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15 Fastest Cars In The World in 2022 (with Pictures)

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Since the invention of the automobile, people have been obsessed with seeing how fast they can go. This need for speed has stretched from early bootleggers during the Prohibition a century ago to modern auto racing today. As technology continues to advance, cars keep getting faster and faster. The fastest cars on the market today post blistering speeds that can reach an excess of 300 mph.

This list covers the fastest cars in the world both in terms of top overall speed and quickest 0-60 times. All the cars on this list are technically production cars, and there are no professional race cars listed. If you have the cash, you can purchase any of the cars on this list. But be warned, they are extremely expensive.

World’s Fastest Cars Summary

  1. Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut
  2. SSC Tuatara
  3. Hennessey Venom F5
  4. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
  5. Koenigsegg Agera RS
  6. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
  7. SSC Ultimate Aero
  8. Aston Martin Valkyrie
  9. McLaren Speedtail
  10. McLaren F1
  11. Mercedes-AMG One
  12. Lamborghini Sian FKP 37
  13. Porsche 918 Spyder
  14. Ferrari FS90
  15. Tesla Model S Plaid

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The 15 Fastest Cars In The World

1. Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut

Top Speed (mph) 330 (theoretical)
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.0
Price (USD) $2.8 million

Koenigsegg is a Swedish company with a terrifying appetite for speed. Many of the cars on this list are either American or German, but Koenigsegg has two entries that are made entirely in Sweden. The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut is the latest edition of Sweden’s supercar. Official testing has not yet been conducted with this model, but the computer models put the Jesko’s top speed at a theoretical 330 mph. If Koenigsegg can get that number officially verified, it would rocket this model to the top of the list as the world’s fastest car.

Even so, the 0-60 time of 2.0 seconds is definitely one of the fastest on the planet. The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut not only has the potential to have the highest top speed in the world but also the quickest 0-60 speed as well. Impressive.


2. SSC Tuatara

2019 SSC Tuatara at Pebble Beach Press Conference
2019 SSC Tuatara at Pebble Beach Press Conference (Image Credit: Corbin Harder, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
Top Speed (mph) 316
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.5
Price (USD) $2 million

SSC North America used to be Shelby SuperCars Inc. The company was built on Shelby’s world-famous tuning and performance work. Many people remember Shelby as a prolific racecar driver and the engineer that brought elite-level tuning to the Ford Mustang over the years. Now SSC is building their own cars based on that long tradition of excellence.

The SSC Tuatara is working hard to dethrone the Bugatti Chiron as the world’s fastest car. They have posted speeds in excess of 310 mph. However, these numbers have not been independently verified by the community throwing the real numbers into question. The Tuatara is definitely in the same league as the Chiron, but until more concrete data can be obtained, the unofficial top speed of 316 mph remains dubious. One test conducted by SSC clocked the Tuatara, going 331 mph.

As the Tuatara continues to be tested and honed, car collectors might be enticed by the price, which is almost half that of the Chiron.


3. Hennessey Venom F5

Hennessey Venom F5 Genf 2018
Hennessey Venom F5 Genf 2018 (Image Credit: Alexander Migl, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
Top Speed (mph) 311
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.4
Price (USD) $1.8 million

Hennessey is not a name that many people recognize in the world of cars—for alcohol, it’s another story, and another spelling as well. Hennessey is actually a tuning company rather than a car manufacturer. It is similar to AMG in that regard. Hennessey Performance Engineering takes stock models of other brands and then redesigns them to eke out as much power and speed as possible. In the past, Hennessey has made a name for itself by supercharging popular cars like Lotus, Porsche, and Ferrari but this time they built their own car.

The Venom F5 is Hennessey’s attempt to build a supercar from the ground up and so far the results appear extremely promising. This car combines Hennessey’s expertise in engine tuning and combines it with an extremely light body to produce truly terrifying speeds. The Venom F5 can top 300 mph and represents some of the best engineering America has to offer.


4. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

2021 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 8.0 Front
2021 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 8.0 Front (Image Credit: Vauxford, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
Top Speed (mph) 304
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.4
Price (USD) $3.9 million

Bugatti remains the undisputed king of the production supercar. Bugatti became the face of the world’s fastest car over a decade ago with their scary fast Veyron and continues that tradition with their latest speedster, the Chiron. The Bugatti Chiron can reach top speeds over 300 mph, a feat that very few cars can claim. That impressive top speed is matched by an equally impressive 0-60 time. If those acceleration numbers hold, the Chiron can reach top speed in less than 20 seconds.

This kind of speed does not come cheap. The Bugatti Chiron is being made in very limited quantities and owning one yourself will set you back a cool $3.9 million. If you want to be the best, you have to pay top dollar.


