There is something about the power behind the wheel of a car that can bring on a rush of adrenalin. Any car-crazy person will endorse that. While each individual will draw up his or her own list of favorites when it comes to the top ten most powerful road cars, there’s a generic list with today’s market in view that everyone will more or less concur with. Which cars, then, can feature in our top ten most powerful road car list? Money certainly counts, but a car comes second to a home, so here is a look at the most likely contenders:
This is a no-brainer. The 612 bhp Ferrari 599 GTB model is a super car that can speed to a formidable 205 miles per hour, revving up from zero to 62 mph in about 3.7 seconds. That’s right. Combining superior engineering, aerodynamics and electronics into this good looker, Ferrari has done it again with their style, producing a car with beauty and brains.
The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 comes in next. This car brings solid force at 640 bhp and can do 211 mph. Going from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, it is the typical Lamborghini functional design. Lamborghini’s engineers and designers have tweaked the engine, the electronics, gearbox, suspensions, brakes and exhaust system to produce this power packed car. The beauty of this aggressive car comes from its new front and rear bumpers. The diffuser on the rear bumper houses the exhaust system terminal. The left side has a huge opening to cool the oil radiator. On the right side, the area behind the air intake is shut off. Aerodynamic is one way to describe this powerful car.
Stunning looking, the Pagani Zonda F CS, where the F honors the famous five-time Formula 1 Champ Fangio, is a 650 bhp car that can move at 214 mph, achieving 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. Practically handcrafted by Pagani, the Zonda F has a carbon-fiber body, chassis and interiors. Its interiors are beautifully finished in minute detail featuring vents on naked carbon-fibre stalks, a jeweled instrument panel and specially crafted embroidered leather instrument panel with aircraft style switches. Probably the most expensive open car in the world, the Zonda F is coveted by all car enthusiasts.
The Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR just bowls you over with its unique style and performance. This car uses carbon fiber for its chassis and packs in 650 bhp. The suspension configuration is tailor made and the car has a sporty interior. The 722 editions from Mercedes Benz acknowledge the victory of Brit racing legend Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson who used a Mercedes Benz 300 SLR, starting at 7.22 am in 1055. This car gives you a feeling of being on the racetrack with its ability to handle a maximum speed of 337 km/hour, light alloy wheels of 19 inch, a more rigid damper configuration and a lower body. The brake discs are larger, allowing for better braking.
One way to describe this beauty is very fast, exotic and powerful, with its 650 bhp reaching 62 mph in 3 seconds flat. This German power car has gull wing doors. This two-seater car gets its power from a 4.2 liter Audi V8 engine. The two-seater Apollo is powered by a 4.2-liter Audi V8 engine. It is capable of 650 bhp, which drives this car to race at 360 km per hour.
Back in 2002, Saleen’s S7 was the only car in the US that could be legally driven with more than its 500 bhp and 500 lb-ft torque. This car has got rave reviews as the fastest American car in the world. Rather more popular for tuning Mustangs, Saleen has proved itself to be a super car manufacturer. Their S7 Twin Turbo features a whopping 750 bhp that lets you whiz to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. This car features a structural sleek and aerodynamic carbon fiber body. The suspension is also of new design. Chassis tuning has a reworked shock valving front and rear. The main thing is the two turbochargers and a 7-liter V8.
KoenigseKoenigsegg CCX or Competition Coupe X commemorates the tenth anniversary of the first ever CC model made in 1996. This 806 bhp car is an improvement over the CC model, with a new front bumper design and better brake cooling, fog lamps and US side position lights. The front lamps have also been redesigned. New air vents behind the front wheels to vent air from the cockpits. The CCX is now the roomiest car thanks to increased interior space. Koenigsegg engines are known to be unique and this car has a new engine management system.
The Bugatti Veyron boasts 987 bhp power and races to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds. Often considered the most powerful car ever, it has a low podium placing and went through various redesigns. This car can do 253 mph. There is another 1250 bhp version on the cards, expected to do 274 mph. That’s power.
Bristol Fighter T
Here’s a functionally designed 1012 bhp car with twin turbo charging and an inter-cooled 8 liter V10 engine. Add to it a 6 speed manual gearbox and increased torque capacity plus revised gear ratios. The Bristol Fighter T comes with a 6 speed manual gearbox with increased torque capacity and revised gear ratios.
SSC Ultimate Aero TT
The American-built SSC Aero is a supercar built by Shelby Super Cars (SSC) in order to rival the new Bugatti Veyron. Packing a power of 1180 bhp, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT can run at 270 mph, picking up to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds.
So that’s the top ten that takes your breath away.