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The first production car with a recorded speed was the 1894 Benz Velo which had a top speed of just 12 mph. Few verified records exist from that point until around 1950 when the Jaguar XK120 set a production car speed record of 124.6 mph (not to be confused with the tuned prototype that managed to hit 133 mph) From this point on, it became a trend for automotive publications to do their own top speed test.

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Even the venerable McLaren F1 was tested by Car and Driver, and in 2005 we got our first government-official speed record set by the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 and verified by German inspection officials in 2005. It was that moment when the official challenge between manufacturers kicked off, and since then there have only been a handful of cars up to breaking the record. This list covers the top 12 fastest cars in the world, ranked from slowest to fastest.

Updated June 2023: The automotive world is changing constantly, and every day there are more and more cars, some of which are built to break records. For example, just at the end of 2022, the Rimac Nevera became the fastest EV in the world, after it hit a top speed of 258 mph. This result also put it on the same list with the fastest supercars in the world, but it’s not the only car that belongs on this list, and we’ve spilled the beans below with the 22 fastest cars in the world!

Data and stats for this mega list on ‘The Fastest Cars In The World’ were gathered from a combination of sources including automaker press pages, and other reputed websites like Car And Driver and MotorTrend.

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22 B Engineering Edonis

Top Speed: 227 Mph

B Engineering Edonis is one of the more obscure vehicles on the list. It’s based on the Bugatti EB110 Super Sport from the 1990s but with a heavily-redesigned exterior and interior. The carbon-fiber chassis was a complete carry-over from the EB110 SS, but the engine and drivetrain were reworked. Bugatti’s 3.5-liter V-12 grew to 3.8 liters and the quad-turbo setup was slapped for a twin-turbos.

Specifications

Engine

3.8-liter twin-turbo V-12

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Horsepower

671 HP

Torque

542 LB-FT

0-60 mph

2.9 seconds

Top Speed

227 mph

Price

$580,000

Production

21 units

The all-wheel-drive system was ditched, meaning power now went to the rear wheels only. The B Engineering Edonis has a claimed top speed of 227 mph (365 km/h), but the highest top speed achieved in real life was 222.4 mph (359.6 km/h). The 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time was said to be 3.9 seconds, which is almost 0.8 seconds slower than the all-wheel drive EB110 SS.

21 Bugatti EB110 SS Dauer Lightweight

Top Speed: 230 Mph

A front 3/4 action shot of a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport
Bugatti

A front 3/4 shot of a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport driving on the road.

The 1991 Bugatti EB110 commemorated the 110th anniversary of Ettore Bugatti – the brand’s founder. The brand itself struggled, on numerous occasions, and in the 1990s, it was owned by Romano Artioli. The EB110 was the only Bugatti made under his ownership. After the company went bankrupt, the German tuner house, Dauer Sportwagen, bought all Bugatti assets, including the remaining cars that were never assembled.

Specifications

Engine

3.5-liter quad-turbo V-12

Horsepower

705 HP

Torque

450+ LB-FT

0-60 mph

3.14 seconds

Top Speed

230 mph

Price

$1.15 million

Production

5 units

Dauer further developed the EB110 SS, creating five models that were entirely made of carbon fiber. The engine was also tweaked so, it now made 705 horsepower. The 0 to 60 mph time was identical to the regular EB110 SS, but the top speed was now 230 mph (370 km/h). Jochen Dauer even claimed that 250 mph (402 km/h) was possible, but that was never verified.

20 Mercedes CLK GTR Super Sport

Top Speed: 232 Mph

A front 3/4 shot of a 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
Mercedes-Benz

A front 3/4 view of the 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR.

The 1990s and 2000s were when some pretty insane homologation specials emerged. Among them was Mercedes’ own, GT1 racing car. The CLK GTR was a race car for the road that featured a mid-mounted, M297, V-12 engine. Homologation requirements stated the car needed to share body parts with mass-produced models, which is why the front and rear lights came, directly, off the more mainstream, Mercedes CLK C208.

Specifications

Engine

7.3-liter V-12

Horsepower

711 HP

Torque

590+ LB-FT

0-60 mph

2.9 seconds

Top Speed

232 mph

Price

$1.5 million

Production

5 units

The interior also resembled the more sedate grand tourer, but that’s where the similarities ended. A total of 28 examples of the Mercedes CLK GTR were built. Those include, 20 coupes, six roadsters, and two prototypes. Only five CLK GTRs received AMG’s Super Sport package, which was the most powerful, road-going version of the car.

