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Got a Need for Speed? Check Out The Fastest Production Cars of All Time

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When the 2013 Formula One season begins in Australia on March 17, and concludes on November 24 in Brazil, car enthusiasts will be foaming at the mouth. Besides the upcoming 64th season being the final year that the series will use the current 2.4 litre V8 engine configuration and that beginning next season the 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine formula will be in use, fans will get a glimpse of some of the coolest and fastest vehicles on the planet.

However, unless your name is Lewis Hamilton, you’ll probably never get to experience that kind of speed and power that a Formula One racer is capable of. So, instead, let’s take a look at the fastest production cars of all time. While many of us may not be able to ever own one of the following, at least we have a better shot at getting behind the wheel in one of them, as opposed to ever hoping in a Formula One racer.

Ferrari Enzo

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There were only 399 Ferrari Enzos produced. Its F140 Aluminum V12 Engine with 660 hp can hit 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, goes 217 mph and costs $670,000.

Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

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The very limited-edition Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster since only five were produced, can hit about 217 mph. For $1,850,000 owners will pose a twin turbocharged AMG V12 Engine that produces 678 hp that does 0-60 in 3.4 secs.

Jaguar XJ220

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The Jaguar XJ220 was first unveiled in 1992; it features a twin Turbo V6 Engine with 542 hp, can go 0-60 in 3.8 secs and has a base price of $650,000. It also can go about 217 mph/

Ascari A10

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The Ascari A10 can reach about 220 mph. With a base price of $650,000, the A10 comes equipped with a 5.0 litre BMW V8 S62 Engine with 625 hp. Produced in Banbury, England, this baby can do 0-60 in 2.8 secs.

Lamborghini Aventador

2012-03-07_Motorshow_Geneva_4608The Aventador, which is the name of the bull that battled in the Saragossa Arena on October 1993, can hit 0-60 in 2.9 secs. With a V12 Engine with 700 hp, its base price is at $379,700.

Aston Martin One-77

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The $1,850,000 Aston Martin One-77  features a 7.3 litre V12 Engine with 750 hp, clocks in at 220 mph and can do 0-60 in 3.4 secs. There were only 77 of them made, hence its name, the One-77.

Noble M600

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The Noble M600 can reach up to 225 mph. It looks inconspicuous, but it accelerates from 0-60 in 3.7 secs. Under its hood is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 Engine with 650hp. Its base price is listed at $330,000.

Gumpert Apollo

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The Apollo is powered by a 4.2 liter V8 Engine (650hp) and goes from 0-60 in 3.0 secs. This $450,000 beast is rumored to have been designed so that it could drive upside-down in a tunnel with speeds at 190 mph or more, but we do know it can go 225 mph.

Zenvo ST1

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This first ever Danish-designed supercar has a twin-charged 7.0 liter V8 Engine. The version for U.S. consumers features a 7.0-liter BMW V8, 1,250 horsepower, does 0-60 in 2.9 secs and has a top speed of 233 mph. Since the company has limited to only 15 units, it’s an expensive piece of machinery. Its base price is about $1.8 million.

McLaren F1

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In March of 1998, the F1 broke the world record for the fastest production car with a speed of 240.1 mph. To this day it remains a staple of racing. This icon contains a BMW S70/2 60 Degree V12 Engine with 627 hp, does 0-60 in 3.2 secs and has a base price of $970,000.

Koenigsegg CCX

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This Sweden-made predecessor of the Agera R debuted at the 2006 Geneva car show. It can hit up to 245 mph and clocks 0-60 in 3.2 secs. Its 90 Degree V8 Engine churns out a whopping 806hp and costs a cool $545,568.

Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

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This American-made Twin Turbo, two-door coupe has a 7.0-liter all-aluminum V8. It tops out at 248 mph and does 0-60 in 2.8 secs. This update to the original S7 is a limited-edition sports car that was built by hand in 2005 and has a price tag of $555,000.

SSC Ultimate Aero

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The Ultimate Aero, made by SSC North America, AKA Shelby SuperCars, was the fastest car in the world from March 2007 to July 2010. Its Twin-Turbo V8 Engine pumps out an impressive 1183 hp, which helps it reach a top speed of 257 mph. This $654,400 monster also does 0-60 in 2.7 secs.

Koenigsegg Agera R

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The beast known as the Koenigsegg Agera R, which has been clocked at 260 mph, does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. It’s powered by a Koenigsegg aluminum 5.0-liter V8 Engine with 1099 hpr. and will set you back about $1.6 million.

Hennessey Venom GT

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The $1.2 million Hennessey Venom GT became the quickest production car in the world after it set a new Guinness World Record for an average 0-300 km/h acceleration time of 13.63 seconds, after hitting 186 miles per hour speed, on January 21, 2013. The Texas company claims the top speed is 278 mph for the 2013 edition. Its 6.2-liter LS9 Turbocharged V8 Twin Turbo V8 Engine produces 1200 hp and does 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

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The legendary French car company was established by engineer and racer Ettore Bugatti, which is currently owned by Volkswagen, reclaimed the title as fastest street-legal production car in the world with a top speed of 267.856 mph in Germany on July 10, 2010. There are, however, rumors that the company is working on a “Super Veyron” which will have a top speed of 288 mph. For now, this beast of a machine is equipped with an aluminum, narrow angle 8 Liter W16 engine that pumps out 1200 hp and does 0-60 in 2.4 secs. With a base price of $2.5 million, it’s not shocking that under 300 of them have been sold.

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