The list contains supercars as well as a few production cars. Very expensive, very fast, very powerful. Those are the supercars. And high end cars like the McLaren F1 could easily set you back more than 4 million dollars. But some, like the Dodge Viper GTS was designed to be a "weekend warrior's" track machine, able to compete with most of the exotics of the time, while coming in at a fraction of their cost.
The McLaren F1 is one of the greatest sports cars of all time, a revolutionary car that still sets the bar for supercars. It came with a 6.1-liter, quad-cam, 48-valve.
One of the 90s fastest cars, it was produced from 1994-1998, a creation of Gordon Murray, the famous designer and technical director of the McLaren Formula One team.
McLaren development and race driver Andy Wallace drove an F1 with that butterfly doors and carbon-fiber monocoque body on March 1998 to an amazing 240.1 mph. The howling V12's record would stand until 2005.
By 1998, with a total of 106 of all variants built, its production run was complete,
Tony Hartley Jr. of Britain paid $5.59 million at current exchange rates for a McLaren F1. But hey! In his possession is one of the greatest super fast cars ever built.
1991 Koenig C 62
Top speed: 235 mph
In 1991, Koenig Specials produced the C62 with 588 hp from a 3.4 L B6 engine, a faithful replica of the legendary Porsche 962 race car, and so was born one of the 90s fastest cars the world had ever seen.
Unveiled in January 1995, these cars are one of the 90s fastest cars. Advertised by the Ford Motor Company as the "world's mightiest supercar" at the Detroit Auto Show, the car came with advanced materials, taken straight from race car technology: a honeycomb aluminum chassis, carbonfiber body and ceramic exhaust.
The V12's exhaust was claimed to be hot enough to damage the body panels, requiring ceramic tiles similar to those on the Space Shuttle to keep the car from melting. The 720 hp came from a quad-turbocharged 6.0L V12 DOHC engine. One of the really fast cars.
1991 Jaguar XJ220
Top speed: 220 mph
Another one of the 90s fastest cars, the XJ220 is a mid-engined supercar by Jaguar built between 1992 and 1994. When it was released in 1992 it was the fastest car in the world with a speed of 217 mph and held that record until the release of the McLaren F1.
It came with 3.5L twin-turbo V6. The engine delivered an explosive 542 hp to the rear wheels. The engine has very good economy. The ‘fastest car in the world’ also managed to return up to 32MPG – a figure that most contemporary saloon cars would not be able to match.
Original customers included Elton John and the Sultan of Brunei. Asking price was $580,000 when the car was officially announced in 1989. Prospective buyers were asked to put up a deposit of £50,000 (US$80,000) to be put on the waiting list for delivery. Only 278 models of the XJ220 were built with less than 15 being imported to America.
1992 Bugatti EB110
Top speed: 217 mph
These 90s fastest cars were created in honor of the late Bugatti's founder, Ettore Bugatti's 110th birthday. The car has a 60-valve, quad-turbo V12 powering all four wheels through a six-speed gearbox. The 3.5 L engine is capable of 553 hp at 8000 rpm.
The car uses a double wishbone suspension, with the chassis made from carbon fiber. The scissor doors were truly exotic. The engine was visible through a glass cover, and the rear wing was speed sensitive.
Produced from 1991 through 1995, only 95 GT’s and 31 SS’s were produced. The sticker price was $350,000 for the SS model.
Hard times hit the company in 1995 and, as result of chairman Artioli's over ambitious purchase of Lotus in addition to the company's quest to develop the EB112 four door car, the company was bankrupt. During the late '90s, Volkswagen AG secured rights to the Bugatti name, again reviving the nameplate.
1993 Vector W8
Top speed: 220 mph
The Vector W8 was the first American super car produced from 1989 to 1993. It was manufactured by Vector Aeromotive. Power was supplied through an eight-cylinder engine capable of producing 600 horsepower and 600 foot-pounds of torque. One of the few who got to own these 90s fastest cars was the tennis star Andre Agassi.
Outstanding material was used to build the car and almost guaranteed to last for a very long time: body was made largely of lightweight carbon kevlar, known for its strength and lightness. Just 22 W8s were produced, of those only 17 customer cars. They can be had on today's used market from $200,000 to above 1 million dollars.
1999 Bentley Hunaudieres
Top speed: 217 mph
The Bentley Hunaudieres is a concept car built by Bentley for the 1999 Geneva Salon International de l'Auto. It is powered by a Volkswagen 8.0-litre, naturally aspirated, W16 engine that generates 623 bhp of power at 6,000 rpms. It came with a five-speed manual transmission.
These 90s fastest cars debut a new 16 cylinder engine developed to a specific brief to provide a technologically advanced power plant with unique Bentley characteristics.
1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i
Top speed: 212 mph
Isdera was a privately run automaker who built these 90s fastest cars at a small workshop in Leonberg, Germany. Each high-performance sports car was hand-built by a small team of craftsmen, and the only way to purchase an Isdera was to call the CEO directly. Each vehicle was custom built for its buyer, and a waiting period of six months is to be expected.
The mid-engine, rear-wheel drive car is powered by a Mercedes-Benz 48-valve 6.0 L V12 engine and has a 6-speed manual transmission. Low-slung, sleek, bullet-shaped in design with two gull-wing doors, a velocity-sensitive electronic chassis lowers the car three inches under high speeds to improve handling. The sticker price was a hefty US$466,000.
An estimated 70 cars have been sold by Isdera since 1983.
The last confirmed vehicle to be produced by Isdera was a fully functional prototype called the Isdera Silver Arrow C112i in 1999. The vehicle shares the same body and chassis as the 1993 Commendatore 112i, but is powered by a Formula One, 400 hp V12.
