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Speed has fascinated mankind for millennia. Foot races in ancient Greece and chariot races in Rome gave rise to competitive speed, and man has never looked back. But it wasn’t until the first cars emerged from garages across Europe that man’s quest for speed took off. Today, almost every car can hit 100 mph and most family sedans will breeze past 120. Performance cars routinely play around 140 to 170. But our need for speed looks beyond that.

What was once a quest for 200 mph in a production car now sits at 300, as automakers strive to add more power, smarter aerodynamics, and begin to implement electric motors, all in the name of going faster. Here’s a complete ranking of the fastest cars in the world according to top speed. But for some additional context – and because it's more achievable in the real world – we've also included how long each takes to hit 60 mph.

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolutely

Koenigsegg knows a thing or six about building mental hypercars and the Jesko Absolut is the latest example. But while most other cars on this list have reached their top speeds, the 330-mile-per-hour V-max here is only theoretical. Yes, it’s based on math, but no Jesko Absolut has cracked 330 yet.

With 1,600 hp and 1,106 lb-ft of torque from a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 and a slippery body that still offers significant downforce, the $2.8-million Swedish monster has the credentials for a high-speed run. That said, we wouldn’t count on the Jesko being allowed to hit 330: the best place on the planet for an attempt, the Ehra-Lessien proving grounds in north-central Germany, belongs to Bugatti’s parent company, Volkswagen.

Top Speed: 330 MPH
0-60: N/A
Horsepower: 1,600 Horsepower
Torque: 1,106 Pound-Feet
Price: $2.8 Million

Hennessey Venom F5

Hennessey Venom F5 Lausanne Silver

Ultra-high speeds aren’t the exclusive domain of Europe. Those crazy folks in Texas at Hennessey Performance Engineering know a thing about it too. While the old Lotus Elise-based Venom GT would run up to 266 mph, Hennessey claims the upcoming Venom F5 will blast past 310 mph, thanks to a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V8 that produces 1,817 hp and 1,193 lb-ft of torque. While the price is lower than some of its European rivals, starting at $1.8 million, Hennessey is planning to build only 24 examples.

Top Speed: 311 MPH
0-60: 2.4 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,817 Horsepower
Torque: 1,193 Pound-Feet
Price: $1.8 Million

Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti Bolide production version

The track-only Bugatti Bolide is the wildest creation to ever come out of Molsheim, which is certainly saying something. Based on the Chiron platform, the Bolide takes that vehicle’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine and feeds it a steady diet of 110-octane racing fuel, helping elevate the output to 1,825 horsepower and 1,365 pound-feet of torque, increases of 247 hp and 185 lb-ft compared to the (ultimately faster) Chiron Super Sport 300+.

The top speed, even with the track-focused aerodynamics, exceeds the Chiron too, at 310 mph to 304. Entry to the ultra-exclusive Bolide owner club was going for $4.7 million, but Bugatti confirmed the range was sold out at the dawn of 2022.

Top Speed: 310 MPH
0-62: 2.17 Seconds 
Horsepower: 1,825 Horsepower
Torque: 1,365 Pound-Feet
Price: $4.7 Million

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ First Batch

Bugatti is the Dodge of hypercars, continuously finding ways to squeeze ever more performance from one particular engine. Its quadruple-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W16 engine shocked us in the Veyron and Veyron Super Sport – two cars that, were they still in production, would handily make this list – but this monstrous engine is on an entirely different level in the newer Chiron Super Sport 300+. With 1,600 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque (600 hp and 193 lb-ft more than the original Veyron), the range-topping Chiron hits 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and, as the name suggests, can crest 300 mph. In official testing, Bugatti recorded 304 mph.

Top Speed: 304 MPH
0-60: 2.3 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,600 Horsepower
Torque: 1,180 Pound-Feet
Price: $3.9 Million

SSC Tuatara

SSC Tuatara averages 282.9 mph at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds

Ah, the SSC Tuatara. After some uncertainty surrounding its first attempt, the American automaker made a second run in January 2021 and set a blistering two-way average of 282.9 mph at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds at Space Florida's Shuttle Landing Facility. That's quite a bit slower than its alleged 316-mph average, but it's still more than quick enough for this supercar, with its  1,750 hp and 1,280 lb-ft of torque. Those figures are fitting for a car with a $1.9-million price tag.

