While it doesn’t happen all the time, when cops do have to chase cars, these cars are probably not their favorites, unless of course, this is all happening in Dubai, where the cops drive some of these cars. Some of these cars are among the fastest cars in the world, with one being the fastest production car on planet Earth. Invariably, all these cars are expensive. Do you ever wonder why some cars are expensive, while others are not?
You might've wondered that in the past, and you might also have tried to come up with an answer. Superior quality, high-performance parts, expensive materials, etc., are some of the things you might have reasoned. While partially true—after all, a handmade leather seat does cost more than the standard vinyl seat—that’s not the whole story.
It has to do with the number of vehicles that are sold, as it’s expensive to build a model from scratch. There's the cost of design, development, building a plant, training assembly-line workers, changes in computer codes, etc., which can easily reach $1B, a cost that manufacturers need to regenerate to just break even. So, when these exotic cars are built, they're priced higher to regenerate the capital spent in the investment phase—that’s why these cars are expensive and quick, and cops have a hard time catching up to them.
The 0-60 times are from independent testers, per Wikipedia.
18 Aston Martin DB11: 3.7 Seconds
The DB11 is only two years old, but boy... does the car look good from any and all angles. The front looks like an angry fish, to a certain extent perhaps, but that resemblance is very weak. Overall, the car has received only positive feedback. And it should—it’s one elegant piece of beauty. If you dive into the car, you’ll find yourself soaked in leather, good leather with design, that is. It’s covered in leather where you wouldn’t expect it to be—the seatbelt pouch at the origin is… leather. They could've just matched the color, but no... Aston Martin went a step further and made it leather, in addition to keeping the color consistent with the rest of the interior. With a top speed of 200 mph and a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, the car has a commensurate engine.
17 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR: 3.4 Seconds
By the time production ended in 2009, the McLaren SLR was selling for half a million dollars apiece. The joint venture of Mercedes and McLaren was produced in the hometown of the latter, although the badge is of the former, because hey... that looks better than what McLaren offered at that time.
Equipped with a handbuilt 5.4-liter supercharged V8, the car produced 617 HP and 580 lb-ft of torque.
Even back in 2009, it reached an amazing top speed of 207 mph, with the first 60 of those being reached in just 3.4 seconds. To a certain extent, this is a forgotten supercar. You want to know something unique about this car? It has air brakes (where you’d find a spoiler on a regular car). Much like in the airplanes, the air brakes go “up” when you slam on the brakes, helping you slow down efficiently!
16 Ford GT (Second Gen): 2.9 Seconds
It uses the same engine as the Ford Raptor—a V6—but produces an astonishing 647 HP and 550 lb-ft of torque. Just a look at the new GT and you know right off the bat the car is meant for racing. The “flying buttress” essentially entails a giant hole in the sides for aerodynamic purposes. The interior is posh—but I think at this level, especially with a price of half a million dollars—it falls a little short compared to the Italian cars listed here; it’s full of old-school dials and buttons. Nonetheless, the car does what it’s supposed to—drive like a supercar. There’s a seat harness that most people get, and Ford would've equipped the GTs with it, but that would break some rules of the society, so now, people just get aftermarket harnesses.
15 BMW M5: 2.8 Seconds
Amidst all these exotic cars is the BMW M5. Built by the Motorsport division of BMW, the sport sedan looks rogue and all-capable. Cars like the BMW M5 are true sleeper cars. The exterior looks beautiful, but there are no hints of the powerful engine propelling the car forward.
The year 2017 brought about the refreshed generation, with the car retaining the successful aspects of a BMW but adding more torque and changing the transmission to eight-speed.
This would be a perfect car for anyone to be fooled by, including cops. But the car can reach 60 mph from rest in just 2.8 seconds and push to 190 mph with the optional M Driver’s Package (or else, you’d be limited to 155 mph). Let’s not forget, it’s a family car.
14 Acura NSX: 2.7 Seconds
Honda started this lineup to beat the V8 Ferraris of the 1990s. Of course, to beat Ferrari, Honda wasn’t going to create a ridiculous sports car that no one could afford. Its aerodynamics and styling were derived from the F-16 fighter jet cockpit, in addition to F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna. That was some history of the first generation, which ran from 1990-2005. Well, Acura decided the NSX should come back, and that became a reality in 2016. While sales have been low for the second-generation NSX, it’s a good car for several reasons. The main reason is the hybrid powertrain. While a lot of people buying this car won’t care about the 21 mpg it does highway and city, not a lot of cars can achieve that feat at this performance level.
