Ever since automobiles were first discovered and manufactured, humans have tried to find ways to make them go faster. At first, we had cars. Then, we got sports cars. Now, we have all sorts of supercars and even hypercars. Those big adjectives are only given to cars that are well worthy of being called those.
Over the years, two things have been the focus of true performance-car manufacturers: one, to produce the fastest car there is, and two, to produce the quickest car that there is. Billions of dollars have been spent up to this point to achieve these goals, and every time there's a car that claims one of these titles, another one comes along to prove it wrong. We also have two of the biggest automobile markets in competition. On one side, we have the American automobile manufacturers who have really been stepping their game up in recent years, while on the other end, we have European automobile manufacturers, many of whom have been in the business for quite some time now. Still, people generally tend to treat American automobiles as inferior when compared to their European counterparts. To take a look at this, we set out to do our own research and came up with a list of some of the non-American cars that have the quickest 0-60 times.
25 Porsche 918 Spyder
The descendant of the Porsche Carrera GT is considered as part of the holy trinity, which includes the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1. The hybrid supercar is powered by a combination of a 4.6-liter V8 engine with a hybrid electric drive system producing an output of 887 horsepower and propels the car from 0 to 60 in only 2.5 seconds. The supercar has five drive modes. The E-Power uses only electricity to power the car, however, limiting the top speed to only 93 mph, whereas the Hybrid and the Sport Hybrid modes have a balance between economy and sportiness. The Race Hybrid mode pushes both the electric and the V8 engines to their maximum capacities. However, if you’re looking for short runs with the maximum speed, then the last mode known as "Hot Lap" is suitable, as it’s the extreme. Although most reviewers would prefer its rival, the McLaren P1, the 918 still offers a good balance of fuel economy, speed, and power at a price that didn't stop it from being sold in short order.
24 Bugatti Chiron
A car built to bend physics, the Bugatti Chiron is an improvement over its predecessor, the Veyron. Unlike its rivals (the Porsche 918 Spyder, the LaFerrari, and the McLaren P1), the Chiron isn't a hybrid car. Wolfgang Durheimer, the CEO of Bugatti, explained that the car doesn't have extra space for additional parts required for the hybrid build and thus would need a redesigning of the shape. The better aerodynamics and road grip wouldn't require them to build a hybrid.
The car accelerates from 0 to 186 mph in under 13.6 seconds, which is 2.9 seconds faster than the P1.
The top speed is limited to 261 mph, which is more than half of the cruising speed of an Airbus A320. According to Top Gear, the Chiron does things no other car can do and has its own distinctive personality. Surely, it fits the price tag of $1.9M, and the 500 units of the 2017 version were reserved for extraordinary people and not just standard car enthusiasts, according to the CEO of Bugatti.
23 Lamborghini Huracan Performante
This variant is an improved version of the Huracan, which itself is a beast, and so it makes people wonder what improvement could this variant have over the other? However, the Performante pulls off a staggering 35 seconds quicker lap time compared to the Huracan at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and it pulls off a 0-to-60 mph time in about 2.9 seconds. This improvement was done by weight reduction, suspension improvements, and the addition of an innovative aerodynamic package, which is called a "360-degree approach to performance" by the Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani.
The active flaps at the front and rear spoiler arrangement is a part of the design that helps the car achieve a top speed of 201 mph.
With a magnificent roar of the engine and better figures compared to the original variant, the Huracan Performante is really a smart work of engineering and definitely an improvement of its base variant.
22 Ariel Atom 500
As the name “Atom” already suggests, the Ariel Atom 500 is really lightweight. Even though the top speed is just 155 mph, which is quite low when compared to some of the cars above, it goes from 0-60 in a mere 2.5 seconds, which is nothing short of breathtaking. The reliability of the Atom comes from the Honda engine, which is a 3-liter V8. What makes this car really special is that it packs 864 bhp per ton, of which an F1 car has only half, and a superbike produces a little over 700 bhp ton. Oh, and did we mention that its double that of a Veyron?
