The 2010s were a stellar decade for fast cars. As engineers found new ways to squeeze more and more power out of the traditional internal-combustion lumps we know and love, performance levels climbed to nearly absurd heights. Acceleration times dropped precipitously; by 2019, four-ton-plus sedans were regularly cracking off 0-60 runs of less than three seconds, and super sports cars were cracking into the nines in the quarter-mile.
But fun as acceleration times are to compare, no measure of automotive performance prompts nearly as much barstool banter as top speed. Even if 200-plus-mph speeds are utterly inaccessible to most of us, they summon up the sort of wonder and awe that no brutal launch ever could.