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Top 15: Supercars That Break 200 MPH

By Michael Bock on May 24, 2011

There are only a couple of phrases that accurately describe these exotic road warriors: blisteringly fast and astronomically-priced. They’re in an exclusive club—one where mid-engined V12 and V8 engines reign and 200 mph is a walk in the park. While none will quite reach Mach 1, these cars will propel you, at near sonic speed, to 200 mph and beyond quicker than the cop off in the bushes can throw a lofty ticket your way.

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

Description: The 458 Italia is a mid-engined super-sports car and successor to the legendary and venerable F430. Its engine is a custom 4.4LV8, mated to a fancy dual-clutch, 7-speed tranny by Getrag, that makes 560 hp and 400 ft-lbs. of torque. It crosses the 60 mph mark in under 3.4 seconds and clocks a top speed just over 202 mph (oddly, one of the “slowest” here).

Cost: A “bargain” at $230,000

Why it’s unique: While it’s certainly not the only car ever to suffer from spontaneous combustion, around 10 458 Italias have randomly caught fire, most likely (according to the folks at Ferrari) a result of a melting adhesive in the wheel-well arch.

Our Rating*: 9.1 stars

Bentley Continental Supersports Edition

Bentley Continental Supersports Edition

Description: Bentley’s celebrated Continental Supersports touts a 6.0L W12 that’s worthy of 625 horses. It’s top speed is 204 mph and it sprints to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, making the 99 mph point in a meager 8.9 seconds.

Cost: $280,000.00

Why it’s unique: For a standard production sports car, it achieves 100 mph faster than nearly any other car.

Our Rating: 8.8 stars

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Description: The Chevy Corvette ZR1 is a 6.2L, LS9 V8-powered (worthy of some 638 horsepower/595 ft-lbs torque) beast of a pony car. That’s around 100 horsepower per cylinder, for those counting. From a standstill, it rip-roars its way to 60 mph in a mere 3.2 seconds and takes 100 in less than 11. It’s top speed is 205 mph.

Cost: A relative “bargain” at $121,000.00

Why it’s unique: Unlike the rest of the autos here, the Corvette is instantly recognizable as an American legend and is the most powerful Vette to date. Oh, and it’ll leave stock Corvettes in the dust!

Our Rating: 8.9 stars

Ferrari 599 Fiorano GTB

Ferrari 599 Fiorano GTB

Description: Boasting a fiery 6.0L V12 making some 614 horses, the 599 Fiorano GTB—which is the successor to the iconic 575M Maranello—zips from zero to 60 in 3.7 secs: 0-120 mph in barely 10.2 seconds. 205 mph is its top speed.

Cost: $300,000.00

Why it’s unique: Like the Enzo, Scuderia, and 458 Italia, it was designed by the world-renowned, Italian design house Pininfarina. It also looks truly stunning in red!

Our Rating: 9.81 stars

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640

Description: The desired-by-many, but obtained by very few, Murcielago is as powerful as its aggressive lines are intimidating. Stashed under the hood is a brawny 6.5L V12 that makes 630 horses and 480 ft-lbs of torque. The Murcielago (Spanish for “Bat”, but named after an iconic nineteenth-century bull) tears its way to 60 mph in a miniscule 3.3 seconds and shoots through the ¼-mile marker in less than 11.9 seconds. Top speed: 211 mph.

Cost: $350,000-$475,000

Why it’s unique: 1. It has all-wheel drive, something that’s not always offered, even on these $100+ autos 2. It’s available in LP640, 640 Roadster, 640-4 SuperVeloce, or the very limited production LP640 Versace edition.

Our Rating: 9.7 stars

Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren

Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren

Description: The SLR McLaren is a joint-venture between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive (see bottom of the past for the McLaren F1 supercar). It is one of the fastest GT coupes by Mercedes/Daimler-AG. It boasts a 5.4L supercharged V8 that’s good for around 617 horses and 580 ft-lbs. of torque. This sexy, sleek coupe dashes to 60 in 3.3 seconds and completes 125 in an incredible 9.6. Top speed is 211 mph.

Cost: $480,000.00

Why it’s unique: The SLR McLaren is Mercedes-Benz’s most expensive (street-legal) production car of all time.

Our Rating: 9.9 stars

Jaguar XJ220

Description: The XJ220 was one of the shortest-lived super cars ever, only being produced from ’92 to ’94. It had a twin-turbo V6 that made 540+ horsepower and was capable of achieving 217 mph—simply staggering at the time. It completed the 0-60 sprint in 3.8 seconds.

Cost: $650,000 (circa 1993)

Why it’s unique: Until the arrival of the McLaren F1 in 1994, the XJ220 claimed the title of Fastest Production Car in the World (from its inception in ’92 until its demise in ’94).

