Have you ever wondered what the fastest model of vehicle is from each brand? We did, and we assumed you were curious, too, or you probably wouldn’t be here. We’ve covered all kinds of “fastest” lists — luxury cars, electric cars, motorcycles, cars costing less than $30,000, and so on — but here, we present a near-comprehensive list of the fastest factory vehicles available from the 40 or so brands doing business in the United States.
The findings were not all that surprising. Luxury brands make faster and more powerful cars, for the most part. Companies like Toyota and Honda seem to have forfeited their pursuit of speed for cars of a more practical nature. Others have been dead set on producing the fastest cars possible.
For the sake of this list, we excluded ultra-low-volume vehicles like Lamborghini’s Veneno, which only has three models on the road, but some lower-volume vehicles in the hundreds were included. Modified or tuned vehicles (sorry, Hennessey), or vehicles no longer in production like the Ram SRT10 or Mazda’s excellent MazdaSpeed3 were left out. Vehicles on this list are available in the United States, either now or in the near future.
Concept cars were also left out for the sake of a fair fight — and, you know, because they’re not available. We covered major brands that do a fair amount of business in America and offer more than one vehicle (so companies like Bugatti were also excluded, since it only is producing 450 units of the Veyron, although we made an exception for Tesla). Discontinued lines — here’s looking at you, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, and Hummer — were also left off the list.
Here are the fastest production cars representing the quickest models off the factory floor from their respective brands. Since in many cases the horsepower figures for different models were quite close or the same, 0-60 times and top speeds were also taken into account; also, the most powerful vehicle in the lineup may not be the fastest. The following are ranked alphabetically.
Acura’s RLX Sport Hybrid sedan is not only the biggest, but is also be the most powerful vehicle in the brand’s lineup with 377 combined system horsepower. Acura has notably not jumped into the power race with its vehicles, instead relying on build quality and fuel efficiency to sell its products. The RLX will nail 60 in five seconds on the nose, besting the smaller, lighter, but significantly less powerful TLX by about three seconds (in four-cylinder kit). It may not handle like a small compact, but as far as speed goes, the RLX will be the fastest in Acura’s stable until the NSX reaches showroom floors.
2. Aston Martin
There are few cars on the road that combine beauty, performance, comfort, and prestige as well as the Aston Martin Vantage V12. The Vantage V12 produces 565 horsepower from a creamy, well-renowned 6.0 liter V12. Sixty miles per hour comes up in a short 3.7 seconds, and its top speed of 205 is the fastest for any production Aston Martin car ever made.
With 610 horsepower on tap, Audi’s new R8 V10 became the fastest production Audi ever made. Zero to 62 miles per hour happens in a brief 3.2 seconds, on the way to a terminal velocity of 205.1 miles per hour. Advance sales started earlier this year, so the new R8s should be trickling into showrooms soon. Though it doesn’t look markedly different from the outgoing model, why fix what’s not broken?
From Bentley, the Continental GT Speed has taken the crown as the company’s fastest car ever (non-racing, that is). The 2015 model has been spruced up with even more power than ever before; driven by a herd of 626 horses, the Continental GT Speed can hit an eye-popping top speed of 206 miles per hour, as it’s powered by a 6.0 liter twin-turbo W12 engine. It only takes 4.2 seconds to go from 0-60 and 9 seconds to go from 0-100 miles per hour. The convertible variant is capable of speeds up to 203 miles per hour, but for top performance, the standard GT Speed wins out.
As a performance vehicle maker, BMW is no stranger to freakish speed. As far as the brand’s fastest model, that distinction belongs to the M6. Although it shows comparable top speeds to the M5, the M6 grabs the top spot thanks to its superior quickness. The M6 is able to go from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds compared to the M5′s 4.1 seconds. The M6 employs a turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 engine, supplying 560 horsepower and enough jump to make the M6 the fastest BMW vehicle on the road.
