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11 Coolest 200mph Cars Ever

15th May 2016
Ben Miles

200mph remains the motoring holy grail, but these days it isn't just £100k+ monsters that can attain those kinds of speeds. This list, compiled by our crack team of vehicular experts, includes GTs, supercars, track day cars and even a saloon...

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1. Ferrari FF

'The world's fastest four-seat vehicle' said Ferrari when the FF first went on sale in 2011, and what could be cooler than a Ferrari capable of carrying four full-size adults to the slopes with their ski kit at over 200mph? The rather fetching replacement for the 612 Scaglieti leaves us later this year to be replaced by the stunning GTC4Lusso after five years of sterling service.

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2 Dodge Viper

The Viper has always been an awesomely cool car, just because of the humongous engines that each generation has continuted to boast, all slung in front of the cockpit as all sportscars should be. The latest generation has added the ability to top the double-tonne to that, tipping it into stratospherically cool in our book. All-aluminium, 8.3-litre V10 producing 640bhp and a mind-blowing 600 lb ft of torque? Sold.

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3. Bugatti EB110

The fact that Michael Schumacher owned one could both work in favour of the EB110 and against it, but the V12-engined, 550bhp Bugatti walks into this list with ease as far as we're concerned. Able to hit 62mph in just 3.2 seconds and speed to 213mph back in 1991 the car relaunched the brand 110 years after Ettore Bugatti's birth. Sadly the rejuvination did not last, Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli, who bought the rights to the brand in 1987, had hoped to build it back to the status it held in the early 20th century. However the company struggled to pay for the development of a second, four-seater model and Artioli's perhaps ill thought-out takeover of Lotus put the final nail in the coffin before all the EB110's could be made.

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4. McLaren F1

Arguably the coolest and greatest car ever made, the McLaren F1 was the machine to eclipse the 240mph barrier, snatching the title of fastest production car in the world from another in this list. Everything about the F1 is awesome, from the iconic central seating position to the engine bay swathed in gold, yes gold. Today, 24 years after Autocar called it "the finest driving machine yet built for the public road" it remains one of the most sought after cars on the planet – expect one to sell for over £10,000,000 pretty soon...

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5. Porsche Carrera GT

A Le Mans winning car for the road? Where do we put our name down?! The origins of the mighty Carrera GT can be traced back to the GT1 monster that won Le Mans in 1998 during the GT arms race of the late 1990s. After Porsche shelved their plans for a new car to race in 1999 they were left with a 5.5-litre V10 and nothing to do with it. So they bored it out to 5.7 litres and plonked it in a concept to show at the 2000 Paris Motor Show to widespread acclaim. Bouyed by a massive influx of cash from the newly launched Cayenne SUV in 2004 and interest from a number of customers, Porsche went on to build over 1,200 of the stunning machines, complete with a wooden gearknob...

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6. Cizeta-Moroder V16T

Designed by legendary penman Marcello Gandini and created as a joint-venture with legendary producer Giorgio Moroder it's the mixture of rareness, oddity and incredible talent behind it help the V16T onto our list. But more than that the fact that it was powered by two Lamborghini Urraco V8s welded into a single block to make a whopping V16 means there's no getting past it. Sadly after launch in 1988 only 19 V16Ts were made before the company went under in 1995. However you can still put an order in for one today after the revival of the company in 1999 – however it will set you back $849,000...

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7. Ultima Evolution Coupe

Yes it's a kit car, but that kit will also set you back over £83,000, so this is the real deal. Fellow GRR writer and resident kit car specialist Adam Wilkins could probably explain the Ultima slightly better, but the main details are mind-boggling no matter who recounts them. A lightweight body mated to a modified Chevrolet LS7 engine creating a monsterous 1,020bhp for just £120,000 fully built means a Koegnigsegg-slaying monster for the price of an Audi R8.

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8. Ruf CTR

When it was launched this completely overhauled Porsche 911 became the fastest car in the world, able to hit 211mph way back in 1987. The Ferrari F40 had only weeks before become the first car to break the 200mph barrier with a mark of 201mph, Road and Track magazine then brought a collection of the world's fastest cars together to which a CTR turned up and proceeded to obliterate the standard set by the Ferrari. Astonishingly in comparison to the rest of this list the Ruf manages to pass the double-tonne with just 469bhp, athough Alois Ruf would later admit that ‘we use very big horses in Pfaffenhausen...'

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9. Caparo T1

With a dry weight of just 470kg and 575bhp from a 3.5-litre V8 this is as close to a Formula 1 car for the road as has ever been produced. Perhaps now more famous for catching fire when Goodwood regular Jason Plato test drove it for Fifth Gear, it shouldn't be forgotten that the Caparo could hit 205mph and race to 62 in a neck-troubling 2.5 seconds. Only 16 have ever been built, so if you do see one please let us know...

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10. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

The second four-seater on this list is a rather different proposition from the Ferrari above. Rather than an Italian GT car this is a full-blown bit of American muscle. Powered by a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 Hemi the Hellcat hits 204mph thanks to 707bhp and 650 lb ft of torque. "The most powerful four-door car saloon ever".

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11. Lamborghini Diablo

Saving the best for last? What could be cooler than a 200mph Lamborghini... Scissor doors, stunning looks and nearly 500bhp this was surely the poster car of the early 1990s. The only epic Lamborghini created under the stewardship of Chrysler, the Diablo was even used briefly as the F1 safety car and the only thing able to outdo its incredible looks was the mighty sound of its 5.7-litre V12. Heaven.

With thanks to Matt Hearn

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