Gallery: 15 of the fastest and most powerful machines of 2018

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by Ollie Kew | Dec 26, 2018
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1. Rimac C_Two

Power: 1,887hp
Top speed: 415kph

Rimac claims the C_Two’s four electric motors develop a combined 1,887hp and 2,300Nm of torque. The front wheels individually use a single-speed gearbox each, while the use of twin two-speed gearboxes at the rear makes for a truly terrifying top speed. Rimac is claiming v-max at 415kph.

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On the way, we’re told the C_Two will have cracked 0-100kph in 1.97sec. Quarter-mile? 9.1sec. And don’t presume it runs out of puff once past three figures. Rimac reckons its new flagship will see off 0-300kph in 11.8sec. If these numbers prove to be accurate, then Croatia’s super-EV will enter a very exclusive speed club occupied by the likes of the Bugatti Chiron and the Koenigsegg Agera RS. The fastest cars in the world.

Enjoy Crazy Rimac stats here.

2. Bugatti Divo

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Power: 1,479hp
Top speed: 380kph

Rule one of the Bugatti Divo: Do not try to rationalize it—your head will explode and you’ll ruin the carpet. At €5 million (P310 million) a pop, it’s twice the price of a Bugatti Chiron, so unless the propshaft is forged in gold, dipped in unicorn poo and rolled in diamonds, it’s not a number that can be justified by any normal means.

No, the key here is exclusivity. It might use the same 1,479hp behemoth of an engine as the Chiron does, but everything else is stiffer, lighter and generally madder, refocusing the car not on top speed, but going around corners like an LMP1 race car.

Find out more here.

3. Zenvo TSR-S

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Power: 1,177hp
Top speed: 325kph

“I doubt it’ll ever quite get as polished as a Pagani, but driving it is an event. The engine bellows behind the firewall, full of monstrous intent, the wing swings back and forth, and although I try to act rationally and assess the car, what I really want is a camera on the back deck beaming a live feed to the dash screen. It’s childishly entertaining. The turning circle is good, and the gearbox...well that’s something else again.”

More Zenvo lunacy here.

4. McLaren Speedtail

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Power: 1,036hp
Top speed: 402kph

The McLaren Speedtail will, when deliveries start in early 2020, have cost each of its 106 owners north of £2.1 million (P144 million) for a car that boasts 1,036hp and a 402kph maximum speed. When they do strap themselves into the center seat, line up on a runway, press the Velocity button above their head and nail the throttle, they’ll feel what it’s like to accelerate from zero to 300kph in the same time it takes a diesel supermini to hit 100kph.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

5. Ferrari Monza

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Power: 789hp
Top speed: 300kph+

With 789hp, it’s the most powerful engine Ferrari has ever made, and can propel the 1,500kg SP to 100kph in 2.9sec, to 200kph in 7.9sec, and on to a top speed of over 300kph. Wearing a helmet is wise.

Bodied entirely in carbon fiber, the SP features bespoke forged wheels, LED headlights, and a full-width light bar across the its rear end. The doors are small, almost pointless items that open upwards and outwards, while the hood is a huge, front-hinged piece like a Jag E-Type’s.

And guess what—they’re all sold out. Sorry.

6. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

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Power: 759hp
Top speed: 349kph

“As the laps accumulate, you begin to trust and take liberties with the SVJ in a way you wouldn’t dare in the standard Aventador. After a couple of laps, you begin to brake later and flick the SVJ more assertively at the corners, leaning on the myriad technologies focused on delivering speed and drama.

“The deeper you dig into its capabilities, the more you begin to trust it and the more rewarding the experience becomes. Turn-in to slower corners is aided by the rear-wheel steer, and mid-corner throttle sees the AWD pull the nose out and through the exit. In the higher speed turns, the SVJ remains fully planted. Even if you over-commit, the SVJ is predictable and exploitable in a way no Aventador has managed previously...”

Hang on tight and read our SVJ drive here.

7. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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Power: 755hp
Top speed: 341kph

The ZR1 is categorically not just a straight-line missile. Proof? When the Chevy development team took a ZR1 mule to Virginia International Raceway to do an endurance test on a final part (the initial spec exhaust x-pipe couldn’t handle the ZR1’s extra power and, yes, fury), they broke the lap record set by the Ford GT, possibly the best-handling car on sale today, by more than a second...