13 Nissan GT-R NISMO: 2.6 Seconds
Well, here's the GT-R, aka Godzilla (although, no longer part of the Skyline range). As solid as the GT-Rs look, the NISMO Edition looks even sharper—the front looks totally amazing. I'm guessing a lot of sports cars headed in the direction of having elongated headlamps, with the exception of Mercedes-Benz, of course, as that would mess up their traditional look. Introduced in 2014, the price of these is 1.5x more than the standard GT-R, but with that price comes increased power (591 HP) and increased torque (481 lb-ft). While these numbers are a little on the low side compared to what some of the others boast on the list, cops would still have trouble chasing the GT-R NISMO that can go 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and then eventually 196 mph.
12 Audi R8 V10 Plus: 2.6 Seconds
There was a time when the R8 lineup of Audi didn’t even have a V10, let alone a V10 plus. Audi had a V8 in its R8 lineup back then, and it used to cost $100K; things have changed, and the one pictured here, with its 5.2-liter 610 HP V10, costs $200K. This car is really the epitome of technology. For instance, you type into the infotainment system by sketching the characters with your fingers on a remote sensor near your hand. The only flaw of the design was the placement of a cup holder that can’t be used as an armrest after it’s occupied by a cup, but besides that, the interior is just tantalizing with the virtual display and climate controls. And let’s not forget the exterior. The exterior of the Audi R8, including the V10 Plus, is one of the best in the history of Audi!
11 McLaren P1: 2.6 Seconds
With the McLaren F1—the car that became the fastest car and whose engine was plated with gold—as its spiritual predecessor, the P1 came to the market in 2013. McLaren intentionally limited the production to 375 units, with each costing around $1.3M, but those 375 souls wanted to become an even more distinct member of the society, so they took interest in making some aspects of the design even more unique, which raised the price to $1.6M. The rear of this car looks… I can’t seem to find the words to describe it, but let’s just say "exceptional" would be an understatement.
With 903 BHP and 723 lb-ft of torque, Clarkson of Top Gear called it “The Widowmaker.”
If you watch it on the track, you’ll realize that that name isn't that big of an exaggeration.
10 Bugatti Veyron: 2.5 Seconds
There are your supercars that win the “car of the year” awards, and then there’s the Bugatti Veyron that stole the “Car of the Decade” award from Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson was initially skeptical that Bugatti could pull off the feat that the Veyron did, but he came to shower the car with accolades after launch. Not many cars in the world have books written after them, but this one does. Martin Roach authored Bugatti Veyron: A Quest for Perfection – The Story of the Greatest Car in the World, detailing the car’s history and uniqueness and essentially called it the car of our time. With power and torque in the 1,000-plus range and looks in the beautiful to the extremely beautiful range, the Veyron held the record for fastest production car until successor Chiron took the throne.
9 Lamborghini Huracan: 2.5 Seconds
While there might be some souls who don’t like the Huracan from the outside—which is a difficult feat, but Lamborghinis are shaped in an unusually appealing way—the entire interior and the features of the car are just mind-boggling. For instance, the car doesn’t actually have the turn signal and windshield wiper stalks; everything is on the steering wheel, allowing you to stay focused on the road. And when it does come to turning on the turn signal, you'll note that it’s a really cool signal. Another feature that I think is really interesting is the ability to lift up the front axle. Yes, you just press a button, and the front axle rises. Pretty neat, huh? You won’t keep banging the front of the car on terrible roads. It only takes 2.5 seconds to go 60 mph.
8 Porsche 911 Turbo S (991): 2.5 Seconds
While Porsche could only boast a time of 2.8 seconds for its 0-60 mark, independent testers have gotten 2.5 seconds. Launched in 2015, these Turbo Ss have done quite well, outdoing the reputation of the already-famous GT3 RS. The GT3 RS is often thought of as being more “hardcore,” so the figures, despite being roughly equal on paper with the Turbos S, carry a huge disparity in the real world, with the GT3 RS commanding a higher price for the same performance. And then, there's even the newest GT2 RS, which has more power than the 911 Turbo S.
Actually, with 690 HP and 550 lb-ft of torque, it steals the title of being the most powerful 911 ever built.
But the independent time of the 911 Turbo S is what still beats the GT2 RS.
