kind of vehicle that’d make a list for fastest cars in the world. That is, until you realize it’s from Koenigsegg, and things like seats and cylinder counts tell little of the story. The roomy Gemera packs 1,700 hp and 2,581 lb-ft of torque.
The top speed is 249 hp and 0-60 happens in 1.9 seconds, making this a brilliant way to scare three of your closest friends. That insane performance is thanks to three electric motors, which work alongside the twin-turbochraged 2.0-liter three-cylinder engine. Prices start at $500,000, which isn’t too crazy for Sweden’s hottest performer.
Top Speed: 249 MPH
0-60: 1.9 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,700 Horsepower
Torque: 2,581 Pound-Feet
Pagani Huayra BC Pacchetto Tempesta
The long-lived Pagani Huayra BC Roadster is an unusual entry on this list. The power output is barely excessive, and yet this sleek mid-engine V12-powered supercar can still accelerate to 236 mph. With an asking price of $3.4 million, the 791-hp Huayra variant is the cream of the crop for the current Pagani range.
A new Pacchetto Tempesta package was introduced in 2021 that added 25 hp and 36 lb-ft of torque, but Pagani hasn't indicated how that improves the zero-to-60 time or top speed.
Top Speed: 236 MPH
0-60: 2.8 Seconds (est)
Torque: 811 Pound-Feet
Price: $3.4 Million
Lambo Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae Coupe
Lamborghini is synonymous with V12 engines, but that won’t be the case for much longer. The new Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae represents the last nail in the coffin for gas-only V12 performance at the Italian automaker ahead of an electrified future. And what a nail it is. Power comes in at 769, while there’s 531 pound-feet of torque. Those are modest figures relative to some of the vehicles on this list, but with a 2.8-second sprint to 60 and a 220-mph top speed, the celebration of the Aventador line and the gas-powered V12 in particular is a worthy sendoff.
Top Speed: 220 MPH
0-62: 2.8 Seconds
Horsepower: 769 Horsepower
Torque: 531 Pound-Feet
If you’re naming a car after your company’s founder, it better be a pretty epic effort. Fortunately for Automobili Pininfarina, the Battista certainly qualifies. Named after Battista Pininfarina, the founder of the eponymous Italian design house with links to the automaker, this all-electric monster packs 1,900 horsepower and 1,741 pound-feet of torque via a four-motor setup similar to the Rimac Nevera (the two cars share a platform and are built in the same Croatian facility).
The Battista’s top speed is down on the Nevera, at 218 mph, but it’s slightly quicker to 60. Considering the Pininfarina’s $500,000 savings over its platform-mate, that’s a fair sacrifice.
Top Speed: 218 MPH
0-62: 1.8 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,900 Horsepower
Torque: 1,741 Pound-Feet
Price: $2 Million
Details remain scarce on the Mercedes-AMG One, aside from the fact that the German automaker is taking knowledge straight from its championship-winning Formula 1 team and applying it to a road car. There’s a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, three electric motors, and over 1,000 hp on offer (or more) – Mercedes hasn’t said how much torque the One produces, but the answer probably qualifies as “a lot.”
The One has a projected top speed of 217 mph and can hit 60 in an estimated 2.6 seconds. That’s hardly rapid compared to some of the cars on this list, but there’s little question that the $2.7-million Mercedes-AMG is still one of the quickest cars on the planet.
Top Speed: 217 MPH
0-60: 2.6 Seconds (est)
Horsepower: Over 1,000 Horsepower
Price: $2.72 Million
The latest Ford GT features a more revolutionary track than its predecessor, both in terms of its design and its engine. The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 mounted amidships produces 660 hp and 550 lb-ft, blasting the fastest Ford ever to 216 mph. The $500,000 price tag is fitting for a car with so much power and such impressive speed, even if it seems pretty darn grand for something with a Blue Oval on the nose.