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19 Pagani Huayra R

Top Speed: 238 Mph

A studio shot of a Pagani Huayra R
Pagani

The Pagani Huayra R track car with its doors open

Pagani is one of the younger supercar makers, but it has already proved, on numerous occasions, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. The Modena-based company produces some of the most exquisite and capable high-performance vehicles, we have ever seen, and it’s safe to say, none of Pagani’s models are slow.

Specifications

Engine

6.0-liter V-12

Horsepower

850 HP

Torque

553 LB-FT

0-60 mph

2.8 seconds

Top Speed

238 mph

Price

$2.9 million

Production

30 units

Among the fastest Pagani supercars, the Huayra R, currently, holds the crown. Instead of the regular car’s twin-turbo V-12, the track-only R variant relies on a high-revving V-12 with the same displacement of 6.0 liters. As always, the engine comes from AMG, and in this case, can rev to 9,000 RPM. Another unique feature of the Huayra R is that the high-revving V-12 is mated to a six-speed manual.

18 McLaren F1

Top Speed: 240 Mph

Gray 1996 McLaren F1
Chelsea Jay/Wikimedia Commons

3/4 shot of 1996 gray McLaren F1

McLaren F1 is the brainchild of famed engineer and racing driver, Gordon Murray. The South African inventor left no stone unturned in his strife to create the ultimate supercar. Every aspect of the McLaren F1 was over-engineered and every part had a dual purpose. The BMW-derived V-12 engine was specially developed for the British, mid-engine supercar and is so balanced it did not require a flywheel to operate smoothly.

Specifications

Engine

6.1-liter V-12

Horsepower

618 HP

Torque

479 LB-FT

0-60 mph

3.2 seconds

Top Speed

241 mph

Price

$20.5 million

Production

106 units

The McLaren F1 is as analog as it gets, and it came, exclusively, with a six-speed manual. Gordon Murray did not pursue any top speed record with the F1, but after testing a developmental prototype, called the XP5, they clocked an average speed of 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h), with the highest of the three attempts being 243 mph (391 km/h). To this day, McLaren F1 is the fastest production car with a naturally-aspirated engine and manual transmission.

17 Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

Top Speed: 248 mph

Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
Saleen

Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

The Saleen S7 is not only an old, very rare beauty but also a very powerful and fast supercar. First announced back in 2000, the S7 was joined by the S7 Twin Turbo just a few years later. The model is powered by the same 7.0-liter V-8 engine upgraded with Garrett twin turbochargers. As a result, the output is now 750 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque.

Specifications

Engine

7.0-liter V-8

Horsepower

750 HP

Torque

700 LB-FT

0-60 mph

2.7 seconds

Top Speed

248 mph

Price

$555,000

Production

14 units

The S7 Twin Turbo can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, from 0 to 100 mph in 5.9 seconds, and runs the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds. The top speed is 248 mph. Fun fact: if the car looks familiar, you may have spotted it alongside Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty.

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16 Aspark Owl

Top Speed: 249 mph

Aspark Owl

Limited to only 50 units, the Aspark Owl brings a lot of interesting features to the market. It is the first Japanese full-electric hypercar ever and also the most powerful EV in the world: its four permanent magnet synchronous motors can produce a combined 2,012 horsepower.

Specifications

Powertrain

Four permanent magnet synchronous electric motors

Horsepower

2,012 HP

Torque

1,475 LB-FT

0-60 mph

1.69 seconds

Top Speed

249 MPH

Price

$2,800,000

Production

50 units

Built on a carbon fiber chassis that weighs only 264.5 pounds, the Owl is incredibly light, shockingly durable, and very fast. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 1.69 seconds and can hit a claimed top speed of 249 mph. All these amazing numbers happen, while also providing an all-electric range of 280 miles. The Aspark Owl is priced is approximately $2.8 million dollars – which doesn’t exactly make it a bargain.

15 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

Top Speed: 250 mph

2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro at Geneva Motor Show.
Aston Martin

A front shot of a 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019.

The Valkyrie AMR Pro is a track-only variant of the Aston Martin Valkyrie, and it was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The Pro model is powered by the same 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V-12 engine found in the Valkyrie Road car, but it doesn’t have the KERS system. Still, the V-12 is equally impressive and delivers a total of 1,000 horsepower.

