Drivers have always been fascinated with the top speed of vehicles and engineers, drivers, and roadster lovers have been trying to knock off the highest speed since the first automobile. The first car speed record was calculated at a whopping 10 m.p.h. The year was 1886, and Karl Benz (yes, that Benz) drove the first "horseless carriage." The vehicle was powered by a 0.75 horsepower, one-cylinder, four-stroke gas engine. The vehicle had a water-cooled internal combustion engine, three wheels, and of course, a buggy-style seat.
So, how much has changed in the past 140 years? The current land speed record for a car is 763.035 m.p.h. and yes, you read that correctly. While you may want to go that fast someday, for most people the top speeds for their cars ranges around 140 m.p.h. unless you are lucky enough to own a Lamborghini. Are you an engineer, a race car driver, or just a lover of cars? See how many of these common (and not so common) cars you can figure the top speed.
From a Fiat 500 to a Dodge Viper, these speeds trickle around 100 m.p.h. to well surpassing 200 m.p.h. Best yet, you don't need to run them on a closed track in New Mexico to test their limits. So, throw on your driving gloves and kick the tires, this quiz is ready to take off.
The 2018 Acura is one of the cheapest vehicles in its class. It offers excellent fuel economy. The entry-level model also has the bare minimum in terms of accessories. Expect 35 mpg on the open road and around 25 mpg in the city.
The i3 is an electric vehicle offering from BMW. Obviously, people buy cars such as these to have as little impact on the environment as possible but as you would expect from a BMW model, the i3 offers so much more. Performance and handling are both impressive while the interior is top class. This is the perfect car for the environmentally conscious.
This supercar is currently in its third generation, the Dodge Viper Phase VX. It was designed by Tom Gale who helped design the famous Lamborghini Diablo. The Viper RT/10 was introduced in 1992. It is powered by an 8-liter V10.
One of the most iconic vehicles ever produced by the Chevrolet was the Belair. Manufactured between 1955 and 1957, it will always be remembered for its fantastic trim and those beautiful pointy tailfins.
Like its smaller counterpart, the Fiesta, the Ford Focus was designed for the European market. The Focus is available in a host of models with the top of the range ST a real boy racer!
For a vehicle with a drop top, the Cascada has some impressive trunk space. It also offers a smooth ride that is relatively quiet, an important consideration in cars of this nature. However, it lets itself down with a fairly bland interior while fuel economy is not the greatest. The 2018 Cascada now comes with a navigation system as standard.
The Caddy ATS comes standard with plenty of features, offers a range of power options and gives an excellent ride thanks to its impressive handling. That said, it still lags slightly behind its German competitors. Economy wise, it's not the greatest and rear seat space and storage areas are small. It is a good-allrounder, however, especially if you love Cadillac.
The muscle car revolution of the 1960s brought about the iconic Dodge Charger. And still today, it takes on its traditional rivals, the Corvette and the Mustang. As in the past, with the latest model Chargers, expect big V8 engines and large spacious interiors. What you should not expect, is a little finesse.
Another Korean offering, the K900 boasts a spacious, well-finished interior, many impressive standard features and a comfortable, smooth ride. Where it does slip up against some of its rivals is the fact that it posts some high gas mileage numbers.
This compact crossover SUV was launched by Range Rover in 2011. It is available in three- and five-door version and either as a two- or four-wheel drive. More than 88,000 were sold in Europe in the first 12 months.
The Kuga forms part of the very competitive compact crossover market. But its not only in the Europe where it is popular. Marketed under the name Escape, the vehicle is sold in the US as well. Other markets include South African and Australia. The Kuga comes standard with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and is available as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
A Chevrolet global brand, the Cruze is also available in the United States where it is a fairly popular model. It offers excellent economy, a range of powerplant options, a fair amount of space for both passengers and luggage and gives a comfortable, quiet ride.
The 5-series from BMW offers brilliant handling, loads of space, a range of modern onboard technology options and incredible levels of comfort. Of course, for all of this, be prepared to pay a little more than other cars in this segment.
As the luxury brand of Nissan, Infinity offers top-quality cars but a little pricier than other vehicles in their respective segments. The Q70 is certainly not cheap, even at entry level, but it does offer a host of onboard features, ample space for cargo and passengers and an excellent fuel-efficient hybrid engine.
