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
The six-speed Sportspeed transmission reaches 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds, while the Aston V8 engine boasts 480hp, it's a beast 007 would be proud to drive.
From $140,000
www.astonmartin.co.uk

 

Audi RS3 Sportback
With a limited top speed of 155mph, the Audi RS3 Sportback is one of the fastest road machines money can buy. The German powerhouse rockets from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds (which tears the competition to shreds) thanks to 340bhp of power under the bonnet.
From: 49,000 Euros
www.Audi.com

 

Bentley V8
The original Bentley Continental GT, released in 2003, rejuvenated the company's image and fast became Bentley's most successful model to date, spawning a soft-top sibling and a Supersports derivative that was matched only by black holes and star destroyers for outright power and speed.

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.
From: £130,000
bentleymotors.com

 

Jaguar C-X75 concept
The C-X75 concept has very little in common with luxury saloons besides wearing a Jaguar badge. This is a beautiful, hi-tech supercar concept that points the way for the future of performance motoring. The future, according to Jaguar, is to be built on jet engines and electric motors.

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.
Price: TBC
Jaguar.com

 

Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante is the ninth iteration of the firm's mid-engined V10 Gallardo since its launch in 2003. This model is the sexier, drop-top version of the LP570 Superleggera coupe a thrillingly lightweight and nippy ride with a top speed of 201mph and the ability to hit 62mph in 3.9 seconds.

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...
Price: £190,000
www.lamborghini.com

 

Lotus Esprit
A Ferrari rival with a Lexus V8, seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox and F1-style KERS energy recovery.
Out 2013
grouplotus.com

 

Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG
Packing a 6.3 litre, twin-tubrocharged V8 engine under the hood the Mercedes CLS65 is good for a whopping 518 horsepower. Add a performance package to your deal and you'll get an incredible 186mph out of this classy beast, up from 155mph. Worth the money, we say.
From: $99,000
Mercedes-Benz

 

Pagani Huayra
Until now, the Bugatti Veyron was the undisputed King of the Supercars, matching fighter-jet performance with a million-dollar price tag. It seemed we'd never see its like again in this age of austerity, but fortunately Horacio Pagani didn't get the memo that the world was skint and 200+ mph cars are unusable on modern roads.

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.
Price: £1,000,000+
paganiaautomobil.it

 

Porsche 911 GT2 RS
After the unfamilar, sensible air of the revised 4x4 Cayenne and the family-friendly, four-seat Panamera, Porsche's designers have made a welcome return to their supercar roots with the 911 GT2 RS: the most powerful Porsche yet. The GT2 RS boasts 611bhp, has a 205mph top speed and races from 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds.

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?
Price: £164,107
Porsche.com

 

Porsche 911 Turbo
Doppelkupplungsgetriebe. This jaw-macerating word is the reason the new Porsche 911 Turbo does 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds. It's a clever doubleclutch gearbox that allows the new 911 Turbo to gear up in the blink of an eye.

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.
Price: £101,823 Coupe, £109,048 Cabrolet
Porsche.com

 

 

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