Audi can trace its roots back to the early 20th century. In the 1930s, it joined with three other German automakers to form Auto Union, where it was dominant in European racing until it disappeared in the chaos of World War II. In 1965, Volkswagen bought the brand’s rights from Mercedes-Benz and relaunched Audi in the modern era. We’re sure Mercedes has been regretting it, at least a little, ever since.
VW quickly turned Audi into its luxury brand, and it worked out pretty well. Audi wasn’t exactly known for speed until the 1980s, when it perfected all-wheel drive, launched its Quattro line, and forever changed the definition of performance cars. Although Ingolstadt’s finest don’t have as long a history of performance cars as, say, BMW, they’ve more than made up for it over the past few decades.
Here’s a look at 15 of the fastest models the company has ever produced, using zero to 60 times as a metric. Because most Audis are electronically limited to 155 miles per hour top speeds, this seemed like the best means to measure. Unsurprisingly, most of these were built in the past decade. And like many other superlative lists, there are a few vehicles that have been excluded: concept vehicles, one-offs, or rare birds where official specifications weren’t available. So, without further ado, here are the fastest cars to ever wear the four-rings badge.