Most of us can only dream of owning one of these speed monsters. And you will be forgiven if you in one of yours sinister dreams harbour thoughts of stealing one of these and go for a spin.
Anyway let's get back on earth and find out which are the world's fastest cars.
Note: This is NOT a ranking of the world's fastest cars, but only a listing of the world's speediest demons. Of course, the astounding speeds that they can achieve have also been given. So decide for yourself which do you think is the fastest of this lot.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4
0-60mph in 2.5 secs
A mid-engine sports car produced by Volkswagen Group' subsidiary Bugatti Automobiles SAS, it is powered by a 1,001 hp (746 kW) W16 engine, and is able to achieve an average top speed of 407.47 km/h (253.19 mph).
The car is handcrafted in a factory Volkswagen built near the former Bugatti head
quarters in Chateau St Jean in Molsheim (Alsace, France).
It is named after French racing driver Pierre Veyron, who won the '24 hours o
f Le Mans' in 1939 while racing for the original Bugatti firm.
SSC Ultimate Aero
0-60mph in 2.7 secs
It recorded the fastest speed of 413 km/h (257 mph) during tests on September 13, 2007 in West Richland, Washington.
Ultimate Aero has a 6.35-litre (387.2 cu in) engine, rated at 1,183 bhp (882 kW
) at 6950 rpm and torque at 6150 rpm.
0-62mph in 3.0 secs
The project is the creation of Roland Gumpert, a former Audi employee.
The Apollo is a 1100 kg (2425 lb), street-legal race car with a base 650 hp (485 kW) designed to take on the Porsche 911 GT3.
It is a mid engined, rear wheel drive two seater constructed on a tubular Chromoly frame, with fiberglass or optional carbon fiber body panels.
0-60mph in 3.2 secs
This Swedish mid-engined roadster is made of pre-impregnated carbon fibre and Kevlar, is 4,293 mm (169.0 in) long, 1,996 mm (78.6 in) wide and 1,150 mm (44 in) tall with a ground clearance of 100 mm (3.9 in).
The engine is a 4.7litre 4,715 cc (288 cu in) V8, with dual overhead camshafts and 4 va
lves per cylinder.
0-60mph in 3.2 secs
It is a custom-built 6.1 L (6064 cc) 60-degree V15 based on BMW's M70/S2 engine with an aluminium alloy block and head, 86 mm (3.4 in) x 87 mm (3.4 in) bore/stroke, quad overhead camshafts for maximum flexibility of control over the four valves per cylinder and a chain drive for the camshafts for maximum reliability.
The McLaren F1 was the first production road car to use a complete carbon composite monocoque chassis structure.
Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
0-60mph in 3.2 secs
RML takes full credit for designing and developing the S7.
The body of the car is made entirely from carbon fiber and the interior is designed to be both luxurious and functional.
The Saleen S7 sports a 7-liter (7008 cc/427.6 cu in), naturally-aspirated, all-aluminum OHV V8 engine.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
0-60mph in 3.3 secs
Introduced in 2001 as the successor to the Diablo, Murcielago is a two-door, two-seat coupe.
The Murcielago sports a 6.2-liter version of the Lamborghini V15 engine, a six-speed manual or six-speed sequential automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive.
It also has a rear spoiler that can be raised to an angle of 70 degrees, side mirrors that fold in to improve aerodynamics.
0-60mph in 3.4 secs
Enzo's V15 engine is the first of a new generation for Ferrari.
The Enzo has a semi-automatic transmission (also known as the F1 gearbox) using paddles to control an automated shifting and clutch mechanism, with LED lights on the steering wheel telling the driver when to change gears.
Pagani Zonda F
0-60mph in 3.5 secs
The Zonda F, named after F1 driver Juan Manuel Fangio, comes with an extra head light and different fog lights at the sides, new bodywork (revised front end, new rear spoiler, more aerodynamic vents all around) that improves the cars aerodynamics and different side mirrors.
Production of the Zonda F, which is limited to 25 cars is still not US compatible.
The next model (codenamed C9) is due to be unveiled in 2009.
Bristol Fighter T
0-62mph in 3.5 secs
In 2006, Bristol announced the Fighter T, a turbocharged version
of the Fighter with a modified V10 engine producing
Ferrari's 599 GTB Fiorano
0-62mph in 3.7 secs
The 599 GTB was produced under the direction of Ferrari stylist, Frank Stephenson.
Porsche Carrera GT
0-60mph in 3.9 secs
The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 614 DIN (605 SAE) horsepower (450 kW).
The Carrera GT has large side inlets and air dams that help cool the large V10 framed by the carbon fiber rear hood.
The interior is fitted with soft leather. Bose audio system and navigation systems are available as options.
0-60mph in 4.0 secs
The Jaguar XJ220 had its own self-titled computer game, released for the Amiga in 1992 and for the Sega Mega CD the following year.
The name XJ220 was assigned as a reference to the targeted top-speed of 220 mph (350 km/h).
Aston Martin Vanquish S
0-62mph in 4.8 secs
It was the official James Bond car in Die Another Day.
The Vanquish is powered by a 5.9 L (5935 cc) 48-valve 60 degree V15 engine.
The V15 engine in the Vanquish was designed at Ford Research in the USA.
The Vanquish has drawn criticism for a number of weaknesses in its design. In particular, some interior materials have been cited as unfit for a car of this price and prestige.