Specifications

Engine

6.5-liter naturally aspirated V-12

Power

1,000 HP

Torque

546 LB-FT

0-60 mph

2.5 seconds

Top Speed

250 mph

Price

$4,200,000

Production

25 units

While this may not be as much as the standard Valkyrie, some weight-saving measures like ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber bodywork, carbon suspension springs, and Perspex windshield and side windows have made the Valkyrie Pro very fast: it can hit a top speed of 250 mph. The Valkyrie AMR Pro is limited to only 25 units, and all of them are already spoken for.

14 McLaren Speedtail

Top Speed: 250 mph

Silver McLaren Speedtail
McLaren

A rear 3/4 action shot of a McLaren Speedtail on the runway

The McLaren Speedtail was introduced in 2019, and it’s considered a spiritual successor to the iconic F1. But that’s mostly because it features a three-seat layout with the driver’s seat in the center. Unlike other cars on this list, the Speedtail is a hybrid, combining a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 gasoline engine with an electric motor.

Specifications

Engine:

Twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 hybrid

Horsepower:

1,035 horsepower

Torque:

848 pound-feet

0-60 mph:

2.5 seconds (estimate)

Top speed:

250 mph (claimed)

Price:

$2.2 million

Production:

106 examples

McLaren says that the Speedtail is able to hit 250 mph, which makes it the company’s fastest vehicle yet. However, the British firm has yet to release proof that the Speedtail is indeed capable of such speeds.

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13 Bugatti Veyron

Top Speed: 253.8 mph

(Left-to-right) Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
Bugatti

(Left-to-right) Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport 

The fourth Bugatti on our list, the standard Veyron, is the first production car that surpassed the 250-mph mark. And, it did it back in 2005 when it put an end to McLaren’s long-standing record set with the F1 in 1993. The Veyron, equipped with an early version of the 8.0-liter W-16, hit a top speed of 253.8 mph on April 19, 2005.

Specifications

Engine:

Quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16

Horsepower:

987 horsepower

Torque:

922 pound-feet

0-60 mph:

2.8 seconds

Top speed:

254 horsepower

Price:

$1.7 million

Production:

178 examples

Its record stood for two years, but it was recaptured by the SuperSport version and then by its successor, the Chiron. This is the only Bugatti in our list that generates less than 1,000 horsepower. The W-16 used in the original Veyron cranks out 987 horses and 922 pound-feet of torque.

12 Koenigsegg Regera

Top Speed: 255 MPH

Koenigsegg Regera
Koenigsegg

A front 3/4 action shot of a Koenigsegg Regera

Based on the Koenigsegg Agera, the Regera is currently a performance beast. It is powered by a 5.9-liter V-8 twin-turbocharged combined with three electric motors that deliver a combined 1,500 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and was built to break records. Back in 2019, the Regera showed it only needs 31.49 seconds to reach 249 mph. The Koenigsegg Regera set a new world record for homologated production cars 0-400-0 km/h at just 28.81 seconds and 0-250-0 mph at 29.60 seconds.

Specifications

Powertrain

5.9-liter V-8 twin-turbocharged + three electric motors

Horsepower

1,500 HP

Torque

944 LB-FT

0-60 mph

2.8 seconds

Top Speed

255 mph

Price

$1,900,000

Production

80 units

It was able to accelerate from 0 to 249 mph in just 22.87 seconds and gradually decelerated in 8.62 seconds. All this in a distance of 1,613.2 meters, though it should be noted that Koenigsegg claims the Regera can hit a top speed of 255 mph. Of course, not many will get the chance to test this, as the Regera will be limited to only 80 units, each with a price of $1.5 million.

11 SSC Ultimate Aero

Top Speed: 256 mph

SSC Ultimate Aero
SSC North America

Front end shot of the SSC Ultimate Aero

The Ultimate Aero is the car that briefly stole the record from the Bugatti Veyron. Until the Veyron Super Sport came to take it back. SSC set its record in 2007 with a twin-turbo version of the car. The Ultimate Aero hit a top speed of 256.1 mph somewhere in West Richland and held the record until 2010.

