Bugatti Chiron Supersport 300+ reaches 489km/h | Source: Bugatti

Motoring Marvels: The Fastest Cars in the World 2021

I feel the need… the need for speed.

Tom Cruise’s character Maverick in Top Gun conveniently sums up our long-standing affection for speed. Ever since 1914’s Vauxhall ‘Prince Henry’ Sports Torpedo, regarded as the world’s first true sports car, we’ve had a fascination with fast cars.

While the reported top speed of 128km/h for the Vauxhall Sports Torpedo was incredible for its day, automotive technology has come a long way in the last 100 years. That speed is merely cruising material for today’s hypercars that routinely clock over 300km/h. The fastest car in the world, currently believed to be the Bugatti Chiron Supersport 300+, can reach an eye-watering top speed of 489km/h. The competition isn’t lagging behind however, the list of the fastest cars is an impressive display of power, performance and innovation. Here’s a look at the fastest cars in the world in 2021.

SSC Tuatara

North America-based SSC’s Tuatara currently sits as the second-fastest car in the world. While SSC claimed the Tuatara managed 508.5km/h in October 2020, making it the world’s fastest car, it confirmed afterwards it was due to a GPS error. In January 2021, the American automaker made a second run setting a two-way average of 380.2km/h at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Florida. With a 1750hp, 5.9L twin-turbo V-8 motor in no surprise this car cruises past the 300km/h mark.

Top Speed: 380km/h
0-60: 2.5 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,750 HP
Price: A$2.55 Million

Bugatti Chiron Supersport 300+

Aptly named the 300+ the Bugatti Chiron Supersport managed 304mph (489km/h) at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien test track August 2019. Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace, had record-breaking power at his disposal – a W16 8L engine that delivers an output of 1.176 kW/1,600hp, exceeding the previous Chiron by 100hp.

Top Speed: 489km/h
0-60: 2.3 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,600hp
Price: A$5.24 Million

Aston Martin Valkyrie

The result of a collaboration between the British company and its Formula One partner Red Bull Racing, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is a 6.5-litre V12 monster capable of revving to over 11,000rpm. The 1140bhp machine brings the power, precision and technology of a formula one racer to the streets. Shaped by Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team designer Adrian Newey, the Aston is also a marvel of aerodynamics.

Top Speed: 350km/h
0-60: 2.5 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,140hp
Price: Estimated A$4.5+ Million

Hennessey Venom F5

While not officially released yet, all 24 of Hennessey’s hypercars, which are predicted to reach 500km/h, are already accounted for. 500km/h is not such a far fetched number when you look under the hood. One of the fastest cars in 2021, the Venom F5 has an American-made twin-turbocharged 6.6L V8 engine producing close to 2,000 horsepower.

Top Speed: Predicted 500km/h
0-60: 2.4 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,817hp
Price: A$2.42 Million

McLaren Speedtail

The mighty British brand McLaren knows a thing or two about going fast. Its legendary McLaren F1 held the record as the fastest car in the world for over two decades. Its hypercar successor, 2021’s McLaren Speedtail is capable of reaching 402km/h. The 1,036hp machine in an engineering marvel relying more on innovative aerodynamics as opposed to brute power.

Top Speed: 402km/h
0-60: 2.9 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,036hp
Price: A$2.69 Million

Koenigsegg Gemera

For a four-seater, three-cylinder car, the Koenigsegg Gemera doesn’t half fly. The three electric motors alongside the twin-turbocharged 2.0L engine produce 1,700hp, propelling the Gemera up to an incredible 400.7km/h. The Swedish supercar is also on the lower end of the price spectrum when compared to the rest of this list with prices starting at A$672,000.

Top Speed: 400.7km/h
0-60: 1.9 Seconds
Horsepower: 1,700hp
Price: A$672,000

While it might seem like a surprise there’s no Ferrari on this list, you can check out our classic Ferrari 2021 Motoring Special, or enjoy learning about The Most Memorable Classic Cars to Sell Under the Hammer.

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