Buick may not be synonymous with incredible performance, typically opting to run on the luxurious features of its vehicles. As far as the fastest Buicks are concerned, that award goes to the Regal GS, which has been able to post a 0-60 sprint at about 6.3 seconds miles per hour when properly equipped, beating out every other car in the Buick lineup, including the more powerful Lacrosse (6.8 seconds, give or take). The Regal GS houses a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine under the hood, supplying 259 horsepower. A sporty and sleek exterior helps with the aerodynamic factor, making the Regal GS the quickest vehicle in the Buick line.
A longtime maker of (mostly) classy luxury vehicles, Cadillac has started putting some more emphasis under the hood of its newer models. The fastest of the whole Cadillac fleet is the CTS-V, a variant of the original CTS sedan. Originally introduced in 2004, the CTS-V is in its third generation and is powered by a Corvette-derived 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that’s capable of producing 640 horsepower and can propel the CTS-V to a top speed of 200 miles per hour and go from 0-60 in just 3.7 seconds.
In unveiling the new Corvette Z06, Chevrolet has unleashed its most powerful vehicle ever. For the 2015 model year, the new Corvette variant comes with a heavily supercharged LT4 6.2-liter V8 engine rated at 650 horsepower (and a matching figure for torque). The Z06 is even more powerful than the ZR1 Corvette, General Motors’ previous record holder for most powerful vehicle, at 638 horsepower. The Z06 finds its extra strength in stronger cylinder heads, aluminum pistons and a 1.7 liter supercharger; it can reach 60 in just 2.95 seconds, and a limited top speed of 186 miles per hour.
The Chrysler 300 isn’t exactly a slouch, per se, but once SRT gets its hands on it, it becomes a whole different animal. Power leaps from 363 horsepower (with the optional V8) to 470 (with matching 470 pound-feet of torque), as the base 5.7 liter V8 is supplanted with the 6.4 liter eight-cylinder, which helps propel the sedan to 60 in the “high” 4 seconds range. Speed tops out at a lofty 175 miles per hour, and new brakes have been outfitted all around to help bring the car back down to reasonable speeds. Better jump on it quick though — the 300 SRT is dead after 2014, at least in the U.S. — though since it’s still on SRT’s website, we’re guessing there are still some out there.
You’d think the Dodge Hellcat twins would bear the burden of being the brand’s fastest, but that distinction actually goes to the Dodge Viper. Its 645 horsepower powertrain brings the car to 60 in the low-three seconds, on it’s way to a mind-bending 206 miles per hour. The Viper couldn’t move units priced over $100,000, but now that it’s at a much more reasonable $83,000, it’s finding its fans.
At this point, Ferrari almost has an obligation to continue pushing the envelope on road-going track cars, and the LaFerrari, peculiar name aside, does just that. It’s Ferrari’s first hybrid, but don’t think it’s anything like a Prius in Ferrari suit. It packs 950 horsepower, and the electric system is really more for added torque than any meaningful fuel economy gains. Like the Enzo that preceded it, the LaFerrari will be limited to 499 units at more than $1 million apiece. With its F1-derived KERS system and its innovative body shell and chassis, the LaFerrari is set to do battle with names like McLaren’s P1 and Porsche’s new 918.
There are other cars in Fiat’s U.S. lineup that share the 160-horsepower, MultiAir turbocharged 1.4 liter engine (the 500L, for instance), but no other car wearing the Fiat badge is as fun or as speedy as the 500 Abarth. The suspension has been performance-tuned, and a Sport mode has been added to shift the car from casual errand-running mode into a full-on curve-carving track machine.
Ford’s ultimate road warrior was the Shelby GT500 Mustang, but with that reign over, it’s down to the Shelby GT350R in the meantime. With a Ferrari-inspired flat-crank V8 producing 526 horsepower, the GT350 can reach 60 in roughly four seconds, and although Ford doesn’t reveal official figures for its cars, we’d wager that terminal speed clocks somewhere in the 180-range. Of course, this will be a moot point once the new GT comes into play.
