It turns out that while Bugatti was quite hesitant to express its want to break the record for highest top speed, it’s gone and done it anyway. But what led to this point? Well, before the Chiron there were plenty of others cars that once sat on that pedestal. Here are our favourites.
5. Jaguar XJ220
While it was originally poised to be AWD with a bellowing V12 sat behind the driver, the Jaguar XJ220 ended up with with the 3.5-litre V6 from the MG Metro 6R4. Despite this, it still became the fastest car in the world at 210.5mph when it was released in 1992.
4. Ferrari F40
Being the first legal road car to hit 200mph, the Ferrari F40 became a legend of its time, and one of the most popular Ferraris to ever exist. Now at a value of over a million, this car was released back in 1987 (can you believe that?!) and still holds significant value both as an asset, and as a piece of history.
3. Lamborghini Miura
On its release in 1966, the Miura was launched into supercar stardom – the first of its kind. It was also the fastest car at the time with a top speed of 280km/h and a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds. These days, it’s difficult to find an entirely positive review on the car due to its iffy driving dynamics, but it still holds an important place in history.
2. Bugatti Veyron
With 987bhp at its disposal it could reach a maximum speed of 253.81mph and eventually went on to set an even high record of 267.856mph in its SS variant. These days it’s looked down upon due to the stereotype who buys it, but we shouldn’t forget just how incredible a piece of engineering it is.
1. McLaren F1
Well deserving of its F1 nameplate, its central seating position and perfect driving dynamics certainly puts the McLaren comfortably at the top of this list. It could reach a blistering 240mph and would hit 62mph in just 3.2 seconds.
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