The need for speed is contagious if you’re a hyper sports car aficionado. Each year, hypercar manufacturers attempt to design the lightest, fastest and most beautiful sports cars that ever graced the roadways. The prices of these super vehicles is appreciating, as most autos in this category are generally produced in small quantities.
Carbon fiber with aluminum structures has become the norm yet some manufacturers are using production lines while others are still hand-building most everything. Lucky for us, they are always trying to outdo one another. The Volkswagen Group has become known for sports car design for luxury makes, even though it is little known. So the next time you see that familiar VW bug buzzes down the highway – remember the name represents the full gamut of automobiles and is highly respected in the industry.
1. Lamborghini Veneno
This is a limited edition sports car with only three every to be made. It was manufactured in honor of the company’s 50th Anniversary. With it’s futuristic and optimum aerodynamic design, it will give the three owners a run for their money. Made from carbon-fiber, this hypercar is light. Add to that the 12-cylinder engine and you won’t want to drive this in traffic – you will feel like you can fly over it. Price: $3.9 Million
2. Astin Martin One-77
There are only 77 of these Astin Martin two-seat, two-door coupes. Some refer to this as living art, its lines are so sleek. It’s structure is made from carbon fiber monocoque and hand crafted aluminum body panels. This gorgeous machine has a front mid-mounted engine and a rear-wheel drive. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 in less than 3.7 seconds and can hit speeds over 220 mph. Price: $1.9 Million
3. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster
This incredible supercar is built in Italy, like many of the finest sports cars in the world. Pagani is a brand name that is not mainstream unless you are a sportcar enthusiast. The Zonda special editions came in three models (760RS, 760LH, 764). Only 135 Zondas were ever built and were offered in both the two-door coupe and roadster versions. Like many of the others, it’s made with carbon fiber and was engineered early on by Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio. There were only five of he Cinque Roadsters made – thus its name “Cinque”, which means five in Italian. The Cinque prototype was originally designed to appear in the Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit movie. Price: $1.85 Million
4. Koenigsegg Agera R
Koenigsegg’s Agera R claims the Agera One was the world’s fastest megacar. The Agera R was introduced to sports car buffs at the March 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This sexy auto is a mid-engine car with a 5.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Whew. It even sounds fast. It has a 7-speed dual clutch and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds. The Swedish car manufacturer named this line the Agera, which in Swedish means “to take action”. It was names the Hypercar of the Year in 2010 by Top Gear Magazine and has set some pretty spectacular world records. Price: $1.6 Million
5. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The Bugatti brand came out with this Super Sport mid-engine grand touring car. This may surprise you, but the design and development came from the Volkswagon group, which owns Lamborghini. This is a special edition Bugatti was manufactured in France at the Bugatti factory and is the fastest street-legal “production” car in the world. It’s top speed is 267.8 mph, a 1000 hp engine and it can go from 0 – 60 in 2.45 seconds. Price $1.3 million
6. Hennessey Venom GT
In March of this year, this Hennessey Venom GT earned the top speed of 270.49 mph when it was timed at the Kennedy Space Center’s shuttle landing strip in Florida. Since the run was in one direction, Guiness Book of Records does not count it as the world’s fastest production car. However, those in the industry are convinced it is one of the fastest in the world. Price: $1.1 Million