The Ultimate Dream Machines

Español: Porsche 918 Spyder en el Salón de Gin...

Español: Porsche 918 Spyder en el Salón de Ginebra 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Feast your eyes on five of the most impressive cars in the world.

If you ever end up with an influx of extra cash, you may consider putting one of the following vehicles on your shopping list. They are five of the most incredible sports cars in the world, boasting powerful engines, eye-popping exterior and interior designs and lots of cutting-edge technology. Don’t expect to see any of these cars on local streets; drivers who can afford these rides can likely afford their own pit crew and racetrack, which is one (and possibly the only) place to legally and safely test out the extreme speeds these cars are capable of reaching. Read on for the essential details of these impeccably crafted, jaw-dropping machines—hey, you could still win the lottery, right?

Pagani Huayra Price: $1.3 million

Details: This creation is nothing less than “art in motion,” according to Motor Trend. Named after Aymara Huayra Tata, the ancient Andean god of wind, this hotrod certainly lives up to that billing with a 6-liter 700-horsepower twin-turbo V12 engine that can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, topping out at 230 mph. It comes with a moveable wing with four adjustable flaps to allow the vehicle to shift aerodynamic structure on the, ahem, fly. Inside, luxuries include blue sci-fi-worthy gauges with multi-function audio, navigation and communications features, as well as open-air aluminum and carbon fiber designs.

Porsche 918 Spyder Price: $845,000 to $1 million

Details: This two-seater has a 3.4-liter 500-horsepower V8 engine patterned after the RS Spyder Le Mans Prototype racing car. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, and can top 200 mph. It’s also a hybrid, with four different operational options (which you input via the steering wheel), including a battery-only mode that can reach 100 mph. Its “Range Manager” function taps into navigation-system mapping technology to tell the driver which mode will best support the intended destination, while still maximizing performance.

Zenvo ST1 Price: $1.8 million

Details: Only 15 of the ST1 were made in 2012, and just three of those went to showrooms in the U.S. As for the vital stats, you’ll get a ride with a 1,250-horsepower V8 engine that goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 233 mph. It features an entire carbon fiber body, and—if you really want to shell out the bucks—upgrades include ceramic brakes, carbon wheels, paddle-shift transmission and even a roll cage.

SSC Tuatara Price: Around $970,000

Details: With Heads-Up Display (HUD) central command consoles and a red-button engine igniter, this car’s design would be appropriate in a spacecraft. The 1,350 bhp 6.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine takes you from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The sleek exterior isn’t shabby, either—it’s just about a meter tall, with two wings inspired by the aviation industry.

Hennessey Venom GT Price: $1.2 million

Details: “When you shoehorn a 7.0-liter V8 Corvette engine into a Lotus [Exige] body,” explains AutoWeek, “add a pair of turbochargers and channel it through two slabs of rubber in the back, the machine will move.” And move it does, sprinting from 0 to 186 mph in 13.63 seconds, earning the Venom GT a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The 0-to-60-mph figure is 2.5 seconds, and top speed is 278 mph. The engine is a twin-turbocharged V8 available at 725 horsepower. Hennessey only plans to build a total of 29 Venom GTs, with each vehicle requiring six months for completion.

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