Slow is a relative term here

The list of the 10 fastest cars in the world is a list of excess. Where else can you find a list where the "slowest" car can still carry a top speed of 217 mph, enough to melt your eyeballs and rearrange your facial features?

This list contains the fastest and most powerful production cars to ever roam our roads. Some have reached mythical status, owing to the impact they had in creating the supercar industry. Some aren’t as influential, but they can still destroy any car they line up with, either in a drag race setting or just a complete top speed run. Feel free to check out these models. Just make sure you have something to wipe the drool off your faces.

Bugatti Chiron 300+ - 304 MPH

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In the 100-plus years of the automobile, no production car has ever reached a top speed of 300 mph. That changed when Bugatti unveiled the Chiron Super Sport 300+.

As the name so obviously implies, the Chiron Super Sport became the first-ever production car to eclipse the 300-mph top speed barrier when it clocked in a staggering top speed of 304.77 mph on the Volkswagen Group’s Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.

Not only did the Chiron Super Sport 300+ become the first model to break 300 mph, but it also brought the production car top speed record back to Bugatti. The Chiron Super Sport 300+ is powered by the same 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 engine as all other Chiron models. The difference is that the Super Sport 300+’s W-16 engine produces 1,578 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. Not only is the Chiron Super Sport 300+ fast, but it could also accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds.

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It’s not a stretch to think that the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ will hold on to the fastest car alive record longer than its predecessor the Veyron Super Sport, which held on to that title for almost a decade. But the Chiron Super Sport 300+ is different. It’s the only car to eclipse 300 mph, and until another car shows that it can do the same, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ will remain on top of any list of the fastest production cars in the world.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ specifications
Engine: 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch manual transmission
Horsepower: 1564, horsepower
Torque: 1,011 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 1,978 kg (4,360 lb)
Power-to-weight ratio: 1.26 kg/horsepower
0-60 mph: 2.3 seconds
Top Speed: 304 mph

Read our full review on the 2020 Bugatti Chiron 300+

Koenigsegg Agera RS - 284 MPH

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There are a few Koenigsegg models in this list, but none can match the level of speed the Agera RS reached when it snatched the production top speed record from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2017.

The Agera RS comes packed with the same 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine used in the other Agera variants that came before it. That unit produced a staggering 1,341 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is mated to the engine, and the transmission is responsible for the Agera RS’ ability to hit 0 to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 284 mph.

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Koenigsegg Agera RS specifications
Engine: 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch manual transmission
Horsepower: 1,341 horsepower
Torque: 1,011 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 1,395 kg (3,075 lb)
Power-to-weight ratio: 1.04 kg/horsepower
0-60 mph: 2.8 seconds
Top Speed: 284 mph

Read our full review on the Koenigsegg Agera RS

Hennessey Venom GT - 270 MPH

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For an automaker that doesn’t count as a traditional car brand, Hennessey has been known to drop a bombshell or two with its creations.

That was displayed in full bloom when the Texas-based automaker unveiled the Venom GT, a Lotus Elise-based performance car that could rival the Bugattis and Koenigseggs of the world in a top speed race.

Don’t be fooled by the Venom GT’s inauspicious appearance. It’s powered by a massive 7.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces as much as 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque. The Venom GT also comes with a six-speed Ricardo manual transmission that channels all that power from the V-8 and transfers it to the two rear wheels.

The Venom GT staked its claim as one of the fastest production cars in the world in 2014 when it hit a top speed of more than 270 mph. The Venom GT’s top speed mark didn’t count in the record books because the run covered just one direction and its limited production — only 13 were built, including seven coupes and six spyders — didn’t meet qualification status. Still, it was — and remains — an incredible feat of performance from a car that nobody saw coming.

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Hennessey Venom GT specifications
Engine: 7.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine
Transmission: Six-speed Ricardo manual transmission
Horsepower: 1,244 horsepower
Torque: 1,155 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 1,244 kg (2,743 lb)
Power-to-weight ratio: 1 kg/horsepower
0-60 mph: 2.4 seconds
Top Speed: 270 mph

Read our full review on the Hennessey Venom GT

Bugatti Veyron Supersport- 268 MPH

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For almost 10 years, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport held court as the fastest production car in the world.

