In Norway, it isn’t allowed to drive over 100 km/h on a few selected routes. To my knowledge, there are no cars on sale that aren't able to reach this speed. And just to illustrate how pointless is the indication of top speed, I’ll mention that the venerable British Bentley launched the world’s cheapest car that could reach 320 km/h a few years ago - but they must also admit that there was a straight stretch of the British islands that was long enough for the car to reach this top speed.
But this does not prevent the manufacturers in fighting to produce the world's fastest cars, some claiming the
theoretical peak speeds that are not proven - and even the winner has set a world record that is impossible to copy. Here are the 6 of the world’s fastest stock cars ever produced:
6. McLaren F1 (240 mph - 386 km/h)
This old-trotter-of-1994’s claims are still among the world's fastest. It has a top speed 386 km/h and achieves 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds.
The model has a V12 engine that delivers 627 hp. The tough door slides up and gives the impression of bat wings. Batman would choose this one - in black.
5. Koenigsegg CCX (245 mph - 395 km/h)
This super car gives room for sudden spontaneity: 0-100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds. V8 engine of 806 hp “achieves a top speed of over 395 km/h”, according to the manufacturer.
4. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo (248 mph - 399 km/h)
This place really belongs to Bugatti Veyron, but as a special edition of this car goes even faster, we’ve dropped the whole car and included the somewhat unknown super car manufacturer Saleen.
Saleen S7 is equipped with a V8 engine of 750 hp, which can achieve a top speed of 399 km/h, and the model goes 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds.
We have a feeling that it must be miserable to be on the test
track and see that one was so close to 400.
3. SSC Ultimate Aero TT (257 mph - 413 km/h)
The ultimate super car races off 0-100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds. With this you should probably make it everywhere on time.
Aero is equipped with a V8 engine with full 1183 hp and top speed is set at around 413 km/h.
2. Hennessey Venom GT and Koenigsegg Agere R (270 mph - 416 km/h, claimed 440 km/h)
These two cars we include in a high-highlighted parentheses. Both cars have totally insane "theoretical peak speeds", but as far as we know, none of these are officially tested. The
Supercars website claims that the cars can hit around 270 mph.
Hennessey Venom is perhaps the more impressive of the two, considering that the car is equipped with "just" a V8 engine, and yet it manages to pull out 1200 horsepower. According to the manufacturer it should in theory be able to pass the 440 km/h mark, but strangely it is not proven.
1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (268 mph - 431 km/h)
Bugatti Veyron is, according to the rumors, a project at a loss, despite the car's exceptional price, and has largely been only a prestige project for Volkswagen.
So bad was it that Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson was a bit sad test driving it, because he was convinced that we would never come close to seeing a car of that caliber. But he was wrong. Bugatti then created a new version of the car - this time with 1200 horsepower. The car went straight into the record books, with a top speed of 431 km/h (actually topped the 434.2 km/h on the second part of the record attempt). The price of its predecessor in Norway was about 1,6 million euros. The price in Germany was 1,95 million euros – 750,000 euros more than its predecessor!
Image credit: bugatti.com