Top speed is an ever-changing goalpost in the world of motor vehicles. The advancement of engine technology and design, aerodynamics, onboard electronics, and fuel quality allow increasingly faster top speeds for modern cars.
Most of the fastest cars in 2022 are supercars or hypercars, which are extremely expensive, but many fast cars are within the reach and budget of almost anyone. Modern cars are faster than they have ever been in the past, and there is more yet to come.
The quest for speed in the modern car is driven by the rapid advancement of technology, materials, design, and fuels that allow the top speed of automobiles to increase year after year. We will examine the fastest cars of 2022 in several different classes to get an idea of the shift in top speeds.
Fastest Supercars In 2022
Supercars are how humans can flex their engineering muscles and push the speed limits in production cars.
The competition for the fastest production supercar in 2022 is hotly contended by some truly beautifully designed cars with more power than you could ever use on a public road.
However, these pinnacles of engineering achievement lay the groundwork for technological advancements in the rest of the automotive industry.
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
Top speed: 304.7 mph / 490 kph
Acceleration: 0-60mph in 2.2 seconds
Bugatti has long been known for its commitment to producing top-quality superfast production cars, and the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ continues the Bugatti legend.
The Super Sport 300+ improves the standard Chiron with modified aerodynamics and bodywork. These improvements perfect the balance between low drag and better downforce, improving the car’s performance at the upper end of its top speed capability.
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is powered by a massive 8.0-liter engine, developing 1600HP, allowing this magnificent car to reach a top speed of 304.77 mph or 490.48 kph. This achievement makes the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ the first production car to break the magical 300mph barrier.
The Super Sport 300+ production is limited to 50 cars, and the model version sold to the public will be limited to 273 mph or 439 kph. As an owner of one of these Bugatti Chirons, however, you can take your car to their test track, have a roll cage fitted to your car, and have the engine limiter removed to experience the car’s top speed under controlled conditions.
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ may be the current fastest car in 2022, but there are several other supercars hot on the heels of the Bugatti.
Top speed: 295 mph / 474.75 kph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds
SSC is a car manufacturer that not many people have heard of, but this American car company has a heritage of building muscle car engines. The Shelby name may be a little more familiar to most car enthusiasts than the SSC acronym, which stands for Shelby Super Cars.
The SSC Tuatara is the latest street-legal supercar from the American car company. It is hot on the heels of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ to claim the title of the fastest supercar.
During initial tests, the SSC Tuatara has clocked in with a top speed of 295mph or 474.75 kph, with the design team stating the car is only just getting going at this speed.
The car achieved the 295 mph top speed over a distance of 2.3 miles at the Space Florida Laund and Landing Facility. The acceleration of the Tuatara is 0-60 mph in the almost blink of an eye speed of 2.5 seconds.
SSC is committed to working on the designs to make this car a 300+ car to rival the Bugatti Chiron. The current impressive performance of the Tuatara is accredited to its superb aerodynamics, giving the car a drag coefficient of 0.279, which is the lowest in any other car of its class.
The engine in the SSC Tuatara is a 5.9-liter V8 twin-turbocharged monster producing 1350 hp on 91 octane fuel and 1750 hp on E85, or ethanol.
The transmission is a 7-speed electronically assisted manual transmission, with the transmission electronics having its own dedicate microprocessor for precision gearbox and clutch engagement. The car is only available in a rear-wheel-drive configuration.
Koenigsegg Agera RS
Top speed: 285 mph / 458 kph
Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds
Koenigsegg is a Swedish car manufacturer with many years of experience developing performance cars.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is not a new model, with its first launch being in 2018, when it was the fastest car on the market. A testament to the engineering of this car is that it still ranks at number 3 of the world’s fastest cars in 2022, 4 years after its first release.
The Koenigsegg Agera is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 motor, producing 1176 hp, capable of accelerating the car from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and taking the Agera to a top speed of 285 mph or 458 kph.
Koenigsegg has a new car in the wings, the Koenigsegg Jesko, which will be available to the public at the end of 2022.
The company specs on the car suggest it will be faster than the Agera.
Fastest Sports Cars In 2022
Sports cars are the dream of many car enthusiasts, with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Lotus being some of the manufacturers in this class.
Sports cars are more affordable for the general public and deliver on the performance, speed, and adrenalin-rush driving lacking in other, more sensible road cars. Modern sportscars are born on the track, with engine technology, aerodynamics, and electronics borrowed from F1 racing technology to boost the performance of these street cars.
Hennessey Venom F5
Top speed: 272 mph / 437.7 kph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds
Hennessey Performance Engineering is an American sports car manufacturer that usually specializes in modifying other cars to make them faster, from muscle cars to pickup trucks.
The company has begun producing its own superfast cars in launching out the Venom range, and the F5 is the latest in the Venom offering. This Venom model is named after the F5 tornado classification, and it surely goes like the wind.
The lines are sleek and aerodynamic, as you would expect from a sportscar, and the violent 6.6-liter V8 motor powers it to 272 mph or 437.7 kph. The company has aspirations to take this car to the 300+ mile-an-hour mark and has enlisted the help of Penzoil and Shell to achieve their goal.