1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i, shown above
This car, a 1999 Isdera Silver Arrow C112i valued at US$3 million, is the only one in existence. In October 2005 the Silver Arrow prototype was offered for sale on eBay for US$3 million, but was not sold.
1993 Leblanc Caroline GTR
Top speed: 212 mph
Leblanc, a Zürich based Swiss car manufacturer and the producer of these 90s fastest cars, is only using the newest technology and material to build very light and powerful cars. For example, the body is made of carbonfiber monocoques other parts of the chassis are made with titanium or magnesium.
The Leblanc Caroline was introduced in 1999 and is a closed LeMans-type street legal racing car with 512 bhp, from a twin-turbo 2000 cc engine, and a weight of 785 kg.
1997 TVR Speed 12
Top speed: 210 mph Acceleration: 0-60mph: 2.9 sec
The TVR Cerbera Speed 12, originally known as the Project 7/12, was a high performance concept car designed by TVR in 1997. TVR was forced to abandon the development of these 90s fastest cars due to changing GT1 class regulations.
Sleek, sphisticated, and powerful only go half way toward describing the Speed 12, the production of which is being awaited with curious trepidation by the top luxury sports car manufacturers in the world.
This Blackpool, England based rocketship has the power to weight ratio of three times that of a Ferrari F355! Only one car, the McLaren F1 comes close at 550bhp per ton which is still somewhat 20% short of the mark of the TVR's 660 bhp.
The V12's true performance output is not confirmed, but at this point it would see the TVR accelerate from 0 - 100 kph in 2.9 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 325 kph.
To get there you have to shift 6 gears and hang on tight as the triangulated tubular chassis and fully independent suspension do their job to keep the Speed 12 rigid.
The vehicle's engine, displacing 7.7 litres and having twelve cylinders, was reportedly capable of producing nearly one thousand horsepower.
1999 Lamborghini Diablo GT
Top speed: 210 mph
Only 80 of these 90s fastest cars were to be made, a car capable of carrying you to a top speed of 210 mph. The Lamborghini Diablo GT was first unveiled at the March 1999 Geneva Auto Show. It was equipped with a true race oriented chassis, this time with a fully integrated roll-over cage protecting the driver in case of a crash. The car came with a 6-Litre V-12 engine that now produced 590 hp instead of the standard 575 hp.
Almost the entire body of this GTR was made of Carbon Fibre, only the roof remained in steel for torsional strength while both doors were kept in aluminum for safety reasons.
The Diablo SE30 and its optional Jota upgrade kit had been quite sporty and race-oriented, but Lamborghini took this concept a step further in 1999 with its introduction of the very limited production Diablo GT, of which only 80 examples were produced for sale. The Diablo GT was a completely race-oriented model differing in nearly every aspect from the more mainstream Diablos.
The cars were fitted with radically altered aggressive bodywork, a stripped-down interior, and an enlarged engine. With the exclusivity came a large price tag of nearly $300,000 and availability limited to Europe. Some GT models were imported into the US and a few may have been converted to road-legal US specification
Porsche 911 GT1
Top speed: 191 mph Acceleration: 0-62mph: 3.9 sec
Only 25 of these 90s fastest cars were produced and sold publicly, making the GT1 an extremely rare car. powered by a Porsche 3.2L Flat-6 twin turbo engine (that had to be de-tuned for road use) which produced around 537 hp. A mere 25 cars were produced and sold publiclly, making the GT1 and extremely rare car to come by in its road worthy form.
The car was powered by a Porsche 3.2L Flat-6 twin turbo engine (that had to be de-tuned for road use) which produced around 537 hp. The Porsche 911 GT1 is the pride of Porsches Le-Mans efforts. The GT1 also represents the highest in technological achievements Porsche has gained though the development of its 911’s previous to the GT1.
Only one street version had to be built, so very few were made and offered at a huge price to regular Porsche customers. The GT1 was purpose-built race car, so only around 30 have been made. It had a cabron fiber body, full width wing,and a tiny cockpit.
Ferrari F355 F1 Berlinetta
Top speed: 183 mph Acceleration: 0–60 mph: 4.9 sec
These 90s fastest cars were, in 1997, the first ever road car to be equipped with the innovative F1-style gearbox management system. The Berlinetta was introduced in May, 1994 as the first in a successful series of F355 models. Initially, the 6-speed manual was the only transmission available.
The new transmission guaranteed lightning-quick gear changes, with the additional advantage that both the driver’s hands could stay on the wheel at all times. Ferrari produced 4,871 road-going Berlinetta models during the entire production run, of which 3,829 were 6-speed and 1,042 were F1 transmissions. It is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive V8-powered two-seat coupe, targa, or convertible. The F355 models were considered to be the greatest production sports-car of the 20th Century.
The F355 remained into production until 1999 and with 11,273 units produced it became the most successful Ferrari in history. Under the hood there was a 3.5-liter V8 featuring titanium rods, five-valve cylinder heads, and a 180-degree crankshaft. With a Bosch 2.7 Motronic system the engine delivered a total of 380 hp at 8,500 rpm.
Dodge Viper GTS
Top speed: 185 mph 0-100 km/h: 4.0 sec
One of the 90s fastest cars, the GTS could compete with the exotics. The brakes hurt the car in numerous comparison tests, such as a 1997 "supercar comparison" by Motor Trend, in which the Viper GTS placed at the top against cars such as the Ferrari 355, Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911 Turbo, Acura NSX-T, Mitsubishi 3000GT, and the Toyota Supra in all performance exercises except braking.
The car not only placed last, but had considerably longer stopping distances than other vehicles. ABS was introduced further into the production run, though braking performance was not necessarily significantly improved. In the first six years of production almost 10,000 Vipers were sold.