Like something out of a Batman movie, the best hypercars in the world are resoundingly sleek in design and simply bursting with innovation. These swift and steadfast automotive stunners represent the topmost layer of the topmost shelf, taking the supercar concept to its furthest extremes. As you’re probably aware, supercars are limited edition sports cars developed and produced by artisans, who do their best to push the limits of possibility. Consequently, supercars are low in supply, but outrageously high in everything else, including power, speed, luxury, quality and price. Crank those insane specs up a few more notches and you’re in hypercar territory, where each model brings only the wildest ideas to life. And while the odds of actually owning a hypercar are slim to none, you can do the next best thing by scoping our list below. Here are the Top 10 Hypercars in the World.
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Aston Martin Valkyrie
Remember what we said about hypercars coming straight out of a Batman movie? For proof, consider the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Indeed, your blood will flow faster just by looking at this beautiful beast, which is slated to hit the road some time in 2018. To make good on its hypercar status, the Valkyrie will tout cutting-edge aerodynamics, carbon fibre bodywork, space age engineering, downright ridiculous speed, a Rimac-built Kinetic Energy Recovery System and (reportedly) a mind-boggling 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. For about $3 million USD, it can be all yours.
As a follow up to the groundbreaking Veyron (frequently credited as the world’s first hypercar), Bugatti released the legendary Chiron and somehow managed raised the bar. Under the hood of this top hypercar is an upgraded 8-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine. Bolstered by a new two-stage turbocharging system, the muscular engine cranks out 1500 hp and gets the car from 0 to 62 mph in under 2.5 seconds. Inside the striking vehicle is a luxurious cockpit awash in LED lights. More than a hypercar, this mean machine is a torpedo on wheels.
No list of best hypercars is complete without Lamborghini, though the Aventador is slightly less extreme than some competitors. That’s not to say the exemplary sports car doesn’t hold its own, rather that it thrives on a sense of balance in lieu of pure excess. Accordingly, the Aventador is as stylish as it is powerful, with a relatively approachable price tag of about 400k before customisation packages kick in. Thanks to a Multi Point Injection V12 engine, this top hypercar can get up to 217 mph, and deliver 740 hp along with 507 ft-lbs of torque.
Mercedes-AMG Project ONE
Taking design and engineering cues from the world of Formula 1 racing is the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. This sexy two-seater was first introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and is currently slated for a limited 2019 production run. Bridging track and street like never before, the top hypercar will host four electric motors and a powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid V6 engine, which can produce over 1000 hp and a top speed of 217 mph. Making good on their promise of agility and efficiency, Mercedes is claiming that the Project ONE will go from 0-124 mph in under 6 seconds.
LaFerrari translates to “The Ferrari”, and that alone should tell you the premier automaker thinks they’re onto something special. Accordingly, this eye-catching hybrid is rife with brilliant design and top-shelf technology. Speaking of technology, the hypercar combines a 6262CC V12 engine with a 120KW electric motor to achieve over 960 hp. Eventually, Ferrari plans to implement similar powertrains into less expensive models, which just goes to show how the development of hypercars can lead to wide-reaching innovations. For the time being, however, you’ll need at least $1.4 million USD to gain access to such next-level engineering.
Meaning “to reign”, the epic Koenigsegg Regera makes good on its namesake by aiming for the upper stratosphere of luxury and performance alike. Indeed, between its cosy interior (which includes built-in WiFi and Apple CarPlay) and advanced hybrid powertrain, this top hypercar leaves no detail behind. For those seeking speed, power and elegance in equal measure, look no further. This is one of the best hypercars that gobs of money can buy.
Porsche 918 Spyder
Utterly classic and yet loosely futuristic at the same time, the Porsche 918 Spyder is the kind of ride that might literally make you drool. It comes equipped with dual electric motors and a naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V8 engine, which can deliver up to 887 hp and 944 ft-lbs of torque. Not only that, but the hybrid hypercar also hosts a built-in computer that can automatically select the best driving modes for any given terrain. If you’re thinking Knight Rider, you’re on the right track. At under a million dollars, this baby’s a steal!
A bona fide legend among experts and enthusiasts alike, the McLaren F1 was a top hypercar before the concept even existed. Designed as the ultimate road warrior, it remains one of the fastest naturally aspirated cars in the world. Everything from the F1’s carbon fibre body to its state of the art powertrain laid the groundwork for a range of supercars and hypercars to pop up in its wake. Previous owners include a Beatle (George Harrison), a Sultan (of Brunei), and Elon Musk himself.
Crafted by Horacio Pagani himself (who wanted to create the perfect car), the Pagani Huayra is accordingly a masterpiece, weaving no less than 4000 details together with harmonic precision. A Mercedes-AMG twin-turbo engine generates 700 hp and keeps those performance metrics in top shape, while a curvy, extraordinary body ensures you won’t mistake this hypercar for any other. Does all that and more make it one of the best hypercars? You’re damn right it does.
How could McLaren possibly outdo the eternally iconic F1? By unleashing the P1, of course. Eager to prove its worth, the striking sports car goes from 0-62 in 2.8 seconds (besting the F1’s 3.2 seconds), and travels a quarter mile in just 9.8 seconds (compared to the F1’s 11.1 seconds). In spite of its outwardly energetic vibe, the P1 is surprisingly conservative when it comes to gas mileage, reaping 34 miles of distance out of every gallon. Of course, gas efficiency is mere icing on the cake, whereas this top hypercar simply emanates with allure in every possible regard.
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