Top 5 Fastest Street-Legal Cars Jul 18, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
If you enjoy getting behind the wheel of a fast car, you might know how difficult it can be to find an impressive performance vehicle that you can drive on the road and not just the track. While it is true that the fastest cars are still found on the racetrack, there are advantages to driving a fast car that is also street legal. You can take your new vehicle straight from the garage to the track where you can let loose. Bearing in mind that you have to obey the posted speed limit and traffic laws, you can even drive one of these racecars around town. Of course, most of these vehicles are extremely expensive. The fastest street legal vehicles are specialized cars from some of the top automakers in the world—with a precise balance of design and technology that keep them on the edge of the road and the race.
When the Bugatti Chiron appeared at the Geneva Motor Show this year, attendees discovered that this sports car wasn’t only beautiful, it was fast. Not yet available for sale, this street-legal vehicle has 1,500 horsepower and can reach 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, with a top speed of 261 mph—and that’s the limited speed based on information provided in Geneva. With some adjustments, you might be able to achieve an estimated 288 mph. Of course, you’ll be a little over the speed limit.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Bugatti is clearly one of the best options for a fast, street-legal vehicle with both the Chiron and the Veyron available for daily driving if you can acquire one—the Veyron Super Sport costs $2.42 million. While the Chiron is an updated model, the Veyron is still a renowned two-seater with impressive specifications. The Super Sport has a top speed of 268 mph—on the track, at least. But with an available 1,200 horsepower quad-turbocharged W16 engine, the vehicle is responsive and easy to maneuver down the street despite a curb-weight of 4,000 pounds.
Hennessey Venom GT
The Hennessey Venom GT is essentially a Lotus Exige with a large twin-turbocharged V8 engine in the back of the vehicle. Based in Texas, Hennessey has had the chance to test their supercars at the Kennedy Space Center. The result is a supercar that can reach speeds of 270 miles per hour when given the chance. The GT Spyder produces 1,451 hp using a forced induction 7.0-liter V8, making it the most powerful car in production. If Hennessey sells thirty vehicles, they will be the fastest production car in history—even more incentive to find one for yourself.
Koenigsegg Agera R
At the moment, you probably won’t be able to find a new Koenigsegg Agera R, but it is still possible to find a used one or a newer version of the vehicle such as the Regera or One:1. However, if you can get your hands on an Agera R, it will be well worth the cost as this model can hit 260 mph. The factory version of this car generates 1,140 horsepower and accelerates from 0 and 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. Built in part from aluminum and carbon fiber with an adaptive rear wing to reduce drag, the Agera R is light, fast, and fun.
If you liked the sound of the Koenigsegg Regera, then the Koenigsegg One:1 is even better. It is easily among the fastest street-legal cars in the world, and, in fact, one of the fastest production cars in the world overall with a top speed of 273 mph. If you want to take advantage of that speed, get ready to pay $2.85 million, but this vehicle worth the price for the perfect ratio of horsepower to kilograms, its low weight of 3,000 pounds, and its 1,340 BHP of power under the hood.
If you can afford one of these supercars, then there is nothing stopping you from taking them for a spin on the street before you push the engines to the limit on the track. The perfect combination of style, speed, and freedom.