The gear upshifts are really fast, which makes it pretty difficult to notice the changing torque, while the first gear lets you run the car up to 60 mph.
With most of the exterior stripped off and no windows or a roof, you'll probably need to be wearing a helmet like you’re on a bike because this thing goes really fast, and by "really fast," we mean that it can beat anything other than the McLaren P1 on the tracks.
Another super fast hybrid car that can do 0 to 60 in just 2.5 while looking like a freaking spacecraft is the LaFerrari, which is considered to be one of the best Ferraris ever made, and that's for a very valid reason. The Ferrari (literal translation of "LaFerrari") has a lot of horsepower—950 bhp to be precise—and on top of that, it's lightweight when compared to its direct rivals, which gives it a huge advantage overall. The seats are made specifically with carbon fiber, which gives it lightweight properties, and under the hood is a V12 engine contributing 790 bhp, while the rest of the horsepower comes from a 60 kg lithium-ion battery and an electric motor. This hybrid doesn't incorporate an E-mode like its rivals, so it provides maximum performance at all times by harvesting energy on the move. Being a worthy successor to the Ferrari Enzo, the LaFerrari cannot be purchased as all 499 of the cars built have already been sold out, and also, only the most loyal brand customers are given a right to buy this car.
20 Lamborghini Aventador SV
The Aventador SuperVeloce is a much lighter version of the original Aventador while keeping its monstrous profile. Every person who's played racing games on his phone or other platforms would've surely tried out this car, not just because it’s super-fast but because it looks like a fighter jet, too. The Aventador SV utilizes its V12 engine to go from 0 to 62 mph in only 2.8 seconds; however, the engine obviously isn’t the only part responsible for these ridiculous results. The door panels, the rocker panels, and the rear wings are made from carbon fiber, and the seats and the door panels do as well to help reduce more weight. Major changes on the front and the rear, compared to the base model, make the aerodynamic profile much better, which helps enhance the power produced by the car. Although most reviews have expressed a discomfort in the seating, the car is still a monster that anyone would love to get his hands on.
19 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The Veyron Super Sport does 0 to 60 mph in just under 2.5 seconds, and it has a top speed of 258 mph, which, in case you didn’t know, was limited to protect the tires. At top speed, this car empties its tank in about 8 minutes.
Another staggering statistic is that during the time it takes for a McLaren F1 to go from 0 to 200 mph, the Veyron Super Sport can go from 0 to 200 mph then back to zero and then go again from 0 to 60 mph.
Give yourself a moment to wrap your mind around those figures while considering that the McLaren F1 is one of the fastest cars of its era. Most reviewers have expressed that while this car has a monstrous capacity of performance in terms of raw speed, it's extremely docile to drive. It provides you luxury along with sports car characteristics, so what more could you want?
18 Porsche 911 Turbo S
The 911 line from the Porsche is one of the most loved creations. It's fast with a lot of comfort and safety. The Turbo S advances this line with much more power and fuel efficiency. The 0-to-60 mph timings are 2.9 seconds; however, the engineers at Porsche have claimed that under ideal conditions, the car can achieve this feat in a mere 2.5 seconds, putting it right next to the 918 Spyder. Dynamic boost helps improve the throttle response, which is a new function that leaves the throttle valve open for a short while even after the driver lifts his foot off the pedal. Pushing the pedal down after this with a short delay (1.5-2 secs) means that there'll be no delay in acceleration, thanks to the throttle response. With the comfort, the stability, the “Porsche” look, and the speed of this car, we think that it's the best bang for the buck.
17 McLaren 720S
The 720S is one of the milestones of the legendary automobile manufacturer. It does 0 to 60 mph in just under 2.9 seconds, a feat that's achieved by the twin-turbo V8 engine. The car in a silver color scheme makes it look like something from the far future, as it’s designed with carbon fiber inside and out.
Reviewers from Top Gear have said that the feel of the drive is like telepathy between the driver and the car—that's how good it feels to take the 720S out for a spin.
