It’s one thing to own a fast car and another to drive one of the fastest cars in the world. Car manufacturers are now focusing on not only performance and reliability but also speed. There are a ton of cars that can go from 0-60 in under 4 seconds just after 100 years since the automobile was invented. This is a remarkable achievement, and it can only improve as technology gets better. In fact, the Tesla Roadster, which will be available in 2020, will be able to go from 0-60 in 1.9 seconds with a top speed of more than 250 mph.
The electric car will set a benchmark for top-speed performance, but that’s a little while away. We’re only going to cover cars that are already on the market and have been tested and proven. The list is difficult to put together because there are thin margins on what’s defined as a production car and a race car, even when there are several performance indicators that could be used.
We’ll be focusing on the top speed alone, as the rest of the factors can become subjective, depending on the type and purpose of the vehicle. Furthermore, the top speed has to be verifiable from reputable sources. With that out of the way, here are 20 supercars with top speeds of above 220 mph.
20 Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren
This car was jointly produced by McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz owned 40% of McLaren when the unit was being developed. There were two versions on offer: the coupe and the roadster. The car was produced for 6 good years until 2008, when Mercedes decided to discontinue the SLR McLaren. The coupe version was in production up to late 2009. The Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren can reach a limited top speed of 209 mph and can go from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds.
The retractable puristic top is specifically designed for top speed. It can open and close semi-automatically in seconds. It integrates the aerodynamic concept, which is synonymous with the coupe line. The current average price for a Mercedes McLaren is about $650,000.