It's one thing to own a fast car and another to drive one of the fastest cars in the world. Car manufacturers are now focusing on not only performance and reliability but also speed. There are a ton of cars that can go from 0-60 in under 4 seconds just after 100 years since the automobile was invented. This is a remarkable achievement, and it can only improve as technology gets better. In fact, the Tesla Roadster, which will be available in 2020, will be able to go from 0-60 in 1.9 seconds with a top speed of more than 250 mph.
The electric car will set a benchmark for top-speed performance, but that's a little while away. We're only going to cover cars that are already on the market and have been tested and proven. The list is difficult to put together because there are thin margins on what's defined as a production car and a race car, even when there are several performance indicators that could be used.
We'll be focusing on the top speed alone, as the rest of the factors can become subjective, depending on the type and purpose of the vehicle. Furthermore, the top speed has to be verifiable from reputable sources. With that out of the way, here are 20 supercars with top speeds of above 220 mph.
20 Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren
This car was jointly produced by McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz owned 40% of McLaren when the unit was being developed. There were two versions on offer: the coupe and the roadster. The car was produced for 6 good years until 2008, when Mercedes decided to discontinue the SLR McLaren. The coupe version was in production up to late 2009. The Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren can reach a limited top speed of 209 mph and can go from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds.
The retractable puristic top is specifically designed for top speed. It can open and close semi-automatically in seconds. It integrates the aerodynamic concept, which is synonymous with the coupe line. The current average price for a Mercedes McLaren is about $650,000.
19 Porsche 918 Spyder
This is a hybrid supercar produced by Porsche under the parent company Volkswagen. The Spyder has a top speed of 210 mph when the electric motor and gasoline engine are working together.
The car can reach up to 93 mph when it's operating on electric power alone. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.6 seconds. There are only 918 units of the Porsche Spyder that have been produced, and you'll have to cough up about $84,500 if you're thinking of acquiring this beauty.
Questions have been asked if the vehicle can be termed a supercar. You can use the Porsche 918 Spyder for daily driving, and it handles well with a comfortable interior. It's definitely a supercar if the price tag is anything to go by. It will soon become a collector's item given the limited number that has been produced for the mass market.
18 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is still in production, and every year, they try to outdo themselves in the speed department. The 2019 version is said to reach a top speed of 210 mph with 755 horsepower from the 6.2L, 8-cylinder supercharged dual-injection engine. It will come with the option of a 7-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The ZR1 has been in production since 1969, and the C6 was the first to be produced with exposed headlamps. The ZR1 has gone through different trims and models. The first one was the C3, which was produced between 1969 to 1971. Then, there was the C4 from 1990 to 1995, the C6 from 2009-2013, and finally, the C7, which will begin production in 2019.
The C6 was priced at just over $160,000 when it first launched, making it one of the less expensive supercars on the list.
17 Ferrari F40
It's one of the oldest supercars in the Ferrari line of cars. The Ferrari F40 was built from 1987 to 1992 with the race variant continuing up to 1996.
Ferrari was celebrating its 40th birthday and thought it should gift itself with this bad boy! Ferrari had planned to produce 400 units but ended up manufacturing 1,311 units, with 213 units being sold in the United States.
The base price was to be $400,000, which is twice as much in today's valuation. The Ferrari F40 can reach a speed of up to 213 mph and can go from 0 to 62 in 4.7 seconds. It can produce 515 hp with a twin-turbocharged specialized V8 engine. It was Ferrari's fastest and most expensive car during that time.
16 Aston Martin Rapide S
This is the only 4-door car to make it on this list of supercars with a top speed of above 120 mph. The first batch of production began in 2010 with Aston Martin setting a target of 2,000 units per year. Things didn't turn out as planned, though, and the plant had to be relocated from Austria to England because the sales target wasn't met.
Aston Martin has been doing a lot of facelifts on the Rapide S, and it can currently manage a limited top speed of 204 mph. The Rapid S can accelerate from 0-60 in under 4.4 seconds. It also boasts of 552 horsepower with an upgraded V12 engine. There are very few 4-door cars that can challenge the Aston Martin Rapide S when it comes to power and performance.
15 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
This is another rare vehicle that was produced by Ferrari. There are only 599 Fioranos in the world, and that's why it was given the name "599 GTM." Another reason for its name is that its total engine displacement is at 5999 CC. The guys at Ferrari must have thoroughly thought out every detail on this one.
The car produces a max output of 612 hp and has a top speed of 205 mph with the ability to go from 0-62 in 3.2 seconds. It also boasts of the famous 6-speed manual and the 6-Speed Superfast, which is common in high-end Ferrari vehicles.