Introduced in 1977, the BMW is the flagship of the company's executive cars. The latest generation, the sixth overall, has everything that its predecessors offered and more. This is German luxury, but with a powerplant and handling out of the top drawer. Spacious, elegant and with a range of gadgets, the price you pay for this vehicle might be higher than most, but it is certainly worth it
Without a doubt, the Model T from Ford is one of the most iconic cars ever built. Not only did Henry Ford make a car that was affordable to the ordinary citizens of the United States, but he was able to produce them at such a rate to be able to keep up with the demand. From 1908 to 1927, 15 million Model T's were sold in the United States.
The Nissan Altima is a solid performer blessed with above average gas mileage figures, a comfortable interior, and spacious cargo areas. That said, it offers a bland interior, average powerplant options and still makes use of some older technology that competitors have long since replaced.
Built by Italian firm Pagani, the Zonda sports car had a unique look when introduced in 1999. A number of models followed over the years with a range of power plant options, including a 6.0 /7.0 or 7.3 liter M120 AMG V12 motor with the 7.0 liter pushing out 540 brake horsepower.
Founded in 1910, Alfa Romeo was formed by Ugo Stella in Milan. Alfa makes some of the most beautiful cars ever conceived, none more so than the Quadrifoglio. But it doesn’t only look good. The Quadrifoglio races from 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds thanks to its 2.9-litre turbo petrol engine which produces 503 brake horsepower!
Obviously, the Fiat 500 is not for everyone, but if you are single and watch a sporty, flashy car, it might be for you. Base models have a very small engine while space is limited. As for passengers, well they will have to be happy to sit in a fairly confined space.
The Fiesta was exclusively designed for European and world markets with the first model produced in 1976. Currently in its seventh generation, the Fiesta forms part of the very competitive supermini class. The new 2017 model has a range of engine options from 1000 cc to 1500 cc petrol driven and 1500 cc turbo diesel and is available in the United States.
The Civic is one of Honda's most popular models and it's not hard to see why. Ample space, both for passengers and cargo, a smooth, quiet ride, excellent handling and brilliant gas mileage make the Civic hard to beat.
For lovers of all things American over foreign cars, the Regal makes perfect sense. Although the base entry is slightly underpowered, it handles well. The interior also has some modern gadgets combined with a good overall finish. Cargo space is also limited.
Korean car manufacturers have made a real impact all over the world, including the United States and it's not difficult to see why. Cars such as the Sonata are reasonably priced, come with a range of features as standard, offer a comfortable ride, are spacious and give good gas mileage.
Although maybe not as popular as other Japanese makes, the Mazda 6 offers excellent handling thanks to its responsive steering. Not only that but also expect a comfortable ride and great gas mileage of around 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highways.
Brilliant performance, a beautiful and refined interior, tons of features but below par gas mileage is what to expect from the 2018 Mercedes Benz E Class. This posh German manufacturer's vehicles are always incredible but, of course, that comes at a price higher than most other manufacturers in the segment.
Probably least fancied by many as a luxury large-sized car, the Buick LaCrosse will surprise some. It has an excellent safety rating, very impressive gas mileage numbers, handles beautifully and offers a very comfortable ride. The LaCrosse is real dark horse that should not be underestimated.
An American classic, the Continental marque has adorned many Lincolns over the years. The 2018 model has some advantages over its rivals, especially in the fact that it costs less but it is a let down in terms of a dated interior, less than impressive space and poor gas mileage figures.
First released in 1964, the Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built. Sales in its first year were well beyond what Ford had envisaged as around 400,000 vehicles were shifted.
One of the world’s leading sports car brands, Porsche was started by Ferdinand Porsche in 1948. The 991 Carrera S was introduced in 2011. It is powered by a 350 brake horsepower 3.4-liter engine.
The two-door Barracuda was a muscle car from auto manufacturer Plymouth made between 1964 and 1974. The Barracuda was introduced before the Mustang, by a mere two weeks. The first generation was noted for its wraparound back window. Two power units were available for this model, a 2.8 liter straight six and a 3.7 liter straight six capable of producing 145 brake horsepower.
