“But how fast can it go?”
Ah, that million-dollar question. It’s almost a prerequisite when you’re in a conversation about Lamborghinis, Bugattis and Venoms. But for these supercars, performance is everything. There are few things that are more electrifying and enthralling than speed; Aldous Huxley even once claimed that speed would provide the one genuinely modern sensation.
Which is why we’ve put together a list of the fastest supercars that exist now. You might not see them on the roads here (thanks, 90kph speed limit), but no harm imagining you were in one of these beastly babies.
Top speed: 464kph
We’re talking about an electronically limited speed here. With an immense 1,479hp and 1,600Nm of torque being generated from the newly developed W16 engine with four turbochargers, the Chiron can technically go faster, but like all monsters is restrained for obvious safety reasons. Currently the fastest road-legal car in the world, the Chiron sees an acceleration to 100kph in less than 2.5 seconds. To attain its blistering speed, engineers had to develop a new carbon-fibre monocoque to save weight, while packaging the entire car with a carbon-fibre skin. torsional stiffness is on par with an LMP1 prototype and the directly-bolted suspension works with a new electric steering system for faster reaction to driver inputs.
Top speed: 450kph
Five years after the first Venom GT was produced, Texan-based Hennessey has one-upped their own game with a faster version. A lethal combination of a Lotus Elise chassis and 7.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine, this Hennessey is terrifying, both at first glance and during the ride. No surprise then because underneath its sleek aerodynamic body now lies a Corvette-sourced twin-turbo 7.0-litre V8 engine that’s capable of 1,451hp (207 more than last year’s). Acceleration to 100kph is only in 2.4 seconds (0.3 seconds faster) and top speed is 15kph more —blink and you’ll miss it .
Top speed: 440kph
The name pretty much sums up the car — the holy grail of power-to-weight ratio of one metric horsepower to one kilogram of mass — the world’s first homologated production car sees 1,340 horses raring to whisk its 1,340kg body down the streets and into oblivion. With a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 engine running on a favoured diet of E85 biofuel, the car might look and sound like a mean machine but is really an earth-loving hippie deep down inside. Acceleration to 400kph is a thrilling 20-second affair. Outside, unique track-optimised aero winglets, extended venturi tunnels and side splitters are only some of the many features Koenigsegg included to achieve such blistering speeds.
Top speed: 414kph
For a moment in time, the best of the automobile industry were shadowed by a company that emerged from the dust. Manufactured by SSC North America (or previously known as Shelby Supercars), the mid-engined sports car that is the Ultimate Aero XT put the firm on the map with its three-year Guiness World record from 2007 to 2010 for world’s fastest production car, thanks to its 6.3-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that generates an output of 1,300hp and 1,508Hm of torque. Acceleration to 100kph is at 2.78 seconds, pretty decent for a company that was only established in 1998 in Washington.
Top speed: 413kph
Bugatti is generally known for blowing its competition out of the water when it comes to speed so it’s no surprise that we have yet another one of its pedigrees on the list. Once the kind of the hypercar world, the Veyron 16.4 still makes the list even after 5 years. Like the Chiron, this Veyron is also carbon-fibre crazy, its monocoque and body skin both constructed from the lightweight material. Its exterior sees a flat profile that allows for aerodynamism, complemented by a very short and stubby hood that, together with its massive side flanks channel air flow up and over its windshield. Taking the existing 16-cylinder from its base-level Veyron, Bugatti added another four larger turbochargers to produce an extra 199hp to make for an unreal 1,200hp. Acceleration? Only 2.5 seconds. Bugatti was way ahead of its time.