From the moment we got our hands on Hot Wheels, most of us have had a grating need for speed. A desire to take on the open road, put the pedal to the floor, and never look back! If that sounds like you then you'll love getting behind the wheel of these 10 fastest street cars.
For safety reasons, the Chiron's potential top speed may never be realized. An electronic limitation in the mid-engined Bugatti keeps top traveling speed under 261mph, which is 27 miles per hour slower than computer data from the manufacturer shows. According to the vehicle's speedometer, the sophisticated sports car may even break 300mph. Upon release in 2016, Bugatti limited sales of the Chiron to only 500 models, with each model selling for approximately $2.3 million. The 2016 Chiron carries over an updated version of the 8 liter W16 quad-turbocharged engine of Bugatti's Veyron Super Sport.
Hennessey Venom GT
Just as the battle for the fasted production vehicle had just shifted in favor of Bugatti, Hennessey Performance Engineering sought to add their own little automotive nugget into the mix. Based on the Lotus Exige chassis, the Hennessey Venom GT started production in 2011 and was quick to turn heads. By 2013, the GT had set the Guinness World Record of 13.63 seconds for fastest production car from 0-186mph along with an unofficial record of 14.51 seconds for 0-200mph. Though its top speed of 270mph is technically faster than the Bugatti, since Hennessey only produced 16 GTs of Guinness World Record's 30 vehicle requirement, it failed to qualify for the world's fasted production car.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Known for knocking the SSC Ultimate Aero off the Guinness World Records mantle as world's fasted production car, the beautifully designed Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is as attractive as it is fast. In 2010, 5 years after the Veyron was put into production by the Volkswagen Group, the speedy Super Sport was released and the Aero record was smashed. At its top speed, the Veyron Super Sport can reach a speed of 267mph - but of course, all of this high performance comes with a hefty price tag. The base model of the original Bugatti Veyron ran $1.7 million while the Super Sport broke wallets at $2.7 million. Incredibly high cost even filtered down to individual parts of the Veyron, with a replacement transmission netting $120,000.
In 2010, the Koenigsegg Agera took the automotive industry by storm and earned the Hypercar of the Year title from Top Gear Magazine. The Swedish-made mid-engined sports car had 6 different versions, ranging from the basic but still stylish Agera to the suped-up Koenigsegg One:1. According to the manufacturer, the One:1 is capable of a top speed of 280mph, though the highest reported Agera speed is often attributed to the Agera R, which tops out at 260mph. One thing that can be said about the One:1 is its efficiency in breaking land speed records, of which it broke 6 on June 8th, 2015.
SSC Ultimate Aero
In 2007, just a year after production started, the SSC Ultimate Aero was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's fastest production car. Designed by SSC North American, formerly Shelby SuperCars, the mid-engined streamlined sports car clocked in at 256mph and accelerated from 0 to 60 in approximately 2.78 seconds. The 2007 modification, known as the Ultimate Aero TT, was responsible for the record-setting speed. Only 24 Ultimate Aero TTs were put into production, its rarity causing the first production model to sell on eBay for $431,100.
Saleen S7 Twin
Another Hollywood cameo, the speedy Saleen S7 made an appearance as Bruce's holy chariot in Bruce Almighty. The American supercar was ironically hand-built by UK engineering company, Ray Mallock LTD and was put into production from 2000 to 2006. Making its debut in August of 2009, the Saleen S7 topped out at a speed of 160mph. In 2005, the coupe received an update to a twin-turbo power plant which gave the car bragging rights by boosting its top speed up to 248mph and increasing 0 to 60 acceleration from 3.3 seconds to 2.8.
From 2006 to 2010, the Swedish manufacturer, Koenigsegg Automotive AB, produced a speedy coupe to appeal to the American auto market. One of the finer features of this sophisticated targa topped coupe is its top speed, which varies depending on which edition you opt for. The base model, the CCX, which stands for Competition Coupe X, tops out at 245mph while the CCXR, CCX Edition, and CCXR Trevita Special Edition boosted the top speed to 249mph. Acceleration also varies, with top speeds being reached within just over 13 to 14 seconds. The design of the vehicle was so well-received that Forbes Magazine dubbed it one of the 10 Most Beautiful Cars in 2009.
If you happen to have $1.1 million laying around your house, you, too, can enjoy the top speeds of the Italian-produced Pagani Huayra. Aptly named after the Quechua wind god, Huayra-tata, this Pagani automobile has been clocked at a top speed of 238mph. The vehicle's aerodynamic design is an active concept that's able to adjust the front's height along with 4 individual flaps to control drag coefficient and downforce. Moviegoers may recognize the Huayra from Transformers: Age of Extinction as the alternate form of the Decepticon Stinger.
Topping out at 233mph, the Zenvo ST1 was the first vehicle produced by the Danish company, Zenvo. Assembled in Zealand, Denmark, just about every detail on this beautiful 2-door supercar was manufactured by hand. Not only is the vehicle a costly venture, with a price tag of $739,000, the ST1 is estimated to cost around $2.4 million to register in Denmark. Chances are, this may be why Zenvo's sights are geared more overseas than locally. You may want to hold off on purchasing one of the 15 produced models, however, as the ST1's first appearance on Top Gear ended in a cooling unit failure and rather cool looking fireball.
In 2010, the British motor company, Noble Automotive, put into production a sleek and stylish coupe designed for drivers with really deep pockets. Priced at a cool $248,750, the hand-built Noble M600 is equipped for variable boosts for road, track, and race settings. Along with a sophisticated design, the M600 is also pretty fast, reaching a top speed of 225mph at just over 30 seconds and breaking 60mph within 3 seconds. Though its price may deter more casual drivers, the M600 received acclaim from Top Gear, its only black mark being the questionably unjustifiable price tag.