The 720S is just like the other sub-3.0 second 0-60 mph cars, basically making you feel as if you've lost time in between once you’re at top speeds and making it feel like a time warp. The design and the performance figures make it a fantasy for anyone, not just car enthusiasts.
16 Rimac Concept One
The Rimac Concept One is an all-electric car with a 120kWh battery that does 0 to 60 mph in just 1.85 seconds. Following current technology, the car can be unlocked and ignited using face recognition—futuristic much? From the interior to the exterior, everything looks really futuristic, although reviewers have complained that the cabin is a bit tight and uncomfortable for taller drivers. Another complaint is that the drive isn’t as good on rougher surfaces compared to smooth surfaces and that the brakes can be unpredictable. Four motors contribute to a mind-boggling 1,073 horsepower, something that Amazon’s Grand Tour host Richard Hammond experienced when he lost control of the Rimac that he was reviewing, resulting in a fiery accident. Although there are more options for electric enthusiasts out there, the Concept One gives us an idea of what we can expect from the future of performance electric cars.
15 Lamborghini Huracan
An upgrade to Lamborghini’s top-selling car, the Gallardo, the Huracan incorporates many improvements in hopes of being the next top car. Unexpectedly, according to Lamborghini, the Huracan rides really well and in a mannered fashion, making it the quiet child among a bunch of noisy kids. The car has cameras and sensors to help the driver out with the limited view area, and all the functions and information is placed behind the steering wheel instead of the central console. The 5.2-liter V10 engine helps the Huracan achieve 0 to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, which is nothing short of impressive. Along with the existing aerodynamic body, the Huracan has a convertible Spyder variant, which is even sportier in the matter of looks. The speedy, powerful, and monstrous Huracan has surely helped take Lamborghini to the top alongside its rivals.
14 Koenigsegg One
This car exhibits the unique quality of having a 1:1 ratio of horsepower to kilograms, which none of its rivals have achieved yet. Not only is it an achievement for the brand, but we could say it's even one for the entire car-manufacturing industry. The One does 0 to 60 mph in just under 3 seconds, similar to some of the other quick cars on this list. However, what's more impressive is the fact that it does 0 to 250 mph in a mind-boggling 20 seconds! This Swedish-made car has answered the question on which of the holy trinity cars is actually the fastest since the One beats each and every single one of them. Speed aside, another really cool feature of the car is that the GPS sensors inside allow the car to lift its front end as it approaches speed bumps. The only bad thing about it is that only 7 of these were ever made, and all of them have been sold.
13 McLaren P1
Push this car to the limit, and you’ll probably find yourself behind bars or paying a hefty traffic-violation ticket. That’s right—this car does 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 217 mph. It’s a hybrid electric car that also lets you run it on the motor when needed. However, when you turn off the EV mode, you're practically able to warp time. Jeremy Clarkson even went on to call it the widow maker, which goes to show just how insane it really is.
The P1 has the ability to be both a road car and an F1 racing car, unlike its predecessor, the McLaren F1.
The shape of the P1 changes according to the mode you’re in. The race mode, when activated, takes 30 seconds to change, which lowers the car about 50 mm, and a large spoiler rises at the back to fulfill all your aerodynamic needs.
12 Audi R8 V10 Plus
An Audi car with the most powerful engine out there, the R8 has a 5.2-liter V10 that's nothing short of amazing. It makes the car go from 0 to 60 mph in just under 2.9 seconds while remaining sophisticated and luxurious at the same time. The R8 doesn't look like a supercar, which is contrary to the looks of McLarens and Ferraris, which has led to Audi developing their own unique style and look while retaining all the modern features at the same time.
Many sports car enthusiasts have even said that the styling on the R8 is too subtle for it to be considered a sports car. In the front is a large windshield that gives the driver a large view compared to other sports cars, and the rear-view mirror is sufficient enough for looking at cars as you leave them behind in the dust with your top speed of 205 mph.
