A Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record Edition - the fastest road legal production car reaching 431 km/h
Top speed (mph) by year
This is a list of the world's fastest street-legalproduction car (as opposed to concept cars or modified cars). The production car is a car of which 20 or more were originally built by its manufacturer to the same or faster specification than the record setting example. This list uses the same definition as the List of automotive superlatives for the sake of consistency and because the term production car is otherwise undefined. It is also limited to cars that were constructed after World War 2. The Benz Velo, as the first production car, is an exception.
Comparing claimed speeds of the "fastest car(s) in the world", especially in historical cases, is difficult as there is no standardized method for determining the top speed, nor a central authority to verify any such claims. The current title Guinness World Records holder, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, was certified for the average top speed achieved on a two-way run, registering 431 km/h (268 mph). While only 5 of the World Record model were made out of a total of 30 Super Sports, the other 25 Super Sports will all also achieve this speed with the limiter turned off. Guinness, after a review by a panel of experts, consider this not to be a modification and thus it is eligible for this list.
In 2014, a Hennessey Venom GT was recorded as exceeding 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h), but as the run was in one direction only, and only 11 cars, out of a planned total of 29, have been built, it does not qualify under the Guinness Book of Records or this list's criteria as the worlds fastest production car.
This list is also limited to post World War 2 production road cars that:
Are constructed principally for retail sale to consumers, for their personal use, and to transport people on public roads (no commercial or industrial vehicles are eligible);
Have had 20 or more instances made by the original vehicle manufacturer, and offered for commercial sale to the public in new condition (cars modified by either professional tuners or individuals are not eligible); and
Are street-legal in their intended markets, and capable of passing any official tests or inspections required to be granted this status.
Some publications cite the XK120's timed top speed as almost 133 mph / 214 km/h in 1949." The XK120 that achieved this speed was a tuned prototype, not a production car. The production car reached 124.6mph.
Tested by Auto, Motor und Sport in 1987. The 197 mph (317 km/h) top speed was recorded by the 959 Sport only 6 of which were ever made. The rest of the 337 units production run (1986-1989) were 959 Touring version that topped at 195 mph (314 km/h).
Driven around the Nardo test track by Martin Brundle for Autocar. Brundle achieved 217.1mph with catalytic converter removed and, as Nardo is a banked circuit, this gives a theoretical straight-line top speed of 223mph.
At factory rev limit, it reached 231 mph (371.8 km/h) at Nardò (oval) test track. It still remains the world's fastest naturally aspirated production car in terms of top speed. Sans-rev-limiter, it was able to reach a top-speed of 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h).
Out of the initial production run of 30 there were 5, named the Super Sport World Record Edition, which had the electronic limiter turned off, and were capable of 267.857 mph (431.074 km/h). All others were electronically limited to 257.87 mph (415.00 km/h). The record attempt of the Super Sport World Record Edition was driven by Pierre-Henri Raphanel and was verified by Guinness World Records.
^Stoy, Andy (October 15, 2012). "Worth the Wait". Autoweek62 (21): 40–41. ISSN0192-9674. "But the XK120 was a post-war performance revelation, proving itself as the fastest production car in the world at the time."
^Hodges, David; Burgess-Wise, David; Davenport, John; Harding, Anthony (1994). The Guinness Book of Car Facts and Feats (4 ed.). London: Guinness Publishing. p. 52. ISBN0851127681.Cite uses deprecated parameters (help)