We all have our automotive preferences. Some enjoy the comfortable feel of a luxurious sedan while others might opt for a sporty convertible and yet another may be excited by a pickup truck or an SUV. The one thing that we all have in common is horsepower. Horsepower is the good stuff and one can never have too much of the good stuff. In most cases you have way too little of it. That is why we are so enamored by so called supercars with astounding amounts of horsepower. Luckily for us, there is no shortage of such cars in today’s market, as long as you have an ample amount of cash.
Coming in at number one on this list of global all-stars is a car of which most typical automotive consumers have never heard. The Koenigsegg Automotive Company was founded in 1994 by 22-year old Christian von Koenigsegg. Christian had envisioned the Koenigsegg hyper-car since he was mere child of 5-years old. The One:1 is based upon a theory that a car could be produced with one Megawatt of power (a 1:1 horsepower to curb weight ratio); making it the first Mega-car in existence and giving it a memorable name to boot. It uses a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 engine to manufacture 1361-horsepower to attend to 1,361-kilograms of curb weight. Price: Around $2-million.
Achieving number five in the world takes some pretty Sirius horsepower — really though, this incredible ride is mid-engine powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter Mercedes-Benz V12 that can be tuned to achieve 1200-horsepower. It features a custom handcrafted tubular chrome frame and carbon-fiber body atop a race car suspension, all put together under strenuous specifications in the highest German traditions. Lotec is also a manufacturer of high-performance add-ons for high end Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and BMW automobiles. Price: $611,000
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 SS and GS Vitesse
The two greasy fast French tubs of carbon-fiber are gaining popularity and worldwide recognition for record setting top speed attempts. They feature combat aircraft style aerodynamics technology, down force principles found in Formula 1 racing, and ultra-powerful 16-cylinder quad-turbocharged engines that grunt out 1200-horsepower and 1106 lb.-ft of torque. Bugatti combines power and performance with stunning elegance and a very unique aesthetic when producing both of these cars. Price: Around $4-million.
Like a Texas flood, the Hennessey Venom will flow over, through, and around you — all at the same time. It all begins with the shell of a Lotus Elise and ends with this amazing testament of British and American speed. At the core of the Venom is a carbon-fiber monocoque shell. Hennessey utilizes the most innovative safety, speed enhancing, and weight reducing methods in the industry. Then they employ a 7.0-liter Chevy V8 (with ball-bearing twin-turbochargers) to achieve a top horsepower rating of 1244 with 1155 lb.-ft. of torque. Price: About $1-million and up.
Another American performance house, formerly known as Shelby of America is responsible for this dynamic supercar. It also is of a mid-engine powered configuration featuring a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V8 engine that generates 1287-horsepower and 1122 lb.-ft. of torque. Like every other car represented on this list, it features gull-wing style doors, a carbon-fiber monocoque shell, and an aluminum and carbon-fiber chassis. It is offered in a rainbow of beautiful colors and comes with a 260 mph speedometer. Price: About $650,000.