There are tons of cars that are fast—like, really, really fast, but very few that can reach the pinnacle of acceleration: going from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds. It seems that every year, we see awesome supercars being released, introducing crazy engine modifications and performance enhancements, but some of the records on this list weren’t made by supercars at all. When it comes to overall speed and racing, sure, supercars are the way of the future, but sometimes the least expected car has the fastest acceleration (which you’ll see in a minute).
Included on this heralded list of accelerating monsters are all the names you expect to hear: Lamborghini, Bugatti, Ferrari, McLaren… but also a few you might not expect: Tesla, Dodge, Audi, Chevrolet, BMW, BAC. This just goes to show that even though many of these superpowered, turbocharged beasts might make the grade for “fastest cars in the world,” it doesn’t mean they have the best acceleration.
In the world of high-performance sports cars, no two models are exactly alike, and no two drivers are alike either. That’s why many of the entries on this list have top speeds that were labeled by the manufacturers and fastest speeds that were made independently of the manufacturers, by independent drivers.
Some of the cars on this list may surprise you. So here it is, the 22 exotic cars you didn’t know could go from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds…
22 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder (2.2 seconds)
Here’s a surprise: the fastest car to each 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds is actually a hybrid. It’s Porsche’s 2014 918 Spyder, a mid-engined plug-in of which there were only 918 produced. It has a naturally aspirated engine, which means its internal combustion is purely dependent on atmospheric pressure, not forced induction through a supercharger or a turbocharger.
The awesome car pictured here had a manufacturer 0-to-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds, but an independent driver managed it in 2.2 seconds flat.
Also, in September 2013, a 918 fitted with the “Weissach Package” set a Nürburgring lap time of 6:57 on the 20.6 km (12.8-mile) road course, breaking the previous record by 14 seconds. It was the first production street-legal car to break the 7-minute mark.
21 2016 Tesla Model S P100D (2.28 seconds)
The second-fastest time from 0 to 60 mph comes from another electric car. The Tesla Model S P100D is a full-sized, five-door luxury liftback that was introduced by Tesla in 2012. The model that hit 0 to 60 in 2.28 seconds had the “Ludicrous+ Update” module on it. Even the manufacturer’s time was only 2.4 seconds!
This car doesn’t look like a supercar, and that’s because it’s not—it scored a perfect 5.0 NHTSA automobile safety rating, and gets 335 miles per full charge, which is higher than any other electric car.
The Model S became the first electric car to top the monthly new-car sales rankings in any country, first in Norway in 2013, then in Denmark. After the Nissan Leaf, it's the second-most-sold electric car in history. In 2013, it was also the Car of the Year in the Motor Trend and the Automobile magazines.
20 2017 Bugatti Chiron (2.3 seconds)
Here’s a car that would definitely be expected to make the list, possibly even the top, but it actually hit 0 to 60 mph in 0.02 seconds slower than the Tesla Model S and a full 0.1 second slower than the Porsche 918. The Bugatti Chiron, of which there were only 500 models produced, is the spiritual successor to the Bugatti Veyron. It was first shown at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and was based on the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept car.
The Chiron is named after the racecar driver Louis Chiron. In 2017, it broke the record for the fastest car to reach 0 to 400 to 0 km/h (0-249-0 mph), completing it in 41.96 seconds in a span of 2 miles. It broke its own record on October 1, 2017, doing the 0-400-0 in just 36.44 seconds.
19 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon (2.3 seconds)
Tied with the Bugatti Chiron’s time of 2.3 seconds is the modified Dodge Challenger, called the "SRT Demon." This debuted during the New York Auto Show in 2017 as a more powerful and wider version of the Challenger. Only 3,300 were produced. The Demon has a 6.2-liter V8 engine with a 2.7-liter supercharger and puts out 808 horsepower.
The Demon reaches 0-30 mph in 1.0 seconds, and 0-100 in 5.1 seconds.
It reaches the quarter mile (400 m) in only 9.65 seconds at a speed of 140.09 mph. It's the fastest non-electric production car to reach 0-60 mph. The SRT Demon also accelerates at 1.8 Gs of force, making this the “hardest-launching” production car ever. With this extreme power and acceleration, the SRT Demon is the first production car to ever perform a wheelie.
