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Record-breaking production vehicles

Written by: Neil

This is a list of the world’s record-breaking top speeds achieved by a street-legal production car (as opposed to concept cars or modified cars).

1894 Benz Velo – 12mph – First Production car

The Benz Velo was one of the first cars. Photo Credit : Wikipedia

1949 Jaguar XK120 – 124.6mph – 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 124.6 mph (200.5 km/h).

1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL – 150.7mph – Two-way average speed tested by Automobil Revue in 1958. 245 km/h (152.2 mph) reached in one direction.

1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT – 152mph – Tested by Autosport in December 1961.

1963 Iso Grifo GL 365 – 161mph – Tested by Autocar in 1966. A total of 412 Iso Grifos were built 1963–1974.

1965 AC Cobra MK III 427 – 165mph – Tested by Car & Driver. Top speed described as observed

1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 – 171mph – Tested by Motor in June 1967. Over 750 units build in 1966–1973 period, which includes P400, P400 S and P400 SV models.

1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona – 174mph – Tested by Autocar in 1971.

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Photo Credit : Wikipedia

1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400 – 179mph – Tested by Auto, Motor und Sport

1982 Lamborghini Countach LP500 S – 182mph – Tested by Auto, Motor und Sport

1984 Ferrari 288 GTO – 188mph – Tested by Auto, Motor und Sport in 1985.

1988 Porsche 959 – 197mph – Tested by Road and Track in 1987. The most common 959 Deluxe version reached 197 mph (317 km/h), the Sport version 198 mph (319 km/h). 29 were built in a performance-enhanced 515 hp sports version which reached 210.645 mph (339 km/h) tested by Auto, Motor und Sport at Nardo in 1988.

1987 Ruf CTR – 212.509mph – Tested by Auto, Motor und Sport at Nardò Ring in 1988.

1995 Ruf CTR2 – 217mph – Successor to the CTR, previous record holder from 1987. 16 of the 31 CTR2s were normal, while 15 were CTR2 “Sport”.

1998 McLaren F1 – 221mph – Without the rev-limiter, it was able to reach a top-speed of 240.14 mph (386.5 km/h). It still remains the world’s fastest naturally aspirated production car in terms of top speed.

2005 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 – 253.81mph – Recorded and verified by German inspection officials.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record Edition Photo Credit: Wikipedia

2010 Bugatti Veyron Sport 16.4 Super Sport – 267.856mph – Out of the initial production run of 30, 5 cars were named the Super Sport World Record Edition. With the electronic limiter turned off all 30 were capable of 267.856 mph (431.072 km/h). When sold they were electronically limited to 257.87 mph (415 km/h). Pierre-Henri Raphanel drove the unlimited car and its top speed was verified by Guinness World Records.

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