A Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record Edition - the fastest road legal production car reaching 431 km/h
Top speed (mph) by year
This is a progressive history of the world's fastest street-legalproduction car over the years (as opposed to concept cars or modified cars). The production car in context of this table is a car of which not less than 20 were originally built by its manufacturer to the same or faster specification than the record setting example. This list uses the same definition as the List of automotive superlatives for the sake of consistency and because the term production car is otherwise undefined. It is also limited to cars that were constructed post World War 2 cars in the same manner as the List of automotive superlatives. The Benz Velo, as the first production car, is an exception.
Comparing claimed speeds of the "fastest car(s) in the world", especially in historical cases, is difficult due to there being no standardized method for determining the top speed, nor a central authority to verify any such claims. The current title Guinness World Records holder, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, was certified as such for the average top speed achieved on a two-way run, registering 431 km/h (268 mph). While only 5 of the World Record model were made, the Super Sport's will achieve this speed with the limiter turned off. Guinness, after a review by a panel of experts, consider this not to be a modification and thus it is eligible for this list.
Some publications cite the XK120's timed top speed as almost 133 mph / 214 km/h in 1949." The XK120 that achieved this speed was a tuned prototype, not a production car. The production car reached 124.6mph.
Tested by Auto, Motor und Sport in 1987. The 197 mph (317 km/h) top speed was recorded by the 959 Sport only 6 of which were ever made. The rest of the 337 units production run (1986-1989) were 959 Touring version that topped at 195 mph (314 km/h).
At factory rev limit, it reached 231 mph (371.8 km/h) at Nardò (oval) test track. It still remains the world's fastest naturally aspirated production car in terms of top speed. Sans-rev-limiter, it was able to reach a top-speed of 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h).
Out of the initial production run of 30 there were 5, named the Super Sport World Record Edition, which had the electronic limiter turned off, and were capable of 267.857 mph (431.074 km/h). All others were electronically limited to 257.87 mph (415.00 km/h). The record attempt of the Super Sport World Record Edition was driven by Pierre-Henri Raphanel and was verified by Guinness World Records.
^Stoy, Andy (October 15, 2012). "Worth the Wait". Autoweek62 (21): 40–41. ISSN0192-9674. "But the XK120 was a post-war performance revelation, proving itself as the fastest production car in the world at the time."
^Hodges, David; Burgess-Wise, David; Davenport, John; Harding, Anthony (1994). The Guinness Book of Car Facts and Feats (4 ed.). London: Guinness Publishing. p. 52. ISBN0851127681.