Specifications

Engine:

Twin-turbo, 6.3-liter V-8

Horsepower:

1,183 horsepower

Torque:

1,094 pound-feet

0-60 mph:

2.7 seconds

Top speed:

256 mph

Price:

$600,000

Production:

unknown

The Ultimate Aero was discontinued in 2013 after several limited-edition models, but SSC is now working on a new contender for the world’s fastest production car, the Tuatara. While the record car came with 1,183 horsepower and 1,094 pound-feet of tap, SSC increased power to 1,300 horses toward the end of production. It also switched the original 6.3-liter V-8 with a 6.9-liter engine.

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10 Rimac Nevera

Top Speed: 258 mph

Rimac Nevera
Rimac 

Front three-quarters shot of a Rimac Nevera with its doors open

The Rimac Nevera is one of the most impressive electric supercars in the world. It is powered by a quad-motor setup that delivers a total of 1,914 horsepower and 1,741 pound-feet of torque, numbers that currently make it one of the most powerful EVs out there.

Specifications

Motor

Four electric motors

Power

1,914 HP

Torque

1,714 LB-FT

0-60 mph

1.85 seconds

Top Speed

258 mph

Price

$2,000,000

Production

150 units

The Nevara can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 1.85 seconds, from zero to 100 mph in 4.3 seconds, and initial facts suggested it can hit a top speed of 256 mph – although owners are limited to a top speed of just 219 mph. But, in November 2022, with Miro Zrnčević, Rimac’s chief test and development driver behind the wheel, the Nevera hit a top speed of 258 mph – making it the fastest electric vehicle in the world.

9 Koenigsegg Agera R

Top Speed: 260 mph

white 2012 Koenigsegg Agera R
Koenigsegg

rear 3/4 view of a white 2012 Koenigsegg Agera R on a runway

The Agera RS may be the fastest of its kind, but the Agera R isn’t far behind. Produced from 2011 to 2014, the Agera R featured the company’s legendary 5.0-liter V-8 engine, capable of up to 1,124 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque. The Swedish firm used this car to set a handful of records for production cars in 2011, but these were eventually reset by the Agera RS.

Specifications

Engine:

Twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V-8

Horsepower:

1,124 horsepower

Torque:

885 pound-feet

0-60 mph:

2.7 seconds

Top speed:

260 mph

Price:

$2 million

Production:

18 examples

Although it didn’t set a record for top speed, the Agera R was nearly as fast as the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport at 260 mph. This benchmark places it in fifth place on our list and makes it the second Koenigsegg to make our top 10.

8 Bugatti Chiron

Top Speed: 261 mph

blue 2017 Bugatti Chiron
Bugatti

front 3/4 view of a blue 2017 Bugatti Chiron 

The standard Bugatti Chiron made it on our list as one of the Bugattis. Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the Veyron, the Chiron retains the quad-turbo W-16 engine, but power was upgraded to 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque.

Specifications

Engine:

Quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16

Horsepower:

1,479 horsepower

Torque:

1,180 pound-feet

0-60 mph:

2.6 seconds

Top speed:

261 mph

Price:

$3 million

Production:

500 examples

The Chiron’s top speed is officially limited to 261 mph, which is a bit below the Veyron Super Sport. On the other hand, the Chiron Super Sport tops the list with more than 300 mph, so we know there’s plenty of potential under the hood.

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7 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Top Speed: 268 mph

Front shot of the 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Bugatti

Front shot of the 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

The Bugatti Veyron may be 17 years old as of 2022, but it’s still among the fastest supercars ever built. Actually, the record set by Bugatti in 2010 places the Veyron on this list with a top speed of 267.8 mph. This benchmark was achieved with a beefed-up model called the Veyron Super Sport.

Specifications

Engine:

Quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16

Horsepower:

1,184 horsepower

Torque:

1,106 pound-feet

0-60 mph:

2.6 seconds

Top speed:

268 mph

Price:

$2.7 million

Production:

30 examples

Bugatti built a special run of 30 cars called World Record Edition to celebrate the event, but these vehicles are limited to 258 mph to protect the tires. The Super Sport was also the most powerful version of the Veyron, with its 8.0-liter W-16 rated at 1,184 horsepower, 197 more than the regular model.

6 Hennessey Venom GT

Top Speed: 270 mph

Yellow Hennessey Venom GT
Hennessey

Front 3/4 shot of a Hennessey Venom GT driving

The Venom GT was introduced in 2011 and remained in production until 2017. Despite the seemingly long run, only 13 cars were built. Based on the Lotus Exige, the extensively modified Venom GT features a twin-turbo, 7.0-liter V-8 engine under the hood. Based on General Motors’ LS7 V-8, the unit pumps out up to 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque.

