There's a new challenger to the throne of fastest production car in the world — and while its Swedish origins might inspire some doubt, just seeing the Koenigsegg One:1 is enough to eliminate your incredulity. Its limited run of just half a dozen cars (each already sold) may draw into question its status as a production car, but one thing that's beyond question is its ability to produce some serious power. With a state-of-the-art turbocharged V8 engine, it's capable of producing 1,360 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque across an incredibly flat curve. Built as a race car that can be comfortably driven on the street, it has a wealth of tech taken straight from the track world: like an almost completely carbon fiber construction, adaptive aerodynamics, and a top-mounted wing. And since it claims to be able to reach 280 miles-per-hour, the Germans and Italians may be looking north for inspiration on their next run of so-called super cars.
Striking a balance between performance on the track and comfort on the road can be a delicate business. The McLaren 650S does it with style. Based on the MP4-12C, this sleek sports car is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine cranking out 641 horses, and features the company's ProActive Chassis Control system to help you get the most out of each and every one of them. And when you're not in race mode, it boasts plenty of creature comforts, too, like LED headlamps, satellite radio and navigation, Bluetooth, and even an available rear parking camera, something you won't find on their latest F1 ride.
You've been good this year — really good — and while it may not be small enough to fit under the tree, we can think of no better way to reward yourself than the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 ($TBA). This very worthy successor to the beloved Gallardo is truly something to behold, with its sleek lines and characteristically Lamborghini wedge shape. But its looks aren't the only things that makes it special. With 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque produced by the 5.2-liter V10 direct-injected motor housed around back, this beauty will do zero to 62 in just 3.2 seconds. Add in a top speed of 201 miles per hour, all wheel drive, and a fuel-economy-friendly start-stop system, and you get one hell of a stocking stuffer.
It seems like everywhere you look these days, some American boutique carmaker is introducing their take on a track-ready, lightweight super car — and the Lucra L148 ($250,000) is the latest in that crop. But don't get it wrong, we're definitely not complaining. If there's anything the guys in Detroit need, it's a little bit of smalltime competition to push them in the right direction. The second of the California company's cars, the L148, should definitely turn a few Michigan heads. With a 4.7-liter V8 engine underneath the hood, and an aerodynamic body entirely crafted from carbon fiber, this hot two-seater will do zero to 60 in just 2.5 seconds, with an estimated 500 horsepower.
Underneath the skin the 2014 SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Edition ($TBA) is still the same old SRT Viper GTS — but don't get it wrong, we're not complaining — you'd never catch us whining about a naturally-aspirated all-aluminum 8.4-liter V10 rated at 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. No, what really makes it special are the unique aesthetic details given to this edition (limited to just 50 units). They've been dressed in a never-before-seen metallic matte color unique to this all-American supercar. The Viper also gets orange-painted brake calipers, carbon fiber accents inside and out, orange interior details, and Nappa leather and Alcantara seats.
Say what you will about the bizarre styling of the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster ($4.5 million) — it's a Lamborghini after all — but we challenge you to find a single negative thing to say about the 750 horsepower 6.5-liter V12 around back. This small-batch exotic (based on the slightly less expensive Veneno coupe) is limited to just nine cars, so chances are you won't run into too many out on the road. It's built to be lightweight and highly aerodynamic, with carbon fiber construction and a range of angular surfaces to control airflow. Its massive engine pushes it up to a staggering 220 miles per hour, while it reaches 62 in only 2.9 seconds. So, if you do see one it'll probably be moving too fast to give you a chance at criticizing its looks.
As the oldest son of Bugatti's founder, Jean Bugatti probably could have gotten by on his last name alone — but instead, he designed one of the most exclusive, coveted cars known: the Type 57SC Atlantic. Drawing inspiration from his personal Type 57SC (referred to as La Voiture Noire), and made to recognize Jean Bugatti's professional achievements, the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse Jean Bugatti Edition ($3 million) is something to behold in all black carbon fiber. This edition is limited to just three models, sports an incredible 1,200 horsepower, and features eye-popping details like a platinum grill surround and badges, a silhouette of the 57SC in the door inserts, a rosewood shifter, and twin five-spoke wheels.
If you're concerned that your Ferrari 458 isn't quite powerful enough — we feel your pain — fret not, the Hennessey HPE700 Twin Turbo Ferrari 458 ($293,000) is here to give you a few more of those much-needed ponies (170 more, to be exact). The heart of this upgrade, sitting beneath custom-made carbon-fiber covers, are two low-inertia, ball-bearing turbochargers operating at a maximum seven psi of boost, and producing a staggering total of 738 hp and 532 lb-ft of torque. They also throw in professional installation, dyno tuning, road testing, an air-to-water intercooler system, new lines, pipes, and Hennessey exterior badging so everyone knows what you're pushing.
When you need a ride that's as race-ready as it is street-legal, then the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse ($TBA) is the only choice. With a 570-horsepower V10 engine, this supercar rockets to 104 mph in just 10.4 seconds, and tops out at an incredible 199 mph. A carbon fiber rear wing produces plenty of downforce to keep it glued to the ground, while carbon-ceramic brakes help stop its minimal 2,954 pounds. The interior — which speaks to its racing heritage — is decked out in carbon fiber and Alcantara, for a refined, yet minimalist aesthetic.
It's not just a 1950s Ferrari — it's a one-of-a-kind 1950s Ferrari. And you can expect this 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe Vignale ($TBA; auction) to fetch a one-of-a-kind price when it's put up at the Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction in August. Designed by Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale, this coach built car recently underwent a painstaking restoration, and remains correct in every detail, down to its tobacco and burnt sienna livery. Produced at the very beginning of Ferrari's legendary 250 model range, it'd be a crown jewel of any aficionado's collection.
As if driving a normal Aventador wasn't exclusive enough, now you can up your supercar cred by placing an order for the Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50th Anniversary Edition ($TBA). Limited to just 200 units — 100 coupes and 100 roadsters — this is more than just a fancy paint job, with horsepower increased to 720 and a new performance-oriented front and rear end design that includes larger front air intakes and splitter, small side flaps, and an all-new rear end with a larger diffuser and new meshwork that improves ventilation. The result is a 50% increase in aerodynamic efficiency, a 0-62 time of just 2.9 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph.
Been kicking yourself ever since you missed out on the chance to own a brand new Enzo? Here's your chance to make up for it. The awkwardly-named Ferrari LaFerrari ($TBA) is the company's new limited-series flagship, offering F1-level technology in a stunning road-legal package. Apart from the unique, instant-classic looks, it features a new HY-KERS drivetrain system that pairs a 789hp, 6.3L V12 to a 160hp electric motor and a 7-speed DCT gearbox for a total of 949hp, a 0-62 time of under three seconds, a 0-124 time of under seven seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph. Helping things along is the highest degree of aerodynamic efficiency ever achieved with any road car, a chassis made from no less than four different types of hand-laminated carbon fiber to achieve an ideal 41/59 weight distribution, and an advanced Brembo braking system to get the thing stopped. Let's hope you were already on the waiting list at your local dealer, as only 499 are being built.