Top Speed: 216 MPH
0-60: 3.0 Seconds
Horsepower: 660 Horsepower
Torque: 550 Pound-Feet
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World’s Fastest Cars
- Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut – 330 MPH
- Hennessey Venom F5 – 311
- Bugatti Bolide – 310 MPH
- Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ – 304 MPH
- SSC Tuatara – 283 MPH
- Rimac Nevera – 258 MPH
- Aston Martin Valkyrie – “Over 250 MPH”
- McLaren Speedtail – 250 MPH
- Koenigsegg Gemera – 249 MPH
- Pagani Huayra BC Pacchetto Tempesta – 236 MPH
- Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae Coupe – 220 MPH
- Pininfarina Battista – 218 MPH
- Mercedes-AMG One – 217 MPH
- Ford GT – 216 MPH
World’s Quickest Cars 0-60
- Pininfarina Battista – 1.8 Seconds (0-62 MPH)
- Koenigsegg Gemera – 1.9 Seconds
- Rimac Nevera – 1.97 Seconds (0-62 MPH)
- Bugatti Bolide – 2.17 Seconds (0-62 MPH)
- Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ – 2.3 Seconds
- Hennessey Venom F5 – 2.4 Seconds
- Aston Martin Valkyrie – 2.5 Seconds
- SSC Tuatara – 2.5 Seconds
- Mercedes-AMG One – 2.6 Seconds
- Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae Coupe – 2.8 Seconds (0-62 MPH)
- Pagani Huayra BC Pacchetto Tempesta – 2.8 Seconds
- McLaren Speedtail – 2.9 Seconds
- Ford GT – 3.0 Seconds
- Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut – N/A
What is the fastest car in the world?
The fastest car in the world is the jet-powered ThrustSSC, which has held the land-speed record since October 1997.
How fast is the fastest car in the world (MPH)?
The ThrustSSC was clocked in 1997 at a maximum speed of 760 mph over a flying kilometer and 763 over a flying mile. It was the first car to break the speed of sound.
What is the fastest commercially produced car in the world?
The fastest production car in the world could be the 330-mph Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut, but we may never know. Math supports it, but there are few places that could allow the Swedish supercar to reach its max, so there hasn’t been an attempt. The SSC Tuatara is technically the leader, with a 316-mph average over two runs, but controversy surrounds that attempt. The one vehicle we know for certain has cracked 300 mph and is unquestionably the reigning fastest car in the world is the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, which hit 304 mph.
What is the quickest car in the world?
Among vehicles in customer hands, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is quickest, with a manufacturer-estimated 2.3-second sprint to 60. The all-electric Pininfarina Battista could be the future champmion, though, with a claimed run from zero to 62 mph of 1.8 seconds.
There are only 12 people in the world who can say that they've gone over 400 mph in a piston-powered car.What car broke the 300 mph? ›
Not only that, but the Chiron Super Sport 300+ also became the first car to break 300 miles per hour on the track. The final record was 304.773 mph with racing driver Andy Wallace at the wheel on Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.What car broke the 200 mph? ›
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona That First Topped 200 MPH to Be Auctioned – Robb Report.How fast is a Tesla? ›
2021 Tesla Model S Plaid: 0–60 MPH in 2.07 Seconds
To put this in context, the Model S Plaid was doing more than 24 miles per hour before it had covered its own length in distance, and reached sixty before 100 feet.
There are few places in the world where you can drive 200. The first car that broke 200 mph did so on the hard-packed sands of Daytona Beach. Banked oval tracks like Italy's Nardo Ring also have great potential. Bugatti is owned by the VW Group, which runs a huge testing facility in Germany known as Ehra-Lessien.What car costs $3 million dollars? ›
Koenigsegg Jesko: $3 million
The Jesko is our first hypercar that hits the three million dollar mark. From a performance aspect, this makes sense: the Koenigsegg Jesko is also one of the fastest supercars in the world in 2023 – which definitely goes a long way towards its sticker price.
The current holder of the Outright World Land Speed Record is ThrustSSC driven by Andy Green, a twin turbofan jet-powered car which achieved 763.035 mph - 1227.985 km/h - over one mile in October 1997.What can go 500 mph? ›
The Bloodhound supersonic car has reached a speed of over 500 miles per hour (mph)!Why does a Bugatti have 2 keys? ›
In normal operation, the Bugatti Chiron is limited to 236 mph. If you want to head for its electronically-limited 261-mph max, you'll need to activate Top Speed mode by inserting a second key into a slot between the driver's seat and the door sill.How fast is 5000 horsepower? ›
Back in 2016, Devel Motors unveiled the prototype of its 5,000 horsepower Devel Sixteen, a 12.8-liter V16 engine car that the company claimed would be capable of reaching speeds of over 300 mph (482 km/h).
