Top 10 Fastest Cars

Posted on May 18, 2007. Filed under: Top 10 Fastest Cars | Tags: |

 

Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano

 

Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano (Image © Ferrari)

Phew. That was close. For a moment there we didn’t think Ferrari was going to make it. But despite an alarming tendency to tack its logo onto everything going, Ferrari hasn’t altogether forgotten about supercar making. The 599GTB Fiorano takes a hard fought last placing in this list, producing 612bhp from a detuned – detuned! – version of the Enzo’s screaming V12. Don’t let this impression of inadequacy fool you, however. The 599 brushes off big-number envy by blending electronics, aerodynamics, and engineering into an awesome state-of-the-art driving experience. The result is a level of sophistication that many more powerful rivals simply fail to match.

  • 612bhp
  • 205mph
  • 0-62mph in 3.7secs

 

Performance stats for the Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano

 

Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

 

Lamborghini LP640 (Image © Lamborghini)

Take one already outrageous Murcielago supercar. Add carbon-fibre. Reprofile the aero. Enlarge the engine. Stand well back. If Ferrari offers sophistication, archrival Lamborghini counters with brute force. There are any number of applicable clichés, but we prefer to think of the LP640 as being about as subtle as a stealth bomber. Named for its power output in Euro-spec ps, the 631bhp version of the Murcielago is visually pretty hard to tell from the regular car – unless you’re standing right at the back. Then you can spot the whacking great single-exit tailpipe. Perfect for staring into as it pulverises your ‘ordinary’ supercar with its straight-line speed dust.

  • 631bhp
  • 211mph
  • 0-62mph in 3.4secs

 

Performance stats for the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

 

Pagani Zonda F CS

 

Pagani Zonda F CS (Image © Pagani)

The exquisitely crafted Pagani Zonda F CS is the first of three cars on our list boasting 641bhp. To make things fair, we’ve ordered this trifector by torque, and in spite of packing 575lb ft, the Pagani is the least muscular of the trio. Never mind – it makes up this apparent deficit with charisma. Looking like the hybrid offspring of a prototype Le Mans racer and a spacecraft, nothing in the supercar pantheon is anything akin to a Zonda. CS stands for Club Sport, which not only means more power, but more downforce, less weight, and guaranteed hero status when you turn up at a track day.

  • 641bhp
  • 214mph
  • 0-62mph in 3.6secs

 

Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR 722 Edition

 

Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR 722 Edition (Image © Mercedes-Benz)

The McMerc SLR is a curious beast. Largely unloved by the automotive press, it seems to offer little the range-topping Mercedes SL65 doesn’t deliver for substantially less cash. The recently introduced ‘722 Edition’ hasn’t helped, what with its oddly aftermarket exterior enhancements, and even more compromised chassis settings. That elongated bonnet looks suspiciously like it might be compensating for something – but firepower? Probably not. The 722’s supercharged V8 is good for 641bhp and 605lb ft of torque. You’d buy one just for the noise. The front side-exit exhausts sound like Armageddon in a nightclub’s chocolate fountain. Deliciously wicked, with lots of bass…

  • 641bhp
  • 209mph
  • 0-62mph in 3.6secs

 

Gumpert Apollo

 

Gumpert Apollo (Image © Gumpert)

Here at MSN we like to think we’re above doing name jokes. And what the hell, let’s admit the Gumpert Apollo also looks pretty darn good – we’re all about that functional aggressive thing. But what else is there to say about this German-built super machine? Well, in case you hadn’t noticed, the Apollo is very, very fast. Top speed is dependent on the aero package, but with a modified mid-mounted Audi V8 cranking out 641bhp and 627lb ft of torque from its twin-turboed 4.2-litres, not much is going to touch the lightweight Gumpert’s 3.0 second 0-62mph claim. Oh, and it’s got gullwing doors. Which is cool.