18 2015 LaFerrari (2.4 seconds)
The LaFerrari is a hybrid sports car (and one of the most badass-looking cars on the planet), of which there were only 499 produced. Its name means, literally, “The Ferrari” in Italian. Because of its name, it's considered the definitive Ferrari.
In December of 2016, a LaFerrari was auctioned at $7 million, making it the “most valuable 21st-century automobile ever sold at auction.”
Another was auctioned for $10 million, a LaFerrari Aperta, of which there was only 210 produced. Though its manufacturer’s time from 0-60 mph was just under 3.0 seconds, an independent test reached the mark at 2.4 seconds. Like the Porsche 918 in first place, it's a hybrid electric car that's naturally aspirated. The car was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in 2013.
17 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce (2.4 seconds)
Tied with LaFerrari is another Italian masterpiece, the Lamborghini Aventador SV. There were only 600 units produced of this naturally aspirated supercar. It was originally launched at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, after its unveiling five months prior in Sant’Agata Bolognese. It was designed to replace the decade-old (back then) Murciélago as the flagship Lamborghini model.
Its manufacturer time from 0-60 mph was 2.8 seconds, but an independent time got it a whole 0.4 seconds faster (which is a lot when you see that the difference between #1 and #6 is 0.2 seconds). The SuperVeloce has an upgraded powertrain, with 50 more horsepower than the Coupe (740 hp total). Its theoretical top speed is somewhere around 217 mph. The base price of this limited 600-unit run is $493,069.
16 2006 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (2.5 seconds)
The Bugatti Veyron was developed by the Volkswagen Group and manufactured in France. It was named after racing driver Pierre Veyron. The original Veyron has a top speed of 253 mph, and it was named the Car of the Decade (2000 to 2009) by BBC’s Top Gear. It also won Top Gear’s “Best Car Driven All Year” award in 2005, its first year of production.
Only 430 Veyrons were originally produced with only 30 of them being the “Super Sport” model.
Its increased engine power is 1,200 horsepower(!), and it's more aerodynamic than the original 16.4 model. The Super Sport has a top speed of 267.856 mph, making it the fastest production road car on the planet, though it’s electronically limited to 258 mph in order to protect the tires from disintegrating. Sadly, the Bugatti Veyron was discontinued in 2014.
15 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S (2.5 seconds)
Coming right up alongside the Veyron Super Sport is the Porsche 911 Turbo S. Who would've thought Porsche would have two of the top 10 spots? We figured they’d all be Lambos and Ferraris and McLarens. Anyway, the Porsche 911 has been in production since 1963, though the Turbo S model was released in 2016. It’s a rear-engine, two-door, 2+2 high-performance vehicle.
Its manufacturer time from 0-60 mph was 2.8 seconds, but it’s tied with the Veyron Super Sport at 2.5 seconds independently.
In 2015, Car and Driver called the Porsche 911 the “best premium sports car on the market.” That’s pretty high praise. It also placed 5th in the “Car of the Century” competition in 1999, trailing the Ford Model T, the BMC Mini, the Citroen DS, and the Volkswagen Beetle.
14 2017 McLaren 720S (2.5 seconds)
Ah, there it is, the McLaren 720S—a supercar worth noting and tying with the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the Porsche 911 Turbo S, and the car below this at hitting 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. This British sports car has only been on the market since 2017, and it’s the second all-new car in the McLaren Super Series. It was launched at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7th, 2017. It has a modified carbon chassis, making it weigh considerably less than its predecessor, the 650S.
The price of one of these bad boys is $291,564. Its manufacturer time from 0-60 was 2.7 seconds, but an independent test yielded 2.5 seconds.
This makes it 0.3 seconds faster than the 650S. The 720S has a combined fuel economy of 26.4 mpg, which is pretty dang good! It has a quarter-mile time of 10.3 seconds and a max speed of 212 mph.
13 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 (2.5 seconds)
The last of the four cars to hit 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds is the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán, a mid-engined sports car built to replace the former V10 flagship, the Gallardo. The V10 has both direct and multi-point fuel injection, making it the first V10 to utilize both systems. The Huracán made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show and was released a quarter later. The car has 610 metric horsepower and 4-wheel drive.
It was named the 2014 “Supercar of the Year” by Top Gear.
