The fastest accelerating cars in the world 2017


0-60mph (and 0-62mph) times have been dropping like stones. Here are today’s fastest accelerating cars, as claimed by the manufacturers

What are the fastest accelerating cars in the world? In theory, a quick glance at a vehicle’s ‘nought to sixty’ time should give you a fair idea of where it stands in the pecking order, but the reality is that true performance is much harder to gauge.

Part of the problem is manufacturers’ vagueness when it comes to providing accurate acceleration information. Some overstate their cars’ abilities in order to make an impression on the specs sheet, while others have been known to underestimate 0-60mph times for one reason or another.

Then there’s the act of performing the acceleration test itself. Was launch control used? How smooth was the road surface? What equipment was used to measure the speed? What was the weather like? As there’s no universal standard for all of these variables or many others, there’s no way of truly knowing if one car is faster than another without putting them side-by-side.

The final curveball is the phrase ‘nought to sixty’ itself, which can refer to 0-60mph or 0-100kph (0-62mph). The disparity is slight, but if the difference is as much as a tenth of a second then that can have a profound effect on, say, a ranked list of the 10 fastest accelerating cars of the day…

Anyway, gathering together more than a dozen of the world’s fastest accelerating cars for an ultimate 0-62mph showdown would be a tad expensive and probably still wouldn’t give us an undisputed winner. That’s why, instead, we’ve put together the following list based on manufacturer claims alone.

Yes, we’re well aware that the numbers may not be entirely accurate, and yes, we’re also aware that plenty of people have recorded faster/slower real-world times. But on official times for current, unmodified production cars these are the top 10 quickest accelerating cars. So here we go…

Scroll down to view our list of the fastest accelerating cars on the planet in reverse order…

Fastest accelerating cars 2017

These are the fastest cars over the benchmark 0-60mph/0-62mph sprint, according to the manufacturers’ official claims…

2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus

3.2 seconds (0-62mph)

Costing £134,500, the Audi R8 V10 Plus contains a 5.2-litre engine producing 602bhp. It’s a mark of just how fast the top cars are that this German creation only just scrapes onto this list.

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

<3.0 seconds (0-62mph)

The Ferrari LaFerrari is one of the most stupendous cars in existence, a fact that the Italian marque underlined with a £1million price tag. They were tentative about the 0-62mph figure though, saying only that it was less than three seconds.

2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2.9 seconds (0-62mph)

The Porsche 911 Turbo S was hailed as an exquisite machine when it was launched in 2016. £145,773 gets you 3.8-litre twin turbo engine with 572bhp. Rumour has it that it will do 0-62mph quicker than the above time, too.

2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante

2.9 seconds (0-62mph)

Bred for the track, the Performante’s credentials were sealed when it set a record lap time of 6 minutes 52.01 seconds at the Nurburgring. Its 0-62mph is barely relevant to that achievement, but is quick nonetheless.

2016 Koenigsegg Regera

2.8 seconds (0-62mph)

The Koenigsegg Regera is stuffed full of wild numbers. 1,479bhp, 1,465lb ft of torque, 250mph top speed… 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds isn’t too shabby either.

2015 Tesla Model S P90D (with Ludicrous Mode)

2.8 seconds (0-62mph)

Tesla likes to claim that its cars are among the fastest in the world, and over a short distance, they are. 0-62mph takes the Model S P90D 2.8 seconds, but it’ll run out of puff (and electricity) soon after.

2014 McLaren P1

2.8 seconds (0-62mph)

The McLaren P1 rolled out of the factory with 903bhp, a top speed of 217mph and a sense of having redefined what was possible in a road car. Of course, its hypercar rivals did much the same, but history will remember the P1 as part of the holy trinity for a reason.

2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV

2.8 seconds (0-62mph)

The Lamborghini Aventador SV is possibly one of the best cars the company has ever made, thanks to its magnificent looks, exhilarating engine and extreme grip. 0-62mph takes 2.8 seconds, and the speedo will pass 124mph just 5.8 seconds after that.

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

<2.8 seconds (0-60mph)

Another hypercar, another evasive acceleration figure. Less than 2.8 seconds is the official line for the 918 Spyder, although that’s only measured to 60mph rather than the full 62mph. Whatever it may be, Porsche’s Weissach Pack will reduce it by a couple of tenths.