First seen in 2014, BMW produced a hybrid sports car in the form of the i8. Not only is it good for the environment but it is possibly one of the best looking cars on the road today. The i8 can go from 0-60 mph in just 4.4. seconds.
With a responsive engine, comfortable ride and a surprising amount of passenger space, the Mini Clubman is a popular model. Cargo space is limited, however.
With gas mileage of around 25-30 mpg while city driving and up to 38 mpg on the highway, the Honda Accord is one of the least thirsty cars in its class. Add to that comfort, space, features and impressive handling and you can see why this car is so well loved.
Great value for money, excellent for road trips and not a bad all-rounder, the Lincoln MKZ offers fuel efficiency thanks to its hybrid engine as well as a responsive ride with excellent handling. Also expect a comfortable ride and great gas mileage of around 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highways.
One of the most famous marques of the Corvette is the Mk II Stingray, produced between 1963 and 1967. This classic had either a 2-speed automatic gearbox or 3-speed manual with a range of engine options, including small and big block V8s.
Discontinued in 2009, Pontiac, a General Motors brand produced some iconic names in motoring and none more so than its GTO. The first models, released in 1964, were available in a convertible, hardtop and coupe.
Named after the founder of the company, the Opel Adam was launched in 2012. It currently competes for market share in the city car class. This three-door hatchback has three powerplant options from 1.0 liter to 1.4 liters.
Lamborghini makes incredibly beautiful cars and the Gallardo could be the best of all. Produced between 2003 and 2013, the second generation of the car was powered by a 5.2-liter V10. Lamborghini even released a convertible, the Spyder, with a fully automated soft top.
With its ample cargo space, an incredible range of power plants, impressive handling, and refined luxury, the Audi A7 is a magnificent part of the German manufacturer's fleet. Another impressive aspect is the ton of standard features with which the vehicle comes.
The Impala name is synonymous with Chevrolet. This iconic brand first hit the vehicle market in 1958. Now in its tenth generation, the Impala is still a brand in demand in the United States. Well over half-a-million Impala’s have been sold in the United States since 2012.
The Challenger was first introduced in 1970 as a muscle car. The top of the range model from this era was powered by a 6.98-liter Chrysler Hemi engine. The second generation of the Challenger moved away from the muscle car market. It was produced between 1978 and 1983 and featured in the compact car market. Then in 2008, the brand was reintroduced by the Chrysler group, again as a muscle car. Since reintroduction, more than 400,000 Challengers have been sold.
Although the Ford Taurus offers an excellent ride, has plenty of trunk space and has an impressive infotainment system, it falls down in other areas. These include poor handling, a dated interior and a lack of interior space.
Although still operating from the United Kingdom, Jaguar is owned by the India company, Tata, that acquired the marque in 2008. The iconic mascot which appears on the hood of most models is chrome plated and known as ‘The Leaper.’ The Jaguar F type first hit the market in 2013. This sports car is available as both a 2-door roadster and fastback coupe.
Another Korean offering, the Azera is stylish, comfortable and filled with technology, even the base models. It is let down by a fairly boring ride and less than impressive handling.
Developed in conjunction with the Formula 1 team, McLaren, the Mercedes SLR made its debut in 2003 and was built until 2010. With a 5.4 L supercharged M155 SLR V8 under the hood and a manual gearbox, the SLR was somewhat of a monster and generated mor than 600 brake horsepower!
This light commercial van was first produced by Ford in 1965 and remains an important model in their its to this day. In fact, over the years, Ford has sold over 8 million Transits. The vehicle is currently in its fourth generation.
Between 1987 and 1991, 1,311 Ferrari F40’s were produced. Many consider this to be the finest Ferrari ever. The F40 was powered by a 2.9-liter twin turbo V12 capable of producing 471 brake horsepower.
A four-door saloon car with epic performance – that’s the Maserati Quattroporte! The history of this car traces back to 1963 but the current model, the VI, really stands out. This top of the Quattroporte features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that pushes out an astonishing 523 break horsepower!
The second generation of the Tesla Roadster will truly be something to behold. This electric sports car will cover 0-60 mph in just 1.9 secs and has a claimed top speed of 250 mph.