Built in 2010 as an evolved version of the Veyron 16.4, the Veyron Super Sport was powered by an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 engine that produced a whopping 1,184 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. The engine was mated to a seven-speed direct-shift automatic transmission, which helped the Veyron Super Sport clock a 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 2.4 seconds. When the Veyron was tasked to break the top speed record for a production car — a record that was held by the SSC Ultimate Aero — the Super Sport proved up-to-task, setting a record top speed of 268 mph. That record as the benchmark among all production cars until 2017 when the Koenigsegg Agera RS posted its record-breaking top speed run.

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Only 30 units of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport were built, and while it no longer holds the crown as the fastest production car in the world, it still belongs in the rarefied air as one of only a handful of cars to have held that crown.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport specifications
Engine: 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 engine
Transmission: Seven-speed direct-shift automatic transmission
Horsepower: 1,184 horsepower
Torque: 1,106 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 1,888 kg (4,162 lb)
Power-to-weight ratio: 1.59 kg/horsepower
0-60 mph: 2.4 seconds
Top Speed: 268 mph

Read our full review on the Bugatti Veyron Supersport

SSC Ultimate Aero - 256 MPH

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The 2000s gave birth to some of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world. One of those cars was the SSC Ultimate Aero, which, for a short period, held the record as the fastest production car in the world.

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport eventually snatched that prestigious title away, but that doesn’t dismiss how fast and powerful the Ultimate Aero was. The supercar that was built by SSC North America was powered by a Corvette-sourced 6.3-liter V-8 engine that produced 1,046 horsepower and 821 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission — yes, the Ultimate Aero came with a manual gearbox — channeled all that power to the supercar’s rear wheels, allowing the Ultimate Aero to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds on its way to hitting a top speed of 256 mph.

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Not a lot of people remember the SSC Ultimate Aero, in part because only 14 units were ever built. But let it be said that when it was on the road, it carried with it an aura of power and speed that caused its rivals to tremble in fear.

SSC Ultimate Aero specifications
Engine: 6.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and electric motor
Transmission: Five-speed manual transmission
Horsepower: 1,046 horsepower
Torque: 821 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 1,293 kg (2,850 lb)
Power-to-weight ratio: 1.23 kg/horsepower
0-60 mph: 2.8 seconds
Top Speed: 256 mph

Read our full review on the SSC Ultimate Aero

McLaren Speedtail - 250 MPH

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The McLaren Speedtail is the first McLaren to make this list, but it’s also not the last McLaren you’ll see here. The Speedtail is the fastest production car McLaren has ever produced, and that’s saying something from the automaker that gave us the iconic F1 supercar.

It’s also the most powerful model McLaren has ever built. That status is owed largely to the hypercar’s hybrid powertrain, which features a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and an electric motor setup that combines to produce a staggering 1,055 horsepower and 884 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to the two rear wheels, helping the Speedtail jump from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds before maxing out at an incredible 250 mph.

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Don’t mind its weird looks; the Mclaren Speedtail was built specifically for speed and performance. It is, at the very least, worthy of being called the one — and true — successor to the mighty F1 supercar.

McLaren Speedtail specifications
Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and electric motor
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
Horsepower: 1,055 horsepower
Torque: 884 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 1,430 kg (3,153 lb)
Power-to-weight ratio: 1.35 kg/horsepower
0-60 mph: 2.5 seconds
Top Speed: 250 mph

Read our full review on the 2020 McLaren Speedtail

Koenigsegg CCR - 241 MPH

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It was 2004 when Koenigsegg unveiled the CCR at that year’s Geneva Motor Show. It was dubbed the successor to the CC8S, and as far as follow-up models go, the CCR staked its claim as one of the fastest and most powerful supercars in the world.

The CCR’s showstopping performance capabilities are largely credited to the technical wizardry of the Swedish automaker. It also helped that the supercar was powered by a Ford-sourced 4.7-liter twin-supercharged V-8 engine that produced 806 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque.

A six-speed manual transmission sent all that power to the two rear wheels, which, in turn, catapulted the CCR from a standstill position to running 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. Even more impressive than its acceleration time was its top speed. When uncorked, the CCR was capable of hitting a top speed of 241 mph.

