Fast on All Fours: The 10 Fastest All-Wheel Drive Cars Ever
Speed and capability are not always mutually exclusive. While many supercars are specifically built to scream down the track, not all utilize all-wheel drive to get the job done. When you typically think of all-wheel drive vehicles, it might conjur up images of SUVs, pickup trucks or even off-road vehicles meant to take on the trickiest of terrain. But there are a number of cars out there that do not adhere to this stereotype, and many of them are some of the fastest cars in the world.
A variety of different engines, aerodynamic exteriors, and other components can help propel cars to ridiculous speeds, and just such an eclectic mix appears amidst cars that are equipped with all-wheel drive. Some vehicles use a hybrid blend of electric and gasoline, while others use several cylinders to produce huge amounts of power. The one thing these cars have in common is that they are among the fastest in the world.
We’ve put together a list of the ten fastest all-wheel drive cars in the world. Modified models were excluded, but different variants of otherwise non-AWD cars were included. Some brands dominate the list, while there are also some notable brands missing.
Read on to see the ten fastest cars in the world that are equipped with all-wheel drive.
10. Lamborghini Diablo VT — 200 mph
Kicking off the list of the ten fastest all-wheel drive vehicles is a supercar classic, the Lamborghini Diablo VT. Late in the Diablo’s life-cycle, which lasted from 1990 until 2001, the car received a modern makeover, as well as the all-wheel drive variant. The VT 6.0 was released in 2000, with a limited run of 30 units. Capable of achieving top speeds of 200 miles per hour, the Diablo VT used a 5.7-liter V12 engine to produce 492 horsepower. One of many incredibly fast and capable Lamborghini models, the Diablo VT is also one of the earliest.
9. Bentley Continental GT Speed — 205 mph
Bentley’s Continental GT Speed takes old world styling and blends it with 21st century performance. Hitting a top speed of 205 miles per hour, the Continental GT Speed is the speediest and most capable all-wheel drive car in the Bentley lineup. Power peaks at 205 miles per hour and 616 horsepower. Utilizing a 6-liter twin-turbo W12 engine, the Continental GT Speed was unveiled in 2012, and subsequently went on an auto show tour around the world.
8. Lamborghini Reventon — 205 mph
Another strong showing from Lamborhgini, the Reventon is an even faster model than the Diablo. Debuting in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Reventon is an extremely limited car, with only 21 produced during 2008. Like other Lamborghini models, the Reventon is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine. All the mechanics are sourced from Lamborghini’s Murcielago, a vehicle you will see more about later. A visit to the Lamborghini Museum is you’re best bet at getting to see one in person, as the other 20 were sold off.
7. Ferrari FF — 208 mph
Only a few years after release, the Ferrari FF has become one of the most recognizable Ferrari models on the road. The FF boasts four seats, a big upgrade over most of its counterparts on this list, and can still find its way to speeds of up to 208 miles per hour. Ferrari describes the FF’s style as that of a ‘shooting-brake,’ a sort of station wagon with two doors. The aesthetics do give it some separation from other supercars, but it doesn’t hinder performance. Behind a 6.3-liter V12 engine, the FF is one of the fastest all-wheel drive vehicles available.
6. Porsche 918 Spyder — 211 mph
One of the newest and most impressive cars to come out over the past several years is the Porsche 918 Spyder. What truly makes the 918 Spyder unique is not just its incredible performance and sleek aesthetics, but the fact that it is a hybrid-electric car. The car utilizes all-wheel drive mode when both the gas and electric motor are in use, taking full advantage of its capabilities. When both motors are engaged, the 918 Spyder can produce 887 horsepower and hit a top speed of 211 miles per hour. As an all-wheel drive hybrid that can hit speeds like that, the 918 Spyder is truly breaking barriers.
5. Lamborghini Murcielago — 212 mph
One of Lamborghini’s flagship models, the Murcielago spent nearly a decade between 2001 and 2010 as one of the kings of the road. The Murcielago could jet to speeds of up to 212 miles per hour and produce 670 horsepower from its 6.5-liter V12 engine. Only 4,099 units were built during production years, complimented with multiple variants and limited editions; over the years, the Murcielago was augmented with modified suspension tuning, appearance upgrades, and specially designed ceramic brakes to achieve even better performance. To this day, the Murcielago is still one of the fastest all-wheel drives of all time.
4. Bugatti EB 110 — 213 mph
Bugatti is well-known for speed, but before their days of breaking world records with the Veyron, the EB 110 was the cream of the crop. Originally introduced to the public in 1991, the EB 110 uses a 60-valve quad-turbo V12 engine to produce 553 horsepower. Capable of speeds of up to 213 miles per hour, the EB 110 could also push the limits of quickness, hitting 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just 3.2 seconds. The EB 110 is an incredibly rare model, especially considering that it’s been nearly two decades since production was shut down in 1995. In the four years of production, only 139 unites rolled out of the factory, making it a fast and rare piece of automotive history.
3. Lamborghini Aventador — 217 mph
Quickly becoming one of the more famous models in the Lamborghini lineup is the Aventador. Capable of speeds of up to 217 miles per hour, the Aventador was officially introduced in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show, originally built to replace the aging Murcielago, the Aventador has grown into Lamborghini’s flagship model. A 6.5-liter V12 engine can fire out 690 horsepower, making it one of the fastest and most powerful all-wheel drive vehicles ever built.
2. Lamborghini Veneno — 221 mph
With the aesthetics of the Batmobile and the performance of a NASA-project, Lamborghini’s Veveno is truly a sight to behold. It’s also one of the fastest cars on the planet, and the second fastest to utilize all-wheel drive. The car itself is built to maximize on aerodynamic design for precision steering and optimal speed. The Veneno was first unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and built as a celebration model to Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. There are only three of them in existence, each sold for more than $4.2 million.
1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport — 267 mph
At one time the world’s fastest car, and now holding the second spot, is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Falling just short of the Hennessey Venom GT’s 270 miles per hour achievement, the Veyron Super Sport uses an all-wheel drivetrain to attain a searing top speed of 267 miles per hour. The Super Sport variant is the version that was able to set world records, and was limited to 30 units during production. With the ability to kick out 1,200 horsepower, it’s perhaps a good thing there aren’t too many flying around the streets.