13 Years after the Bugatti Veyron arrived with 1,001 hp, only a handful of production cars members of the four digit horsepower club.
The 1,000-hp club is an exlusive one, but after the Bugatti Veyron opened the doors in 2005 with 1,001 ponies, several more thousand-horse road cars have come along. While many concepts at auto shows promise the power, few ever reach production, and when they do, they don’t stay on the market for long. While tuning houses like Hennessey produce 1000-hp specials like the Camaro Exorcist and Jeep Trackhawk HPE1000, at the time of writing, there are just four 1,000+ hp cars in production available straight from the factory, though a few just narrowly miss out for one reason or another…
Powered by an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 developing 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque, the Bugatti Chiron is the heir to the throne established by the Bugatti Veyron when it broke the 1,000-hp barrier in 2005. The Chiron launched in 2016 as the most luxurious way to surpass 250 mph, with rumors and teasers from Bugatti suggesting the Chiron is capable of reaching 288 mph – proof of which we eagerly await.The Chiron set a short-lived record for the 0–400 km/h–0 sprint, taking 42 seconds to complete the feat – only to be beaten a few weeks later by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.
However, while others like Koenigsegg and Hennessey might attempt claims to accelerate quicker, reach higher top speeds, and handle better, the Chiron maintains the Veyron’s legacy of achieving extraordinary performance feats all while providing luxury that exceeds the levels you’d find in any Bentley or Rolls-Royce, carving a niche of its own as a hyper grand tourer second to none.
Christian von Koenigsegg has developed a reputation in the automotive industry for going against conventional norms and proving that a ‘small time’ manufacturer can run with and outgun the established hierarchy. The methodology behind the Regera broke conventional norms when it debuted in 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show, eschewing a traditional gearbox in favor of Koenigsegg’s direct drive system. Koenigsegg claimed that a conventional gearbox was a waste of weight, as you only ever use one gear at a time, with the rest of the gears occupying space and weighing things down when not in use.
Powered by a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8, the Regera develops 1,100 hp from the combustion engine, supplemented by an electrical torque-fill system giving a total combined output of 1,500 hp. Zero to 62 mph takes just 2.8 seconds, with the Regera eclipsing 248 mph in less than 20 seconds according to Koenigsegg’s claims.
The Chinese supercar is one of the fastest vehicles ever to lap the Nurburgring. Sure, it’s no Porsche 919 Evo, but at 6 minutes 45.9 seconds, it’s quicker than a Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Power from the NIO EP9 – which utilizes development from the company’s Formula E exploits – is claimed at 1 megawatt (1,341 hp), with each wheel housing a motor outputting 335.25 hp. The all-wheel-drive, all-electric hypercar completes the 0-62 mph sprint in 2.7 seconds and tops out at 194 mph. Allegedly, the twin battery packs give a range of 265 miles, and can be fully charged in just 45 minutes.
The Zenvo TS1 GT, produced by Danish manufacturer Zenvo, is essentially an advanced face-lift of the original Zenvo ST1 – the same car that caught fire and was lambasted by British Top Gear a few years ago. Powered by a 5.8-liter flat-plane-crank twin-supercharged V8, the TS1 GT boasts outputs of 1,104 hp and 840 lb-ft, placing it securely in the 1,000-hp club.Claimed performance figures include a 0-62 mph time of 3.0 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 233 mph. It’s actually unclear whether the TS1 GT is still in production or not, as 15 cars were planned starting in 2017, with details a little fuzzy after that. Still, it’s got a shot, so into the 1000-hp club it goes.
Now at this stage a couple of you might be saying we’ve missed out on a few, and we have – with good reason…The Koenigsegg Agera RS set the internet alight last year when it smashed multiple production car records for acceleration, braking, and of course top speed runs. When equipped with the Megawatt package, the 1,341 hp output is firmly in the 1000-hp club, but as of April this year, the Agera RS is no longer in production, with a planned successor currently being teased by the Swedish brand.
The Hennessey Venom F5 is yet another omission here, with a twin-turbo 8.0-liter V8 developing no fewer than 1,600 horsepower. But despite being unveiled in November of 2017, the brand’s first fully in-house designed and built hypercar is only set to start production in 2019, so it has to wait until it hits the roads for it to join this list.
The Rimac C_Two is the final possibility here, also held on the waiting list as it is slated for 2019 production. The electric hypercar is propelled by electric motors outputting a total combined power figure of 1,888 hp, along with a claimed top speed of 258 mph and a range of 402 miles. Furthermore, it’s Richard Hammond-proof, which is a feat worth celebrating in itself.