2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S: 205 MPH


The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S

A mostly cosmetic refresh of the excellent last-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S—though enough to justify new nomenclature, as this Porsche platform is designated 991.2—the new model is exactly what you’d expect of a Turbo S: incredibly fast, monstrously capable, and surprisingly emotional for a brand that too often has a reputation for clinical efficiency. The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S manages to wring 205 mph from a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six with 580 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, mated to an incredibly precise seven-speed automatic transmission. The Turbo S boasts the typical Porsche cleverness, partly in the form of a Sport Response button that keeps the turbos spinning even under braking by slightly opening the throttle for increased airflow and priming the transmission, which makes engine response to throttle input almost unbelievably quick. It’s touches like this that help justify the car’s $189,000 price tag—not to mention the bragging rights that come with a top speed above 200 mph and a 0-60 sprint time as low as 2.5 seconds.

2017 Dodge Viper SRT: 206 MPH


The 2017 Dodge Viper SRT

Sure, the 2017 Dodge Viper is basically just a special edition of a 2016 Dodge Viper with a four-channel anti-lock brake system. But we’re letting it on the list, because after 25 years, 2017 marks the swan song of the ferocious American-built supercar. It wasn’t the most elegant of cars—in fact, it was often unforgiving, truck-like (with an actual truck’s transmission), and hard to handle—but in the right hands the Viper has always been a monstrously capable street-legal race car with a chassis and suspension that grew more magical the closer you drove to the limit. And in the early versions, which famously eschewed any electronic nannies whatsoever, the closer to the limit you drove, the more real danger you put yourself in—in other words, this was a hardboned Detroit sports car that basked in trying to kill overeager dilettantes. And though the modern iteration, even the 206-mph Dodge Viper SRT, grew a bit more accommodating in its golden years, the rear-wheel-drive halo car still boasts a six-speed manual transmission mated to a naturally-aspirated, 8.4-liter aluminum V-10 with 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. A no-compromises speed demon to the end, the Dodge Viper will be missed.

2017 Bentley Continental Supersports: 209 MPH


The 2017 Bentley Continental Supersports

This year, the massive Bentley Continental Supersports claimed the title of fastest four-seat car in the world with a top speed of 209 mph, besting even dedicated sports cars like the Porsche 911 GT3 (199 mph) and the Audi R8 V10 Plus (205 mph). Despite a curb weight over 5,000 pounds, the plush, opulent living-room-on-wheels is properly motivated by Bentley’s stalwart, 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine producing a whopping 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. And you get the sort of niceties for which the ultra-luxury brand is known, like a NAIM sound system, high-touch chrome and aluminum brightware, acres of leather and wood, and cabin silence befitting a meditation retreat. Plus, because it’s not only the fastest four-seat car, but the fastest road-going Bentley ever, you’ll find carbon-fiber bits everywhere from the side mirrors to the front splitter to the optional engine cover. If you want to fly by the 200-mph mark with three friends in tow, this is the only car on this list that can take you there.

 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast: 211 MPH


The 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast.

Ferrari stopped being subtle in its nomenclature long ago—hey there, Ferrari TheFerrari!—so now they’re just putting descriptions like “Superfast” right in the model name. But the Ferrari 812 Superfast isn’t false advertising: Maranello has bolted in the most powerful engine ever seen in a road-going Ferrari, a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 with 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of twist, mated to a dual-clutch gearbox that’s quicker even than the already super-fast (hey, we see why they used the name—it’s got a ring to it!) unit in the Ferrari F12berlinetta. The supercar will go from a standstill to 60 mph in a tick under three seconds, and represents the high-water mark for fans of heavy-breathing V-12 Ferrari engines: the 812 Superfast is reportedly the last Ferrari to sport a naturally-aspirated motor before focus shifts to turbocharging and hybrid assists. If you’ve got $320,000 burning a hole in your pocket (not to mention the insane connections needed to actually buy a new 812 Superfast in the first place) this car would make for a good investment for that reason alone.

2018 McLaren 720S: 212 MPH


The 2018 McLaren 720S

McLaren’s first (and, for many years, only) foray into road cars, the F1 of the 1990s, is still widely considered the greatest car ever made, so it’s safe to say the company has a lot to live up to. And its most recent offerings have shown an incredibly fast maturing process since jumping back into the game with the MP4-12C in 2011—most notably with the incredible new top-of-the-line McLaren 720S. The $288,475 mid-engined supercar hits 212 mph thanks in part to some insane aerodynamic trickery and, of course, the 4.0-liter V-8, enlarged from 3.8 liters in the outgoing McLaren 650S, with its explosive 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of twist. Gear changes from the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission are up to 45 percent faster than in the 650S, too, and the numbers only get more ludicrous from there: 2.8 seconds to 60 mph; 7.8 seconds to 124 mph; a 10.3-second quarter-mile; and zero to 186 mph in just 21.4 seconds. As the English say, Blimey!