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Have a Need for Speed? Top 5 Speed Demons

Published July 5, 2012

I’m a guy who loves big trucks and SUVs, but I am just as equally addicted to speed. There are few feelings that pump up more adrenaline than hitting 140 or 150 miles per hour (mph) on the highway. I created a list of the top 5 cars on the road based on their max speed and power.

5)    McLaren F1: The McLaren F1 is a sports car designed and manufactured by McLaren Automotive. Originally a concept conceived by Gordon Murray, he convinced Ron Dennis to back the project and engaged Peter Stevens to design the exterior of the car. Its top speed is 240 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. It sports a BMW S70/2 60 Degree V12 Engine with 627 hp, with a base price of $970,000. The MacLaren F1 is the fastest car in which the doors look like bat wings. Maybe Batman needs to order one and paint it black. Most of the superior top speed machines use forced induction to reach their respective top speeds – making the McLaren F1 the fastest naturally aspirated production car in the world.

4)    Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo: The Saleen S7 is a limited-production, hand-built, high-performance American super-car developed jointly by Steve Saleen for the initial concept and direction, Hidden Creek Industries for resources and initial funding, Phil Frank for the body and interior CAD design and development, and Ray Mallock Ltd. for the chassis engineering. It was the only car produced by Saleen not based on an existing chassis. Its maximum speed is 248 mph, 0-60 in 2.8 secs. With a Twin Turbo All Aluminum V8 Engine with 750 hp, it’s safe to say that this gal FLIES. Its base price is $555,000 (much cheaper than the F1, huh?). Smooth and bad-ass. It will make you want to show it off non-stop.

3)    SSC Ultimate Aero:  The SSC Ultimate Aero is an American-built mid-engine sports car by SSC North America (formerly known as Shelby SuperCars). With a top speed of 257 mph, and its acceleration at 0-60 in 2.7 secs, the SSC Ultimate deserves a spot on this list. It has a Twin-Turbo V8 Engine with 1183 hp and a base price of $654,400. Tested in March 2007 by Guinness World Records, The SSC Ultimate Aero was the fastest car in the world from March 2007 to July 2010. It was surpassed by an Asian-based car manufacturer in March, 2011. SSC North America has their sights on the record again as they introduce their new concept to the public, the SSC Tuatura.

2)    Hennessey Venom GT: The Hennessey Venom GT is a sports car manufactured by Hennessey Performance Engineering. It was revealed on March 29, 2010. It has top speed of 260 mph, 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. This fabulous car has a 6.2-liter LS9 Turbocharged V8 Twin Turbo V8 Engine producing 1200 hp, has a price tag of $950,000. The Venom GT has yet to be tested and verified, but could probably hit a top speed of 275 mph. This might just be the Veyron Super Sport’s closest challenger! The Venom GT was also featured on Jay Leno’s Garage and received great reviews from Leno. While I didn’t list it first on my “speed” list, I personally think that overall, the VGT is probably the best car on the road, period.

1)    Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: The top speed of this heavenly car is 267 mph, 0-60 in 2.4 seconds. Aluminum, Narrow Angle 8 Liter W16 Engine with 1200 hp, base price is $2,400,000. Although the Bugatti Veyron lost the title to SSC Ultimate Aero on March 2007, Bugatti dare the record in Germany on July 10, 2010 with the new 2010 Super Sport Version and the Veyron once again claims the title of the fastest car in the world at 267 mph. The original Bugatti Veyron has a top speed of 253 mph, priced at $1,700,000 and set with 1001 hp.

If it was up to me, I’d save the $1 million plus and go with the VGT over the Bugatti. At the end of the day, it still is a Bugatti, and the performance as well as reliability that Bugatti brings surpasses any other car on this list.

Wouldn’t it be cool to own all 5 of them? At that point, you probably own a 20 mile track to drive them on as well!

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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