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Edmunds releases 100 most powerful cars list

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#1. 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero: 1,287 hp at 6,075 rpm SSC

The car experts at Edmunds just released a turbo-charged list of the 100 most powerful cars – of all time. Think you know muscle cars? Think again.

Unless you’re a zillionaire car collector or have a PhD in automotive power, chances are, there are several you’ve never even heard of. The “weakest” of the bunch, if you can believe it, packs 544 horsepower. Coming in at #1 is the 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero. The 1,287-horsepower super car can go zero to 60 in less than 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of 257 miles per hour. It’s a thing of beauty too, assuming you don’t blink as it goes by.

Four other cars, including two Bugattis, break the 1,200-hp barrier. Today is the golden age of car power. The oldest vehicle on the list is a mere 23 years old and the top ten were all built in the last ten years. “Still, these are some of the rarest vehicles on the planet,” says Edmunds.com Editor in Chief Scott Oldham.

How did each car land on this list? How were ties broken? And were any worthy machines left in the dust?

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Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief, Edmunds.com

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