The car accelerates from 0-60 mph in as little as 2.6 seconds, driving you into the back of your seat as you hit the gas. Only 24 of the Venom F5s will be built, and they have a hefty price tag of $1.6 million.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Top speed: 220 mph / 354 kph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds
If you have ever wanted to drive the Batmobile, then the Aston Martin Valkyrie is probably the closes you will ever come. The car looks like it will fit right in in the Batcave, and it will come screaming like a bat out of hell with a top speed of 220 mph or 354 kph.
The British car manufacturer Aston Martin wanted to make this car as close to a Formula One car as they could while still keeping it street-legal.
The car is powered by a Cosworth V12 6.5-liter powerhouse engine, developing 1000hp. The unusual aspect of the engine is that it is naturally aspirated, not relying on any turbos or superchargers to enhance the performance.
The car is supplied in 3 versions, the Coupe, Spider, and AMR Pro. The AMR Pro is the track version, and only 25 units of this version have been produced since it is not a street-legal car.
The rectangular steering wheel is another design element in keeping with the Formula One feel and features a screen in the center of the steering wheel to replace the traditional gauge cluster.
The screens to the left and right of the dashboard display the feed from the cameras replacing the side mirrors on standard cars. A central console screen also displays vehicle information to the driver regarding the car’s performance.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie has limited space in the two-seater cockpit, and each seat is designed to order for the owner using a 3D scan of the owner’s body shape. Once you order this car, stay away from the donut shop, or you may have an uncomfortable ride.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
Top speed: 217 mph / 349.2 kph
Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds
Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini has been producing exquisite sportscars since 1963 but is currently owned by the German Volkswagen Group. The German ownership has not diminished the red-blooded Italian designs of the cars coming out of the factory.
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is the successor to the much-acclaimed Murcielago and is a worthy replacement.
The Aventador has much more aggressive lines than the Murcielago and is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine. The engine pushes the Aventador SVJ to a top speed of 217 mph or 349.2 kph, with acceleration off the line from zero to 62 mph or 100 kph in 2.9 seconds.
There are several releases of the Aventador, with the SVJ series being Lamborghini’s latest and fastest offering.
Ferrari SF90 Stradale
Top speed: 211 mph / 340 kph
Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds
Everyone, car aficionado or not, is familiar with the Italian car manufacturer Ferarri. The company has been building exotic sportscars since 1939, often leading the pack in terms of style and performance in their cars.
The Ferarri SF90 Stradale is a break from the traditions at Ferarri in that the car is a hybrid. When the car is placed in eDrive mode, it is powered only by the electric motors, but in hybrid mode, both the electric and combustion motors are engaged.
The Stradale’s onboard computer controls the balance between the two forms of motors and controls which motor is used depending on the demands placed on the car.
The combustion engine is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 motor producing 769 hp at 7500 rpm. The combined motors put the Ferarri SF90 Stradale to a top speed of 211mph or 340 kph, accelerating from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds.
The complexity of producing a hybrid that can achieve these speeds is a technological feather in Ferarri’s cap.
Fastest Sedans In 2022
Sedans are not the first type of car that comes to mind when fast cars are mentioned. However, many sedans in 2022 feature the same high-performance engines, transmissions, and electronics as their flashier counterparts in the automotive world.
What slows them down is the additional weight and bulk required in a sedan design, but don’t be fooled into thinking that these cars are only capable of a sedate commute to the office.
Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner
Top speed: 207 mph / 333 kph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds
Bently is not a car manufacturer one normally associates with speed but rather with the sedate transportation of business people, presidents, celebrities, and royalty to meetings and functions.
The Bently Flying Spur Mulliner breaks the mold in this category. It is the fastest sedan on the market, but it does not compromise on luxury in the cabin.
This Bently features a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V8 powerhouse engine and is a powerful beast assisted with all the latest driving electronics and performance-enhancing systems of a supercar.
The Bently Flying Spur Mulliner reaches a top speed of 207 mph or 333 kph, but even at this speed, it feels less like a white-knuckle ride and more like a fast commute.
The British-made Bently may be the fastest sedan of 2022, but this car comes at a hefty price that steers all but the elite to opt for an alternative fast sedan.
BMW Alpina B7
Top speed: 205 mph / 329 kph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
German car manufacturer BMW has long been associated with creating luxurious, well-engineered sedans. BMWs have become common in corporate parking lots, and many see these cars as plain and uninspiring.
The BMW Alpina B7 changes that mindset with one of the fastest sedans to be produced in 2022. The B7 takes corporate motoring to a new level of class, innovation, comfort, and performance.
The BMW Alpina B7 sports a 4.4-liter V8 engine with twin turbochargers, propelling the B7 to a top speed of 205 mph or 329 kph. The acceleration peaks at 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds.
This BMW model is one of the fastest sedans in 2022, but it will no longer hold that title in 2023 since 2022 is the last year that BMW will be producing the Alpina B7.
The German manufacturer is promising better, and hopefully faster, things for the new year.
