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Top 10 High Horsepower Sports cars

by David J

10) Bugatti Chiron

Price: 2,600,000 EST

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The shape of the new Chiron is very similar to its predecessor, Bugatti’s iconic Veyron. They look so alike that to differentiate the two cars Bugatti offers the Chiron in a dual-tone paint finish. However, for a little extra, Bugatti can also ship your Chiron with a custom paintjob.

For a car made with such painstaking detail as the Chiron, every component warrants a detailed description. From the impressive engineering to the hand-stitched Napa leather interiors, Bugatti has taken great care to use only the best ingredients and craftsmanship in making the Chiron.

The car’s massive 8 litre W16 powerhouse is quad turbocharged. That means it has four turbos, and pumps out nearly 1,500 bhp. Massive low-rpm torque gives the Chiron an impressive acceleration. The car shoots from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, pushing the driver and one other occupant in the opulent seats. The Chiron’s top speed is 260 mph.

9) Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero

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The SSC Ultimate Aero was made by Shelby SuperCars now known as SSC North America. In 2007 the Ultimate Aero was clocked at 412.29 km/h (256.19 mph) and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fastest production car on the planet. The Aero held this record till 2010 when it was usurped by the Bugatti Veyron.

The awesome power of the Ultimate Aero can propel it from naught to 60 mph in merely 2.7 seconds. However, the Aero is not all about speed and power. With some of the cleanest burning supercar engines on earth, for several years a limited production model, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT, also boasted the highest power for an emissions-legal production automobile.

The car’s V8 engine has twin turbochargers and is built to be run close to its redline, 7,200 rpm, for extended periods. Moreover the car’s futuristic aerodynamic design has a very low drag coefficient, merely .357. Wind tunnel tests indicated that the car could go up to 273 mph and maintain stability.

The Aero also comes with all the creature comforts of a luxury supercar. These include plush suede interiors, custom Recaro seats and a powerful audio system with 10 speakers. Notably the designers opted to do away with electronic aids such as traction control and ABS, making the Aero truly a driver’s car.

8) Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

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The Hennessey Venom GT is manufactured by Hennessey Performance Engineering in Texas. Some of the design elements of the car have evolved directly from the British supercar, Lotus Exige.

The Venom GT has a 7.0 litre V8 engine with forced induction, and produces 1,451 brake horse power. This awesome power transfers to the wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. The car has a programmable traction control system to handle the massive g-forces. An impressive 1,287 lbs-feet of torque takes the Venom GT from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.4 seconds. The car has posted several speed records including the fastest accelerating production car in the world.

The Spyder is the Venom GT’s open top version. During tests at California’s Lemoore Naval Air Station in March 2016 the Venom GT Spyder recorded a top speed of 265.6 mph (427.4 km/h), creating a new world speed record for a street-legal open top car. The Spyder is currently the fastest production car on the planet, a record previously held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse.

7) Zenvo TS1

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Zenvo is a lesser known auto maker from Denmark. Arriving on the supercar scene relatively recently, they rolled out their first masterpiece, the ST1, in 2007. Zenvo built only 15 ST1s and priced them at $1.5 million each.

The updated version of the ST1 is called the TS1. While the letters have been reversed, much of the car’s look has remained the same. Zenvo has also added several tweaks and mods. The improvements include better aerodynamics, more downforce, weight reduction, bigger brake discs and an enhanced hydraulic suspension.

One of the good things that Zenvo has retained from the ST1 is the car’s 1,104 hp twin turbo, 6.8 litre, V8 power pack. This beast produces 1,050 lb-ft of torque to make the TS1 shoot from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. The car is being offered with a 7 speed transmission and comes with a choice of paddle shift or a sequential dog box, depending on whether the buyer is more of an urban driver or a racetrack fiend. The price tag includes luxurious and fully customizable interiors.

6) Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

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Bugatti built the Veyron with one simple concept; lots and lots of pure power. Coming from a long line of high-powered supercars, the Super Sport got the most powerful engine of any production car in the world. The Veyron 16.4 Super Sport packs a massive 8.0 litre W16 quad turbocharged 1,200 bhp engine. This powerhouse is essentially comprised of two highly souped-up V8 engines bolted together.

In addition to boasting a record breaking top speed of 258 mph, the car has impressive acceleration. The Super Sport goes from 0 to 60 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 2.4 seconds, which is impressive even when compared with most other supercars. The Veyron achieves this by using a computer-controlled automatic seven speed gearbox.

Despite the technological gadgetry the Super Sport has a remarkable simplicity to it. The car remains highly customizable for buyers on the inside and out.  The price tag: US $2.5 million.

5) Saleen S7

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The S7 is Saleen’s flagship car. It debuted in the year 2000 and became America’s first mid-engine supercar in production. The S7 was built from the ground up as a race car and was hand crafted. Among the car’s several innovative elements are its space frame design and an all-aluminum small block engine derived from a Ford V8 design. The engine was unusually light and powerful, producing 550 hp at 6400 rpm.