The fastest cars in the world right now are:
Bugatti Chiron Supersport 300+ SSC Tuatara. McLaren Speedtail. Koenigsegg Regera.
The top speeds of hypercars are going to be higher than those of supercars, simply because of their commitment to doing what was thought impossible. For example, a supercar like the Ferrari 488 GTB is no slouch, with a top speed of 205 mph and a 0-60-mph time of 3 seconds.What car went 331 mph? ›
American hypercar company SSC shocked the world when it announced that its flagship Tuatara had achieved 331 mph, setting a world record with a two-way average peak speed of 316 mph. That catapulted the Tuatara into public consciousness, proving it could outrun even the mind-bending Bugatti Chiron.What was the fastest car 100 years ago? ›
Over the half mile oblong oval, starting off with a flying start, the driver of the Lightning Benz achieved an average speed of 205.666 km/h, and 202.648 km/h over one kilometer loop.What is the unbreakable car? ›
One car that seems to survive in environments no car could normally last is the boxy Fiat Panda from the 1980s. Designed in the late 70s before being unveiled at the 1980 Geneva Motorshow, the MK1 Fiat Panda was supposedly conceived with the sole purpose of carrying four passengers and two 50-liter wine demijohns.What car hits 200mph first? ›
This 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Was the First Car to Top 200 MPH. Now It's Heading to Auction.What car does Elon Musk drive? ›
Quite the gearhead, in fact, he has several absolutely one-of-a-kind and extraordinary automobiles. These include a classic Ford Model T and a Porsche 911 Turbo. Here are all of the vehicles in Elon Musk's garage.Is a Tesla faster than a Hellcat? ›
In the end, the Tesla Plaid came out on top with a 6.139 second elapsed time (ET) at 119 mph compared to the Hellcat's 7.268 second ET at 98 mph.Will a human ever run 30 mph? ›
How fast is it physically possible for a human to run? — Steve in Davis, Calif. So far, the fastest anyone has run is about 27½ miles per hour, a speed reached (briefly) by sprinter Usain Bolt just after the midpoint of his world-record 100-meter dash in 2009.Can you go 500 mph? ›
The Bloodhound supersonic car has reached a speed of over 500 miles per hour (mph)! It's managed 501 mph to be precise in high-speed trials in South Africa. The jet-powered car, driven by pilot Andy Green, is working towards breaking the land speed record.
Youngblood's Land Speed 1.97-Liter Honda Civic Tops 200mph with Garrett Turbo Power. Youngblood Hot Rods' Land Speed 1.97-liter Honda Civic eclipses the 200mph mark with Garrett turbo power and a family effort.Is there a 1 billion dollar car? ›
We've all heard of cars that sell for millions of dollars, and every year prices just seem to climb higher. Does a car exist that is worth a billion dollars? Not quite yet, because apparently even the world's billionaires have budgets. But there is now a car worth a cool $142.5 million.Who owns the 70 million dollar car? ›
But the 3413 could sell for far more than that estimate, if recent sales are any indication. Earlier in June, German race car driver Christian Gläsel sold his 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis 4153, for at least $70 million in a private sale to David MacNeil, founder of the car floor mats maker WeatherTech.What is the highest speed car crash survived? ›
Land-speed-record racer Art Arfons was piloting his jet-powered Green Monster at around 610 mph (981 km/h) when the bearings on the right front wheel seized, sending the car tumbling for more than a mile across the flats.What is the fastest a plane has ever gone? ›
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is the fastest jet aircraft in the world, reaching speeds of Mach 3.3--that's more than 3,500 kph (2,100 mph) and almost four times as fast as the average cruising speed of a commercial airliner. Key elements of the SR-71's design made this possible.What's the Funny Car speed record? ›
Speed Milestones In Funny Car
250 mph – 250.00, Don Prudhomme, 1982, Baton Rouge, La. 320 mph – 323.35, John Force, 1998, Englishtown, N.J.