Ferrari launched the 599 GTO in 2010, and they claimed it was their fastest road vehicle at that particular time. In fact, it was able to go 1 second faster than the Enzo in a test lap circuit.
14 Lamborghini Murcielago
The Murcielago was in production between 2001 and 2010 and was one of Lamborghini's highest-selling vehicles. The car is famous for the gull-wing doors, as it was a pioneer in the design. It has a top speed of 205 mph and goes from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds with a skip pad of 0.98.
The max power is at 580 hp with 7,500 revolutions per minute. There have been limited editions of the Murcielago. In 2003, Lamborghini marked their 40th anniversary by producing 50 limited-edition Murcielagos. The difference between this and other units was the blue color with a carbon-fiber green jaded interior. There was also the Versace limited edition, which was launched at the 2006 Paris motor show. There were only 20 units, which were available in either black or white.
13 Lamborghini Reventon
The Lamborghini Reventon was first introduced to the market in 2007 in the Frankfurt Motor show. During its stint, it held the record as the most expensive Lamborghini until the launch of the Elemento. It was priced at $2 million, and only 20 units were sold. The inspiration for the interior is said to have been the fastest airplanes. The Reventon is named after a fighting bull, which is in line with Lamborghini tradition of naming vehicles. The first unit was sold to a billionaire businessman from Bahrain in Las Vegas. The Reventon has a top speed of 205 mph and can go from 0-62 in 3.4 seconds. The car is probably valued two times the original price now, as it was a limited edition.
12 Bentley Continental Supersports Edition
The Bentley Continental was in production between 2003 to 2011, the first one being unveiled in the Geneva motor show. Bentley is known to be a luxury brand, and the Supersports Edition was a statement to other car manufacturers that they could also compete when it came to speed. The Supersports was the first supercar from Bentley that could run on both Biofuel and gasoline. It first came into the market in 2009. It can reach a top speed of 209 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds. It's officially the fastest Bentley and also among the fastest cars in the world. There's also a convertible version that was launched in the summer of 2010. The Bentley Continental Supersports Edition costs $293,00 for a base coupe model, while the convertible starts at $322,000.
11 Ferrari Enzo
The Ferrari Enzo was sold exclusively to previous Ferrari owners. They were targeting those who had bought the F40. All the 399 slots were filled this way even before production could start. Due to the popularity of the Enzo, Ferrari decided to produce another 50 units.
The car costs approximately $2.9 million due to the fact that there were only 449 units ever produced. There's a possibility the price might go up, as the car has become a collector's item, and they're mostly sold through auction.
Enzo was the founder of Ferrari, and that might have contributed to the car selling out quickly since it was a limited edition. The Enzo has a limited top speed of 216 mph, 650 hp, and 485 lb-ft.
10 Jaguar XJ220
This is one of the greatest cars ever built by Jaguar, and it stills find itself in the list of the fastest cars in the world 2 decades on. It was astounding that it could reach 217 mph with a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine and 417 horsepower. This feat was achieved by getting rid of the catalytic converters and increasing the rev limiter. The engine was also altered to make it lightweight. Some car enthusiasts might consider this cheating, but it should be noted that the same was done to the engine of the McLaren F1.
The Jaguar XJ220 was the fastest production car in the world for a year between 1992 and 1993. Jaguar managed to produce 275 units before production came to a halt, with the base price starting at $660,000.
9 McLaren F1
This is a very rare vehicle, and car collectors are willing to spend in the millions so that they can add the McLaren to their collection. There was a McLaren that sold at auction in 2017 for $13 million, which goes to show how rare and expensive this car is. There are a total of 106 McLaren F1s, out of which 5 were prototypes, 28 were race cars, and 64 were road versions.
The car has a top speed of 243 mph and a couple of propriety designs that are unique to the unit. The car was the fastest in the world for a number of years. It's been termed as the ''greatest automotive achievement of all time'' by channel4. The road version produces 627 hp at 7,400 rpm. The engine bay has been lined with 16 grams of gold to serve as high-efficient heat reflectors.
8 Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
This car is over 10 years old but still remains one of the fastest to date. It's a combination of raw power and sleek styling that makes a good supercar, and the Saleen S7 has all it takes. The car is said to reach up to 248 mph, but there hasn't been sufficient evidence to back up this claim till now. Its 750 horsepower can get it to 60 in 2.8 seconds. It's very comfortable on the road despite being designed for the track.
The car has been featured in Hollywood movies, the most notable one being Bruce Almighty. The same car was sold on eBay in 2003. The Saleen s7 costs around $500,000, and they're very rare to find.