Honda enthusiasts and roadster aficionados alike mourned the discontinuation of Honda’s excellent S2000, which hung up its wheels after the 2009 model year. The S2000 was not only a remarkable car, but it was among the fastest in Honda’s fleet — and almost certainly the best-handling. Now the fastest vehicle in Honda’s stable is the Accord Coupe, specifically the EX-L model equipped with Honda’s terrific 3.5 liter V6. It churns out 278 horsepower, nearly 100 horsepower more than the inline-four powered models, which allows it to sprint to 60 in about six seconds. It might be more cumbersome than the agile Civic Si, but for flat-out speed, the Accord Coupe has 80 horsepower on its small compact brethren — until the new Civic Type R makes its celebrated return to the States.
Holding the torch for the Hyundai brand is the Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec. This car makes 348 horsepower from a 3.8 liter V6 engine, and can hit 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. Not bad for a company that traditionally builds consumer sedans not really tailored for road performance. Top speeds are governed by Hyundai’s internal systems, but the Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec is capable of reaching terminal velocity in the neighborhood of 152 miles per hour. Though cars like the Equus sedan are more powerful, the Genesis Coupe is the car you’ll want if you’re trying to get somewhere in a hurry.
Aside from a couple of coupes, Infiniti hasn’t exactly put a whole lot of focus on developing a really fast, performance-based luxury car. The Q60 coupe, powered by a potent 3.7 liter V6, is certainly not a slouch, but the fastest vehicle in the lineup is the Q70 when equipped with the 5.6 liter, 420-horsepower V8. It can propel the large sedan to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds, well below the 5.7 seconds that the coupe puts up. Though the Q60 coupe may be better for more spirited driving due to increased agility and less bulk, the Q70 rules the roost for outright speed.
British car maker Jaguar has been a mainstay in speed circles for nearly a century and has put out plenty of fast cars over the years. The fastest currently is the F-Type R, which uses a 5.0 liter V8 engine to produce 550 horsepower that allows it to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in four seconds; it reaches a terminal speed of 189 miles per hour. Only a couple of years into production, the F-Type R has quickly made waves among sport and luxury car fans for its incredible performance. We drove one. It was all that and more.
The Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the top performer currently available from Jeep. Able to compete with many sports cars, this sporty SUV can reach a top speed of 160 miles per hour and travel from 0-60 in just 4.8 seconds. With an eight-speed transmission and a 6.4 liter Hemi V8 engine, it can really bring thrills to SUV purists who thirst for speed. The SRT8 is also one of very few SUVs that actually have available paddle shifters, making you feel more like you’re behind the wheel of a sports car rather than an SUV.
Kia’s K900 could be the company’s most ambitious and remarkable product yet. The 2015 model is estimated to hit a top speed of 150 miles per hour (likely limited), and go from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission is paired with a 420 horsepower, 5.0 liter V8 engine that ranks it above all else in Kia’s portfolio. Known as the Quoris in some international markets, it only uses the K900 moniker stateside, and with a price tag of more than $60,000, the K900 is a relative bargained compared to many other speedy sedans – though it’s pretty hefty for a Kia.
The Aventador SV by Lamborghini is one of the most impressive vehicles to ever hit the streets. Riding alongside some of the fastest cars in the world, the SV can rocket to a top speed of more than 217 miles per hour thanks to its enormous V12. It can reach 62 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds, and improved aerodynamics also play a factor in the Aventador’s speed capabilities and help it take the top spot for Lamborghini’s vehicles. Production is limited, though; it’s followed up by the 700-horsepower “standard” Aventador.
21. Land Rover
Probably known more for capability than for speed, Land Rover brings both to the table with the Range Rover Sport SVR. This luxury SUV can top out at a limited 162 miles per hour and going from 0-60 in just 4.7 seconds. It also brings power to the table with 550 horsepower from Land Rover’s excellent supercharged 5.0 liter V8 engine. The Range Rover Sport SVR plays near the top for the fastest production SUVs, outrunning all other Land Rover vehicles available, and taking Porsche straight on.
Ranking as the fastest Lexus on the market is the RC F, hitting a limited top speed of 168 miles per hour. This luxury car from the Toyota family makes the most of its mix of sportiness and comfort, and is a viable contender against the gold standards like the M4. A 5.0 liter V8 engine produces an adequate 467 horsepower and allows the RC F to go from motionless to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds. It’s no LFA (which has sold out), but it will likely reside as Lexus’s top performer until the new F models come out in the near future.
