If money were no object, what type of car would you put in your driveway? If you did not have to worry about fitting in a wife, a car seat or the groceries, what kind of car would you keep in the garage? Would one of the fastest American cars do? How about one of the speedy vehicles manufactured abroad?
Bugatti Veyron (France)
It goes from zero to 60 in about 2.5 seconds. There are four turbochargers, a top speed of almost 253 miles per hour and seven gears. Some 3,700 assembly bits and pieces turn this hunk of metal into a sleek performance machine. Do you think you could handle about 1,001 HP? If you have $2,500,000 to buy this fancy car, keep in mind that there is also a five-figure delivery charge and another five-figure annual upkeep cost.
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (Italy)
The F12 is Ferrari's fastest offering to road drivers thus far. It goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in about 3.1 seconds. The speed tops out at 211 miles an hour. A seven-speed transmission, this rear-wheel-drive coupe seats two and offers 730 HP. The rumored base price is $330,000 but who wants to make do with the basic model?
Koenigsegg Agera S (Sweden)
Go from zero to 60 miles per hour in as little as 2.9 seconds. The engine features twin turbo superchargers and a carbon fiber intake manifold. A seven-speed dual clutch gives you the real road experience of achieving a maximum 261 miles per hour. Mind you, the latter is an educated guess by the manufacturer. The car could go faster. The 1,115 HP car might set you back about $1.7 million plus delivery fees.
While the list of fast foreign cars is enough to make you weep, note that there are also plenty of American automakers that can give you a run for the money -- and without the expensive import fees. Take, for example, the 2013 Corvette 3ZR. Starting at about $122,600, its six-speed manual transmission makes driving fun even as the 6.2L supercharged V8 turns heads. The car goes from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds, which is in keeping with its 638 HP. Best of all, it is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Then there is the Ford Shelby GT350. It hints at the 1965 original, comes standard with the short throw shifter and offers you the tantalizing option of a 624 HP supercharger. Only $33,995 put you on the road from zero to 60 miles an hour in about four seconds.
For ultimate driving enjoyment, test-drive the 2013 Camaro ZL1. The convertible is fun to drive, has a 6.2L supercharged engine and brings 580 HP to the table. Starting at $59,545, you can accelerate in about 3.9 seconds and reach 184 miles per hour. Wow.
Content by Sylvia Cochran.