Here are 5 of the highest-revving cars ever built

Each one is a gearhead favorite
by Vijay Pattni | Dec 14, 2019
PHOTO: Gordon Murray Automotive

Gordon Murray’s long-awaited T.50 supercar (that’s it, above) features a 3.9-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine from Cosworth, and it will rev right up to 12,100rpm. That makes it the highest-revving production car ever made, and it’s precisely at this point that your ears might as well give up.

Or should they? Because while it’s now the highest-revving production car ever made, there are other road cars that have really, really, ridiculously high rev limits. We like really, really, ridiculously high rev limits here at Top Gear, because noise.

Here, then, are five more road-going production cars with—you guessed it—high rev limits. There are others, of course—this is a mere starter. Pile in below with your favorites.

1) Honda S2000: 9,000rpm

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Yep, we’re into the 9k club already, with the fantastic Honda S2000 and its ridiculous 2.0-liter VTEC that revved sky high. Later iterations would lower the rev limit substantially, but still, the early S2000 honored its S800 predecessor magnificently.

2) Lexus LFA: 9,000rpm

Hello, old friend, and welcome back. You don’t need reminding that the LFA’s bespoke 4.8-liter V10 produced 553hp, was made from aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys, and was as light as a V6.

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You also don’t need reminding that it revved to 9,000rpm and made a noise that’d wake the dead. Perfection.

3) Porsche 918 Spyder: 9,150rpm

Really quite good, the Porsche. Top Gear’s Holy Trinity test confirmed that much. Ears confirmed the 918 Spyder’s 4.6-liter V8 (producing 612hp) sounded positively nuts. It remains a race engine, essentially: fancy stuff like dry-sump lubrication, carbon-fiber air induction, lightweight rods, and so on.

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Also, top-mounted exhaust pipes. They’re just cool.

4) LaFerrari: 9,250rpm

The car that emerged as the winner in aforementioned Holy Trinity test was this, the superlative LaFerrari. Like Murray’s T.50, this car boasts a V12. Unlike Murray’s T.50, this one’s a 6.3-liter.

5) Ariel Atom V8: 10,600rpm

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Most notable about the old Atom V8 isn’t its ridiculous acceleration or its power-to-weight ratio (though both of those things are incredible), but its ability to rearrange your face into incredibly amusing shapes. Oh, and the fact it revs to 10,600rpm.

That’s thanks to a pair of Suzuki Hayabusa bike engines, merged to create a 3.0-liter V8 with 500hp and 385Nm of torque. Perhaps not the cheapest nor most precise plastic surgeon, but definitely the most comical.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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PHOTO: Gordon Murray Automotive
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