Posted by: Viktor Mar | 2011 March 4

10 fastest cars of 2011

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There’s no real need for a production car to go over 200 mph. Few public roads in the world allow that kind of speed, whether legally or physically. But a few automakers continually push the boundaries of speed, for the same reasons that mountain climbers scale the highest peaks.

The fastest production cars hit well over 200 mph, using big displacement or near-racing engines to achieve these speeds. Of course, all of these cars are ridiculously expensive, but the varieties of design will come as a surprise.

We’ve assembled photos and specifications for the current crop of fastest production cars. Ferrari claims three places in the list, but is far from the top. Surprisingly, Lamborghini doesn’t place at all, as the company discontinued its Murcielago, and the Gallardo isn’t quite fast enough for the top 10.

Other cars featuring the kind of power that should make them competitors, such as the Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS, fall behind because of electronically limited top speeds. Newer contenders that made the cut are not even out of the factory yet, but are promised for this year.

Bentley Continental Supersports

Top speed: 204 mph
Engine: Twin turbo 6-liter W-12
Horsepower: 621

Photo credit: Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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McLaren MP4-12C

Top speed: 205 mph
Engine: Twin turbo 3.8-liter V-8
Horsepower: 592

Photo credit: Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Top speed: 205 mph
Engine: Twin turbo 3.6-liter flat six-cylinder
Horsepower: 523

Photo credit: Porsche

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Ferrari FF

Top speed: 208 mph
Engine: 6.3-liter V-12
Horsepower: 651

Photo credit: Ferrari

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Ferrari 599 GTO

Top speed: 208 mph
Engine: 6-liter V-12
Horsepower: 661

Photo credit: Ferrari

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Pagani Zonda F

Top speed: 215 mph
Engine: Twin turbo 6-liter V-12
Horsepower: 602

Photo credit: Pagani

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Pagani Huayra

Top speed: 235 mph
Engine: Twin turbo 6-liter V-12
Horsepower: 700+

Photo credit: Pagani

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Koenigsegg CCXR

Top speed: 250 mph
Engine: Twin supercharged 4.7-liter V-8
Horsepower: 1,064

Photo credit: Koenigsegg

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SSC Ultimate Aero

Top speed: 257 mph
Engine: Twin turbo 6.3-liter V-8
Horsepower: 1,287

Photo credit: Mike Markovich/CNET

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Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Top speed: 267 mph
Engine: Quad turbo 8-liter W-16
Horsepower: 1,184

Photo credit: Bugatti

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