  • 641bhp
  • 224mph
  • 0-62mph in 3.0secs

 

Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

 

Saleen S7 Twin Turbo (Image © Saleen)

Saleen’s an American firm more famous for tuning Mustangs than producing its own vehicles. But if you need some reassurance regarding pedigree try this. Remember the recently departed Ford GT? Well, it was Saleen’s prior experience building the S7 that prompted Ford to hire the company to run the GT’s assembly line. Ok, so the fastest Ford is notorious for reliability issues – that’s not the point. Saleen is a bonafide supercar maker. In its current evolution, the S7 produces 750bhp and 700lb ft of torque, thanks to two turbochargers and a 7.0-litre V8. Massive figures, but amazingly only enough for fifth spot.

  • 750bhp
  • 200mph+
  • 0-60mph in 2.8secs

 

Koenigsegg CCX

 

Koenigsegg CCX (Image © Koenigsegg)

There are two things almost everybody knows about Koenigsegg’s CCX. First, it isn’t quite as fast as the Bugatti Veyron. Second – this car tried to kill the Stig. A mild exaggeration, perhaps. But with a burgeoning reputation for attention-grabbing (as in, eh, I swear there was a road here a moment ago…) on-limit behaviour, that Koenigsegg means ‘knife edge’ in Swedish seems particularly appropriate. If 806bhp sounds like probably enough, its makers have other ideas. The biofuel adapted CCXR – a ‘green’ supercar, apparently – shown at Geneva this year has 1018 ecologically attuned horses. We do hope the test-driver’s brave…

  • 806bhp
  • 245mph+
  • 0-62mph in 3.2secs

 

Bugatti Veyron

 

Bugatti Veyron (Image © James Lipman/MSN)

The Bugatti Veyron – only third? Surely some kind of mistake? Nope, Bugatti has just got to concede: it no longer offers money the maximum muscle. Of course, the 987bhp figure is a nominal one – in some cases the quad-turbo W16 engine makes 10 percent more – and anecdotes and statistics abound. But most interesting, in light of the lowly podium placing, are the huge engineering difficulties Bugatti faced making it work. With spectacular public failings, management changes, and re-designs, the Veyron was a troubled child, despite the might of its Volkswagen parent. We’d be checking the warranty provisions of the top two finishers very carefully, if we were you.

  • 987bhp
  • 253mph+
  • 0-62mph in 2.5secs

 

Bristol Fighter T

 

Bristol Fighter T (Image © Bristol)

If 225mph doesn’t sound like much from a vehicle purporting to have 1012bhp, take heart from the fact it’s electronically limited. This, we feel, is a nice touch. Perhaps something to do with the uncertain high-end aerodynamic properties of a car that – given the exceptionally secretive nature of the Bristol factory – could well be assembled by three old men in a garden shed. Still at least the Fighter doesn’t look like one – unlike Bristol’s other product, the Blenheim. Whatever; frankly, we reckon sticking two turbos onto a modified Dodge SRT10 engine is a genius idea. British, weird, exclusive – Fighter T, we applaud you. Also has gullwing doors. Also cool.

  • 1,012bhp
  • 225mph
  • 0-60mph in 3.5secs

 

Performance stats for the Bristol Fighter T

 

SSC Ultimate Aero TT

 

SSC Ultimate Aero TT (Image © SSC)

Until very recently, SSC was difficult to take seriously. This obscure American company has been making outlandish claims about the Aero for years, no doubt much to the supercar establishment’s amusement. But on 22 March 2007 the sniggering stopped, as SSC’s latest TT evolution ran 230mph on a coned-off Nevada highway, an opening salvo in its attempt at the Veyron’s top speed record. 230mph not nearly enough? Then consider this was at 56 percent throttle in top gear, during a test that was interrupted by snow (!), and over only two miles of suitable tarmac. NASA wind-tunnel testing and on-road data suggests 270mph+ is the ultimate potential. Flipping heck.

The SSC Ultimate Aero TT’s 6.2-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 1183bhp and 1096lb ft of torque. It spins its wheels at 190mph in sixth gear. Number one on our list of most powerful? Oh yeah.

  • 1,183bhp
  • 230mph
  • 0-62mph in 2.8secs
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the bugatti veyron how sad ranked at the 3rd place my favorite car ranked at 3rd no!


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