Nothing of Lincoln’s lineup is going to be especially fast or sporty. Though this may change, trying to determine which is the fastest is made doubly hard by FoMoCo’s refusal to serve up statistics like top speed or 0-60 times. Though the Navigator is the most powerful, the speed edge likely goes to the now-dated MKS sedan, which when packing the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 can muster 365 horsepower.
Unlike Lincoln, Lotus is easy — it will sell one car in the U.S. (for 2016), the Evora 400. Taking an already solid foundation and building on it, the Evora 400 can do 0-60 in 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186. Though Lotus stopped selling vehicles in the States, the Evora 400 marks its triumphant return — and what a way to come back in style.
The GranTurismo MC is the fastest Maserati currently available. It’s able to scoot to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in a mere 4.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 185 miles per hour thanks to a 4.7 liter V8 engine that shares Ferrari DNA and is the force behind its 454 horsepower. The Maserati MC shares the same powertrain as the Sport and is more track- and performance-focused than that offering, harboring such features as a carbon fiber engine hood with a central air intake, more accentuated aerodynamic bits, and a lower suspension setup.
The quickest vehicle currently in the Mazda lineup is the Mazda Miata MX-5, the company’s sporty and renowned roadster that has been winning over the hearts of critics and consumers alike for years. Employing a 2.0 liter in-line four cylinder engine coupled with a six-speed manual transmission, the Miata can reportedly deliver a sprint up to 60 in an estimated 6.3 seconds (per Edmunds). The new Miata uses the new SkyActiv line engine, which produces a just 155 horsepower — which is more that adequate for its feathery curb weight.
McLaren is a company that is not exactly unfamiliar with speed, and the P1 goes to prove it. Boasting an incredible top speed of 217 miles per hour, the P1 ranks right up there with some of the planet’s fastest cars. It can also accelerate from 0-60 in under three seconds. The P1 is outfitted with a seven-speed, twin-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters mated to a twin-turbo 3.8 liter V8 engine augmented by an electric ECU motor for a cumulative 903 horsepower. Not only is the P1 a worthy successor to the record-breaking F1 supercar, but it has had a longer lifespan, too. Jay Leno, arguably more famous as a collector of cars than for his talk show, is the proud owner of the first P1 to arrive in America. Just 375 will be built, and all have been spoken for.
Mercedes-AMG’s GT S rules the roost in Stuttgart. The 510 horsepower German missile peaks at 192 miles per hour, and can trounce 62 miles per in 3.8 seconds. It’s not as hardcore as the now-defunct SLS AMG, but rumor has it that Mercedes-AMG is working on a new hybrid hypercar that will take on the world’s finest — and spearhead the rest of the lineup in one swing.
The Mini John Cooper Works is the fastest model in the Mini line, with a top speed of 153 miles per hour. That speed is achieved behind 228 horsepower supplied by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This little car is quick as well, going from 0-62 in 5.9 seconds. Though it’s the fastest for now, we’ll see what happens when the JCW version of the new Clubman drops.
When it comes to Japanese auto maker Mitsubishi, the fastest model on the road today (in the U.S.) is the Lancer Evolution. This variant of the Lancer is capable of top speeds between 145 and 150 miles per hour, which seems underwhelming when compared to what some of today’s cars are capable of. Thanks to its commendable 291 horsepower, the Evolution X can outperform the rest of the Mitsubishi line courtesy of its 2.0 liter supercharged inline-four and can go from 0-60 miles per hour in a hair under 5 seconds — not bad for a family sedan. But be warned — Mitsubishi, for unclear reasons, is pulling the Evo off the table.
Nissan has been able to put together some impressive vehicles over the years, but none of them can hold up to the speed of the GT-R Nismo. Hitting impressive top speeds of 195 miles per hour, the GT-R is propelled by a 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine capable of making 600 horsepower. It can also make the 0-60 dash in 2.0 seconds, putting it up against some of the fastest cars in the world. It still comes with a price in the six figures — that still isn’t quite that bad when held up to some of the cars it can compete with (certain Italians come to mind).
