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It's not all about top speed – reaching 60mph in under three seconds is a feat in itself
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20 April 2020

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’s not a single formula for sub-three-second sprints to 60mph.

This list is based on manufacturers’ official claimed times, and only includes production cars. Modified models and track-only machines don’t make the grade. No one-foot rollout acceleration runs, either. Didn’t manage less than three seconds? Then you aren’t on this list.

And what about those outlandish claims by up and coming hypercars, especially those of an electric persuasion? We haven’t included cars that have yet to go on sale, but we’ve listed some potential record-breakers after our top ten countdown.

9. Ferrari F8 Tributo, McLaren 620R, Lamborghini Huracán Evo - 2.9s to 62mph

Breaking the three second barrier is no mean feat, and yet multiple cars can now claim to achieve it. McLaren’s 620R is effectively a road-legal version of the company’s 570S GT4 race car, with weight reduction and a major aerodynamics package as well as a power boost to 612bhp. Ferrari and Lamborghini, meanwhile, achieve the same time with their ‘mainstream’ supercars, the F8 Tribute and Huracán Evo.

8. McLaren P1, BAC Mono - 2.8s

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Woking’s hybrid hypercar shares its position with another British creation, but one that uses extreme lightness instead of electrification to achieve such a blistering sprint time. The Briggs Automotive Company has been steadily improving the Mono, a single seater for the road with a 305bhp Ford engine, for a number of years. The 2.8 time refers to the old Mono - the new one was only announced in March 2020, and promises to shave a tenth of a second off a car that already moves like greased manure from a carbonfibre spade. The limited-run carbon-clad Mono R promises 0-62mph in an even quicker 2.5s, though we’ve yet to see that theory proven.

7. Caterham 620R, 2.79s 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. Hennessy Venom GT - 2.7s 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.

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5. Porsche 911 Turbo S (992) - 2.6s to 62mph

With more torque than the most extreme road-going 911 to date, the GT2 RS, Porsche’s 992-generation Turbo S delivers astonishing acceleration from its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat six. It’s the fastest series-production 911 yet, even besting the legendary GT1 - a homologated Le Mans race car.

4. Rimac Concept One – 2.5sec 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 has smoked both a LaFerrari and a Tesla Model S in drag races using its four electric motors. The limited-run EV was sold for £700,000 - but it was a mere taster of the main event, the £2 million C_Two

3. Porsche 918 Spyder, Koenigsegg One:1 – 2.5sec to 60mph

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Porsche’s 918 Spyder hypercar went down the hybrid route to achieve such a blistering sprint time, while Koenigsegg’s One:1 balanced power and weight perfectly with 986bhp per tonne when run on E85 Ethanol. Both are absurdly fast, and both sold out almost as quickly.

2. Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan Turbo S, Bugatti Chiron - 2.4s to 62mph

The fastest Tesla to date was an iterative effort, with Ludicrous mode and several software tweaks chipping away at its sprint time over several years. Porsche’s debut electric effort matched it out of the gate, with the Taycan Turbo S also managing 2.4s. This is also how long it takes a Bugatti Chiron to make the sprint, still the daddy as far as luxury performance goes, but needing 1500bhp from a quad-turbocharged W16 engine to do it.

1. Ultima Evolution Coupé, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – 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.

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Lotus Evija - “under three seconds”

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The most powerful production car in the world? Lotus is talking a big game with its Evija hypercar, an EV that is set to arrive with 1973bhp sent to all four wheels and a top speed of over 200mph. The company is keeping mum on exact specifications for now, but that hasn’t stopped an entire year’s worth of allocation from being sold already, at more than £2 million each.

Pininfarina Battista - “under two seconds”

With a powertrain sourced from Rimac, it stands to reason that Pininfarina’s luxury EV should come close to matching the C_Two on performance terms. It will use four motors to deliver up to 1900bhp and 1696lb ft of torque, but the company is only saying its sprint time will be “under” two seconds. Specifics will have to wait until the first customer cars arrive and someone puts it against the clock.

Rimac C_Two - 1.9s

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Croatian EV pioneer Rimac already proved it could make an impressive EV with its Concept_One, but the C_Two promises to be even faster. 1900bhp from four motors, a top speed of 256mph and narrowly dipping under two seconds in the 60mph sprint, it should be a true demonstration of just what can be achieved with EV car design.

Aspark Owl - 1.7s

How much power does it take to dip under two seconds in an electric road car? If Japanese manufacturer Aspark is to be believed, 1985bhp, courtesy of four separate motors and a 64kWh battery. Combined, the Owl hypercar should weigh in at 1900kg, and has a theoretical top speed of 249mph. Only 50 will be made, and each will cost around £2.5 million.

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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.

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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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