The top 10 fastest-accelerating cars in the world
Ultima Evolution Coupe
It’s not all about top speed – reaching 60mph in just over two seconds is one mean feat to achieve
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.
Caveats out of the way, here we go.
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.
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 heck, 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.
Because the Ariel Atom and Tesla Model S weren’t insane enough, their makers decided to ramp up performance in these two extreme versions. The Atom 3.5R gains a supercharger and extra cooling to combine its 550kg kerb weight with 350bhp, while the Model S, equipped with a new 100kWh battery pack, now charges to 60mph three-tenths quicker than the pedestrian P90D.
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 – 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 Ultima Evolution Coupé. It’s an evolution of Ultima’s previous track favourite, the GTR, and when equipped with a 6.8-litre supercharged V8, it’ll pump out a whopping 1020bhp. And yes, you can use it on public roads. Carefully.