For a company that has been manufacturing fast sports cars for decades, the company’s fastest model, the 918 Spyder, blows them all away. The 918 Spyder is capable of hitting a top speed of 214 miles per hour and boasts 887 total system horsepower. An incredible feat by even Porsche’s standards, it’s even more impressive when you consider the fact that the 918 Spyder is, in fact, a hybrid. A 4.6-liter V8 engine works in conjunction with an electric motor to help achieve incredible speed and power. But since it’s limited to less than 1,000 units for the 2014 model year, the 918 Spyder is not only incredibly fast but a rare sight, as well.
Ram trucks are built for mainly for strength and capability, and as such, they also pack a lot of power. The fastest truck in the Ram lineup is the 1500 Sport model, which isn’t necessarily the most powerful (the heavy duties have more oomph, but are much heavier). A 5.7 liter V8 engine acts as the power plant behind the Ram’s abilities, allowing it to go from 0-60 in 6.9 seconds — on par with a number of smaller, compact cars. Regardless, including it here sort of superfluous, but here it is.
The FR-S sports coupe is the jewel in Scion’s crown. It not only makes for an economical purchase at about $25,000, but also delivers solid performance. A 2.0 liter flat-four produces 200 horsepower along with 151 pound-feet of torque, enabling the FR-S to sprint to 0-60 in around 6.5 seconds and allowing it to reach speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, which is quick but fairly average when held up to its peers. It won’t be setting records at the track, but it’s among the most fun cars to have for urban and city driving.
There’s a new Smart car on the block — and it’s vastly improved in just about every way. The new model features an improved engine capable of 89 horsepower, which is good for a glacial 10.5 second spring to 60 (though that’s a vast improvement over the old model). It the Smart can’t break 96 miles per hour, but that’s considerably better than the 74 that the Smart EV can muster.
Subaru‘s fastest vehicle is the newest version of the WRX STI, a sporty little sprinter that can handle the inner city streets as well as any off-road environment. From a standstill, the WRX STI can leap to 60 miles per hour in just over 5 seconds, powered by a 2.5 liter turbo-four coupled with a six-speed transmission. This WRX variant makes 305 horsepower overall, more than enough to outperform all other Subaru models. The WRX STI is governed to a top speed of 155 miles per hour, but without the limiter, is likely to top out much higher.
Tesla’s fastest car is, not surprisingly, the Model S. But not just any model S: The 762 horsepower, asphalt-wrinkling P90D. When placed in “Ludicrous” mode, the P90D will hit 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds, on its way up to an electrically limited 155. Perhaps even more impressive still, the Model X P90D takes just 3.2 seconds to get to 60 — and that’s a 5,400 pound SUV.
Toyota has made some versatile and speedy cars over the years (think of the Supra), but right now, the Camry SE V6 reigns supreme as the fastest in today’s docile lineup. A 3.5 liter 24-valve V6 engine can move the Camry SE V6 to speeds upward of 145 miles per hour; it isn’t the quickest car on the road, taking about 5.8 seconds to go from a standstill to 60 miles per hour (by Car & Driver’s measure, at least). At 268 horsepower, this Camry variant can pack more power than many lower-end sports cars, but chances are the driving dynamics are a bit more numb. Just make the FT-1 already!
The 2015 Golf R by Volkswagen is arguably one of the best-performing vehicles the company has ever produced, and it also comes out as one of the fastest. Limited to a top speed of 155 miles per hour, the 2015 Golf R model is capable of going much faster, in all likelihood. Featuring all-wheel drive and producing 292 horsepower for the U.S. market, the Golf R is propelled by a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. A larger turbocharger and unique cylinder head are the main components that help the Golf R leapfrog past other Volkswagen models, namely the GTI.
Capable of speeds of up to 155 miles per hour (once the limiter kicks in), the Volvo S60 Polestar takes the cake as the fastest Volvo on the road. From a standstill, the S60 Polestar can hit 60 miles per hour in just 5 seconds, using a 350 horsepower turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-six. This is good for a sprint to 60 in just 4.9 seconds, indicating that this isn’t your Mom’s frumpy sedan of the ’90s.
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