Maserati Ghibli Trofeo
Top speed: 203 mph / 326 kph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds
The Maserati is a sleek sedan that any executive would be proud to drive, offering exquisite luxury and comfort in the sedan. However, this sporty-looking sedan has a few surprises when you put your foot down on the gas.
A twin-turbo Ferrari V8 3.8-liter engine powers the Italian Maserati Ghibli Trofeo. The racehorse heritage of the engine becomes apparent when you unleash the beast and hit the accelerator.
The exhaust roars like a sportscar, and the Ferrari motor takes the Maserati Ghibli Trofeo to a top speed of 203 mph or 326 kph. The 0-60mph acceleration will push you into the seat at 0-60mph in only 3.7 seconds.
The Ghibli Trofeo is a rear-wheel drive car which can make it a little twitchy when taking corners at speed, especially for drivers unfamiliar with rear-wheel drive configurations.
Fastest Hatchbacks In 2022
Hatchbacks can be produced in sports configurations that allow these generally unassuming car designs to reach some truly surprising top speeds.
Hatchbacks are often customized for racing in various motorsport sectors and can deliver an exhilarating ride as a production car.
Top speed: 174 mph / 280 kph
Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds
Fast hatchbacks are often referred to as hot hatches due to their blistering speed and power. While Audi is not normally associated with hatchback models, the RS3 is a testament to the general increasing public interest in compact cars.
The 2022 model RS3 has seen significant improvements over the 2021 model in terms of speed and performance upgrades.
Audi has increased the speed over the 2021 model by creating engine parts out of aluminum to reduce weight and tuning the 2.5 liter motor to produce 395 bhp.
The 2022 Audi RS3 also features the 4WD system more typical of the Quattro, but the electronics have been upgraded to distribute the engine power to the wheels better.
These improvements have made the Audi RS3 the fastest hatchback in 2022.
Mercedes AMG A 45 S
Top speed: 167 mph / 268.7 kph
Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds
The Mercedes AMG A 45 S is one of the fastest hot hatches of 2022, and it certainly looks the part. This car’s standard production livery makes it look like it belongs on a race track rather than urban and suburban streets.
The AMG A45S features a 2.0-liter turbo-assisted engine with an all-new designed engine block, developing 415bhp.
The Mercedes AMG A45S reaches a top speed of 167 mph or 268.7 kph and accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds.
The A45 has an improved 4WD gearbox, and upgraded electronics provide better power distribution and traction control than the 2021 A35 model.
Volkswagen Golf R
Top speed: 155 mph / 249 kph
Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds
VW has been invested in the hatchback market for a long time, and its iconic Golf GTi was the epitome of a hot hatch.
The VW Golf R has superseded the GTi and taken its place as the fastest VW hatchback.
The Golf R features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, with the engine power delivered to all 4 wheels via the 7-speed DSG transmission.
The VW Golf R may not look as sporty as the other top contenders for the fastest hatchback of 2022, but the meek appearance belies this hot hatch’s surprising power and performance.
Fastest Electric Cars In 2022
Electric cars are advancing rapidly in technology and performance, making them serious contenders in the speed metrics. We have all heard of Tesla and other electric cars, but the fastest electric car may be one you have never heard of before.
Top speed: 258 mph / 412 kph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 1.8 seconds
The Remac Nevera is a Croatian-built electric car produced in the Rimac production plant outside of the city of Zagreb.
The Nevera began breaking records in 2021 when the car became the fastest-accelerating electric car in the world.
The new generation motors in the Rimac Nevera can accelerate the car from 0-60 mph in 1.8 seconds and 0-100 mph in 4.3 seconds.
The Rimac Nevera has since gone on to claim the title of the fastest electric car in 2022 by reaching a top speed of 258 mph or 412 kph, leaving most other production electric cars in its dust.
The Nevera reached its top speed on road-legal Michelin Cup 2R tires, making the feat of reaching a top speed of over 200 mph an even more impressive achievement.
As a production car, the Nevera is delivered to buyers with the top speed limited to 219 mph, or 352 kph, since faster speeds require a specialized team to set the car up safely.
Top speed: 254 mph / 410 kph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds
The research and development that Tesla has put into electric cars mean that they will always have cars competing in the top five for performance and speed.
The new Roadster model from Tesla is not far behind the Rimac Nevera in terms of top speed and performance.
The new Tesla Roadster reaches a top speed of 254.7 mph or 410 kph and accelerates 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds.
Top speed: 217 mph / 349 kph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 1.8 seconds
Italian car manufacturer Pininfarina has produced an electric car that is as fast as it looks. The Pininfarina Battista is a limited-production car produced by the company in 2022.
As the third fastest electric car in 2022, the Battista can reach a breathtaking 217 mph or 349 kph and an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 1.8 seconds.
The Battista uses the same powerhouse as the Rimac Nevera, and Rimac consulted heavily with Pininfarina in the development of the Battista.
Only 150 cars are scheduled to be produced by the Italian manufacturer, so if you are interested in acquiring one of these beauties, you may have to search for a while.