It's not all about top speed – reaching 60mph in just over two seconds is one mean feat to achieve
12 January 2018

The world’s fastest-accelerating cars come in all shapes and sizes. From petrol to hybrid to electric, bare-bones sports cars to ludicrous saloons, they all show that there isn’t a single formula for sub-three-second sprints to 60mph (or, in some cases, 62).

The list is based on manufacturers’ official claimed times. Some of you may be indignant at the lack of hypercars, such as the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, but all are sold out, so they don’t qualify.

There are also some upcoming cars that might have snuck in but haven’t got official 0-60mph times yet. Ford’s GT may well get into the top 10 if the rumours are to be believed, and Nissan’s latest GT-R Nismo should, too. The Radical RXC Turbo 500R looks like a monster, but its numbers weren’t confirmed at the time of publication. Honda won’t give official stats out for the NSX - the spoilsports.

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10: Ferrari F12tdf, Lamborghini Aventador, Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2.9sec to 62mph

Okay, yes, we’ve immediately made a mockery of the Top 10 concept, but these three all have the same time and we don’t like to pick favourites. Each of these poster supercars is very different but they’ll all power off the line. If we really had to single one out, the Ferrari would be our pick because it's the only one that doesn’t have all-wheel drive, or a rear-mounted engine pushing the back axle onto the asphalt.

9: BAC Mono– 2.8sec to 60mph

The Briggs Automotive Company operates out of Liverpool and has been steadily improving the Mono over a number of years. This single-seater for the road has a humble 305bhp Ford engine but is tremendously light, which means it moves like greased manure from a carbonfibre spade.

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8: Tesla Model S P90D – 2.8sec to 60mph

Wait, what? Yes, you read correctly – an all-electric eco-mobile it may be, but the Model S P90D is a whippet off the line. Select the excellently named Ludicrous mode and this battery-powered family saloon will whup some of the world’s best sports cars to 60mph and leave barely a trace of having done so on the environment. Scary thing is, there’s now an even faster version. It’s listed below…

7: Caterham 620R – 2.79sec to 60mph

All Caterhams feel insanely fast by their very nature, but the 620R backs up the impression it gives with actual statistics. Powered by a 310bhp supercharged 2.0-litre Ford engine, it’s an evolution of the already-crazy R500 and ekes even more performance out of a design that, in essence, has changed little since the 1960s.

6: Hennessey Venom GT – 2.7sec to 60mph

Built from a Lotus Exige in the heart of Texas and shipped all over the world, the Venom won’t win an prizes for luxury but boy does it go fast. As if 2.7sec to 60mph wasn’t quick enough, the team that makes the 1244bhp Venom GT have had one at 270mph in a straight line.

5: Koenigsegg Regera – 2.7sec to 62mph

Only traction issues prevent the latest Koenigsegg from going faster. With a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 coupled to three electric motors, it’s got more power and torque than it knows what to do with. But 2.7sec is still perfectly acceptable - and it’ll hit 255mph if you have the room.

4: Rimac Concept One – 2.6sec to 62mph

If the Rimac name is familiar to you, then rest assured it’s not a depilation company but a Croatian firm that’s built an all-electric hypercar. The Concept_One was recently filmed smoking a LaFerrari and a Tesla Model S in a drag race using its four electric motors. You can order one for a shade under £700,000.

3: Ariel Atom 3.5R – 2.5sec to 60mph

Because the Ariel Atom wasn't insane enough, its maker decided to ramp up performance even further. The Atom 3.5R gains a supercharger and extra cooling to combine its 550kg kerb weight with 350bhp.

2: Bugatti Chiron – under 2.5sec to 62mph

This will be the daddy as far as luxury performance goes for the next few years, but with 1500bhp and a quad-supercharged W16 engine, you’d expect it to have a bit of poke. A swanky leather interior probably adds a bit of performance-reducing weight, but you’ll want a bit of comfort if you’re spending close to £2 million on your daily driver.

1: Ultima Evolution Coupé, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Tesla Model S P100D – 2.3sec to 60mph

The term 'race car for the road' is bandied around fairly liberally, but it’s hard to envisage a more accurate description for the 1020bhp, 6.8-litre supercharged V8-engined Ultima Evolution Coupé. Meanwhile, Dodge strapped a mammoth supercharger and other performance parts to the Challenger Hellcat to create the wheelie-pulling, 829bhp SRT Demon, and Tesla upped the largest battery pack of its Model S saloon to 100kWh, and managed a time of 2.28sec. 

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19 September 2016
In the future, if not now, there will be the need to make these figures a little more finite by utilising 100ths of a second. The F12tdf, Aventador, and Turbo S can't ALL be exactly 2.9 secs. When you get down to these sort of figures and with ever more performance cars getting down to this level, a little is a lot - if you see what I mean.

19 September 2016
100ths of a second don't help when other factors like weather, tires and track surface can make bigger differences. C & D tested the 911 Turbo S in 2015 and again in 2016 and got 2.5 and 2.6. I think I hate the 0-60 time almost as much as the Nurburgring lap time. Case in point, the 2016 test was of 21 cars at a race circuit. It included a Tesla P85D with a 100% charge that ran for 40 seconds before going into reduced power mode, suffering brake fade and recording the slowest lap time by 10 seconds. The Tesla is very good at what it's really intended to do, but can we cut out all this "beats supercars" nonsense?

19 September 2016
to those who can afford these types of cars, just how a 10mpg improvement is what joe bloggs on here is looking for.

19 September 2016
It is relatively easy to make a car go from 0-60 quick. What should be the new performance benchmark is 0-100 or even 120mph. That uses a few more gears and shows a cars true performance not just its grip or launch control gimmick.


19 September 2016
....true Wanos, but given that the Ultima Evo can manage 0-100mph of 4.9secs with 0-150mph taking a mere 8.9 seconds.....I don't think anyone will be disappointed....!
Autocar, when ARE you going to run a road test of this car?
To my knowledge you have never tested an Ultima, despite Sutcliffe testing a series of Kit cars a year or so ago.

26 April 2017
Having read some of their PR I'm sure they would be delighted to give you a drive. Is it because they kind of get in the way of the Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren narrative?
I also agree that 100mph should be the new 60 or even 200kph (124 or so mph). 60 is limited almost entirely to traction off the line at this power level.

19 September 2016
A sub 3 sec 0-60mph time represents an average acceleration of 1g, which says as much about the friction coefficient of the tarmac and its interaction with the tyres as car performance.

19 September 2016
...I take Porsche Turbo S and be done with it.

19 September 2016
Autocar wrote:

2: Bugatti Chiron – under 2.5sec to 62mph

This will be the daddy as far as luxury performance goes for the next few years, but with 1500bhp and a quad-supercharged W16 engine, you’d expect it to have a bit of poke. A swanky leather interior probably adds a bit of performance-reducing weight, but you’ll want a bit of comfort if you’re spending close to £2 million on your daily driver.

Howe many tonnes will it weigh?

20 September 2016
The only car i think is out of place in that list is the Tesla, not because it can't do the times, it can ..
It's a saloon car ad I'm willing to bet it can't go round a racing track faster than anything below it in he top 10. What I'm getting at is that for a saloon car 5-7 secs is fast enough ( probably too fast). It;s ony a matter of time for the day to hear when some driver of a tesla S kills are injures someone because they can't handle the power and lose control..perhaps also to do with th weight and non sport setup of the car. I'm sure speed safety advocates are shocked about the way tesla promotes speed and accesleration blatantly


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