Since the beginning of the automobile, certain groups of people have always craved the need for speed. Automakers have been creating faster vehicles every year, always pushing the boundaries of current technologies and physics. While those craving the fastest cars in the world usually have to go to a track, there are some outstanding examples of speed available to the average buyer and legal on roads everywhere. Let’s take a look at the top 5 fastest cars in the world, and find out just how fast you can go.
Funny Name, Fast Car
The fastest cars of 2013 list starts with one of the hardest names to pronounce in all of automobile manufacturing, the Koenigsegg Agera R. The successor to the SSX, The Agera boasts 1,099 horsepower, and a top speed of 260 mph. Though it’s theoretical limit is well beyond the tested top speed, it can also be fitted with snow tires and a ski rack, for the owner who takes his million dollar rear wheel drive supercar for a ski getaway weekend.
A Car So Fast, It Might Be Deadly
The fastest cars in the world list also adds a new manufacturer to the mix in 2013 with the Hennessey Venom GT. The most attractively named car on this list, the Venom GT boasts 1,200 horsepower, a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds, and a price tag of just under a million dollars. At 260 mph, it will get you anywhere you need to go, and in a hurry.
Continuing a Legendary Heritage
A legendary auto racing name, Shelby (now known as SSC North America), makes the SSC Ultimate Aero that graces fastest production cars lists all over the world. At 257 mph, it held the fastest car in the world title until Bugatti reclaimed it. Shelby is not lying down, however, as the company is already planning on a new vehicle to reclaim the title – the SSC Tuatara.
Top Speed at a Relatively Reasonable Price
Of all the cars on this list, the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo is the cheapest by a good margin. At just 555,000 it costs half, or even a quarter, as much as the other cars on this list, making it a real steal for the budget-minded speed demon. Though it has just a V8 and 750HP, the Saleen can still attain a top speed of 248 mph, mostly thanks to its low weight. So light and aerodynamic that it generates more downward force than it weighs, the Saleen would theoretically stick to the road upside down. Why it’s not recommended you find out, rest assured this is a serious automobile.
Still the Reigning Champ
The fastest car in the world in 2013 is still the Bugatti Veyron. The Super Sport version, released in 2010, claimed the title from the aforementioned Aero, with a top speed of 267 mph. With a 0-60mph time of less than 2.5 seconds, it will get you anywhere you want to go as fast as humanly possible in an automobile. Though there are a lot of theoretical competitors that may soon be able to top the Veyron, this Bugatti remains the king of speed in 2013.