5. Koenigsegg Agera RS

Koenigsegg Agera RS Thor
Koenigsegg Agera RS Thor (Image Credit: Bryan S, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 2.0 Generic)
Top Speed (mph) 285
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.8
Price (USD) $2.5 million

The Koenigsegg Agera RS is the second car in the top five on this list from the Swedish manufacturer. The Agera R was produced from 2010 until 2018 with the models with the best tuning coming out in 2018 right before production ceased. The Agera R was the predecessor to the Jesko which began production in 2019. The Agera RS does not have the quickest 0-60 speed on the market but it does have an impressive top speed that cracks 275 mph. The Agera R was named the Hypercar of The Year in 2010 by Top Gear and it briefly held the title for the fastest production car in existence in 2017.


6. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (5491917622)
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (5491917622) (Image Credit: Autoviva, Wikimedia Commons CC 2.0 Generic)
Top Speed (mph) 268
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.5
Price (USD) $2.4 million

Years after the Veyron took the world by storm, it remains a formidable car on the speed scene. It still boasts a top speed of 268 mph and an impressive sprint speed as well. The Veyron Super Sport has been overtaken by the most recent model, the Chiron Super Sport, but the Veyron is what started Bugatti’s climb to the top. The Veyron is still available for purchase today, and it costs considerably less than the newer Chiron.


7. SSC Ultimate Aero

SSC Ultimate Aero TT - 1
SSC Ultimate Aero TT – 1 (Image Credit: Nate Hawbaker, Wikimedia Commons CC0 1.0 Universal)
Top Speed (mph) 256
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.6
Price (USD) $225,000

The SSC Ultimate Aero is one of the oldest cars on this list. It was produced from 2004 until 2013. It made a name for itself by being the fastest production car on the market from 2007 until 2010. It was dethroned by the Bugatti Veyron. The Ultimate Aero made strides in combining traditional V8 horsepower with new electric motors to improve speed and control. The result was consistent speeds over 250 mph, which was unheard of at the time. The Ultimate Aero is the second SSC car on this list and was replaced by the newest model Tuatara.


8. Aston Martin Valkyrie

2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro 6.5 Front
2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro 6.5 Front (Image Credit: Vauxford, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
Top Speed (mph) 250
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.5
Price (USD) $3.5 million

The Aston Martin Valkyrie finally hit full production in November of 2021 and it has not disappointed. With a top speed of 250 mph, this car represents the fastest car that Aston Martin has ever produced. The Valkyrie combines a super-fast 0-60 time with mind-bending top speeds to be one of the fastest cars in the world, hands down. However, as always, Aston Martins come with an eye-watering price tag. The production Valkyries are available starting at $3 million, with the fastest tuned models pushing $3.5 million. For those interested, Aston Martin is only rolling off 150 of this particular model.


9. McLaren Speedtail

McLaren Speedtail Genf 2019 1Y7A5636
McLaren Speedtail Genf 2019 1Y7A5636 (Image Credit: Alexander Migl, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
Top Speed (mph) 250
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.5
Price (USD) $2.2 million

The McLaren Speedtail is notable for both its impressive top speed as well as its unique appearance. The Speedtail aims to hone the latest technology in order to produce the most efficient speeds. The speed of this model is derived from the hybrid gas-electric motor which produces face-melting acceleration. McLaren claims that the Speedtail can go from 0 to 186 mph in just under 13 seconds, making it one of the quickest cars ever produced. This car was produced in very limited quantities and is the successor to the ever-popular McLaren F1.


10. McLaren F1

1996 McLaren F1 Chassis No 63 6.1 Front
1996 McLaren F1 Chassis No 63 6.1 Front (Image Credit: Craig James, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
Top Speed (mph) 240
0-60 speed (seconds) 3.2
Price (USD) $1.5 million

The McLaren F1 is an iconic car that was one of the first widely recognizable supercars ever produced. It has a very respectable top speed of 231 mph and still ranks as one of the fastest cars in the world and one of the fastest cars ever produced. Compared to some of the more recent models, the F1 is relatively inexpensive at a mere $1.5 million. There were only 106 F1s ever made, and they were produced from 1992 until 1998. The verified top speed of 240 mph once held the Guinness Book of World Records title for the fastest production car. It broke the previous record of 217 mph by 23 mph.


11. Mercedes-AMG One

Mercedes-AMG One IAA 2021 1X7A0108
Mercedes-AMG One IAA 2021 1X7A0108 (Image Credit: Alexander Migl, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
Top Speed (mph) 220
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.6
Price (USD) $2.7 million

The Mercedes-AMG One is slated to begin full production in 2022 after testing and delays. What makes this car unique is the fact that it is going to be a full plug-in hybrid supercar – a first of its kind for the legendary carmaker Mercedes. The AMG tuned engine will be able to turn out consistent top speeds that approach 220 mph. The Mercedes-AMG One displaces the previous Mercedes-AMG models as the fastest production model that they make. The Mercedes-AMG One is likely going to be the fastest car Mercedes has ever produced, at least for the foreseeable future.


