Do you feel the need for speed? Although there are lots of different components that make up a great car, who can resist blindingly fast speed? Exotic cars can have hair-raising high speeds, and you might be shocked how fast the top ten fastest cars in the world can actually move. So how fast can performance vehicles without any aftermarket modifications really go? Buckle up, and take a look at the fastest cars of 2018!
- Lamborghini Aventador: 217 miles per hour
The name Lamborghini is one that needs no introduction for either sports car aficionados or the general public. As the pinnacle of power, speed, and luxury, the Aventador boasts a V12 with 690bhp. It’s explosive power allows it to travel from 0 to 60 in just 2.9 seconds. As far as price, the Aventador is on the low end of high-performance sports cars, selling for around $400,000.
- Ferrari LaFerrari: 217 miles per hour
Although Ferrari is another well-known name in the industry, the LaFerrari might surprise you. The car boasts a hybrid system based on Formula One’s Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems. The futuristic body style and engine make it a possible view of the future. The LaFerrari are difficult to find, as only 499 were made, and they are no longer manufactured.
- Aston Martin One-77: 220 miles per hour
The One-77 is a car that would make James Bond jealous. Boasting a price tag around $1,500,000, only 77 were ever produced (hence the name). The V12 engine gives 750bhp while still looking impeccably sleek and stylish. In fact, the car is so exclusive that Top Gear reported the press was not even allowed to test drive the One-77, as Aston Martin said it was an experience that was only meant for One-77 owners.
- Lamborghini Veneno: 221 miles per hour
This machine is an absolute beast. The 6.5-liter V12 engine produces 750 bhp, allowing it to travel from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds. It’s futuristic style gives it an imposing, unique look. The Veneno also boasts itself as one of the most expensive vehicles ever made. Forbes has reported that the Veneno sold for $3,900,000. Since then, they have been purchased in private sales for over $6,000,000!
- Pagani Huayra: 230 miles per hour
The Huayra is a lean, mean speed machine. Weighing in at a curb weight of 2,645 pounds, it is a comparable heft to many mid-size vehicles. But, don’t be fooled. Nobody is going to confuse this with a common family vehicle. The 6-liter V12 engine produces 730bhp and can really scoot at speeds of 230 miles per hour.
- McLaren F1: 241 miles per hour
The McLaren F1 represents the old guard of high-performance vehicles, but don’t hold that against it. Built for speed on the racing circuit, the McLaren F1 has been winning checkered flags for years, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1995. It’s driver’s seat is positioned in the center of the vehicle, making it unique among all cars. Don’t blink, or you’ll miss the McLaren F1!
- SSC Ultimate Aero: 256 miles per hour
For a short period of time, the virtually unknown SSC Ultimate Aero was the fastest production car in the world. In 2007, it topped the list even though SSC North America was a newcomer in the auto industry. It may not be the fastest anymore, but you can’t help but be impressed by its 256 mph top speed, produced from a V8 with 1,287 bhp. Although it went out of production in 2013, the rush of adrenaline that comes from the Ultimate Aero is almost unmatched even today.
- Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: 268 miles per hour
Bugatti has always been known as a leader in performance cars. However, as newer vehicles like the SSC Ultimate Aero took the lead from Bugatti, Volkswagen responded with the Veyron Super Sport. The W16 engine packs a punch and so does the purchase price, which is in the neighborhood of $2 million.
- Hennessy Venom GT: 270 miles per hour
There’s a bit of controversy surrounding the Hennessy Venom GT. The speed of 270 miles an hour was clocked only once going one direction. Top speeds are usually recorded by averaging performance in opposite directions to compensate for wind. However, there’s no denying this drop-dead gorgeous car is a speed demon, no matter what direction it’s going.
- Koenigsegg Agera RS: 278 miles per hour
The fastest car in 2018 is from a name you may not be familiar with. Don’t let that fool you. The Agera RS was tested last year on an 11-mile stretch of closed Nevada highway. According to Road and Track, the Agera RS topped out at 284.55 mph and averaged 278 mph on two runs.
How long will Koenigsegg be the king of speed? And how long with these 10 remain the fastest cars? Who knows! But for 2018, you can’t find a faster car in the world than the Agera RS. It’s always amazing to see how technological advancements lead to impressive enhancements to existing modes of transportation.
Earl Baldwin is a long time car enthusiast with a fledgling collection of classics (‘48 Plymouth, ‘49 Pontiac, ‘55 Chrysler). He also has a passion for writing about exotic cars, aftermarket modifications, and improving car performance. When he’s not writing, he’s cruising around town in one of his classics.