What Cars Are Faster Than a Lamborghini?by William Zane
While certainly among some of the fastest cars in the world, Lamborghinis are actually far from being the fastest. Of the two supercars that Lamborghini makes, the V10-powered Gallardo and the V12-powered Murcielago, the Murcielago LP640 SV is the fastest. Thanks to 661 horsepower, its goes to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and tops out at 211 mph.
Ultimate Aero SSC
The current king of fast is the 1183-hp Ultimate Aero SSC, made by U.S. company Shelby Supercars. Thanks to a twin-turbo, aluminum V8, the SSC tops out at a staggering 257 mph, according to thesupercars.org. That's enough speed to blow past the previous car that held the mantle of the fastest car in the world, the Veyron made by Buggati.
When the Bugatti Veyron was introduced, not only was it one of the most expensive cars at $1.7 million, but it was also the fastest, with a top speed of 253 mph. It's powered by a massive W16 engine that produces 1001 hp. The W16 refers to the fact that the engine configuration is in a W, with four-cylinders in each bank. Ironically, Bugatti is owned by Volkswagen, which also own Lamborghini.
Third place goes to a car made by another American manufacturer, the S7, made by Saleen. After earning his credibility by tuning and racing Ford Mustangs, Steve Saleen turned his attention to making a world-class supercar. The result was the S7, which has a top speed of 248 mph thanks to a twin-turbo V8. The S7's base price was $555,000; it is now out of production.
Despite the weird name, the Koenigsegg CCX has earned a rightful spot on any list of the fastest cars in the world. Powered by an 806-hp supercharged V8, given enough road the CCX can reach 245 mph. It's made in Sweden.
At No. 5 is a car that is fast reaching the status of classic, yet can still impress with its statistics. Developed by master engineer Gordon Murray, the McLaren F1 could reach 240 mph thanks in part to a BMW V12 producing 672 hp. When Bugatti came out with the Veyron, one of its intentions was to topple the F1's rankings.
The Ferrari Enzo is made in Modena, Italy, which is not far from Lamborghini's Santa Agata headquarters. The limited run of Ferrari Enzos, named for the company's founder, were powered by a 660-hp V12 that carried it to a maximum speed of 217 mph.
Pagani Zonda F
Coming in just a hair above the Murcielago is a rare Italian supercar that is hand made in small batches for the most discerning enthusiasts in the world. The Pagani Zonda F tops out at 215-mph. Wrapped inside its advanced tubular spaceframe is an AMG-tuned Mercedes Benz V12 motor with 650-hp. The worst part about the Pagani? You can't admire its terrific lines from outside the car.
William Zane has been a freelance writer and photographer for over six years and specializes primarily in automotive-related subject matter among many other topics. He has attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he studied automotive design, and the University of New Mexico, where he studied journalism.