4 Speedy Taxis

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Running late to work becomes a non-factor should you be lucky enough to hail one of these cabs.

The majority of the world's cabbies already drive like maniacs, but their ability to kill and maim is tempered by the fact that most of them drive slow sedans and SUVs. Imagine how terrifying the world would be if all of its cabbies got to drive supercars. The regular cab ride would never be the same again. The taxis featured here are slightly faster than what a typical cabbie drives. These cabs were spotted all over the world and offered rides ranging in price from free to God knows how much.

Italdesign-Giugiaro made it easier to get around Rome by turning its Quaranta concept into a taxi. The hybrid sportscar is powered by Toyota's hybrid 3.3-liter V6 engine found in the Lexus RX400h. Solar panels were fitted to the roof to ensure that the taxi stayed juiced throughout the day. The Quaranta taxi has 268hp and a 0 to 60 time of 4.2 seconds.

Virgin Media celebrated the launch of its 100Mb broadband service by sending a trio of supercar taxis to London. The trio was comprised of a Porsche 997 Turbo Gen 1, Ferrari 430 F1 Coupe and Aston Martin DBS. The supercar taxis provided free rides to anywhere in Central London for one magical six hour period.

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Trident Twist gum recently offered residents of Guadalajara, Mexico, the cab ride of a lifetime. Trident sent a Ferrari F430 Spider and a Porsche Panamera to pick up unwitting passengers in front of a Mexican hotel. Surprised doesn't even begin to describe the look on the faces of these lucky folks.

Russia is the home of what may be the world's only Maybach 62 taxi. Not much of anything is known about this taxi. What is known is that dialing 777-7477 while in Russia could potentially lead to the greatest cab ride ever.

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