Speed is one of the most captivating elements of racing for drivers and fans worldwide, intoxicating both competitors and viewers alike. Rivalries, talent development and success stories keep people coming back for more.
Automakers take great pride in offering top-speed runs to promote their vehicles as being among the fastest. Below are today’s fastest vehicles.
1. Bugatti Veyron
The Bugatti Veyron is an ultracar that can reach speeds of over 400km/h (250mph). Powered by its 8.0-liter quad turbocharged W16 engine with 1,001 horsepower output, its top speed reaches over 400 km/h (250 mph).
It’s also quite heavy, featuring 10 radiators to dissipate all of its mechanical system’s heat and 15.7″ carbon ceramic rotors up front and 15″ carbon ceramic rotors at the rear for excellent braking power.
2. Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Once unveiled in 2012, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta quickly earned acclaim as the fastest road-going Ferrari ever. Additionally, it made an appearance on Top Gear TV show.
This mid-level grand tourer is powered by a 731 horsepower 6.3-liter V12 engine mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.
3. Lamborghini Aventador
Lamborghini Aventador has long been one of the company’s flagship V12 cars. With striking looks and numerous firsts under its belt, this supercar has become an unforgettable model in history.
Lamborghini is creating the Aventador Ultimae as a special limited-edition model to mark its end, offering only 100 to lucky owners this exclusive vehicle with weight-saving techniques and more torque sent directly to the rear wheels compared to its standard version.
4. Porsche 911 GT3
The Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS represent the pinnacle of performance, offering everything we love about a standard Carrera but taking it one step further. Their powerful 4.0-liter flat-six engines deliver demon-like sounds while their intuitive PDK transmission or six-speed manual transmission facilitates unmatched driver engagement and amazement.
The GT3 RS features race car aerodynamic elements combined with an exclusive control-arm front suspension and centre lock wheels to make it track ready. A Formula 1-style drag reduction system helps shave unneeded downforce, increasing straight line speed of the GT3 RS.
5. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Chevrolet Corvettes are some of the world’s fastest and most powerful cars. There are three models – Z51, Z06 and ZR1.
The Z51 package comes equipped with larger Brembo brakes, an altered axle ratio, performance suspension components and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires for improved handling and an exhaust system which increases horsepower by five.
6. Nissan GT-R
The Nissan GT-R is an ultracar, boasting high horsepower and precise handling. A truly powerful and enjoyable driving experience, as well as being an excellent value.
Paddle-shifted six-speed dual clutch transmissions are designed to make gear changes quickly and smoothly, with three modes that enable on-the-fly adjustments of specific parameters for transmission, suspension and VDC stability control systems.
7. Chevrolet Corvette ZR2
The Chevrolet Corvette ZR2 is one of the fastest and most powerful vehicles on the road, equipped with a high-performance V8 engine that produces over 500 horsepower.
This vehicle stands out with its exceptional look and legendary status. Perfect for anyone seeking the best of everything, its performance is outstanding and comfortable enough for long distance drives.
8. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is one of the fastest and most powerful muscle cars on the market, capable of reaching 60mph in 3.4 seconds with an explosive 650 horsepower engine.
Addition of the 1LE Track Performance Package will increase its performance even further, featuring front and rear Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers as well as a rear stabilizer bar from Multimatic.
9. Chevrolet Corvette ZR3
The Corvette ZR3 coupe offers plenty of features and performance that are sure to please its driver, including its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 which generates 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque – making it one of the fastest Corvettes available today.
At 212 mph, it is one of the fastest front-engine cars currently on sale and its traction control system contributes significantly to reaching this top speed.
10. Ford GT
Ford GT’s thrilling acceleration meets astoundingly flat handling to deliver an exhilarating driving experience, responding instantly to driver input unlike other supercars.
The car’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine produces 647 horsepower, giving it an astonishing 0-60 time of 3 seconds flat. Additionally, this powerplant is coupled with a dual-clutch automatic transmission and paddle shifters for seamless performance.
Although lacking luxury features, its race car spartan interior exudes serious race car flair. Furthermore, it comes equipped with Ford’s Sync 3 software and navigation functionality as standard features.