A production car is a street-legal vehicle made in mass quantities for consumption by the public. Not to be confused with a concept car or modified vehicle, production cars are available for purchase and can be driven legally on public highways. The speed of a production car is measured by its top achieved speed, as well as by the time it takes it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph. Below are descriptions of the five fastest production cars ever released as of June 2012.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The fastest production car in existence today is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in approximately 2.4 seconds. This vehicle includes an impressive aerodynamic package and a 1,183 metric horsepower 8-liter engine. With its maximum speed of 431 km/h or 267 mph, this car is an impressive machine yet to be surpassed by any other. The base price of the vehicle is $2,400,000, thus making it an impossible purchase for most automobile enthusiasts. However, those lucky few who are able to own a Super Sport can enjoy its aerodynamic, effortless accelerations and highly coveted interior luxuries.
Hennessey Venom GT
With a maximum speed of 260 mph, the Hennessey Venom GT comes close to matching the Bugatti’s speed. With its 6.2-liter V8 Twin Turbo engine, the Venom can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds. The Venom is less expensive than the Bugatti, with a base price of $950,000. Some automobile experts predict that, though the factory-proclaimed top speed is 260, the Venom may be able to reach a speed of 275 mph in testing, which would allow it to claim the top spot on this list. However, at this time, the Venom sits comfortably in the second position on this list.
The Koenigsegg Agera ties the Hennessey Venom GT’s maximum speed of 260 mph. However, the Agera’s acceleration time is somewhat longer. To accelerate from zero to 60 mph, the Agera requires 2.9 seconds, which places it in the third spot on this list. This Koenigsegg Agera features a 5-liter V8 engine and a base price of $1,600,000. The vehicle is designed for use in the snow and can be outfitted with winter tires and a Ski Box if the owner desires. It should be noted that, though its tested top speed earns the number 2 spot, the Agera’s theoretical top speed is much higher. In the future, it may pass both the Venom and the Super Sport if expert predictions are accurate.
SSC Ultimate Aero
The SSC Ultimate Aero has a maximum speed of 257 mph, which earns it the title of the fourth fastest production car currently in existence. The car can also accelerate from zero to 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds. Slightly more affordable, the SSC Ultimate Aero is offerred for $654,400 without upgrades. After performing impressively in a test conducted by Guinness World Records, this vehicle held the title of the fastest car on record from March of 2007 to July of 2010. However, its speed was later surpassed by other vehicles. The SSC Ultimate Aero is American made and includes a Twin Turbo V8 engine with almost 1200 horsepower.
Also with a top speed of 257 mph, the GT9-R ties the SSC Ultimate Aero for maximum speed. However, it takes this model an extra tenth of a second to accelerate from zero to 60 mph, thus pushing it to the fifth spot on this list. The GT9-R is available for a base price of $695,000. This vehicle features a 1120 horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine with twin turbos. The design of the GT9-R is based on the Porsche 911, and the vehicle’s exterior can be customized to suit the vehicle’s owner.
As car manufacturers continue to up the ante, this list is likely to change. However, for now, these vehicles dominate the market when it comes to top speed and acceleration capabilities.