Ranking the Five Fastest Sports Cars of 2023
The most expensive and exclusive cars that money can buy are often also the fastest. There is no denying that our collective obsession with top speed has led to countless innovations in the car industry.
Whether you follow NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar or another racing series, you may be curious about the road cars that can compete with these series in terms of acceleration and top speed.
The speeds that road cars can reach are staggering when you consider that in the 1950s, going 150 miles per hour was considered incredible. Then a Ferrari road car broke the 200 miles per hour barrier among road cars, and that was considered a huge feat.
Now there are cars that go well over 200 miles per hour, with some even reaching that elusive 300 miles per hour speed target.
Below is our guide to the top five fastest sports cars of 2023.
1. Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut
While the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut is very new to the market, a lot of information is out there regarding this car. Swedish hypercar maker Koenigsegg believes they have the very fastest car in the world with this model. They are confident that it can meet the 300 miles per hour barrier that has eluded many car companies in recent years.
The company is targeting 310 miles per hour for its car, but that may happen in ideal conditions. Anyone who does end up forking out the funds to buy such a vehicle may have to be satisfied with getting close to 300 miles per hour but not quite making it depending on the road conditions.
2. Hennessey Venom F5
Another unique sports car that came out in 2022, the Hennessey Venom F5, is up there as one of the fastest in the world. The Venom F5 is capable of reaching 311 miles per hour, according to the company, as it has a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that can go up to 1,800PS.
Sports car enthusiasts will know that Hennessey does have a good track record when it comes to its vehicles. However, finding one of these models may be a significant challenge, as there are only 24 being made in the entire world.
A car that can go from 0 to 186 miles per hour in less than 8.5 seconds, the Venom F5 comes in at a pre-tax price of £1.58 million.
3. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, which came out in 2021, is one of the greatest sports cars that you can purchase today. The Super Sport 300+ is a special edition of the Super Sport, with additions to make it even faster. The car has a top speed of 273 miles per hour out of the factory, but owners do have the option of adding a roll-cage to allow them to attempt a faster high speed at the Bugatti Ehra-Lessien test track.
With an impressive 1600PS version of the Bugatti Chiron quad-turbo 8.0-litre W16 engine, the Super Sport 300+ also has a more aerodynamic body. The company has made many weight reduction adjustments on the car to ensure its blistering speed.
4. Rimac Nevera
Launched in 2021, the Rimac Nevera is the only electric car to make this list. While it competes with petrol-powered cars that should theoretically have an advantage, Rimac has ensured its most expensive and exclusive car is as fast as any other model on the planet.
Delivering 1900PS from four electric motors that power each of the car’s wheels, the Nevera can manage an acceleration of 0 to 62 miles per hour in less than two seconds. The car takes less than nine seconds to cover a quarter mile at full pelt.
While the top speed of the Nevera maxes out at 258 miles per hour, the combination of outstanding acceleration, more than 340 miles on a single charge, and its sleek body means that it may be one of the most unique sports cars on the market today.
A price tag of £1.72 million means getting your hands on one of the 150 units produced may be a challenge.
5. McLaren Speedtail
Every McLaren road car is a work of art, as the company commits to designing vehicles that are sleek, rapid and as close to racing cars in their appearance as possible. The Speedtail is no different in this respect.
Released in 2020, the McLaren Speedtail has a top speed of 250 miles per hour. The McLaren Speedtail combines a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with a 312PS electric motor to deliver the ultimate hybrid technology.
An incredibly sleek, long body means the aerodynamics of this car is second to none. While its total horsepower of 1050 is lower than some of the other models on this list, that is on purpose, as McLaren wants its Speedtail to both reach top speeds and also feel comfortable in everyday driving.