Everybody needs to have something to aim for. Some people want a well funded retirement so they can travel the world, others want more and aim to put away enough so that their kids can never work a day in their lives. Still yet, financial success and security isn't enough for some people; they want to go fast. Although fast doesn't mean racing a nice car at the track for some of these people, and for even more, it doesn't mean purchasing a "normal" vehicle and pushing it. They want something that can accelerate with the ability to push them back in their seat, and the speed to make even other lead-footed motorists' heads turn on long stretches of open road.
While putting such thoughts of speed into action can be dangerous to one's health, but so can sitting in a desk and working in an office for one's whole life. While the highest selling cars may make their manufacturer the most money, and have the most people talking about things like "fuel economy" and "airbags", the fast cars are the ones children and adults alike, buy magazines to drool over. Being able to take the kids and their friends to soccer practice may be what most people settle for, but plenty of people long for something unnecessary, ostentatious and fast.
With these desires and aspirations in mind, here are the ten fastest street legal automobiles on the road today. For a quick disclaimer, it is unusual to find agreement when it comes to such stats. No matter where one looks, there is always some complaint department in the comments section saying "oh, well this variant on this car and on this track makes it go .06 mph faster, so you suck". So, if our list looks different from yours, light up the comments section with all the hatred in your heart.
16 Zenvo ST1 - 233 mph - $1,225,000
Only fifteen of these were made and they have all already been sold. The ST1 is the first crack at a supercar (hypercar, whatever you wish to call it) by Danish company Zenvo. It comes equipped with 6.8 liter V8 that puts out over 1,100 horsepower, and can reach a top speed over 230 mph. If you are a fan of the popular show Top Gear, you may well remember the episode in which the ST1 put on a very disappointing performance and even caught fire during their testing.
14 McLaren F1 - 243 mph - $1,000,000
The real geezer on the list, the F1 has been a staple for fast car lovers since its very beginning in 1992. During the early and mid 1990's, the McLaren F1 was considered the be-all-end-all in terms of speed and allowing an owner to make a statement. Throughout much of the decade, the 240-243 mph speed was the highest of any production car in the world. It speaks to the engineering of this machine that it is still in the top ten, even over twenty years after it was first conceived.
12 Koenigsegg CCX - 245 mph - $545,000
Making its first of two appearances on the list is Swedish supercar creator Koenigsegg. This beast was first produced back in 2005 and featured a couple of different variants before the company switched focus to the Arega in 2010. The CCX was and still is an incredible machine. The base model CCX boasted a top speed of 245 mph, which was verified, but other variants such as the CCXR, the CCX Special Edition and Trevita, were all said to have surpassed this, but such claims are unproven. For our purposes, the CCX comes in at number eight with a top speed of 245 mph.
10 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo - 248 mph - $600,000
The upgraded, juiced up, younger version of the S7, credited as one of the United States' first super-cars, is our number seven. While the S7 itself was a thing of beauty when it first came out in the year 2000, the twin turbo variant, which came into production in 2005, is a significant improvement. The TT not only has two turbochargers made by Garrett AiResearch, allowing 200 more horsepower, but also a reworked body, achieving significantly more down-force.
9 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse - 254 mph - $2,250,000
The first of two Bugatti Veyrons on our list, is the newer Grand Sport Vitesse. Interesting to note about this beautiful machine is that it is an open-top design. Reaching 254 mph in an open top vehicle earned Bugatti the record for fastest open top car. Possibly most impressive is that this marvel can go from 0 to 60 in under 2.7 seconds, a very respectable feat for a vehicle weighing over 1800 kilograms.
Interestingly, the driver who set that record in the Grand Sport Vitesse claimed that even when it reached such a high speed, the car remained reliable and the drag was barely noticeable.
7 9ff GT9-R - 254 mph (Disputed) - $695,000
German company 9ff came out with the GT9 in 2007. It is based off of the Porsche 911, but given the numerous changes, especially the mid-engine which had been nearly completely rebuilt, it is a separate car, rather than just a tuned up 911. The GT9-R was widely rumored to be faster than 257 mph, but 254 was its test speed. Many actually consider 257 to be its top speed, but it is unproven in terms of having been measured by a reliable governing body. This is not to denigrate this stunning example of engineering, but those who claim it to be faster than our number four, are dealing in unproven stats.
5 SSC Ultimate Aero TT - 256 mph - $654,000
Prior to 2010, the Shelby Ultimate Aero was the production car with the Guinness World Record for speed. It was beaten back in 2010, but remains a staple of speed. The TT, to those who aren't familiar, is for twin-turbo, as it is the upgraded version of the Ultimate Aero, putting out a bit more power than earlier versions, with about 100 increase in hp and over a 200 lb increase in torque.
The future for SSC involves a beast known as the Tuatara, which many think will shake lists like this one up quite a bit.
4 Koenigsegg Agera One:1 - 267 mph - Roughly $2,000,000
The price tag is a rough estimate at this point, as Swedish auto makers Koenigsegg did not release clear figures for the costs of the Agera One:1. Rather, they said it would be about 30% more than the Agera R. The 267 mph is also somewhat of a low-ball, as it has not been tested and the makers claim it will go well above 273 mph. The fact of the matter is, this list can change very quickly, depending on when a company makes an official run with one of its cars.
The Koenigsegg Agera One:1 has been called the world's first "megacar", complicating the already pointless debate between hypercar, supercar and such. The name One:1 is a reference to the fact that the car has a 1:1 ratio in terms of power to weight; 1360 hp (metric) and 1360 kilograms. In essence, this car, when tested, may well beat our numbers one and two, but at this point, reliable testing has measured its top speed at 267.
2 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport - 268 mph - $2,700,000
The Guinness Book of World Records' fastest street legal car is the Bugatti Veyron SS. There is an ongoing feud between our numbers one and two, over the exact record holder, but for the purposes of this article, Bugatti comes in second place. Its 8.0 L W16 behemoth of an engine puts out 1,200 horsepower. The vehicle can reach an impressive 268 mph, but the road versions (which are in the hands of their customers) are limited to just over 258 mph, for the sake of tire longevity.
1 Hennessey Venom GT - 270 mph - $1,000,000
The Texas based Hennessey Performance made a thing of true beauty with the Venom GT. It is because of technicalities having to do with numbers built and that their record setting run was in a single direction, that they do not hold the record for fastest production car.
The future looks theoretically bright for Hennessey, who plan to have the Venom F5 on its way to buyers for 2016. The F5 is boasted to be able to hit 290 MPH (we'll believe it when we see it), along with more downforce and a body designed for less drag, and some engine modifications.
The Venom GT is one of what some may call a "tuner" on this list. It is not a tuner. The body and certain parts were based off the Lotus Exige, but the vehicle itself is a production car, made by Hennessey Performance.