Nothing captures the imagination of motoring enthusiasts like exotic sports cars. At the top of the heap of exotic sports cars are the 200+ MPH models that occupy the pantheon of the world’s fastest sports cars.
Yes, we said 200+ miles per hour.
These days, if your car won’t do at least 195 you have no shot at making this list.
Speaking of making this list, when we created it, we decided to limit the models listed to volume produced sports cars from primarily mainstream manufacturers. For that reason, one-off cars like the SSC Ultimate Aero, Hennessey Venom GT, and Koenigsegg Agera R were omitted from the list—though each will do around 260 miles per hour. Similarly, the McLaren MP4 12C didn’t make the cut, even though it too qualifies as one of the fastest sports cars for 2012.
The thing is, those manufacturers build in such excruciatingly small numbers the likelihood of seeing one of their cars on the road is just slightly better than seeing a fast-food loving cigarette smoker besting Michael Phelps’ Olympic medal count. Granted, when you’re building cars capable of traveling faster than a 747 is going when it takes off, and charging high six- and even seven-figure prices for them, you’re going to crank them out in relatively small numbers. Cars like those are built primarily for bragging rights.
The cars on the list of the fastest sports cars of 2012 represent the meat of what the industry is all about.