2016 Radical RXC GT

2.7 seconds (0-60mph)

Radical’s cars are exactly that – radical. And the RXC GT is probably the most extreme of all, channelling all sorts of prototype DNA having been built off the back of Radical’s SR9 Le Mans project. Generating 900kg of downforce, it’s hard to believe this car is road legal. But it is.

2011 Hennessey Venom GT

2.7 seconds (0-60mph)

The Hennessey Venom GT has long competed with the Bugatti Veyron – and now, the Chiron – for the title of ‘fastest production car in the world’. 270mph is the claimed figure, but a lack of a two-direction run means the top speed isn’t officially verified.

2014 Ariel Atom 3.5R

2.6 seconds (0-60mph)

Ariel has been producing astoundingly quick cars for almost two decades now, and a sub three-second 0-60mph time has long been standard. The Atom 3.5R – with its tuned 2.0-litre iVTEC engine – can do it in 2.6 seconds, and will hit 100mph in six seconds flat. A helmet is recommended.

2016 Tesla Model S P100D (with Ludicrous Mode)

2.5 seconds (0-60mph)

Tesla says that the Model S P100D is the third fastest accelerating production car ever. Whether or not that’s true is up for debate, but with Ludicrous Mode engaged one thing is certain: it’s bloomin’ quick off the line.

2010 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

2.5 seconds (0-62mph)

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is a car that needs no introduction, having taken the achievements of its predecessor to the next level with its Super Sport badge. Its frighteningly undramatic acceleration could push the speedometer all the way to 268mph, and while the Hennessey Venom GT is a touch faster, the Veyron has official recognition on its side…

2017 Bugatti Chiron

<2.5 seconds (0-62mph)

The Chiron takes the Bugatti philosophy further still, raising the benchmarks set by the Veyron whilst retaining the exclusive, luxury appeal. Bugatti doesn’t quote a 0-62mph time, saying only that it has improved on the Veyron. Mysterious…

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

2.3 seconds (0-60mph)

The 829bhp Dodge Challenger SRT Demon caused a storm when it was launched, partly because of its claim to be the fastest production car to 60mph, but also because it had a tendency to lift its front wheels off the ground in the process. It brings a new meaning to the phrase ‘jump start’.

2015 Ultima Evolution Coupe

2.3 seconds (0-60mph)

If you thought the SRT Demon would have the final say on this list, you were wrong. British sports car maker Ultima has often been touted as the true holder of the world’s fastest accelerating car title, its Evolution Coupe hitting 0-60mph in 2.3 seconds long before the latest Challenger was even conceived. Quite an achievement for a low volume company, and one that merits some recognition.

Fastest accelerating cars: full list

  • 1= 2015 Ultima Evolution Coupe – 2.3 seconds (0-60mph)
  • 1= 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – 2.3 seconds (0-60mph)
  • 2= 2017 Bugatti Chiron – >2.5 seconds (0-62mph)
  • 2= 2010 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 2.5 seconds (0-62mph)
  • 2= 2016 Tesla Model S P100D (with Ludicrous Mode) – 2.5 seconds (0-60mph)
  • 3. 2014 Ariel Atom 3.5R – 2.6 seconds (0-60mph)
  • 4= 2011 Hennessey Venom GT – 2.7 seconds (0-60mph)
  • 4= 2016 Radical RXC GT – 2.7 seconds (0-60mph)
  • 5= 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV – 2.8 seconds (0-62mph)
  • 5= 2014 McLaren P1 – 2.8 seconds (0-62mph)
  • 5= 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder – >2.8 seconds (0-60mph)
  • 5= 2015 Tesla Model S P90D (with Ludicrous Mode) – 2.8 seconds (0-62mph)
  • 5= 2016 Koenigsegg Regera – 2.8 seconds (0-62mph)
  • 6= 2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante – 2.9 seconds (0-62mph)
  • 6= 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2.9 seconds (0-62mph)
  • 7. 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari – >3.0 seconds (0-62mph)
  • 8. 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus – 3.2 seconds (0-62mph)
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