The Need to Speed

High-Performance Cars of the 3-Second Club

We’ve searched high and low for the fastest cars on the road from around the globe. You may be amazed at what we have discovered, as the terrain of supercars becomes more interesting each year.

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Noble M600 (Great Britain): 225 mph (362 km/h), 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, Twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 Engine with 650 hp. Base price: $330,000.

This simply styled car may be the least expensive on the list (though at $330k that’s not saying much), it definitely has enough power to compete with the other rides below.

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McLaren F1 (Great Britain): 240 mph (386 km/h), 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, BMW S70/2 60 Degree V12 Engine with 627 hp. Base price: $970,000.

Produced in 1992, the McLaren F1 is a legend in the racing world, far surpassing the abilities of other track contenders from the 1990s through today.

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Ferrari LaFerrari (Italy): 220 mph (354 km/h), 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, 6.3-liter V12 Engine with 800 PS (588 kW; 789 bhp). Base price: $1,690,000.

The only hybrid on the list, the upcoming LaFerrari is one of the leanest, most beautiful Ferraris of the 21st century — a reincarnation of the legendary Enzo.

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Pagani Huayra (Italy): 231 mph (372 km/h), 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, Twin-Turbo AMG 60 Degree 6.0-liter pumping out 720 hp. Base price: $1,300,000.

Paganis aren’t street-legal in the U.S., so for now the only place you’ll find them is on the streets of Monaco and in the driveways of incredibly wealthy crime bosses businessmen. But you can still dream, right?

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Hennessey Venom GT (USA): 266 mph (428 km/h), 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, 6.2-liter LS9 Turbocharged V8 Twin Turbo V8 Engine producing 1200 hp. Base price: $950,000.

Though it has only reached one mile per hour of velocity under that of the Veyron Super Sport, American hyper-car brand Hennessey claims that given enough space the Venom GT can reach a top speed of a staggering 275 mph. Because its claimed ability is so much more than that of the Veyron, and because the tested speed came so close to it, we had to implement a tie for first place.

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Gumpert Apollo (Germany): 225 mph (362 km/h), 0-60 in 3.0 seconds, 4.2-liter V8 Engine churning 650 hp. Base price: $450,000.

It may not have the sleekest design, but it definitely looks menacing. Its counterpart, the Apollo R, is a little slower but looks even meaner.

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Koenigsegg CCX (Sweden): 245 mph (394 km/h), 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, 90 Degree V8 Engine making 806 hp. Base price: $545,568.

A predecessor of the Agera R, the CCX first appeared in American markets in 2006. This Koenigsegg is street legal in the United States, it just costs a small fortune to get it.

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Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (France): 267 mph (429 km/h), 0-60 in 2.4 seconds, Aluminum Narrow Angle 8-liter W16 Engine with 1200 hp. Base price: $2,400,000.

The Bugatti Veyron line has been widely accepted as one of the fastest street-legal cars in the world since 2005 when they first went in production. But Bugatti hasn’t stopped, continually producing newer and faster models of the Veyron nearly every year.

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Koenigsegg Agera R (Sweden): 260 mph (418 km/h), 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, 5.0-liter V8 Engine with Twin Turbos, housing 1099 hp. Base price: $1,600,000.

The Swedish brand has always been a bit of an enigma in the car world, with unverified rumors of speed records and controversies over street-legality. Fortunately, this model has been officially clocked at 260 mph and is one of few Koenigseggs that are street-legal in the United States.

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9ff GT9-R (Germany): 257 mph (413 km/h), 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, 4.0-liter flat-6 Twin-Turbo Engine with 1120 hp. Base price: $695,00o.

The 9ff is a German tuning company (similar to Hennessey and Shelby) operating out of Dortmund, and the GT9-R is its revision of the Porsche Carrera. Keeping consistent with Porsche’s ability to be quick, the GT9-R can hit 60 mph in under three seconds.

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Zenvo ST1 (Denmark): 233 mph (374 km/h), 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, Twin-Charged 7.0-liter V8 Engine forging 1,104 hp. Base price: $1,225,000.

There are only 15 of these Denmark-made cars. As such, Zenvo guarantees they’ll come to you if that ST1 ever needs maintenance.

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Lamborghini Veneno (Italy): 220 mph (356), 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, 6.5-liter V12 Engine with 740 hp. Base price: $3,900,000.

Talk about dreaming big! The price tag for this beauty rests at just under $4 million, and only three of the Italian bulls (as all Lamborghinis are named after fighting bulls) were made worldwide.

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SSC (Shelby Super Cars) Ultimate Aero (USA): 257 mph (413 km/h), 0-60 in 2.7 seconds, Twin-Turbo V8 Engine with 1183 hp. Base price: $654,400.

Shelby is the closest thing Hennessey has to a turf rival. Both companies only produce only limited-edition hyper-cars and souped-up versions of domestic brands’ sportier vehicles, such as Ford Mustangs, Cadillac CT-Vs, Dodge SRTs, and the like. The Ultimate Aero held the “Fastest Car in the World” title for three years between 2007 and 2010 — then the above contenders pushed it to third.

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Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo (USA): 248 mph (399 km/h), 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, Twin Turbo All Aluminum V8 Engine with 750 hp, base price: $555,000.

The S7 is the first true (and prevailing) contender to the likes of the McLaren F1. It gained praise for its 8-mile-per-hour dominance as well as its innovative styling, mixing a cutely bug-eyed face with a mean vent-covered body.

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Aston Martin One-77 (Great Britain): 220 mph (354 km/h), 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, 7.3-liter V12 Engine with 750 hp. Base price: $1,850,000.

The next logical trade-in for James Bond, the One-77 is as sexy as, and faster than, any Aston. Plus, much like Mr. Bond’s female acquaintances, the One-77 seems like something we’d like to wake up to in the morning.