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The Fastest Cars in the World

Ever since the Model T was invented, cars have been going faster and faster. Entire industries have risen around the need for speed. Street racing takes place on dark highways at night as thrill-seekers try to experience the rush of 100 mph or more. NASCAR, drag racing and other car-based sports focus more on speed than handling. Everyone wishes they had one of the fastest cars in the world. Well, the budget for one of these supercars is a bit beyond the average person, but they can certainly admire them from afar. Here are some of the fastest cars in the world to look out for in the rear-view as they blow by. That's right -- they're all street legal. 

1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

This astoundingly engineered supercar can go from 0-60 in a grand total of 2.4 seconds. The Veyron line has been consistently on the top of the lists of speed cars for years. In 2007, it lost the title to a Shelby car later on this list, but the Super Sport took the record back. With a 1200 horsepower engine, the Super Sport has a price tag of 2.4 million dollars and can hit a top speed of 267 miles per hour. 

2. Hennessey Venom GT

The Venom matches the Veyron Super Sport's 1200 horsepower engine but makes the 0-60 test in a tenth of a second longer, 2.5 seconds. So far, it's setting the bar at 260 miles per hour, but it's a relatively untested machine. Based on some figures, it might be able to hit 275, making it potentially the top spot on this list. Best of all, its price tag clocks in at only $950,000, less than half of the Bugatti. Look for it to make some good showings in coming years.

3. Koenigsegg Agera R

Agera R is an absolute beast of a supercar. It hits a slightly lower acceleration than the Venom GT, at 2.9 seconds, which is about the only reason it's third on the list. It has the same tested top speed of 260 miles per hour, but like the Venom, has the potential for so much more. Unlike the others above it, it can even be fitted with a ski box and snow tires to bring the speed to the snow. Just like the Venom, expect this machine to make a show.

4. SSC Ultimate Aero

With an acceleration of 0-60 in 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 257 miles per hour, this Shelby car is the one that temporarily took the top spot away from Bugatti. Only the release of the Super Sport could knock it off the pedestal. At under $700,000, the Aero is almost affordable. It's not a bad price for a car that held a world speed record for three years. While the Ultimate Aero's run is over, the SSC Tautura might be coming soon to take the record back.

5. 9ff GT9-R

The 9ff GT9-R is based, very loosely, on the design and body of the Porsche 911. It can hit 60 from a dead stop in a mere 2.9 seconds, and it has a top speed of 257 miles per hours. Unfortunately, there aren't many of them on the road -- production was limited to 20 units, customized to their owners. 130 additional units were made, but lack the same powerful engine that puts the GT9-R in the top five.

6. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

Knocked out of the top five by a hair, the S7 costs half a million dollars and can hit a top speed of 248 miles per hour. While it may not have the best acceleration or the highest top speed, it makes up for it all in sheer class. The S7 is one of the most beautiful supercars on the market, made for showing off. 

7. Koenigsegg CCX

The CCX is the previous generation to the top-ranking Agera. Its 3.2 second 0-60 acceleration isn't enough to cut it any more, and the top speed is only 245 miles per hour. Respectable, and certainly more than it can legally drive nearly anywhere in the world, but still not enough to compete with the Veyron. It's made in Sweden and costs just over half a million. 

8. McLaren F1

The F1 is another supercar with a respectable speed but not quite enough power to reach the top five in the current era. It has a mere 240 mph top speed and a 627 horsepower V12 engine. While it costs over $900,000, it makes up the price difference in looks. This car is simply a beast, with all the grace and power that other majestic beasts offer. 

9. Zenvo ST1

The ST1 looks like a machine out of the future, all angles and sleek lines. It can hit 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, but only has a top speed of 233 miles per hour. Unfortunately, it has an even more limited run than the GT9-R, with only 15 of them ever made. It's also the first supercar manufactured by the Danish company Zenvo Automotive. The 1.2 million dollar price tag is justified by the full service plan the company promises. 

10. Gumpert Apollo

Named after the Greek god, the Apollo can hit 225 miles per hour and clocks in at under $500,000. It's also been hyped up quite a bit by the manufacturer, who claims at at 190 mph or more, it could even drive upside down in a tunnel. Of course, so far no one has tested this rather dangerous claim. 

Which of these ten supercars is the most appealing? It's hard to say with certainty, but the fight for the number one spot is going to be a thing to behold. Bugatti will do all they can to hold on to the record, but there are at least four challengers either already in production or in the last stages of planning. The next few years in the world of supercars promises to be interesting.

 

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