If you crave speed, it’s a great time to be alive. The battle for fastest car on earth takes on new wrinkles every year, and the race keeps getting more interesting with electric power in the mix. In the design labs of automakers big and small, engineers are testing ways to get more power out on lighter chassis with better aerodynamics than ever before.
So faster and faster cars keep coming. Not so long ago, in the early 1990s, the car that hit 215 miles per hour would be king of the road. A quarter of a century later, you have to make 265 miles per hour the starting point if you want to beat out the competition.
Of course, we’re talking about cars legal to drive down the street when they’re not gunning for top speed records at tracks. Here are the 25 fastest cars ever built for public driving, ranked by top speed. We did not discriminate against small-batch models or limited-edition supercars. If it was built for the road and could prove its top speed to a reasonable degree of certainty, it made the list.