Speed Week: The fastest cars on the planet
These speedy automobiles will throw you from 0-60mph faster than you can shout "VROOM!"
During T3 Speed Week, we've served-up an array of the fastest tech on the planet, but nothing quite says pure speed like a brand new, super slick, top of the range automobile.
Each month on T3.com we feature the hottest motors, revving their engines and eager to get out there on the open road and burn rubber.
Aston Martin Vantage S
Audi RS3 Sportback
The upgraded Continental has big boots to fill, then, but Bentley has delivered. Power output and efficiency improve on the original, while the overall weight of the car has been cut. In late 2011 a powerful V8 version will be unleashed, capable of going 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and reaching a top speed of 198mph. The four-wheel drive chassis remains, but the six-speed automatic gearbox is revised and an active suspension system is fitted as standard.
Jaguar C-X75 concept
C-X75's total 780bhp is produced by an electric motor at each wheel, making this the first fourwheel-drive Jag. It can theoretically travel from 0-100mph in 5.5 seconds, with a 205mph top speed.
Where a conventional petrol engine would normally sit, the C-X75 has a pair of turbines. These are actually closer in design to power station turbines than jet engines, and rather than directly driving the wheels they power generators that extend the range of the car beyond its electric-only 68-mile limit to a far more impressive 560 miles.
Revving to a remarkable 80,000rpm and weighing just 3Kg, the micro-turbines are a potent combination of power and lightweight design. They accept diesel, biofuel or LPG.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4
Rival supercar manufacturers Ferrari and McLaren have both pushed the boat out in terms of cutting-edge car technology, but the Spyder Performante is pleasingly old-school, sporting the same naturally aspirated 5.2l engine as the Gallardo Superleggera coupe, with 562bhp and 398lb ft of torque. The main difference between the Superleggara and the new Performante? It feels faster with the top down...
Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG
Hence, he's unleashing the Huayra ("whyara"). It'll cost over £1 million and combines Swiss-watch engineering, pioneering new materials and jaw-dropping styling. Under its hood is a monstrous powerplant developed by Mercedes' AMG division, pushing it to over 235mph. Outside, there's an ultra high-tech chassis constructed from a carbon-titanium hybrid material, sitting on top of forged aluminium alloy suspension components. Bugatti should be worried.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
These impressive times are made possible by boosting Porsche's familiar flat-six engine with a pair of turbochargers and some dramatic weight loss, with lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic used for the rear spoiler and aluminium on the rear suspension arms. It's been said that the GT2 RS is a healthy retort to Ferrari's new and similarly speedy GTO, but at £164,107 it's roughly half the price. Now that's a bargain... isn't it?
Porsche 911 Turbo
The Bugatti Veyron has a similar gearbox. Admittedly the Bugatti Veyron also has double the Porsche's maximum horsepower, but given that the Porsche accelerates to 62mph from rest just 0.5 seconds slower, and doesn't cost a million quid, it suddenly seems like a bit of a bargain.
Other highlights include a 497bhp engine, revised styling and a top speed of 194mph. No surprise then, that Porsche invite 911 Turbo customers to develop their driving skills at... the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone. It'd be rude not to.