Specifications

Engine:

Twin-turbo, 7.0-liter V-8

Horsepower:

1,244 horsepower

Torque:

1,155 pound-feet

0-60 mph:

2.7 seconds

Top speed:

270 mph

Price:

$1.2 million

Production:

13 examples

The Venom GT hit its highest top speed in February 2014, when it reached 270.4 mph on Kennedy Space Center’s shuttle landing strip in Florida. Although the speed was higher than the world record at the time, it did not qualify for the Guinness Book of Records because Hennessey’s run was in a single direction. Also, the limited production run of only 13 cars went against Guinness rules.

5 Koenigsegg Agera RS

Top Speed: 278 mph

2015 carbon Koenigsegg Agera RS
Koenigsegg

Top front 3/4 view of carbon body 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS parked. 

The most powerful version of the Agera, the Agera RS, became the world’s fastest car on November 2017, when Koenigsegg hit an average speed of 277.9 mph. The record lasted less than two years, but the Agera RS still owns a handful of benchmarks.

Specifications

Engine:

Twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V-8

Horsepower:

1,341 horsepower

Torque:

1,160 pound-feet

0-60 mph:

2.6 seconds

Top speed:

278 mph

Price:

$2.5 million

Production:

25 examples

It includes acceleration from 0 to 200 mph, braking from 200 to 0 mph, and 0 to 200 mph and back to a full stop. Unlike Bugatti, Koenigsegg didn’t build a limited-edition version of the Agera RS to celebrate the record, but the RS itself was limited to 25 examples.

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4 SSC Tuatara

Top Speed: 295 mph

Black SSC Tuatara
SSC

A front 3/4 shot of a SSC Tuatara

It’s not uncommon to see the controversy surrounding top speed records, especially when it comes to breaking the once-mythical and downright impossible 300-mph barrier. It all started in October 2020 when the SSC Tuatara supposedly hit a high speed of 331 mph, which would have made it the fastest car in the world by a long shot. It took mere hours before people started pointing out discrepancies in the videos and, sure enough, what would have been a record-breaking run just couldn’t be verified.

Specifications

Engine

5.9-Liter Flat-Plane Crank V-8

Horsepower

1,750 horsepower

Torque

1,280 pound-feet

0-60 MPH

2.5 seconds (est)

Top Speed

295 mph (316 mph verified)

Price

$1.6 million

Production

100 examples

SSC is still anxious to prove that the Tuatara is the fastest car in the world, and it made a second attempt. Unfortunately, that second attempt wasn’t as good as the first, but it did set an official record of 282.6 mph, pushing the Koenigsegg Agera RS out of the second position, leaving the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ as the current fastest car in the world.

Although there have been a lot of controversies surrounding the SSC Tuatara’s top speed in the past, it looks like we finally have a conclusion. The automaker decided to put it all to bed by attempting one other run and putting all skeptics to rest. While it’s not a 316 mph run – or even over 300 mph, for that matter – but it’s definitely better than the 282.6 mph. The Tuatara touched 295 mph, thus beating its own record and claiming the fourth spot on this list of the fastest cars in the world.

3 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+

Top Speed: 304 mph

Black and orange Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300
Bugatti

A front 3/4 action shot of a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300 at VW’s Ehra-Lessien track

The standard Bugatti Chiron is already among the fastest cars in the world with a top speed of around 261 mph, but the French firm wanted to set a new record, so it created an even more potent beast. Bugatti took the slightly more powerful engine from the Centodieci, rated at 1,578 horsepower (99 more than the standard Chiron), added longer gear ratios to the gearbox, and crafted a revised aerodynamic package that increases the car’s length by almost 10 inches.

Specifications

Engine:

Quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16

Horsepower:

1,578 horsepower

Torque:

1,180 pound-feet

0-60 mph:

2.6 seconds

Top speed:

304 mph

Price:

$3.8 million

Production:

30 examples

The modified car hit a top speed of 304.7 mph. To celebrate the event, Bugatti built a production model based on the prototype called the Chiron Super Sport 300+. This car is limited to 30 examples, enough to validate the speed record with the Guinness World Records.

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