Most car companies produce a wide range of vehicles to hit the largest variety of consumers. Some companies, however, push engineering and aerodynamics to the max with a single goal in mind: create the fastest car possible. This level of performance yields something much more than a mere car. Here are some of the best current examples of that feat.
Ever since the Veyron a decade ago, it was assumed that the pinnacle of car performance had been reached. Bugatti surpasses this with their new Chiron. Its 8-liter W16 engine, coupled with four turbochargers, produces a colossal 1,500 horsepower and generates 1,600 Nm of torque. It will do 0 to 60 mph quicker than 2.5 seconds, 0 to 190 mph in 13.6 seconds, and has a limited top speed of just 260 mph. To say simply that this is a "fast" car is to misunderstand the meaning of fast.
Following in the footsteps of the legendary GT40, developed half a century ago specifically to beat Ferrari at Le Mans, Ford is now on its second generation of the GT. One of the most impressive bits of information about this car is that it produces more than 600 horsepower from just a 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost engine! With this configuration, the GT will do 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and have a top speed of around 200 mph. This car, slated to hit the market this year, has already sold all of the cars scheduled for production.
Lamborghini Aventador LP750 SV
Lamborghini is one of those companies that is expected to produce nothing but fast and flashy supercars, really jump-starting the fad with the Miura several decades ago as a side project. The Aventador has exceptionally low weight, a low profile and is wide to ensure that all of its 750 horsepower can be transferred to the road and its massive spoiler makes sure you stay on the wheels. The Aventador is far from the only impressive car they produce, as demonstrated by the rest of their lineup on their official website.
Koenigsegg is one of the only new manufacturers to recently insert themselves into the ranks of the supercar, which is fortunate since all they produce are supercars. The Regera is truly innovative in every facet of its construction, from its use of a twin-turbocharged 5-liter V8 engine combined with three electric motors to the removal of a standard gearbox all together. This unique tweaking of drivetrain engineering means it can produce around 1,500 horsepower from an average-sized V8 engine, as reported on their official website
Honda is a highly respected and wildly popular automotive manufacturer that has been producing cars for a very long time. In their time in the automotive industry, one make has stood apart from the rest--the NSX. For the longest time, the NSX was the only true supercar from the Asian market, and it broke many hearts when the line was discontinued a few years ago. However, it’s back and already winning awards! With a stunning new exterior design, this V6 powered supercar produces almost 600 horsepower and can attain a fuel economy that is on par with many standard vehicles you can find on the market. At just $156,000, it’s one of the most affordable supercars you can find as well.
McLaren has two primary functions: an F1 racing team and serving as a specialty tuning company for Mercedes-Benz. When they produce a car, the world takes notice. Their new 570S continues in the same tradition as the former world record holding McLaren F1. Hitting the top of the list for both light weight and power-to-weight ratio in its class, the 570S and its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine can do 0 to 124 mph in just 9.5 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph. This may not seem like much when compared with other supercar giants, such as the Chiron, but when you consider that it hits these numbers with nearly a third of the horsepower, the 570S is truly staggering.
Porsche is most well-known for its 911 line, but every once and a while they step away from that iconic design to produce a different performance car that is incredible in every sense of the word; the 918 is their newest entry from this stance. Not only is the 918 a purebred supercar, it’s a hybrid! This means that this car has a naturally-aspirated 4.6-liter V8 engine with two electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear, which combine to produce 887 horsepower and can propel this car from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, with a top speed of 211 mph. As if those numbers weren’t impressive enough, it has an estimated combined fuel economy of 71 mpg. That’s right, a supercar with better fuel economy than a Prius, as shown by Fuel Economy.gov. .
For those who are curious, that name is indeed translated as "Ferrari the Ferrari" but it is far from a joke. Like the 918, the LaFerrari is another hybrid supercar but with better performance. It has a 6.3-liter V12 and a single electric motor that combine to produce 949 horsepower, which is capable of taking this car from 0 to 124 mph quicker than 7 seconds and gives a top speed in excess of 217 mph. This car has received many awards for its performance, including Best Coupe from Motor Press Iberica and Car of the Year from Top Gear.
Pagani is another lucky company, such as Koenigsegg, in that they entered the mix of supercars only recently. Beginning distribution in 2011, the Huayra hit the market by storm. Designed to be the replacement of the Zonda, Pagani’s first car, it has maintained a similar silhouette but stretched and has one of the most exquisite and ornate interiors ever fitted to a production car in the modern era. The Huayra has a twin-turbo 6-liter V12 engine from AMG that produces 730 horsepower and a 7-speed gearbox under the floor.