12. Lamborghini Sian FKP 37

Lamborghini Sian at IAA 2019 IMG 0332
Lamborghini Sian at IAA 2019 IMG 0332 (Image Credit: Alexander Migl, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
Top Speed (mph) 220
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.8
Price (USD) $3 million

The official top speed of the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 is listed at 220 mph, but that is because the car comes with an electronic limiter. So, we’re sure you’re wondering, why limit the car at such a ludicrously high speed? Because of the limiter, the unofficial top speed has yet to be confirmed. The Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 is the fastest production Lamborghini ever built and is only surpassed in speed by special prototype models. The speed of the Sian FKP is derived from a ridiculous V12 engine that outputs 808 hp. Sian is slang for “lightning bolt,” and in this case, the name speaks for itself.


13. Porsche 918 Spyder

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder 4.6
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder 4.6 (Image Credit: Craig James, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)
Top Speed (mph) 214
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.2
Price (USD) $845,000

You can’t have a list of the world’s fastest cars without featuring at least one Porsche. Porsche has been a household name for car fanatics and supercar chasers alike for decades. The Porsche 918 Spyder is Porsche’s latest supercar that can obtain speeds over 200 mph. It is a gas-electric plug-in hybrid that allows it to reach 60 mph in just over two seconds. The Spyder is one of the quickest cars on this list. The Spyder is also one of the few cars to come in at less than a million dollars. The 918 Spyder was produced for two years between 2013 and 2015, and Porsche made nearly 1,000 units.


14. Ferrari FS90

Red 2019 Ferrari SF90 Stradale (48264238897)
Red 2019 Ferrari SF90 Stradale (48264238897) (Image Credit: Alexandre Prevot, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 2.0 Generic)
Top Speed (mph) 211
0-60 speed (seconds) 2.1
Price (USD) $520,000

As famous as Ferrari is, they have not strayed too far into the supercar building world in recent years. That has changed slightly with the production of their FS90 model. This Ferrari is one of the fastest very produced and can reach top speeds of 211 mph. While the top speed itself is not as impressive as some cars on this list, its 0-60 speed is. The FS90 can reach 60 mph in just a tick over two seconds. It can reach 124 mph in just 6.7 seconds. That level of speed is both impressive and dangerous.

The Ferrari FS90 is also one of the most affordable cars on this list, coming in at around half a million dollars. The words Ferrari and affordable rarely appear in the same sentence, so that aspect in and of itself is a marvel.


15. Tesla Model S Plaid

Top Speed (mph) 171
0-60 speed (seconds) 1.98
Price (USD) $130,000

When people think of the world’s fastest cars, few people will rush to put Tesla on their list. However, Tesla has recently been making headlines for having some of the quickest cars on the market. While Elon Musk’s inventions might not be able to reach speeds over 200 mph, they can post blistering 0-60 speeds. In one test that has been questioned by some in the car community, the latest Tesla Model S Plaid Edition posted a 0-60 time of just 1.98 seconds. If true, that would be the fastest 0-60 time of any production car in the world.

The science behind this number comes from Tesla’s electric motors. Electric motors accelerate much faster than combustion engines as there is no delay between ignition and output.

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Quickness vs. Speed

There is a distinct difference between speed and quickness. Top speed is a measure of the fastest reachable speed by a car. Top speed does not factor in how long it takes to reach said speed. A car could reach a top speed of 500 mph in an hour. The slow acceleration does not detract from the measured top speed.

By comparison, some cars are quick. Quickness measures how fast a car reaches a certain speed. The most commonly measured metric is how fast a car can go from a dead stop to sixty miles per hour. Some cars also measure their speed from 0 to 100 kph or measure their quarter-mile drag speed. A car might be able to reach sixty miles per hour much faster than its competitor but have a lower top speed.

Some drivers value quickness over top speed.

Where Are These Speeds Measured?

The insane speeds posted by the cars on this list are not done on a normal road. Many of these cars are developed by specialized companies that own and maintain their very own test tracks. These tracks are designed to safely push cars to their limits. Some of the tracks that allow supercar testing include the Nürburgring in Germany and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These speeds are never reached on surface streets, and they never should be.

blue ferrari
Image Credit: Up-Free, Pixabay

What Is The Average Top Speed of a Car?

The average top speed of a typical car on the road is 120 mph. Many cars have electronic limiters in the engines to prevent them from going any faster. These limitations are to help protect both the driver and the car. While some standard sedans can push the needle beyond 100 mph, many of the engines are not built to reach and maintain those kinds of speeds.

The average top speed of the cars on this list is double that of a typical car. Designing an engine that can reach speeds over 120 mph and maintain them without burning up is a special feat of engineering. That is why the prices of these supercars are so much more than standard economy vehicles.

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Conclusion

These fifteen cars are the fastest in the world. They represent brand new models being tuned and tested right now and old favorites that have been engaging motorheads for years. The fastest cars in the world are made across the United States and Europe and continue to push the envelope on what is possible. It was not long ago that 300 mph seemed out of reach for the world’s best cars, but today 300 mph is the bar to beat.


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