Get behind the wheel of a supercar and youll have to redefine your idea of a fast car. Youll also want to trade in your golf-club membership and early tee times for a driving club with a Formula One-style racing circuit. However, if you have other ways to spend the $65,000 to $1.2 million it costs to buy one of these fillies, read on and experience these high-speed thrills vicariously.
The head of the fastest car class of 2006 is the 2006 Bugatti Veyron -- an extreme machine with a top speed of more than 250 mph -- which rockets from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. It tops our Top 10 Fastest Cars list, which is based on quickest acceleration times. All of the vehicles covered here can go from standing to 60 mph in four seconds or less.
Top 10 Fastest Cars of 2006
2006 Saleen S7
2006 Ford GT
2007 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640
2007 Porsche 911 Turbo
2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
2006 Dodge Viper SRT 10 Coupe
2006 Ferrari F430 Spider
Most of the vehicles on this list achieve these out-of-the-gate speeds by a combination of high engine power and low vehicle weight. Some heavy vehicles, such as the 4,299-pound Veyron, still maintain a high power-to-weight ratio due to their massive engine output -- the Bugatti supercars 8.0-liter W16 produces 1,001 hp, which works out to 4.3 lb/hp.
The ForbesAutos.com Top 10 Fastest Cars of 2006 rank is in ascending order of seconds needed to go from 0 to 60 mph. (Click here to see the related slideshow.) All performance metrics were gathered from vehicle research data published on ForbesAutos.com and licensed for site use from Autodata.