7 SSC Ultimate Aero TT
The SCC Ultimate Aero TT is a sports car produced by SCC North America. It was in production between 2006 to 2013 and was the fastest car in the world until the Bugatti Veyron dethroned it from the prestigious spot. The official highest speed ever recorded was 256.14 mph, which is very close to that of the Bugatti Veyron.
There are no fancy electronics like traction control, antilock brakes, or driver aids, as the design philosophy was about making it a driver's car. There were only 28 units ever produced from 2006 to 2013, and the average price now is around $500,000. The car has 1,000 hp and can go from 0-60 in 2.78 seconds with a skip pad of 1.05.
6 Hennessey Venom
This supercar made its way into the Guinness Book of World records for being the fastest production car in the 0-186 mph in 2013. It also broke the record for being the fastest accelerating supercar in the world, even overtaking the Koenigsegg Agera R.
The Hennessey Venom has been tested when it comes to top speed and was able to manage 265.57 mph on a 2-mile stretch. However, the Hennessey cannot be declared the fastest car in the world because the run was single-direction run, and only around 16 vehicles of this model have been produced. According to the Guinness Book of Records, a company must have at least 30 units of a given brand for it qualify for the official "fastest car in the world" title. The Hennessey Venom has a price tag of $1.2 million.
5 Bugatti Veyron
There have been a lot of exciting vehicles since the turn of the new millennium, and the Bugatti Veyron is one such car. The car was discontinued in 2015 after selling over 400 units in a span of 10 years. During this 10-year period, the Bugatti was the fastest car in the world with speeds of up to 267.87 mph, which broke the Guinness Book world record for the fastest car.
The supercar boasts of 1,000 hp and can go from 0-100 in under 3 seconds. Top Gear did a speed test in 2011 to determine how fast the car could go. There aren't so many places on Earth where you can max a Bugatti Veyron, but they managed to achieve 267 mph near the Old East German border.
4 Bugatti Chiron
The Bugatti Chiron is the fastest car in the world with verifiable speed and has broken just about every record imaginable. The top speed is electronically limited to 267 mph for safety concerns, although it's believed it could go higher than that. It's also one of the most expensive cars in the world, as it costs $2. 7 million to get your hands on this beast.
The Chiron is the successor to the Veyron, which had held the record for the fastest car in the world. It comes with a 7-speed manual dual-clutch transmission and produces 1,479 horsepower, which is 492 more than the Bugatti Veyron produces. The Chiron also broke the record for the fastest production street-legal car when it went from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds in 2015.
Bugatti produced only 200 units of the Chiron, and they were all sold out even before the first one was produced. Potential buyers were required to place a deposit of $22,600.
3 SSC Tuatara
The SSC Tuatara is another supercar produced by SSC North America, which was formerly known as "Shelby Supercars Inc." It succeeds the Ultimate Aero, which is also on the list as one of the fastest. The company released the concept back in 2011, and production was set to start in 2017. The car has been named after a lizard, which is mostly found in New Zealand.
They released a teaser in the beginning of January 2018 to show that the car was still alive. SSC has said that the car will have a top speed of 270 mph with 1,350 hp. It'll also have a billet-aluminum twin-turbocharged 6.9L V8 engine. Mass production has been greatly hampered, though, because of a lack of finances to construct a plant. However, the price is estimated to be around $1.3 million.
2 Koenigsegg ONE 1
The Agera has achieved ridiculous levels of speed, but the Koenigsegg ONE 1 is just on another level. The company says the car can reach a top speed of 273 mph.
The chassis and body are made from carbon fiber that's 20% lighter than what was used in the previous versions. They also integrated the use of 3D printing to make lightweight parts like the exhaust tip and the turbo housings.
The ONE 1 was introduced in 2014, and there have been 6 units up to date, and they were all sold out even before the launch.
The "ONE 1" name is derived from the car's power-to-weight ratio, which is 1360 PS: 1360 kg. One of the units was involved in an accident in 2016, and that car's body was damaged in a practice session. The company said they would rebuild the car, though. The ONE 1 has a base price of $ 2.8 million.
1 Koenigsegg Agera R
The Agera also makes it on the list of supercars with a top speed of above 120 mph. 18 units were produced between the years 2011 and 2014. The car was engineered with visual enhancements on the exterior and superior performance under the bonnet. It's also one of the first supercars to take the initiative toward green technology with the use of biofuel in the models.
The Agera R can produce up to 1,140 hp with a theoretical speed of 273 mph. It can go from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds, which makes it one of the fastest cars in the world. The price for the Agera R is $2.1 million, and the company is all about its "less is more" philosophy when it comes design but not price.
Sources: wikipedia.com; topspeed.com; topgear.com