Top Speed: 282.9 MPH
0-60: 2.5 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,750 Horsepower
Torque: 1,280 Pound-Feet
Price: $1.9 Million

Rimac Nevera

Rimac Nevera Completes Winter Testing

If there was ever a question as to whether electrification is the future of performance, Rimac (now teamed with Bugatti) is on a mission to answer “YES” with cars like the Nevera. The sleek Croatian hypercar packs four electric motors with a total output of 1,914 horsepower and 1,740 pound-feet of torque. But while the 258-mph top speed is deeply impressive, we’re more bewildered by the 1.97-second to 62 mph and the world-beating quarter-mile time, where it took just 8.74 seconds all while on cold tires. On properly warmed rubber, that time fell to just 8.58 seconds. Wild.

Top Speed: 258 MPH
0-62: 1.97 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,914 Horsepower
Torque: 1,740 Pound-Feet
Price: $2.5 Million

Aston Martin Valkyrie

2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie Side View

Aston Martin has never really played in the hypercar space, instead contenting itself to build excellent and beautiful grand tourers. The Valkyrie is a change of tact, the result of a partnership between Aston and its Formula One partner, Red Bull Racing, to build a world-beating hypercar.

The Valkyrie features a naturally aspirated, Cosworth-sourced V12 and hybrid system to produce 1,160 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, but it’s how that power arrives. It comes at very high engine speeds, with the V12 packing an 11,000-rpm redline. Unleashed on the right road, this mid-engine Aston will hit 60 in 2.5 seconds and carry on to a top speed of over 250 mph.

Top Speed: Over 250 MPH
0-60: 2.5 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,160 Horsepower
Torque: 664 Pound-Feet
Price: $3 Million

McLaren Speedtail

McLaren Special Operations Albert Speedtail Three Quarters

More than nearly any other brand on this list, McLaren knows about building record-breaking hypercars. The legendary F1 held the record for over two decades, until the Bugatti Veyron arrived. The new McLaren Speedtail won’t reclaim the F1’s record with its promised 250-mph top speed, but the 1,036-hp, $2-million hypercar is arguably the prettiest car on this list. And anyway, 250 mph is pretty damn impressive, as is the zero-to-60 sprint of 2.9 seconds. Unlike the 300-plus-mph Jesko and Venom F5, we have little doubt of the Speedtail’s relatively reasonable max velocity.

Top Speed: 250 MPH
0-60: 2.9 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,036 Horsepower
Torque: 848 Pound-Feet
Price: $2 Million

Koenigsegg Gemera

Koenigsegg Gemera On Track

With seating for four and a three-cylinder engine, the Koenigsegg Gemera doesn’t sound like the kind of vehicle that’d make a list for fastest cars in the world. That is, until you realize it’s from Koenigsegg, and things like seats and cylinder counts tell little of the story. The roomy Gemera packs 1,700 hp and 2,581 lb-ft of torque.

The top speed is 249 hp and 0-60 happens in 1.9 seconds, making this a brilliant way to scare three of your closest friends. That insane performance is thanks to three electric motors, which work alongside the twin-turbochraged 2.0-liter three-cylinder engine. Prices start at $500,000, which isn’t too crazy for Sweden’s hottest performer.

Top Speed: 249 MPH
0-60: 1.9 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,700 Horsepower
Torque: 2,581 Pound-Feet
Price: $500,000

Pagani Huayra BC Pacchetto Tempesta

Pagani Huayra BC Pacchetto Tempesta

The long-lived Pagani Huayra BC Roadster is an unusual entry on this list. The power output is barely excessive, and yet this sleek mid-engine V12-powered supercar can still accelerate to 236 mph. With an asking price of $3.4 million, the 791-hp Huayra variant is the cream of the crop for the current Pagani range.

A new Pacchetto Tempesta package was introduced in 2021 that added 25 hp and 36 lb-ft of torque, but Pagani hasn't indicated how that improves the zero-to-60 time or top speed.

Top Speed: 236 MPH
0-60: 2.8 Seconds (est)
Horsepower: 816 Horsepower
Torque: 811 Pound-Feet
Price: $3.4 Million

Lambo Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae Coupe

Last Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae

Lamborghini is synonymous with V12 engines, but that won’t be the case for much longer. The new Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae represents the last nail in the coffin for gas-only V12 performance at the Italian automaker ahead of an electrified future. And what a nail it is. Power comes in at 769, while there’s 531 pound-feet of torque. Those are modest figures relative to some of the vehicles on this list, but with a 2.8-second sprint to 60 and a 220-mph top speed, the celebration of the Aventador line and the gas-powered V12 in particular is a worthy sendoff.

Top Speed: 220 MPH
0-62: 2.8 Seconds
Horsepower: 769 Horsepower
Torque: 531 Pound-Feet
Price: $498,258

Pininfarina Battista

Pininfarina Battista driven by Nick Heidfeld (lead image)

If you’re naming a car after your company’s founder, it better be a pretty epic effort. Fortunately for Automobili Pininfarina, the Battista certainly qualifies. Named after Battista Pininfarina, the founder of the eponymous Italian design house with links to the automaker, this all-electric monster packs 1,900 horsepower and 1,741 pound-feet of torque via a four-motor setup similar to the Rimac Nevera (the two cars share a platform and are built in the same Croatian facility).