11 Pagani Zonda R
Paganis are some of the most unique-looking and rare cars out there. There have been numerous variations of the Zonda; however, the Zonda R does 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.7 seconds and has a top speed of 218 mph. This might be one of the reasons why it's been declared illegal to drive on public roads in many parts of the world. Pagani has claimed that this car can achieve 2.0 g’s of lateral acceleration, although this hasn't been tested due to track limitations. Still, reviewers believe that the claim could be true due to the incredible grip of the car and control on tracks. The car has been solely developed for the track, and although the engine isn’t as powerful as some of the other supercars on this list, the gold-topped V12 Mercedes AMG engine makes sure that the Zonda R has more than enough to achieve ridiculous speeds.
10 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Larger turbochargers and changes to the chassis help the 911 GT2 RS gain 118 horsepower more over its sister, the Turbo S. The engine roars so loud that at around 70 mph, you’d have to shout to the passenger sitting right next to you. This is the kind of sound that this car creates.
It has a top speed of 211 mph and does 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, making it the fastest-ever factory-built 911.
The air conditioning and infotainment center has been stripped off to make it lighter, both of which are present in the Turbo S variant. Additional weight has been traded off for better performance by adding carbon fiber to the body and even the pedals. With a great chassis build that offers smooth reactions to each inch of your steering movement and an accurate reaction of the acceleration to how much you step on the pedal, the 911 GT2 RS is a great sports car for both the track and for a casual drive around the country.
9 Nissan GT-R Nismo
For anyone who might not know this already, the "Nismo" in the name stands for "Nissan Motorsports." It's responsible for the productions of GT-R variants for GT racing. The Nismo variant is the monster of all the productions from Nissan in terms of performance, and most people who've previously driven the GT usually cannot believe the performance gains that have been achieved by this variant. The GT-R Nismo does 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 191 mph. One of the biggest advantages that it has is that it’s significantly cheaper when compared to its direct rivals, such as Porsches and McLarens. The front bumper is made from carbon fiber and is formed into a particular shape that tends to increase downforce and improve airflow to attain stability at a higher velocity. The steering provides confidence to the driver through its feedback on every edge and turn. Although you cannot say that it's well designed for use on both the track and city roads, it surely does excel on the track.
8 McLaren 650S
It seems that in recent years, McLaren has really stepped up their game when it comes to the production of new and powerful supercars. The P1 is excellent proof of that; however, the story doesn’t end there. A supposed sister to the McLaren 12C, the 650S carries many features of the P1. It looks quite identical to the 12C from the rear. However, the front looks like the P1 got a quick-fix facelift.
A top speed of 207 mph and a 0-to-60 time of 3.0 seconds might be among the few reasons that its competitors should be worried.
The 650S provides a lean learning curve for the driver through different types of feedback. It tells the driver when he's about to reach the limits of the car. Reviewers have said that the 650S is the car the 12C should've been all along.
7 Ferrari F12 TDF
As if the Ferrari F12 weren’t enough in its own regard, the TDF variant comes with a 6.3-liter V12 engine, which gives it an extra 39 bhp over the original. Carbon-fiber front and rear bumpers and additional carbon-fiber components on the inside have helped to shed an additional 100 kg. An improved aerodynamic profile helps you achieve more downforce, which allows a top speed of over 211 mph and a 0-to-62 mph time of just 2.9 seconds. The car can be intimidating, though. For example, you first need to get the tires a little warmed up before they provide you with enough grip. However, the ideology of a fighter jet was used here since a fighter jet is less stable to provide more agility. The front tires are wider than the chassis, making the body of the car feel much shorter and, thus, a little unstable. Even Ferrari has agreed that these cars with the V12 engine require a lot of learning before you can take it out for a ride. Even if you were that patient, you’d need to have a large amount of money and be a loyal customer of Ferrari to own this variant.
6 BAC Mono
Another car that does 0 to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds is the BAC Mono, which is unique in the sense that it's a road-legal single-seat racing car. Getting into the car to drive it is quite a challenge in itself. However, once you’re all set, the view from the car is really great due to the design at the front.
