Feeling the need for speed? Feast your eyes on these magnificent machines. — By Grant Stoddard
In 2016, the most popular car in the U.S. remains the Toyota Camry. There are plenty of reasons for why that is, but here are the bare facts in terms of performance and power: The Camry has a top speed of 115 mph. It will go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds and boasts 179 brake horsepower (bhp). Now bear all that information in mind when seeing the power and fury represented by the 20 most powerful cars on the road today. (You might also want to think about which lottery you'll have to win to own one).
2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP1250-4 Mansory Carbonado
If you have $1.5 mil knocking around and a need for speed, pick up a 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP1250-4 Mansory Carbonado. In addition to a mouthful of name, this beast has a top speed of 236 mph with 1250-brake horsepower.
2009 SSC Ultimate Aero TT
SSC is an abbreviation for Shelby Super Cars, an automotive manufacturer in Washington State that’s been satisfying speed junkies since 1998. The 2009 Ultimate Aero TT will get you where you need to go at a top speed of 256 mph with 1287 horses under the hood. The damage? An even $1 million.
2008 HTT Locus Plethore LC-1300
The crazy Canucks at Quebec manufacturer HTT Automobile only make six or seven of these babies a year. $660,000 will get you the world’s first Canadian supercar, which has a top speed of 235mph and 1300bhp.
2016 Toroidion 1MW Concept
At $3 million, this Toroidion model is in a three-way tie for the most expensive car on this list. It’s also by far the most Finnish and, perhaps most interestingly, all electric. 1MW stands for the one megawatt (1341 bhp) it has under the hood, ensuring it can go from zero to its top speed of 400 kmph (248 mph) in just 11 seconds. Fun fact: Each of the car’s wheels is powered by its own motor.
2013 Bugatti Veyron Mansory Empire Edition
Another of the cars in that three-way tie for most expensive on this list is from an Italian manufacturer you’re much more likely to have heard of: Bugatti. It has a top speed of 267 mph, 1350 horses and can leap to 100 kmph in just 2.4 seconds.
2011 SSC Tuatara
Two years after releasing the Ultimate Aero TT (see #2), Washington state’s SSC unveiled its 2011 Tuatara. Although its top speed is a few clicks shy of its predecessor, it manages to shave .3 seconds off the time it takes to hit 100 kmph.
2017 Koenigsegg Agera Final Edition One of 1
Three of the cars on this list are from the good folks at Sweden’s Koenigsegg. The most meager of the three is the most recently produced (it’s from next year), and only three are being made. If you wanted all three, it would cost $7.5 million, but with 1360 bhp and a top speed of 264 mph, this one will probably satisfy the itch you want to scratch.
2014 Koenigsegg One
Two years ago, the same company put out another very rare $2.5 million model that was 3 mph faster than the Agera and can hit 100 kmph .1 of a second faster. We guess that the Swedes’ need for speed had been fully sated by this older model.
2016 Rimac Concept S
The third $3 million car on the list is the Rimac Concept S, a Croatian-made supercar that, like the Finnish Toroidion 1MW Concept, is all-electric. Its top speed of 226 mph can't match that of the 1MW Concept (248 mph), but it does have an additional 33 horses and will get you from 0 to 100 mph .2 seconds faster — should you need to travel several yards very, very quickly indeed.
2013 9ff F97 A-Max
What looks like a Porsche but has a top speed of 250 mph, 1,400 wild horses under the hood and can make the Kessel Run is 12 parsecs? That would be the 2013 9ff F97 A-Max. Founded by Jan Fatthauer in 2001, this German company specializes in converting stock Porsches into street-legal racing machines. And just $660,000 will it cost you to own one of of these wolves in slightly lesser wolf's clothing.
2012 9ff GT9 Vmax
A year earlier, 9ff achieved slightly better results with its GT9 Vmax FrankenPorche. It boasts a top speed of 271 mph, making it the second-fastest car on this list. It will, however, take you three long seconds to get to 100 kmph. Buyer beware!
2013 Nissan GT-R Switzer R1K-X Red Katana
If you own a car by any of the manufacturers on this list, it’s most likely Nissan. It’s unlikely, however, that it set you back $270,000, had a top speed of 248 mph and had 1,400 horses champing at the bit under the hood.
2016 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder
At an incredible 273 mph, this Texas-made supercar is the fastest of the 20 road rockets on this distinguished list. With 1,470 horses, this baby will get you from zero to 100 kmph in 2.5 seconds. Yee haw!
2016 Bugatti Chiron
The second Bugatti on the list is the very handsome 2016 Chriron. It’s doesn’t quite have the acceleration or the top speed of the Veyron, but it does have 150 extra horses, and it will cost $400,000 less to see yourself behind the wheel of one.
2011 Nissan GT-R AMS Alpha 12
Well what do you know? Another Nissan. This one has 1,500 horses (100 more than the GT-R Switzer), which shaves .1 second from the 0-to-100 kmph test. Its top speed is 18 mph less, however.
2014 Lamborghini Aventador Mansory Competition
The second of three Lamborghinis on the list, the Aventador Mansory Competition has a top speed of 230 mph and a bhp of 1600. Rightly or wrongly, driving one will increase the likelihood you'll turn heads. Certainly worth the $2 million price tag.
2010 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren V10
Quad-Turbo Brabus White Gold Remember Captain Phasma — is that the silver stormtrooper in the latest Star Wars movie? Well, if she were a car, she’d be this one, looks-wise. Not only is it a heart-stopper to look at, the V10 Quad-Turbo also has 1600 bhp and will get you to 100 kmph in an astonishing two seconds.
2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP1600-4 Mansory Carbonado GT
It’s got 1,600 bph, a top speed of 230 mph, and it’ll get you to 100 kmph in a spritely 2.1 seconds. It’ll cost you $2 million and is sexy as all get out. So treat yourself, why don’t you?
2016 Koenigsegg Regera
For $2 million, you could find yourself behind the wheel of a 2016 Koenigsegg Regera, the third car this small manufacturer offers very affluent gearheads. One of these Nordic land rockets can reach 100 kmph in an astonishing 2.7 seconds and boasts 1790 bhp.
2017 Arash AF10 Hybrid
You may not have heard of Arash, but the Suffolk, England, company's small sports car is the most powerful car on the road. The 2017 AF10 Hybrid is neither the fastest car on this list (it has a max speed of 203 mph), nor can it accelerate the fastest, taking a full 2.9 seconds to hit 210 kmph. It does, however, boast 318 more horses than the 2016 Koenigsegg Regera. It’ll set you back around $1.5 million.