The Most Powerful Road Cars in the World
November 26, 2018
Who doesn’t like the sight of a sports car? Sleek on the outside, these metal monsters pack one hell of a punch, screaming into the air as they steam past with incredible speed and grace. There’s nothing quite like these machines – even when silent on the side of the road or in a garage you can feel the power inside, that engine silently waiting to release.
Even in the high real of sports cars, though, certain models sit above the rest. These heavyweight vehicles are rare to spot, but they make their presence felt on roads across the world. Here we look at some of the most powerful road-worthy cars ever made.
McLaren P1 (2013-2015)
The leading manufacturer in Formula 1 over the last few years, McLaren have established themselves as a major supercar producer thanks in large part to the P1. A plug-in hybrid sports car, the P1’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine produced just over 900bhp when combined with the accompanying electric motor. Only 375 models were produced, and they all sold out within the course of one month!
Bugatti Veyron (2005-2011)
When the original Bugatti Veyron announced itself onto the scene in 2005, it was met with widespread acclaim. Seen as setting a new standard in road speed, it wowed experts and audiences alike with its 987bhp. What impressed people most of all, though, was the frame in which the incredible quad-turbocharged W16 engine was housed – built for strength as opposed to speed, the Veyron controlled better than nearly any other sports car of its time, feeling incredibly comfortable even at over 200mph.
Ferrari LaFerrari (2013-2015)
You cannot have a list about powerful sports cars without featuring Ferrari, one of the industry’s most iconic names. Something of a concept car, the limited production LaFerrari is a beautiful hybrid sports car packed with a special Ferrari F140 V12 engine that produces 950bhp when combined with the car’s KERS unit. This car – poignantly named ‘The Ferrari’ – keeps all of the Italian company’s charm while also producing an incredible, technologically advanced vehicle. LaFerrari was the most powerful Ferrari road car ever made at the time, while it also reduced a Ferrari car’s typical fuel consumption.
Bugatti Chiron (2016)
Bugatti was not finished with the Veyron, though. Multiple models have followed, each more powerful than the last. One of the most significant designs since the Veyron is the Chiron – sharing a similar look to its predecessor, the Chiron also includes the same W16 engine. However, it was supercharged for this model, allowing it to produce an incredible 1,479bhp that blew the Veyron out of the water!
Koenigsegg Regera (2016)
Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg has always been devoted to creating what they call ‘mega cars’, the next step up from the supercar. Often, their vehicles are stripped back to the bare bones to achieve incredible speeds, such as the Agera One:1, which had an incredible top speed of over 280mph but was generally unsuitable for daily life. However, this model – again a limited production, in production since 2016 – not only increases the power further but also has a luxury focus.
The Regera’s intelligent hybrid powertrain allows the vehicle’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine to produce an incredible 1,500bhp at low speeds, although it’s reported that the car could generate over 1,700 at maximum output! That is combined with an interior that includes sound protection, adjustable memory foam seats and an entertainment system with wi-fi and 4G connectivity and ambient lighting. With all of that in the most powerful production car to date, it certainly justifies the reported $2.2 million price tag!
It’s almost impossible to imagine how exciting it must be to sit in the driver’s seat of one of these incredible machines. Unfortunately, most of these cars cost upwards of seven figures, so many of us mere mortals are left working away on our own, much-loved vehicles, trying to squeeze every last drop of power out of its engine, whether that’s through weight loss, a heat exhaust wrap or other adjustments. If you are looking for ways to improve the speed of your car, discover how exhaust wrap can improve vehicle performance here.