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Need for Speed: 7 Breakneck Supercars

February 27, 2014

Speed’s the name of the game so we won’t bother messing around. Supercars are sexy but, more importantly, they’re beasts engineered purely for performance – and we’ve taken the liberty of compiling the seven most utterly supersonic vehicles out there. Dive in.

1: The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport ran rings around the competition when it was first released in 2010, and has stayed ahead of its rivals as one of the world’s fastest road legal vehicles.

The Bugatti draws its power from a W16 Narrow Angle 8 litre engine that gives it the potential to accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.4 seconds.

The engine is powered by four bi-turbochargers which include a total displacement of 487.7 cubic inches and the car also has 4 valves for each of the cylinders, totalling at a valve count of 64. The result is like combining 2 V8 engines into one creating a monstrous engine that produces just over 1200 horsepower, pushing out of a max speed of 268mph.

2: The Hennessey Venom GT comes at a very sharp second, almost on par with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – only missing out on first place by a few mph.

Hitting 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds shouldn’t be considered a loser by any means – the car is an absolute machine, pushing out over 1200 horsepower with a reported maximum speed of 267mph.

3: The Koenigsegg Agera R hits a maximum speed of 260mph – accelerating at 0-60 in 2.9 seconds leaving it in third place. The Agera R runs on a V8 twin turbo engine which is capable of pushing out 1,999 horsepower – the car can also be fitted with a rather nifty set of snow tyres, making it possibly the fastest road legal car to travel on snow.

4: The SSC Ultimate Aero is capable of hitting the mark of 257mph, which is all down to its V8 engine – housing enough horsepower (1183hp) to hit 60mph in 2.7 seconds.

In 2007, this car would have taken the top spot, but has since been overtaken by the competition in 2010. There have been rumblings and whispers in the car industry that Shelby SuperCars are planning on making a return to the throne with a vehicle strong enough to jet right past the competition – but things are pretty stiff these days.

5: The 9ff Porsche 911 GT2 GTurbo 1200 is a seriously good-looking car, benefitting from enough power to make this one of the most recognisable and desirable cars on the market today.

With the 1200 horsepower engine putting out 257mph, accelerating from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds, it is a serious powerhouse which should survive the test of time for quite a while – this series is destined to become a classic.

6: The 9ff GT9 Porsche hits a very acceptable 254mph – and along with its strikingly good looks, the car is a very desirable vehicle amongst car-lovers.

The car is fitted with a heavily modified flat 6 engine, capable of hitting 60mph in 3.8 seconds, which puts out around 1120 horsepower placed in the middle of the car for maximum control – which is a very peculiar switch-up, as the rest of the 911 series’ engines have been positioned in the rear-end of the car.

7: The Lotec C1000 Mercedes-Benz, a one-off production way back in the 90s, is capable of 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds. Hitting just over 252mph, it was a massive achievement and, due to its rarity, it’s a motoring marvel car lovers won’t even be able to witness in action outside of their TV screen.

The engine produces a massive 1,000hp due to its 5.6 litre V8, tied with two Garrett turbochargers – and the result is glorious.

This car was so ahead of its time, we wouldn’t be surprised if it came shipped with a Flux Capacitor.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.