10 Production Cars That Hit 0-60 the Quickest

Front view of Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti Chiron | Bugatti

We’re entering a bold new era of performance. Thanks to technological breakthroughs that seemingly happen every year, and the rapid maturation of hybrid technology, cars are getting faster than ever before. If we wrote this article 10 years ago, chances are there would be a few cars from the ’90s, and maybe even the ’80s on it. But the oldest machine you’ll find here is a sprightly six years old, and, in a few years, we wouldn’t be surprised if it failed to crack the top 10 at all.

Top speed has always been a big deal, but for the first time in history, we’re running out of roads to test it on. The Bugatti Chiron (above) has a top speed of 261 miles per hour, but that number is largely theoretical since there are so few roads anywhere in the world that are long and flat enough to safely handle it. So as top speed becomes an abstract figure, we wanted to focus on something that’s still very real: zero to 60 times.

The only problem is that we’re fast approaching the wall for that too. Factoring in things like g-forces (like you would in a fighter jet), driver reaction times, traction, and braking technology, the fastest theoretical zero to 60 time in a street car is 2.05 seconds. Read on, because these 10 production cars come incredibly close to hitting that mark.

10. Porsche 911 Turbo S

The Porsche 911 Turbo S

Porsche 911 Turbo S | Porsche

0-60 time: 2.9 seconds

Despite the limited edition 911 R and GT3, Porsche’s website still describes the Turbo S as “The Benchmark.” With good cause, too: Simply put, the 911 Turbo S is the gold standard of the sports car world. Any new 500-plus horsepower performance is measured against this car, and few, if any, have been able to surpass it in terms of performance, comfort, and handling. Plus with 580 horsepower on tap, it can clear 60 in 2.9 seconds on its way to 197 miles per hour.

9. Nissan GTR Nismo

The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO

2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO | Nissan

0-60 time: 2.9 seconds

Like the Turbo S, the Nissan GT-R Nismo is a veteran in the supercar segment. The two have a lot in common, too: six turbocharged cylinders, a six-figure price tag, and fantastic driving dynamics. But other than that, the range-topping Nismo is a completely different beast. With its 600 horsepower twin-turbo V6 mounted up front, all-wheel drive, and a digital, video game-like interior, the Nismo can match the 911 from zero to 60 in just 2.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 191 miles per hour.

8. McLaren P1

McLaren P1

McLaren P1 | McLaren

0-60 time: 2.8 seconds

First, the bad news: The McLaren P1 sports a price tag in the neighborhood of $1.15 million, and it’s been sold out since 2016. With that out of the way, you can sit back and marvel at what an achievement this hybrid hypercar truly is. Boasting a 903 horsepower twin-turbo V8, the P1 hits a top speed of 221 miles per hour. That V8 is mated to an electric motor that helps hustle the P1 to 62 in 2.8 seconds, though tests have revealed that in ideal conditions, it can even surpass that.

7. Lamborghini Aventador

2012 Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini Aventador | Lamborghini

0-60 time: 2.7 seconds

The Aventador will likely go down in history as one of the greatest Lamborghinis of all time. With outrageous styling and a mid-mounted V12 delivering 730 horsepower to all four wheels, this big Lambo can hit a top speed of 217 miles per hour. And with its zero to 60 time 0f just 2.7 seconds, it can outrun many of the world’s most formidable performance cars.

6. Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrar LaFerrari

Ferrari LaFerrari | Ferrari

0-60 time: 2.5 seconds

The holy trinity of hybrid supercars includes the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918, and the formidable Ferrari LaFerrari. This car is the Italian marque’s first stab at electric power of any kind. Making 950 system horsepower from its 6.3 liter mid-mounted V12 mated to a Formula 1-style KERS electric system, the car will haul to 62 in just 2.5 seconds, thanks to the advantage of instantaneous electric torque. Like the McLaren P1, the LaFerrari left production a few years ago. The good news is that it has since re-entered production as the open-topped Aperta. The bad news is that all 209 examples sold out before Ferrari even built them.

5. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport | Bugatti

0-60 time: 2.5 seconds

The Veyron may have been introduced over 12 years ago, but it’s still an astonishing achievement. Featuring an 8.0 liter W16 quad-turbo engine, rear-wheel drive, 1,200 horsepower, and 1,106 pound-feet of torque, the 2010-11 Veyron Super Sport could hit up to 268 miles per hour and rocket from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds. While that’s plenty impressive, wait until you get a look at Bugatti’s next act.

4. Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder | Porsche

0-60 time: 2.5 seconds

When it comes down to brass tacks, the hybrid 918 Spyder tops its rivals, the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari, in acceleration. Drivers will love the dual-clutch 7-speed transmission and the 887 horsepower powertrain, and with an all-electric range of 18 miles, it’s the most realistic hybrid system of the bunch.With all systems go, this car can hit a top speed of 211 miles per hour, and reach 60 from a standstill in a scorching 2.5 seconds. Now out of production, its $845,000 price tag will likely seem like a bargain in a few years.

3. Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti Chiron | Bugatti

0-60 time: 2.3 seconds

After the technical supernova that was the Veyron, Bugatti’s second act had a lot to live up to. Luckily, the Chiron doesn’t disappoint. It’s an outrageous car, with a $3 million price tag, 1,500 horsepower, quad-turbocharged 8.0 liter V16 engine, and a top speed of 261 miles per hour — provided you could find a stretch of road flat and long enough to handle it. Zero to 60 comes in an incredible 2.3 seconds.

2. Dodge Demon

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon | Dodge

0-60 time: 2.3 seconds

Where the Chiron is all technological wizardry, the new Demon is pure brute force. With an 840 horsepower supercharged V8, the Challenger-based supercar will rocket from zero to 60 in just 2.3 seconds. Fiat Chrysler has confirmed that the Demon will start at under $100,000, making it 30 times cheaper than the Bugatti. We doubt it can match the hypercar’s 261 mile per hour top speed, but with the current range-topping Challenger Hellcat topping out at 199 miles per hour, we’re confident the Demon will top out well past the 200 mile per hour mark.

1. Tesla Model S P100D

The 2017 Tesla Model S

2017 Tesla Model S | Tesla

0-60 time: 2.28 seconds

If you think McLaren, Porsche, and Ferrari put hybrid technology in their hypercars to be more environmentally conscious, think again. Electric power means instant torque, which is something Elon Musk figured out a long time ago. Of course, the Tesla Model S is one of the greenest cars on the planet, but it’s also brutally fast. Believe it or not, this 4,900 pound, seven-seater sedan is the fastest accelerating production car in the world, making the zero to 60 sprint in an astonishing 2.28 seconds. We’d say that this record should stand for a while, but it’ll likely be shattered whenever Tesla launches its next hot Model S.

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