The view immediately immerses you into the experience and gives you a feel of the immediate response from the car. The grip on poor surfaces is great, and despite being a performance car, the ride feels very smooth. With the engine behind your head, you’d be hearing a lot of roaring noise; however, the safety helmet helps to muffle it out. The reduced weight of this car helps steer it in different directions really quickly. If you’re looking for a car with the maximum thrill of driving it, then this is it.
5 BMW M5
This BMW is an all-wheel drive, and now, you might be asking what that specifically is and how it's different from a four-wheel-drive system. Well, in simple terms and without getting into the hows and whys, an all-wheel-drive system distributes varying power to each wheel according to the need. Another breakthrough and a special feature that the M5 has is what BMW is calling the "Central Intelligence Unit," which integrates all of the controls of the car’s hardware subsystems in one place.
Although the M5 isn’t a track car, it still does 0 to 60 mph in 3.25 seconds and has a max speed of 155 mph.
For a car that has a large body, we’d say that this is still quite impressive. If you’re looking for a fast car with a luxurious and elegant feel, then this is definitely the car to go for.
4 McLaren 12C
A direct rival to the Ferrari 458 Italia the 12C comes with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Both the 12C and the 458 Italia were meant to be mid-tiered supercars, which isn’t to say that they were any less expensive—only that they cost less than the much higher-placed LaFerrari and the McLaren P1. In order to reduce weight and be as light as possible, the 12C is built around a central carbon-fiber tub; however, this is also one of the major reasons why it's so expensive. It has a top speed of 207 mph and manages to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. The car was produced up until 2014, after which its successor, the 650S, was produced and ended up taking its place. The 12C could've been built better to match its rivals. However, it only loses by an inch due to certain flaws, many of which were upgraded with the passage of time. Regardless, the 12C is still an amazing machine.
3 Ferrari 488
The most important change in this car since the introduction of the Ferrari 458 was the use of a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 engine. This powerhouse, in particular, can help you achieve the maximum amount of horsepower and torque that can be provided whenever you want to. The car gets you from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds flat, all the while providing you with great grip. While some sports cars are uncomfortable to sit in, the 488 has a comfortable driving seat and a great view out from the front windscreen. Talking about the aerodynamic profile, well, it was sculpted in a wind tunnel, so that should tell you all that you need to know. It won the International Engine of the Year award (yes, they have those) at the Engine Expo 2016, and we think that says a lot about the success of this car since it definitely lived up to the hype and expectations of people as compared to cars by other competitors.
2 Aston Martin Vulcan
The Aston Martin looks as if it's been pulled straight out from a science-fiction movie. It's as exotic as it can get, and it isn’t only in the looks either—oh no—because this car is definitely a performer.
This is a collectible toy exclusively for the millionaires, more specifically those who like to spend their weekends completing laps around a track in their recent million-dollar purchase.
It’s really fast, and even that's an understatement since it has a top speed of 225 mph and goes from 0 to 60 in just 3 seconds. The front of the Vulcan is designed in such a way that it helps in creating a downforce greater than its own weight. It's definitely one of the fastest and most amazing cars that Aston Martin has produced to date, and even though it isn’t road legal, we wouldn’t mind owning one if we had the money.
1 Mercedes AMG GT S
Drive in one of these down the road, and you're bound to turn heads. An improved front ensures that the car not only looks good but is also aerodynamic, adding to the performance of the AMG GT S. The steering control has improved vastly, giving you better feedback with the right amount of weight and steer, and the engine ensures that you’re getting the maximum amount of output whether you’re on a straight line or going around a bend.
While keeping the spirit of Mercedes-esque style, the twin-turbo V8 gives you great performance. It propels the car from 0 to 62 mph in only 2.7 seconds, which is faster than the Porsche 911 S. If you’re willing to build up G-forces on your body and at the same time feel like you’re riding a coupe, then this is one of the cars built to do so.