Can You Guess the Top Speed of These Cars?

By: Mark Lichtenstein
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About This Quiz

Are you an auto aficionado? Do you dream of owning a car that goes from zero to 60 in just a few seconds? Can you name the top speed of the most famous racers in the world? Take this quiz to find out how much you really know.

Speed matters - at least it does in cars. Even if you drive a car that is designed only to get you from point A to point B, you probably find that you are impressed by those sleek and speedy cars that zoom by you on the highway. Hey, we've all been there. And, although many of us will never be able to afford one of those cars, they sure are pretty to watch. We've compiled a list of 35 cars for this quiz, and we challenge you to guess their top speeds. We've included some "regular" cars too, so don't let the inclusion of a Bugatti on this list scare you off.

In case you didn't know, the fastest car on record was the Dauer 962 Le Mans, which clocked an amazing 251.4 mph in 1998. Unfortunately, it doesn't make it onto many top speed lists because there were only 13 of them produced.

Do you know enough about the top speed of these cars to ace this quiz?

The most popular car in the USA, the Corolla can cruise up to a stately 117, which is fine, because no one would take one of these to a track.

The Veyron was Bugatti's return to business as VW's skunk works. The Veyron has a 1000 BHP W16 and an air brake that produces as much stopping power as all the brakes on a VW Golf.

The Bugatti Chiron

The Chiron is one of the fastest and most expensive cars in the world, with its insane W16 engine, and it fires all the way to 261.

BMW M3

The engineers at Bavarian Motor Works were among the first companies to electronically limit some of their cars. This is done in part for safety, and in part to limit emissions, as some governments require automakers to achieve a certain balance of fuel economy across their model range, another reason for companies like BMW to develop electric cars.

BMW M4

Perhaps the second best M car of all time, the M4 (not named for the perpetually jammed British highway) can scream up to 190, which is really a lot more power than most stock brokers who own these will ever need.

Unrestricted BMW M5

With the limiter removed, the M5 can go recklessly fast without exploding, but with the limiter, it goes 155.

BMW M6

The German powers that be have decreed that this car, unless modified, doesn't get any faster than the invisible limit of 155, even on the Autobahn.

Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG Cabriolet

The un-limited AMG C class drop top can crank up to 174 before you die horribly, which you will, because there is no roof to protect you when you roll in a corner.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

The AMG version of the CLA can get up to 155, but is electronically limited to that by the factory. Really though, would you want to push the baby Benz any faster?

Ferrari F430

This older Ferrari's engineering pushes the prancing pony just short of 200, but makes up nicely by being easy to control, for a Ferrari. It's also a bargain now, since too many were sold.

Smart ForTwo

It's hard to imagine someone deliberately pushing a Smart Fortwo up to 90, but it could be done, hypothetically. Good thing it's safe.

Ford Ka

The Ford Ka can get up to 99, despite being the size of a shoe and being powered by a hamster wheel.

Honda CRV

The CRV has no reason to ever get up to 125, but someone thought it was a good idea, so the engineers at Honda decided to go for it. Have fun making all your kids sick in the back seat.

Chevy SS

With a 415 bhp engine form the old Corvette, this street sleeper can turn ancient plantlife into speed at an astonishing rate, and for a base price of around $43,000.

Chevy Corvette ZR1

The totally insane ZR1 can spin up to a totally irresponsible 210, putting all supercars to shame. This thing is a "budget" supercar, if your budget can fit $120,000.

Base trim Ford Mustang 4-pot

Even the most basic Mustang is impressive, with great fuel economy, better curb weight, and better maneuverability.

Stock Ford Mustang GT

It may come as a surprise that the GT only goes a little faster than its cheaper cousin, but then the faster you go, the more power you need to go even a little bit faster, and the four pot is pretty powerful to begin with.

Koenigsegg Agera R

The Koenigsegg Agera R is an extremely rare car, calling upon Koenigsegg's past experience building insane supercars. Is it comfortable? Who cares as long as the airbags work?

VW E-Golf

The current crop of E-Golfs aren't the most practical cars you could buy, but it's a Golf, which is practical and safe, and the new ones can get up to 93! How long the battery lasts with that kind of driving is a horror though.

VW Golf R

The Golf R has a ridiculous 295 BHP under the hood, so VW has electronically limited it to 155, despite the fact that it could easily go faster if modified.

VW Golf GTI

The GTI has a lot of power for a little car, and it gets all the pep you'd want in such a tiny vehicle. It can do all this while hauling furniture, too!

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is a lot of name for not a lot of car. The hatchback of the Aston Martin lineup, the V12 Vantage S has a massive V12 engine crammed into its tiny body. Think of it as two V6 engines from an old Ford Fusion crammed into a car the size of a Golf.

Aston Martin DB9

The DB9 isn't really meant to be a track star, but its huge V12 produces a lot of horses, and a lot of speed.

Aston Martin Cygnet

Though it is based on the Toyota IQ, this Aston has been juiced to have a lot of get up and go. It's a wonderful example of a rebadged car really getting more bang from the engineering.

Scion IQ

The Scion IQ may be the basis for the Cygnet, but it goes a lot slower.

Toyota IQ

Like its rebadged American cousin, the Toyota can only muster a 78.

Toyota GT86

The fun to drive GT86 can claw its way up to 136, but doing so is really pushing your luck.

Subaru WRX

The WRX wasn't made to be a road car, but on the road it can get up to 155, which is around where Germany electronically limits many of its cars.

Acura Integra

Despite its sporty designation, the Integra could only claw its way up to 133 in real world testing.

Acura Legend

The Legend won Car and Driver's Ten Best designation for three years, and in their testing had a top speed of 135.

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