The Battista’s top speed is down on the Nevera, at 218 mph, but it’s slightly quicker to 60. Considering the Pininfarina’s $500,000 savings over its platform-mate, that’s a fair sacrifice.

Top Speed: 218 MPH
0-62: 1.8 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,900 Horsepower
Torque: 1,741 Pound-Feet
Price: $2 Million

Mercedes-AMG One

Mercedes-AMG One on track

Details remain scarce on the Mercedes-AMG One, aside from the fact that the German automaker is taking knowledge straight from its championship-winning Formula 1 team and applying it to a road car. There’s a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, three electric motors, and over 1,000 hp on offer (or more) – Mercedes hasn’t said how much torque the One produces, but the answer probably qualifies as “a lot.”

The One has a projected top speed of 217 mph and can hit 60 in an estimated 2.6 seconds. That’s hardly rapid compared to some of the cars on this list, but there’s little question that the $2.7-million Mercedes-AMG is still one of the quickest cars on the planet.

Top Speed: 217 MPH
0-60: 2.6 Seconds (est)
Horsepower: Over 1,000 Horsepower
Torque: Unknown
Price: $2.72 Million

Ford GT

2021 Ford GT Studion Collection

The latest Ford GT features a more revolutionary track than its predecessor, both in terms of its design and its engine. The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 mounted amidships produces 660 hp and 550 lb-ft, blasting the fastest Ford ever to 216 mph. The $500,000 price tag is fitting for a car with so much power and such impressive speed, even if it seems pretty darn grand for something with a Blue Oval on the nose.

Top Speed: 216 MPH
0-60: 3.0 Seconds
Horsepower: 660 Horsepower
Torque: 550 Pound-Feet
Price: $500,000

World’s Fastest Cars

  • Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut – 330 MPH
  • Hennessey Venom F5 – 311
  • Bugatti Bolide – 310 MPH
  • Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ – 304 MPH
  • SSC Tuatara – 283 MPH
  • Rimac Nevera – 258 MPH
  • Aston Martin Valkyrie – “Over 250 MPH”
  • McLaren Speedtail – 250 MPH
  • Koenigsegg Gemera – 249 MPH
  • Pagani Huayra BC Pacchetto Tempesta – 236 MPH
  • Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae Coupe – 220 MPH
  • Pininfarina Battista – 218 MPH
  • Mercedes-AMG One – 217 MPH
  • Ford GT – 216 MPH

World’s Quickest Cars 0-60

  • Pininfarina Battista – 1.8 Seconds (0-62 MPH)
  • Koenigsegg Gemera – 1.9 Seconds
  • Rimac Nevera – 1.97 Seconds (0-62 MPH)
  • Bugatti Bolide – 2.17 Seconds (0-62 MPH)
  • Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ – 2.3 Seconds
  • Hennessey Venom F5 – 2.4 Seconds
  • Aston Martin Valkyrie – 2.5 Seconds
  • SSC Tuatara – 2.5 Seconds
  • Mercedes-AMG One – 2.6 Seconds
  • Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae Coupe – 2.8 Seconds (0-62 MPH)
  • Pagani Huayra BC Pacchetto Tempesta – 2.8 Seconds
  • McLaren Speedtail – 2.9 Seconds
  • Ford GT – 3.0 Seconds
  • Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut – N/A

FAQs

What is the fastest car in the world?

The fastest car in the world is the jet-powered ThrustSSC, which has held the land-speed record since October 1997.

How fast is the fastest car in the world (MPH)?

The ThrustSSC was clocked in 1997 at a maximum speed of 760 mph over a flying kilometer and 763 over a flying mile. It was the first car to break the speed of sound.

What is the fastest commercially produced car in the world?

The fastest production car in the world could be the 330-mph Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut, but we may never know. Math supports it, but there are few places that could allow the Swedish supercar to reach its max, so there hasn’t been an attempt. The SSC Tuatara is technically the leader, with a 316-mph average over two runs, but controversy surrounds that attempt. The one vehicle we know for certain has cracked 300 mph and is unquestionably the reigning fastest car in the world is the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, which hit 304 mph.

What is the quickest car in the world?

Among vehicles in customer hands, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is quickest, with a manufacturer-estimated 2.3-second sprint to 60. The all-electric Pininfarina Battista could be the future champmion, though, with a claimed run from zero to 62 mph of 1.8 seconds.

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