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Top 10 Fastest Cars in the World

The highest legal speed in the United States may be 80 mph (in West Texas), but that hasn’t stopped automakers from making cars that can go a lot, lot faster. Hey, when you’re making a sports car that sells for more than $250,000, practicality is the last of your concerns, so you might as well push performance as far as you can, right?

In the event you have a true need for speed, here are the 10 fastest production automobiles currently on the market:

Bugatti Veyron

No. 1: Bugatti Veyron — Average top speed: 267.8 mph. That’s 4.5 miles per minute. The 16-cylinder engine can produce 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 pounds of torque. Unfortunately, only five of this year’s Veyrons can reach this top speed. The rest in the production line have a top speed of “only” 257.8 mph … to “protect the tires.” Base price: $1.7 million.

SSC Ultimate Aero

No. 2: SSC Ultimate Aero — Average top speed: 257 mph. Virtually neck-and-neck with the “regular” Bugatti Veyron, the Ultimate Aero is powered by a Twin Turbo V8 engine that kicks out 1,183 horsepower. Give it extra points for the cool scissor doors. Base price: $654,400. (Hey, for the price of one Bugatti Veyron, you could buy two Ultimate Aeros!)

Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

No. 3: Saleen S7 Twin Turbo — Average top speed: 248 mph. This light-weight super-sports car is made from aluminum and carbon fiber, and features a Twin Turbo 7000 cc V8 engine that can generate up to 750 horsepower. It can reach 100 mph is a mere 6.2 seconds, which is nearly fast enough to tear the skin clean off your face. Base price: $555,000.

Koenigsegg CCX

No. 4: Koenigsegg CCX — Average top speed: 245 mph. Created to celebrate Sweden-based Koenigsegg’s 10th anniversary, the CCX Competition Coupe X) houses a 90-degree V8 engine that kicks out 806 horsepower. With 50 mm of headroom, it’s the most spacious car on our list, so bring your friends! Base price: $545,568.

McLaren F1

No. 5: McLaren F1 — Average top speed: 240 mph. When it was built in 1994, the McLaren F1 was the fastest car in the world. With its BMW S70/2 60 Degree V12 engine, the car could muster 627 horsepower at 7400 rpm. Originally priced at $970,000, the car is no longer in production and is a rare find on the collector’s market.

Ferrari Enzo

No. 6: Ferrari Enzo — Average top speed: 217 mph. Named for the Ferrari company’s famous founder, the Enzo packs an F140 aluminum V12 engine that generates 660 horsepower. Only 399 of these beauties were ever produced, and the supply continues to dwindle due to crash-prone drivers. Base price: $670,000.

Jaguar XJ220

No. 7: Jaguar XJ220 — Average top speed: 217 mph. Although nearly 20 years old — the car was introduced in 1992 — the Jag’s Twin Turbo V6 engine with 542 horsepower make it powerful enough to hold its own against the list’s much younger upstarts. Initial base price was $650,000, but be prepared to pay more today if you can find one.

Pagani Zonda F

No. 8: Pagani Zonda F — Average top speed: 215 mph. Featuring a Mercedes Benz M180 V12 engine with 650 horsepower, the Zonda can hit 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. It also features carbon/ceramic brakes that allow it to go from 180 to 0 nearly as quickly. But with a car that looks like this, who’d want to stop? Base price: $667,321.

Lamborghini Murcielago LP640

No. 9: Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 — Average top speed: 211 mph. Successor to the Diablo, the Murcielago was purportedly named after a bull that survived 24 sword strokes in a Cordoba bull fight back in 1879 and thus proved worthy enough to have its life spared. Its V12 engine generates 640 horsepower. How that translates into bull power, we don’t know. Base price: $430,000.

Porsche Carrera GT

No. 10: Porsche Carrera GT — Average top speed: 205. The “slow-poke” of our little group, the Carrera carries an aluminum, 68-degree water-cooled V10 engine that kicks out 612 horsepower. It takes a full 3.9 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. Gee, you wonder why someone would even bother? Base price: $440,000.

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