7 McLaren 720S: 2.5 Seconds
I’m not sure if it’s clearly visible in this picture (the pictures are put in after the entry is written), but the very first thing you might ask is "How do you get into this car?" The car was launched just a year ago, and its sides don’t show any handles, just cool-looking curves. That, my friend, is the answer—the door handles are hidden behind one of the curves (there’s some space between the curvy exterior and the door handle). Once you get in, you’ll find an innovative gauge cluster. The cluster can be physically oriented in two different positions, depending on the driving mode. Backing the appealing exterior is the 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that generates an astounding 710 HP and 570 lb-ft of torque; 0-60 is achieved in 2.5 seconds.
6 LaFerrari: 2.4 Seconds
Built with not just one but four different types of carbon fibers, the LaFerrari—which, by the way, means “TheFerrari”—is lighter than the Porsche and the McLaren. One cool feature of this car is that the driver seat is fixed, so all you have to do is move the pedals and steering wheel to get started. They didn’t do that just to look cool, but because doing so allows the center of gravity to be low, meaning cornering becomes facile. With two electric motors and a traditional engine, the LaFerrari is the first mild hybrid car from Ferrari; nonetheless, it has 950 HP, the most in any Ferrari. So, what do you get with 950 HP and 660 lb-ft of torque? You get a car that does the 0-60 trick in 2.4 seconds.
5 Lamborghini Aventador SV: 2.4 Seconds
When 690 HP isn’t enough in the V12 Aventador, you get the V12 Aventador SV and boast 740 HP, reduced weight, increased aerodynamic efficiency, and the like. The SV is like the '90s Dodge Viper, to a large extent—well, just a little less radical, as it has heat, AC, and a CD player. But the SV was built for speed, so there's no storage system in the cabin. The center console exists, but you can’t open it or utilize it. Even the door latch is just a piece of light “loop,” reducing any excess weight. The base price of the Aventador SV is insane at nearly $500K. And if you drool a little more, you might find yourself spending $50K on optional things. While only 600 of the SVs were produced, the 2.4-second 0-60 is insane in any one unit.
4 2018 Challenger SRT Demon: 2.3 Seconds
This car is named aptly after what it does. For some reason, it reminds me of the lunatic GMC Syclone. This one at least looks the part; the Syclone, on the other hand, just had a crazy amount of power with the quietest livery. No warnings, no boasting—just pure raw power. Anyway, that was 1992. And now, we get the Challenger SRT Demon, which has so much power—808 HP and 705 lb-ft of torque—that you better know how to wield it. I’m serious—the car doesn’t even offer passenger seats to keep the weight down, so you have to pay to get them (just $2 more). The car is actually meant for drag racing but was banned after it obliterated others… This car is just unfair to the cops, and it costs only $84K.
3 Bugatti Chiron: 2.3 Seconds
The Chiron is probably the pinnacle of what we, as a society, have achieved in the automotive industry. It’s the culmination of the effort of all students, scientists, researchers, designers, engineers, racing drivers, business companies, and all those individuals and entities whose identities aren't possible to list here. Seriously, with 250 mph, 1479 HP, and 1,180 lb-ft of torque, it’s the fastest production car in the world, although 288 mph is probably the actual top speed, but we just never got there because no tires can match the engine. With a price tag of $2.7M, you get a sensational interior also. All this said and done, it still has to prove a lot to be able to rise out of the shadow of its predecessor, the Veyron.
2 Tesla Model S P100D: 2.28 Seconds
There are very few electric cars that have made it this far. Seriously. While Tesla still has a long way to go, the Model S exemplifies what a good EV can do. It has beauty, beast, and economy all in one. Let’s start with the beauty. Not a lot of people can deny the beauty of the sick curves and the jaw-dropping exterior. Skip the beast and move on to the economy.
Initially, it seemingly costs a lot of money, but once you start doing the math, you realize you're saving a lot of money with the Tesla Model S.
Okay, time for the beast part. With the “Ludicrous Mode,” you can have a 0-60 time of 2.28 seconds—and it’s not even a sports car, per se. It’s not in millions. It’s your daily driver. It’s Tesla, baby.
1 Porsche 918 Spyder: 2.2 Seconds
Produced from the end of 2013 to the middle of 2015, the Porsche 918 Spyder underwent a quiet, premeditated project. A total of 918 units were made, with a single 918 Spyder costing $850K, and if you didn’t get the connection between the name and the number of units sold, read this sentence again. The rear roof of the car resembles a horizontal rocket ship. Not surprisingly, it reached 60 mph from rest in 2.2 seconds, despite Porsche being able to officially claim only 2.5 seconds. That’s the fastest on this list, folks. Doing the magic were the 4.6-liter V8 and two electric motors, meaning the car had a total of 940 lb-ft of torque and 875 HP. Folks, your average cop isn't going to bother with this car.