Besides three engines delivering 135,000 horsepower, the Bloodhound is equipped with rocket boosters to deliver the thrust necessary to get it to 1000mph. A view of the cockpit of the Bloodhound SSC.What can go 600 mph? ›
The Bloodhound is one of just six vehicles to have scooted past 600 mph; the appropriately named Sonic 1, Blue Flame, Thrust2, Budweiser Rocket, Sonic Arrow, and Thrust SSC have all been there as well. Two cars, the Budweiser Rocket and the Thrust SSC, have been able to surpass 700 mph.Has a car ever hit 300 mph? ›
Basically, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sports 300+ is an evolved version of the Chiron hypercar, one that's capable of breaking the 300-mph speed threshold. Truth be told, it already accomplished that feat when it reached a top speed of 304.77 mph on the Volkswagen Group's Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.How much is the missing Bugatti worth? ›
According to the original poster, it was "La Voiture Noire"—the only Atlantic built that is unaccounted for today, the barn find to end all barn finds, the most valuable Bugatti ever, estimated to be worth north of $100 million if it indeed still exists today.
But even among enduring greatness there are some models that stand out as extra special; the Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine is one such car. As rare and mysterious as it is beautiful, this is the only example in existence.Why are Bugatti tires glued? ›
They're like no other rubber on the road. For one thing, the company glues them to the wheel. This adhesive requires replacement roughly every 18 months to ensure a good seal, regardless of whether the owner is even driving the Bugatti. Plus, an owner needs to get new wheels roughly every three tire changes.Can a car have 10000 horsepower? ›
NHRA - National Hot Rod Association
A nitro engine is capable of putting out over 10,000 horsepower in large part to this bad boy sitting right here. It's a supercharger that sits up on top of the engine.
A 1-horsepower engine couldn't maintain more than 20 or 30 mph in a normal car, and you could never turn on the headlights or the air conditioning. The other problem is acceleration.How many HP is 1bhp? ›
The difference between the two is small on a 1:1 basis. 1hp is the equivalent to just under 0.99bhp, though scaled up you'll notice differences. For example, a car with 300hp would then have 296bhp.What's faster than a Lamborghini? ›
In fact, the Bugatti Chiron has the honor of being the fastest supercar in the world.Who has the quickest street car? ›
Johnny Bohmer is claiming the title of fastest street-legal car in the world. His BADD GT, a 2006 Ford GT, topped 310 mph on the extralong runway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.What is the fastest and strongest car? ›
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
The Chiron Super Sport 300+ is a special version of the already pretty special Chiron Super Sport, built to commemorate a modified Chiron becoming the first hypercar to crack 300mph.
On Dec. 9, 2022, the Gas Monkey Garage-sponsored 2006 Ford GT known as the “BADD GT,” achieved a top speed of 310.8 mph (500.1 km/h) at Space Florida's Launch and Landing Facility, located in Kennedy Space Center, Florida, making this car the fastest street legal car in the world.How fast could cars go in 1900? ›
1900s: Mercedes-Simplex 60HP - 73 mph
The fastest car of the 1890s was the Steamer, from Massachusetts firm Stanley, which cracked 35mph – rather better than the Benz's 10mph. But ICEs developed fast.
You were expected to amble up to 50 mph and stay right there. Secondly, there were fewer cars on the road. In 1960 the USA had 61.6 million registered automobiles. Compare that to 128.3 million cars by 1995, and 253.6 million cars by 2012.Has any car hit 350 mph? ›
The Devel Sixteen, named for the V16 engine shoehorned into a lengthened mid-engined set up, has declared it will not only achieve this milestone speed, but smash it to pieces by hitting 350mph – that's almost 100mph faster than the original Bugatti Veyron reached at 253mph.What is the fastest car in 2022? ›
2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport: 273 MPH
First, it's a production car that misses 300 mph by only 27 mph; being the "sane" version of the Super Sport 300+, it needed to be limited to just 273 mph.
The fastest cars in the world right now are:
Bugatti Chiron Supersport 300+ SSC Tuatara. McLaren Speedtail. Koenigsegg Regera.
Speed Demon, the streamliner Duttweiler's “big engine” is destined for, is already the fastest car ever powered by an internal-combustion piston engine—481.576 mph is the official record set at the Bonneville Salt Flats in August 2020. Its owner, George Poteet, now 74, was driving.Is there a car faster than a bullet? ›
The Fastest Car on Earth
That's faster than the speed of sound and some speeding bullets. If the Bloodhound SSC looks like a rocket, it's because it is one.