In keeping with its race car legacy the S7 has competed in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the 12 Hours of Sebring and the FIA GT Championship. To its credit the racing version of the S7 achieved a podium finish in its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The original S7 had a naturally aspirated engine and could theoretically reach 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Its top speed was estimated at 220 mph. Track tests were not performed to verify these estimates. An updated version of the S7 was introduced in 2005 and sported a twin turbocharged engine with a power output of 750 hp, and a top speed of 248 mph (399 km/h).

4) Ferrari LaFerrari

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The car’s name literally translates to “The Ferrari”.  Ferrari chose this name to signify that this particular car embodies Ferrari’s spirit and ideology better than any other car they’ve made. Priced upwards of a million US dollars, LaFerrari is a limited edition hybrid supercar, with exactly 499 units built.

The car’s hybrid power plant features a 6.3 litre V12, which produces 789 hp. This is supplemented by a 120 KW electric motor that provides bursts of power when needed, while saving fuel most of the time. The hybrid engine boasts more horses than any previous Ferrari, while burning almost 40% less fuel.

The car has a highly rigid carbon fibre monocoque shell which is reminiscent of Ferrari’s racing legacy. Another racecar feature is LaFerrari’s 7 speed dual-clutch transmission which works in fully automatic mode while allowing the driver to shift manually in semi-automatic mode.

Using its full power at 950 bhp, the gas-electric hybrid engine can take LaFerrari and its two occupants from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds. The car’s top speed exceeds 217 mph and Ferrari claims that the car goes faster around laps than any other road legal car ever produced by Ferrari.

3) McLaren P1

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The McLaren P1 debuted in 2012 and succeeded McLaren’s iconic supercar, the F1. The car’s production version was launched in 2013. Only 375 units were ever produced and despite a price tag of US $1,350,000 each, they all sold out quickly.

The P1 was fitted with a speed limiter which capped its top speed to 217 mph. With the limiter removed the car could go to up to 249 mph (401 km/h). Installing the limiter meant less top speed than the F1, despite having more power. However the P1 was an improvement over the F1 in all other respects, notably the driving experience.

The P1’s technology, design and performance draw comparisons with the Porsche 918 and Ferrari’s LaFerrari. The P1 packed a 3.8 litre V8 petrol engine which produced 727 bhp using the twin turbochargers. This was further enhanced by an electric motor producing another 177 bhp. The combined peak output was 904 bhp and 723 lb·ft of torque. The electric motor could operate in auto mode or in manual, when the driver could choose when to turn it on. The car could also run for 10 km on pure battery power. The P1 accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds flat. Most cars cannot even brake that fast.

2) Lamborghini Aventador S Coupe

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In 2011 Lamborghini unveiled the Aventador, which was meant to succeed their flagship car, the Murciélago. After producing more than 5,000 units Lamborghini decided to give the Aventador an upgrade for 2017.

The Aventador S Coupé is fitted with a 6.5-litre V12, which now produces 740 bhp. That’s a full 49 bhp more than the regular Aventador. Improved valve timing, four-wheel drive and a 7 speed independent shifting rod (ISR) automated manual gearbox give it a top speed of 217 mph. 690 Nm of torque sends the Aventador S speeding from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

The car gets 16.9 miles per gallon. Not being a hybrid, it doesn’t boast the best fuel economy in its class. This is not considered a challenge however, since performance has been a prime consideration while designing the Aventador S. Lamborghini reduced the car’s weight wherever possible. They picked the fastest possible gearbox using a single clutch and made the exhaust system 20% lighter. Consequently the Aventador S weighs-in at 1,575 kg.

Other design modifications consist of improved aerodynamics and more downforce. The car’s front end has a carbon-fiber splitter that reduces air-flow interference from the large front tires.  The new active rear wing now extends at high speeds and creates 130% more downforce than the regular Aventador.

1) Pagani Huayra BC

Pagani Huayra BC

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Pagani unveiled the Huayra in 2012 to replace their flagship car, the Zonda. By early 2015 all 100 units they had produced were sold out. In 2016 Pagani released the BC version of the Huayra. Lighter and more powerful than the standard Huayra, the BC was Pagani’s fastest and most powerful creation till date. The BC improved upon the Huayra’s 6.0 liter twin turbocharged V12 to pump out 739 hp. That is 60 hp more than the standard version. The AMG engine produces a massive 737 lb⋅ft of torque. The BC can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds flat. Its top speed is 230 mph.

Pagani also managed to shave 132 kilograms off the Huayra by using a new type of carbon fiber shell, which they claim is also stronger. In the end the BC weighed-in at just 1,218 kg, making it the lightest supercar in the world.

The “BC” suffix is meant to honor Pagani’s old friend and the buyer of his first car, the late Benny Caiola. The Huayra BC will be a limited edition with a production run capped at merely 20 units. The small batch combined with a price tag of US $2.5 million each makes the BC exceptionally exclusive.

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