I believe the first production car to break the 186 MPH (or 300 km/h) barrier was the Ferrari 288 GTO in 1984. Three decades later, a damn Boxster can do the same.
CART is the name of the game, Gil de Ferran is the man, Fontana is the place, Penske is the warhorse and 240mph+ is the register.
Dodge recently put out a video claiming that their Charger Hellcat sledgehammered its way across 204 MPH. The Charger is a bit of a brick, and it's no surprise the car needs over 700 horsepower to hit that speed. Is there a more elegant way?
They say it's the fastest four-door sedan in production. This is the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat putting its 707 horsepower down on an oval to test its claimed 204 MPH top speed.
The answer: 1,648 horsepower. Or only around 800 HP if you just want to crack the double-ton. If you want to hit 190 MPH in a 1986 Mitsubishi Mirage you'd have to boost that little 1.6-liter to 410 HP. On the flip side, it only takes 21.5 HP to get a Vector M12 to hit 70 MPH. Here's how I know.
Some might be able to build cars that are capable of higher speeds than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's 267.856 mph, but we will never know unless Volkswagen occasionally opens the doors to the only place on Earth where they can be pushed that far.
America: Land of the Free. Well, maybe that should be Land of Speed. Here are ten of our fastest cars, from record-setting streamliners to street-legal customs.
At 278 mph in the standing mile, the 2,000 horsepower M2K Motorsports Ford GT is one seriously fast American car. Do you know of one faster?
The Subaru BRZ was built for driving pleasure, not high-speed statistics. It's still interesting to watch one reach a top speed of 147 MPH. But was this run illegal?
Say what? Yes, the 2013 Shelby GT500 has reportedly topped out at 202 mph on Italy's Nardò test track. If true, it means the 650-hp hellhorse is as fast as a Lamborghini LP 570-4 Superleggera. That's kind of a big deal.
An English driver has beaten a 98 MPH speed camera ticket by re-purchasing his Honda Civic and paying a firm to test the vehicle. The Civic's top speed as tested? 85 MPH.
Here's a picture of the actual Ultimate Aero TT that attempted to break the Veyron's "production car" top speed record but "only" achieved 230mph due to snow and bad roads in Nevada. Which is weird, because if you drive from Los Angeles to Vegas on Interstate 15 – which we may have done once or twice – you notice…
According to Wikipedia, Greece's Addiki Odos motorway "was designed under strict safety-related technical specifications, including a hard shoulder in either direction, traffic island, a high quality skid-resistant asphalt pavement, dense lighting and fencing." All of that in the name of safety. Sounds like a…
They may have taken the Red Rocker reference we were almost bound by Jalopnik charter to make, but the boys at Bavarian Falcon found the item first, so we've got no blogethical right to it. Nonetheless, the device in question is a mod box that wrests top-speed from the BMW control nannies, sending the M5 into the…