Find out why here.

8. Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

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Power: 725hp
Top speed: 340kph

“Torque doesn’t hit quite as early as the 1,800rpm peak promises, but that’s probably just as well. It helps reduce traction concerns. The noise is a splendor, a rich crescendo that’s not as strident as a Ferrari, the softer noise doing more to reassure you that the car isn’t about to get spiteful. That said, don’t turn the traction control off. In the interests of experimentation, I did. Once the rear wheels lose traction, they spend an awful lot of time looking for it.”

More TG Aston experimentation here.

9. Nissan GT-R50 Italdesign

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Power: 712hp
Top speed: 322kph

This is a full-blown Nismo machine, with a hand-made 3.8-liter V6 making 712hp and 800Nm, featuring high-flow, large-diameter GT3 comp-spec twin turbos, enlarged intercoolers, heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods, reworked intake and exhaust, beefed-up dual-clutch gearbox, and a reinforced differential.

The rear suspension uses Bilstein continuously variable dampers, there are huge Brembo brakes, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber wrapped around 21-inch carbon-fiber wheels. The GT-R50 may not be ‘pretty.’ But it’s pretty magnificent.

Discover the GT-R50’s secrets here.

10. Porsche 919 Evo

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Power: 1,350hp
Top speed: 343kph

“The entire hardware of the powertrain remains untouched,” says Porsche, but now it’s binned the WEC-mandated fuel-flow meter that effectively limited the 919 to 500hp, power from the 2.0-liter turbocharged V4 internal combustion engine has leapt up to 720hp. Power from the e-machine has increased from 400hp to 440hp, giving 8.49 megajoules of boost.

More unbelievable numbers here.

11. Ferrari 488 Pista

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Power: 711hp
Top speed: 340kph

“So, as a driving device, this is Maranello at its best. On paper, a 710hp twin-turbocharged, mid-engined Ferrari should be approximately as approachable as a Victorian headmaster with a cracking hangover, but this thing is a complete honey to slide around.”

What was Chris Harris less keen on? His full Pista review is here.

12. BMW M5 Competition

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Power: 616hp
Top speed: 249kph

It’s a monster on the road. It’s big, mind, so it needs space to operate, and it’s heavy so it doesn’t like tight turns. But once it hits its stride it’s amazing, with huge grip, vast reserves of traction and torque to haul it out of bends, and some sense it’s involving you in things. Not a lot, but some.

And yes, that V8 really is mighty. The eight-speed autobox covers for lag, and it does sing as it works its way through the revs, surging to its 7,200rpm redline with even more venom thanks to the new chip and pipe. Not the thunder of an AMG engine, but engaging and a bit more sociably stealthy.

Worth the money over a standard M5, though?

13. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

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Power: 717hp
Top speed: 327kph

This puppy is a Hellcat—itself uprated for 2019 to 717hp/888Nm thanks to the better airflow caused by the dual-snorkel hood—just with the Demon’s ‘Hellcat high output’ engine featuring the bigger supercharger and another 80hp/69Nm of go.

Or rather it’s quite a lot more than that. It also gets the Power and After Run chiller functions to cool the engine during and between runs. Plus, it gets the power reserve function for faster getaways and the strengthened drive train. You can also delete the passenger and rear seats in both the standard and Redeye Hellcats, just like the Demon.

Exorcise your demonic worship here.

14. Mercedes-AMG GT four-door

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Power: 630hp
Top speed: 315kph

It looks great and goes like hell, not just in a straight line but round corners, too. Okay, so it’s not really a four-door GT. But in smoothing off some of that car’s dynamic edges, this might even be the ultimate iteration of the idea. The ultimate tech-laden family supercar. Start saving.

15. McLaren 600LT

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Power: 592hp
Top speed: 328kph

“The accuracy and response is such that time seems to slow down during a corner. You have the ability to make corrections many times, to feel how the car reacts and adjust again several times in one corner. It’s uncanny. It’s akin to a Caterham. At 1,356kg, it’s lighter than all its direct rivals, too.

“Every message is delivered with high-def clarity, every response to steering and brakes is immediate. It gives you the ability to break the corner down into phases, and then sub-divide each one, then pick those apart, to study and feel everything. It’s uncanny and absorbing.”

But is the 600 Long Tail McLaren’s finest achievement yet?

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

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