Our Rating: 8.8 stars

Lamborghini Reventon

Lamborghini Reventon

Description: The Reventon, a sort of offshoot of the Murcielago, is powered by a menacing 6.5L V12 (good for 612 horsepower) that tests the limits of how fast a “standard” road car can go: Top speed is 221 mph.

Cost: $1.5 million

Why it’s unique: It’s the most expensive, most exclusive Lamborghini yet and looks, more than any other car, like a Stealth Bomber with its aggressive angles.

Our Rating: 9.7 stars

Ferrari Enzo

Ferrari Enzo

Description: The Enzo is another mid-engined (meaning, essentially, the engine is mounted in the rear, Porsche-style almost) super-sports car; it packs a 6.0L V12 and has a governed top speed of a whopping 220 mph (street-legal version). 3.1 seconds is all the time this sex machine needs to get to 60 and it’ll cover a quarter mile in 11 seconds flat.

Cost: $1.2 million

Why it’s unique: Named after Ferrari’s founder, Enzo Ferrari, the Enzo is the one of the few cars designed by legendary design firm Pininfarina and is based heavily on Formula One engineering.

Our Rating: 10 stars

Ferrari F40

Ferrari F40

Description: Boasting a twin-turbocharged V8, good for 471 horses, the F40 was produced in the late eighties to the beginning of the early 90′s. It took the 62 mph mark in 3.8 seconds and 0–99 mph in 7.6 seconds. Top speed was 238 mph.

Cost: $1 million (production ceased)

Why it’s unique: It was also one of the very first road-legal production cars of its time (87-89).

Our Rating: 10 stars

Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

Description: Featured in the 2003 flick Bruce Almighty, the Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo is a Ford 427, 7.0L V8-powered sports car; it churns out 750 horsepower and does 0-60 in 3.2 seconds: only 8.2/100 mph and 27.0 to the 200 mph barrier. Its top speed is an officially-tested 248 mph.

Cost: $585,000 (2005)

Why it’s unique: It’s one of the very few production cars produced in the U.S. (Irvine, CA) with a mid-engine configuration. Also, it was the first production cars (that’s street-legal) in the U.S. to surpass the much-coveted 500 horsepower mark.

Our Rating: 9.5 stars

Koenigsegg CCX

Koenigsegg CCX

Description: The Koenigsegg CCX (good luck pronouncing the name) is a roadster and successor to the CCR. It’s loaded with a rear-mounted, 4.7L twin-supercharged V8 and delivers 806 horsepower/678ft-lbs of torque and mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. It’s also one of the world’s fastest cars, almost instantly attaining 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. The insane part? The CCX hits 125 mph in a near light-speed 9.8 seconds! Top speed: 250 mph (although currently unverified officially)

Cost: $600,000+

Why it’s unique: It’s the only Swedish supercar featured here and is the fastest one to the 125 mph mark. Also unique is the rear-end; practically the entirety opens vertically to expose a massive engine (and thick-as-hell tires) that’s covered in fine materials such as carbon fiber and very high-grade aluminum.

Our Rating: 9.4 stars

McLaren F1

McLaren F1

Description: The F1 is officially the fastest naturally aspirated car of our time and was the fastest sports car of its time (mid- to late-nineties) with a 240 mph top speed. It boasts a BMW-sourced 6.1L V12 and blazes from zero to 60 in just 3.2 seconds—0-100mph in 6.3, and 0-200 in 28 secs! The F1 was conceived in 1994 and ceased production in 1998.

Cost: Approximately 1 million, if you can still find one.

Why it’s unique: It was the first standard production car to break the 240 mph speed barrier and one of the fastest-ever to reach 100 mph in less than 7 seconds.

Our Rating: 10 stars

SSC Ultimate Aero TT

SSC Ultimate Aero TT

Description: Made by Shelby SuperCars of America, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT is a 6.3L twin-turbo V8-powered super-sports car and the second fastest production car in the world, acquiring up to a neck-breaking speed of 256 mph. It delivers 1,286 mighty horses and finishes the 0-60 straightaway in merely 2.3 seconds.

Cost: $585,000.00

Why it’s unique: It’s the fastest production car in the world behind the Bugatti Veyron.

Our Rating: 9.9 stars

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

Description: The Veyron is a mid-engined sports car; under its hood lies a mammoth, even intimidating, 8.0L W16 (yes, that’s 16 whole cylinders) pumping out a staggering 1,000 horsepower. It’ll thunder its way to 60 mph in an almost unbelievable 2.4 seconds and cover 1/4 mile in less than 10.3. Top speed is a scary 263 mph.

Cost: $1.8 million (and that’s just for the stock version)

Why it’s unique: Does being the fastest, most powerful, street-legal car ever qualify as unique?

Our Rating: 9.8 stars

*Our ratings are based on a combination of factors, including: top speed, horsepower/torque, power: weight ratio, handling, acceleration, and overall “value” for the money. Figures that exceed 10 are rounded to 10 stars.

 

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