What is the first thing a car enthusiast looks in a sports car? Speed! The last decade has been very enthralling for speed lovers; we got the luxury to witness some of the most expensive cars with enormous horsepower ratings and speed. Today, I have prepared a list of five most expensive supercars in the world that have made headlines in the automotive market because of their superior performance and outstanding top speed.
1. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
Talking about speed, how can we forget Bugatti, which is synonymous to luxury and pace. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest roadster in the world, as claimed by the automaker. In terms of looks and exterior, it appears similar to the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport while performance wise it stands parallel with the Bugatti Super Sport.
Although it is built combining the properties of Grand Sport and Super Sport, nevertheless, this million dollar car is highly powerful and optimized . The Vitesse is equipped with a W16 engine that delivers an enormous 1,200 horsepower and 1,500 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission system enabling this roadster to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds with a top-speed of 255 mph. The best part about this supercar is that despite carrying such a robust engine, it is fuel efficient with a combined EPA rating of 23.1L/100km, carrying the 4-pump tank which is inherited from the Super Sport. The only vehicle that can be matched to this supercar is Koenigsegg Agera RS which I’ll discuss next.
The price of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale was around $2.6 million. Unfortunately, you can’t buy it new anymore as all the 450 units of Veyron has been sold. Nevertheless, you can fix your eyes on Chiron, which could go as fast as 288 mph.
2. Koenigsegg Agera RS
The name Agera which literally means “Take action” in English, appropriately defines the persona of the latest 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS supercar. The top-of-the-line technologies put in Agera RS are adopted from the One:1, while the interior features and other functions are similar to the previous Koenigsegg R and S models.
The insane gasoline powertrain installed in this super car generates 1,160 horsepower and 1,000 Nm of torque combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission system, enabling it to hit the 60 mph mark in 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 250 mph. It implies, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is faster than the Agera RS, but the later is cheaper than the former with an expected price of $2 million.
3. Porsche 918 Spyder
The German automaker Porsche is famous for innovating new ideas in their vehicles and Porsche 918 Spyder is a perfect example of novelty. It carries a hybrid gasoline-electric engine that brings a total of 887 horsepower and 940 lb.-ft of torque. The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission system takes this coupe from 0 – 60 in less than 2.8 seconds with a max speed of more than 211 mph. Although it carries such a powerful engine and delivers an incredible performance, yet it remains exceptionally fuel efficient. The EPA ratings reveal that the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder gives an amazing 67 MPGe when driven in hybrid-electric mode, however this figure reduces drastically when the car is driven on petrol.
In a recent head to head race between the Porsche 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1, the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder was able to defeat the McLaren P1, despite having a lower horsepower.
4. Hennessey Venom F5
The successor to the Venom GT, the Hennessey Venom F5, which is expected to hit the roads in late 2016, uses a next-generation twin-turbo V8 engine that that can generate a ferocious 1,400 horsepower. The ability to accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 290 mph makes this supercar easily outrun its rivals such as Koenigsegg ONE:1 and Bugatti Veyron Sports.
The company already has the world’s fastest production car in their store and now with the improved performance and aerodynamics of Hennessey Venom F5 they are looking forward to beat the previous 270-mph record set by the Venom GT.
The price is not yet revealed, however it will surely be higher than the GT which is currently available for $1.2 million.
5. SSC Ultimate Aero XT
When discussing the most powerful cars, who can forget the SSC Ultimate Aero XT revealed back in 2013 carrying an SSC Designed Billet Aluminum V8 Block under its hood. Although the company may not be as big as Bugatti, their vehicles are much powerful and sinister looking.
The solid engine partners with a 7 speed SMG paddle shift transmission system to pump out 1,300 horsepower and 1,004 ft-lbs of torque, making this supercar go from stationary to 62 mph in 2.65 seconds with a theoretical top speed of 273 mph. The aggressive shape and spectacular paint schemes make it stand apart from its competitor, the Bugatti Veyron.
The 2007 Ultimate Aero Chassis #TT-02 remained the fastest production car with 256.14 mph (412.22 km/h) for 3 years until Veyron Super Sport broke the record on July 4th 2010 with a certified top speed of 267.81 mph (431.00 km/h).
Only 5 cars were built and the price of the Ultimate Aero XT was around $750,000, which was also cheaper than the Veyron.