In 1966, Lamborghini released the Miura to compete with its long-time rival Ferrari. The release marked the beginning of the supercar era, pitting auto manufacturers against one another to build the fastest sports car.
Today, companies from Europe and America have blown beyond the expectations of the past, and they’re only getting quicker. With vehicles reaching into the 300s, the race for the fastest car continues.
Read on for the 7 fastest cars in the world right now. Which one would you take for a spin?
Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut
Theoreticals aside, the Swedish hypercar manufacturers have elevated the speed game to a new level. Reaching a top speed of 330mph, this car smokes its German and American competition as one of the world’s fastest cars. The vehicle features a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 engine, updated handling, and a lighter and more aerodynamic body than its predecessor.
Top speed: 330 mph / 531 kph
0-60 mph: 2.6 seconds
Price: $3.4 million
Hennessey Venom F5
While hypercars are generally thought to be a European game, the team at Hennessey Performance Engineering has brought together the fastest American car. The Venom F5 boasts a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V8 that produces over 1,800 horsepower. The result is a supercar that can reach over 310mph, an incredible feat.
Top Speed: 311 MPH
0-60 mph: 2.4 seconds
Price: $1.6 million
This German manufacturer takes its already-insane supercar creations and turns them up a notch. The Bugatti Bolide is more of a study in speed than it is in practicality. With a quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 engine, this car blows past 300mps with over 1,825 horsepower.
Top speed: 310 mph / 498 kph
0-60 mph: 2.17 seconds
Price: $4.7 million
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
It’s safe to say that Bugatti has a heavy grasp on going fast. The Chiron Super Sport 300+ uses the same engine as the Veyron, but with 1,600 horsepower (that’s more than 600 extra hp). As the name suggests, the Chiron finds its top speed at just over the 300pmh crest.
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Top speed: 304 mph / 483 kph
0-60 mph: 2.4 seconds
Price: $3.89 million
Hennessey isn’t the only US company competing to create the fastest car. The folks at Shelby Supercar have built the TuaTara, a monstrously quick vehicle with 1,750 horsepower. Toting a twin-turbo 5.9-liter flat-plane-crank V8, the car recorded a top speed of over 280mph.
Top speed: 282 mph / 453 kph
0-60 mph: 2.5 seconds
Price: $1.9 million
Koenigsegg Agera RS
One of the rarest supercars in the world, the Koenigsegg Agera RS uses a sleek design and in-house products to produce unbelievable numbers. With only 1176 horsepower (nearly 600 less than the Tuatara), the Swedish supercar set a high speed of 278mph. The vehicle was handcrafted to top results, and as such, only 25 exist.
Top speed: 278 mph / 427 kph
0-60 mph: 2.8 seconds
Price: $2.5 million
Hennessey Venom GT
At nearly 7 years old, the American company produced a vehicle ahead of its time. The Venom GT runs incredible numbers with its twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 engine. At 1,244 horsepower, the American supercar set a world record at the time at 270mph
Top speed: 270 mph / 434 kph
0-60 mph: 3.05 seconds
Price: $1.2 million
More On the Fastest Cars
The battle to create the fastest cars is always evolving. Even now, there are theoretical designs that are stated to reach nearly 350mph. For more on the latest supercars, as well as the latest info on other cars, trucks, and motorcycles, check out our Automotive section.