Though this naturally aspirated supercar has a 0-60 manufacturer time of only 3.2 seconds, an independent test yielded the 2.5-second record. It can also reach 186 mph (0-300 km/h) in just 27.6 seconds, and the quarter-mile at 10.4 seconds. The Huracán’s maximum speed is 212 mph.
12 Tesla Model S P90D (2.6 seconds)
The second Tesla on this list, at rank #10, is also a Model S, but it’s the P90D version rather than the P100D version. It also has a “Ludicrous Upgrade.” In the early fourth quarter of 2017, global Model S sales passed the 200,000 unit milestone, with the U.S. being the leading market (119,000 models sold there). P85D models have an optional “Ludicrous Mode” hardware upgrade with 90 kWh battery upgrade (making it a P90D), that improves the 0-to-60 mph acceleration from 3.2 seconds to 2.8 seconds. And an independent time managed 2.6 seconds. Even with its massive acceleration, the P90D has a top speed of only 155 mph due to its lower total motor power.
11 2014 McLaren P1 (2.6 seconds)
The McLaren P1 is a hybrid electric car of which there were only 375 units produced. This British gem, which debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, began retail sales in the UK in October 2013, and all 375 units were sold by November. The United States accounted for 34% of those sales and Europe for 26%. The P1 is the successor to the F1, utilizing Formula 1 technology and hybrid power. It's a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive car.
The P1’s main competitors were the Porsche 918 and the LaFerrari. They all have very similar specifications, but in a race around Silverstone circuit between the three cars, the P1 finished first at 58.24 seconds, the 918 finished second with 58.46 seconds, and the LaFerrari finished last with 58.58 seconds. This particular car has a 0-60 mph top time of 2.6 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than its manufacturer time.
10 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus (2.6 seconds)
The first Audi on this list (and last) is the R8 V10 Plus, a favorite among street racers everywhere. With a top speed of 205 mph and 602 hp, this car scorches across the 0-60 mph circuit in just 3.2 seconds or 2.6 seconds via independent time. Autocar awarded the R8 the “Best Handling Car” and “Fastest Car in the World” back in 2007. Since then, faster cars have been released, but it's still a beast. Playboy named it “Car of the Year” in 2008, as did German magazine Autobild, Fifth Gear, Automobile Magazine, MSN, European Car magazine, and the 2008 World Car of the Year awards.
The R8, designed by Audi AG, is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo model.
It was originally a successful race car that was made into a road car. The concept car appeared at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, and it was launched at the 2006 Paris Auto Show. It's been described by “24 Hours of Le Mans” winner Jacky Ickx as the “best-handling road car today.”
9 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (2.7 seconds)
This high-performance sports car, built by Porsche, first came out in 1993. It was discontinued in 1998, but then relaunched in 2001, again in 2007, and finally in 2018 as the 991 and the GTf2 RS. The design is based on the 911 Turbo, with a twin-turbocharged engine, plus various engine upgrades, larger brakes, and stiffer calibration. It's also much lighter than the Turbo due to its rear-wheel drive.
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the fastest and most expensive model in the 911 lineup.
It starts at $294,250. It has 612 horsepower and weighs 150 lbs less than a standard GT2, which helps give it a top speed of 205 mph. Its 0-60 mph best time is 2.7 seconds, both via manufacturer and independent time.
8 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO (2.7 seconds)
Tying with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds is the Nissan GT-2 NISMO, the only Nissan on this list. This awesome car is a 2+2 high-performance vehicle and the successor to the Skyline GT-R. It’s a front-engine all-wheel-drive car with a twin-turbo V6 engine.
Nissan introduced the NISMO GT-R model in 2015, raising its U.S. price almost 50%, to $140,990. It has an increased 591 horsepower, 196 mph top speed, as well as other performance enhancers, such as a tune suspension, front and rear brake cooling ducts, a fuel tank of 19 US gallons, and 481 lb-ft torque. The NISMO also looks sleek inside, with a black-and-red color treatment made from synthetic suede and a full titanium exhaust.
7 2016 Acura NSX (2.7 seconds)
The second-generation Honda NSX, which is marketed as the Acura NSX, is a mid-engined, all-wheel-drive 2-seater created by Honda in the United States. The original NSX was produced in Japan in 1990 (until 2005), though this second generation began production in 2016.
The car first gained notoriety after a Super Bowl advertisement featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno in the car aired in February 2012.
