With a new production car top-speed feud about to start between the Bugatti Chiron and Hennessey Venom F5, it got us thinking about what are the fastest car you can buy in Australia.
Big-dollar hypercars, with big-number top speeds such as the Koenigsegg Agera, Porsche 918, and Pagani Huayra are not available in Australia.
That doesn’t mean our shores are lacking vehicles capable of what car makers claim are an awe-inspiring vmax, though.
Listed here are five of the fastest cars available in dealerships around the country. However, be warned that you’re going to have to hand over a large amount of money to put one of them in your garage.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Top speed: 355km/h-plus
A 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 lurks under the Superfast’s bonnet, producing 588kW and 718Nm. They combine to make the Ferrari 812 Superfast a formidable beast in a straight line. When let off the reigns, the Maranello stallion will gallop to a top speed of more than 355km/h.
While the car is technically on sale in Australia, you are going to have a hard time finding one to put in the garage, with Australia’s allocation already spoken for. The rear-drive 812 Superfast also holds the title as the most powerful naturally aspirated production car ever made.
Lamborghini Aventador S
Top speed: 354km/h
The fastest, most expensive Raging Bull available in Australia is capable of pushing the speedometer all the way to 354km/h via a naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 mounted behind the passenger capsule. The engine produces 544kW and 690Nm, sending its power to all four wheels. While the official claimed top speed for the Aventador S is 354km/h, German magazine Sport Auto pushed one all the way to 370km/h during a test.
Top speed 345km/h
The second Ferrari on this list is also the fastest car available in Australia that’s also capable of carrying four, and not just two, people. Powering this version of Maranello’s people mover is an all-wheel-drive 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 that provides enough thrust for a 345km/h top speed. A cheaper rear-drive 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 version of the Lusso produces 442kW and 760Nm, with a 335km/h top speed.
Top speed: 341km/h
The 720S, a member of the Super Series family, is the fastest McLaren you can slap a rego sticker on and drive out of a dealership in Australia. Powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, producing 530kW and 770Nm, and with a sticker price that falls a snip under half a million dollars, it’s a comparative bargain against others on this list. On the way to its top speed, the 720S will click past 200km/h in a brisk 7.8secs. Pwoah!
Bentley Continental Supersports
Top speed 336km/h
Bentley celebrated the end of production for its current Continental four-seat grand tourer range by creating the Supersports, with a claimed maximum speed of 336km/h. The most powerful Bentley ever produced – and until it was deposed by the Ferrari, the world's fastest four-seater – shoehorns a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine under its bonnet, producing 522kW and a whopping 1017Nm. It needs all that power, too; at 2280kg, its kerb weight makes it the heaviest car on this list. If having the wind in your hair is more of a priority, the drop-top version tops out at 330km/h and will set you back $626,474.