Jaguar hasn't had a 200mph production car since the XJ220 of 1992. That's about to change, which makes this an excellent time to recap membership in Britain’s growing 200mph club. For the moment, we’ll focus on the big dogs, and merely tip our hat to the club’s boutique members — notably Noble, which touts a 225mph top speed for its M600, and Caparo, which is presently preparing a successor to its 205mph T1.
Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe
Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team — a busy lot they are — made time to work over the F-Type R, a car that hardly cried out for a performance bump. The result is the highly intimidating F-Type SVR you see here. Both Coupe and Convertible models wear a host of aero upgrades, including fixed rear wings, diffusers under the rear bumper and broad splitters up front. Jaguar plans to release full technical specifications ahead of the cars’ official debut at the Geneva motor show in March, but it is safe to expect the output of F-Type R's supercharged 5-litre V8 to jump from 550 horsepower to 570hp or more, and weight to drop — despite the presence of Jag's rear-biased all-wheel drive system. One thing we do know for sure: the Coupe will be good for a nice, round 200mph.
Aston Martin Vanquish
Back in 2004, Aston Martin pulled the wraps off the Vanquish S, a hotted-up, version of its 007-approved flagship. With 520 horsepower from its 5.9-litre V12, the car promised a 200mph top speed. A dozen years later, the new Vanquish coupe — bigger, safer, and more opulent — uses a thoroughly revised, 568-horsepower version of the old car's V12 engine to reach a top speed of 201mph. Progress.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S/Roadster
While the Vanquish goes about its triple-digit business with unflappable composure, the V12 Vantage S and V12 Vantage S Roadster are noisy, naughty hooligans, through and through. The engine — Aston's 5.9-litre V12, here producing 565 horsepower — is comically outsized for the Vantage, which was conceived as a lean and nimble V8-powered sports car. No matter: The two-seater carries its over-endowment with aplomb: The V12 Vantage S Coupe will run from zero to 60mph in 3.8 seconds, and keep howling all the way to 205mph. The Roadster, also a member of this club, takes a mere tenth longer to hit 60mph, on its way to a top-down top speed of 201mph.
Bentley Continental GT Speed/GTC Speed
It is a testament to the indisputable greatness of Bentley's 626-horsepower, twin-turbo 6-litre W-12 engine — which is essentially two narrow-angle V6s that share a common crankshaft — that this 5,200lb-plus all-wheel-drive executive express can dust 200mph so handily. To be accurate, the GT Speed coupe is good for 206mph; the GTC Speed convertible will do 203mph.
McLaren 650S Coupe/Spider
The P1 hybrid hypercar ended its 375-car production run in December, and the limited-production 675LT Coupe and Spider sold out before the ink was dry on their press releases. So for now, McLaren's 650S Coupe and Spider stand as the marque's top guns. Powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine producing 641 horsepower, the Coupe will shoot from zero to 60mph in 3 seconds flat and press on to 207mph (the Spider is good for 204mph).
Is there another car company whose "starter" model can crack off a 3.2sec zero-to-60mph sprint and hustle all the way to 204mph? (Answer: No.) The McLaren 570S — which uses a milder, 561-horsepower version of the twin-turbo V8 in the 650S — arrived in 2015 to face off against such heavy hitters as the Mercedes-AMG GT, the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911 Turbo. According to McLaren, Spider, fastback GT and higher-spec Longtail versions of the 570S are coming soon.
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