This hybrid electric beauty reached 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds via manufacturer, and 2.7 seconds via independent study. It’s been described by its lead designer, Michelle Christensen, as “an American muscle car in an Italian exotic car’s body.” The concept car was first introduced at the Auto Expo in New Delhi. Road & Track named the NSX as its "2017 Performance Car of the Year."
6 2016 Ferrari F12 TDF (2.7 seconds)
The last of three cars to hit 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds is the 2016 Ferrari F12tdf. It's a rear-wheel-drive, front mid-engine “touring” car that debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show as the F12berlinetta. It replaced the 599 series grand tourers. It’s a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12, and the car won the International Engine of the Year award in 2013 in both the “Best Engine Above 4.0 Liters” and the “Best Performance” categories.
The F12tdf is a lightweight, track version of the F12berlinetta. Only 799 units were produced, and it increased to 769 horsepower and weighs 243 lbs less than a standard F12. Its top speed is over 211 mph, and its test circuit on Ferrari’s Fiorano course finished at 1:21, just 1.3 seconds behind the fastest lap set by LaFerrari.
5 2018 BAC Mono (2.8 seconds)
Though it may not look like it, the BAC Mono is a road-legal sports car. The single-seater was launched in 2011. It’s basically a Formula One car for the road, and it definitely looks like it. The small 2.3-liter V4 engine produces just 285 horsepower, but it still reached 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 170 mph.
Another cool factoid, during production for the car, each model is custom built around the purchaser’s body shape. So, if you get this car, you’d better not gain or lose any weight! The seat size, the steering-wheel position, and the pedal reach are all customized to the buyer’s specification. It was named the GQ “Track Day Car of the Year” in 2012, and Top Gear’s “Stig’s Car of the Year” in 2011.
4 2018 BMW M5 (2.8 seconds)
The only BMW on this list, the M5, is a sports sedan version of the 5 Series executive car. The first version of the car was built in 1986, by hand, with a modified BMW M1 engine. At the time, it was the fastest production sedan in the world.
This all-wheel-drive, twin-turbocharged sedan is capable of reaching 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, though the manufacturer time is 3.2 seconds.
The BMW M5 is based on a rear-biased design, exclusively for driving dynamics. The engine has power of 441 kW (591 horsepower) and is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, as opposed to the former 7-speed dual-clutch transmission of earlier M5s. It can reach 200 km/h in 11.1 seconds.
3 2016 Ferrari 488 (2.9 seconds)
Near the bottom of this list but still coming in at an outrageous 2.9 seconds from 0-60 mph, is the 2016 Ferrari 488. This sleek machine is a mid-engined sports car that was introduced in 2015 to replace the 458. It features major performance and exterior changes to the 458, including a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which is higher in output than the 458’s naturally aspirated engine.
The 488 GTB was named the “Supercar of the Year” by Top Gear in 2015. It was also Motor Trend’s 2017 “Best Driver’s Car.” In February 2017, a 488 GT3 won the 2017 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race, run by Maranello Motorsport. It was the first victory for the car company since 2014.
2 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (2.95 seconds)
Finally making the list is the Corvette Z06, a modified version of the Corvette Stingray. It has a 6.2-liter supercharged and intercooled LT4 V8 engine, with a TVS supercharger that gives it 650 horsepower. The base price of the model is probably the most reasonable on this list at just $78,995. The top speed of the car is officially 185 mph.
The Z06 was unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The 2014 Stingray model was the seventh generation of Corvette and the first to bear the Stingray name since the 1968 third-generation model of the car. It’s still one of the most highly sought-after speedy cars in the world, with an instantly recognizable look and name.
1 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT (3.0 seconds)
Coming in last on the list, and clocking in at exactly 3.0 seconds from 0-60 mph, is the Mercedes-AMG GT. It's a 2-door, 2-seater coupe and roadster produced by Mercedes-AMG (rather than Benz). It was presented in 2014 at the Paris Motor Show and is the second sports car (after the SLS AMG) developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG.
Two variants of the car went on sale—the GT and GT S—in March 2015. A GT3 racing variant was released later in 2015 and was targeted at semi-professional race car drivers. All variants of this sweet car are assembled at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Germany. The car also ran the quarter-mile in just 11.2 seconds. It's powered by a 4.0-liter M178 twin-turbo V8 petrol engine.