If you have ever hung out in a pub or a bar (or anywhere with a group of car enthusiasts, to be honest), you may have witnessed a raging debate over which car classifies as the fastest car in the world. While there are a range of factors that contribute to the making of the “best” car, very often it boils down to which car will get you moving at the highest speed. For a long time, the Bugatti Veyron occupied the top position on the list before being replaced by the SSC Ultimate Aero. Over time, however, the two beasts have had to move over to make space for cars that have, surprisingly, left them somewhat in the dust. Here are the current top five fastest cars on the planet.
Koenigsegg Agera R
Very few people, except professional automobile specialists or avid enthusiasts, have heard of this car or Koenigsegg in general. However, with a 5-Liter Turbocharged V8 DOHC engine with a compression ratio of 9.0:1 and a top speed of a staggering 273mph, this super car has quite literally knocked its competitors down on their faces. On top of that, with 1200 pound-feet of torque and 1140 horsepower, it can do 0 to 60mph in 2.5 seconds, and reach 186mph from naught with a record-breaking 11.7 seconds. Given all these features, it has been crowned, and quite rightly so, the fastest car in the world these days.
Hennessey Venom GT
Before the Koenigsegg Agera R, the Hennessey Venom GT ruled at the number one fastest car on the planet. It falls only 3mph behind the Koenigsegg Agera R with a top speed of 270mph. The Hennesey Venom GT comes with a 7.0 liter twin-turbocharged engine, an astounding horsepower of 1244, and an 1155 pound-feet torque. It can go 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and 0-299mph in 14.51 seconds.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is something of a legend in the world of supercars. It is well renowned as the first car ever to go over a top speed of 250mph. With a top speed of 268mph, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport hosts an 8.0 liter quad-turbo W16 engine which generates a torque of 1160 pound-feet torque and 1200 horsepower. It can reach 60mph from 0 in 2.4 seconds.
Similar to the Koenigsegg Agera R, 9ff GT9-R is not a household name. In fact, most people who come across it may mistake it to be a car manufactured by Porsche. Even though the 9ff GT9-R bears a striking resemblance to the Porsche 911, and it is loosely based on the latter car, GT9-R can hold its own on the roads. It sports a 4.0 liter flat 6 engine with a horsepower of 1120 and a torque of 910 pound-feet. It has a top speed of 257mph and can reach 0-60mph in a mere 2.9 seconds.
SSC Ultimate Aero
The SSC Ultimate Aero was a highly regarded and immensely talked about car when it was first debuted. With a 6.3 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the SSC Ultimate arrow can reach an awe-inspiring speed of 200mph in less than 16 seconds! With a top speed of 256mph, it comes with an 1112 pound-feet torque and a horsepower of 1287.
With the progress of technology, and the advent of new ones, there is no doubt that these cars, too, will be replaced by ones that are capable of running at even more unbelievable speeds. However, at this point in time, these are the beasts that are ruling the charts and the markets with a few other strong contenders.