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At the time of its launch, the CCR was considered one of the fastest production cars in the world. Sixteen years later, it’s still considered one of the fastest production cars in the world.

Koenigsegg CCR specifications
Engine: 4.7-liter twin-supercharged V-8 engine
Transmission: Six-speed manual transmission
Horsepower: 806 horsepower
Torque: 679 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 1,180 kg (2,601 lb)
Power-to-weight ratio: 1.46 kg/horsepower
0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds
Top Speed: 241 mph

Read our full review on the Koenigsegg CCR

McLaren F1 - 240 MPH

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It’s a testament to McLaren’s incredible engineering that a car that’s approaching its 30th birthday is still regarded as one of the fastest production cars in the world. The McLaren F1 is arguably the first modern supercar to break barriers in the industry.

It wasn’t just the car’s design or its BMW-sourced 6.1-liter V-12 engine that produced 618 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Everything about the McLaren F1 was revolutionary at the time, including its scintillating performance numbers that remain talking points to this day.

For a car to have the ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 240 mph is earth-shattering news today. Imagine what it was like back in 1992 when the F1 could pull off those speeds.

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McLaren’s first supercar was completely ahead of its time, and, to this day, there are only a handful of its contemporaries that can lay claim to having as much of an impact on the supercar industry as the mighty F1. There’s a reason why this supercar is regarded as the greatest performance car ever built. That title still holds true almost 30 years after it hit the market. That’s legacy, folks.

McLaren F1 specifications
Engine: 6.1-liter V-12 engine
Transmission: Six-speed manual transmission
Horsepower: 618 horsepower
Torque: 479 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 1,138 kg (2,509 lb)
Power-to-weight ratio: 1.79 kg/horsepower
0-60 mph: 3.2 seconds
Top Speed: 240 mph

Read our full review on the McLaren F1

Pagani Huayra - 230 MPH

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The Pagani Huayra has been around since 2012, and in all that time, it still stands as one of the fastest production cars in the world.

It stakes its claim to that time thanks to a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that produces 720 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed sequential manual transmission is responsible for sending power to the two rear wheels, allowing the Huayra to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 238 mph.

Pagani initially limited production of the Huayra to 100 units, but the Italian automaker has expanded production to include several derivatives, including the Huayra Roadster (100 units), the Huayra BC (20 units), and the Huayra Roadster BC (40 units). Considering its incredible performance capabilities, the Huayra has aged about as well as any supercar in recent memory. As one of the elder statesmen — the F1 is the grandfather — in this list, it can still roll out a blistering lap time when called upon.

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Pagani Huayra specifications
Engine: 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine
Transmission: Seven-speed sequential manual transmission
Horsepower: 720 horsepower
Torque: 738 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 1,350 kg (2,976 lb)
Power-to-weight ratio: 1.875 kg/horsepower
0-60 mph: 2.8 seconds
Top Speed: 238 mph

Read our full review on the Pagani Huayra

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ - 217 MPH

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Unveiled at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Lamborghini Aventador LP770-4 SVJ is one of the raunchiest series-production Lamborghinis in the world.

It’s powered by a 6.5-liter V-12 engine that produces a staggering 759 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque.

A seven-speed ISR semi-automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels, enabling the SVJ to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in a breathtaking 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 217 mph.

To this day, the Aventador SVJ remains the fastest production car to lap the Nurburgring, doing so in just 6:44.97. It’s a record that the Italian supercar has held for almost two years and unless a spitfire comes in and snatches the record away, Lambo’s crown jewel should remain on top of the Green Hell leaderboard for a long time. It seems ironic, too, that the fastest production car around the Nurburgring also happens to be the "slowest" car in this list.

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Lamborghini Aventador LP770-4 SVJ specifications
Engine: 6.5-liter V-12 engine
Transmission: Seven-speed ISR semi-automatic transmission
Horsepower: 759 horsepower
Torque: 531 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 1,525 kg (3,362 lb)
Power-to-weight ratio: 1.98 kg/horsepower
0-60 mph: 2.8 seconds
Top Speed: 217 mph

Read our full review on the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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