The Fastest 0-60 MPH Cars in the World

From 0 to 60 mph is a known measurement for performance cars in the U.S. and the UK. The rest of the world refers to it as “0 to 97 km/h” kilometer per hour) or “0 to 27m/s” (meter per second). This measure indicates the time it takes a fancy performance car to get from 0 to 60 miles per hour, in seconds. “It’s the golden standard by which most manufacturers measure a car’s performance.” (driving.ca, 2016)

Today’s performance cars can get from 0 to 60 in six seconds, exotic cars in three to four seconds. In order to reduce the risk to the car’s driver, the team performing the test and the general public, these experiments are typically performed on a closed race track. Variables such as wind, weather, and traction are also taken into account when the closed circuit is set up. Doppler radar guns and various other synchronized timing instruments are used by the teams on the track. The only job the driver has for the duration of the experiment is to drive – straight, fast and safe. Twice. Each car is timed while driving in both directions. This allows for variable eliminations, such as driver performance, traction, and weather. The two drives are averaged and that’s how we get the time for each car. At times, car manufacturers will provide a time. However, if a new time becomes available during a closed circuit experiment, the new time (faster or slower) will typically overwrite the manufacturers’ time.

In order to establish an accurate 0 to 60 mph list, we wanted to define each car. Wikipedia uses the following definition for production cars:

  • The car has been constructed for retail sale
  • The car is being used for personal use by consumers
  • No commercial cars are eligible
  • No industrial vehicles are included
  • Modified cars are not eligible
  • The original tires are mounted on the car
  • The car must be street legal
  • The car must be able to pass any standard inspection

Here’s a list of the top 10 production cars that go 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Most of these cars are part of an exclusive “Two Seconds Club.”

  • Porsche 918 Spyder
    • Model: 2014
    • Car type: Coupe
    • Independent time: 2.2 seconds
    • Manufacturer time: 2.5 seconds
    • Origin country: Germany
    • Note: Only 918 of these cars were ever produced
  • Tesla Model S P100D
    • Model: 2016
    • Car type: 4-door saloon
    • Independent time: 2.28 seconds
    • Manufacturer time: 2.4 seconds
    • Origin country: U.S.
    • Note: It’s the second most-sold EV in car history
  • Ariel Atom 500
    • Model: 2008
    • Car type: Open-wheeler
    • Independent time: N/A
    • Manufacturer time: 2.3 seconds
    • Origin country: UK
    • Note: It set a record around Top Gear’s test track in 2011 making it the fastest road- legal car to go around their track
  • Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
    • Model: 2018
    • Car type: Coupe
    • Independent time: N/A
    • Manufacturer Ttime: 2.3 seconds
    • Origin country: U.S.
    • Note: It made its debut in 2017 during the New York Auto Show; only 3,300 were produced
  • Lamborghini Huracán Performante
    • Model: 2018
    • Car type: Coupe
    • Independent time: 2.3 seconds
    • Manufacturer time: 2.9 seconds
    • Origin country: Italy
    • Note: It was named the 2014 Top Gear “Supercar of the Year”
  • Lamborghini Aventador SV
    • Model: 2016
    • Car type: Coupe
    • Independent time: 2.4 seconds
    • Manufacturer time: 2.8 seconds
    • Origin country: Italy
    • Note: Introduced in 2011 at the Geneva Auto Show; only 600 units were produced
  • Ferrari LaFerrari
    • Model: 2015
    • Car type: Coupe
    • Independent time: 2.4 seconds
    • Manufacturer time: above 3.0 seconds
    • Origin country: Italy
    • Note: Only 499 were produced (LaFerrari means “The Ferrari” in Italian)
  • Bugatti Chiron
    • Model: 2017
    • Car type: Coupe
    • Independent time: N/A
    • Manufacturer time: 2.5 seconds
    • Origin country: France
    • Note: Only 500 of these cars were ever produced; it was named after race driver Louis Chiron
  • Bugatti Veyron and Veyron Super Sport
    • Model: 2006
    • Car type: Coupe
    • Independent time: 2.5 seconds
    • Manufacturer time: 2.5 seconds
    • Origin country: France
    • Note: It was named “Car of the Decade” by Top Gear
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S
    • Model: 2016
    • Car type: Coupe
    • Independent time: 2.5 seconds
    • Manufacturer time: 2.5 seconds
    • Origin country: Germany
    • Note: Car and Driver called this car “the best premium sports car on the market”

 

SOURCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0_to_60_mph

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fastest_production_cars_by_acceleration

https://driving.ca/auto-news/news/top-10-fastest-production-cars-from-zero-to-60-mph

https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/g13759568/fastest-accelerating-cars/

https://fastestlaps.com/lists/top-fastest-cars-0-to-60-mph

https://www.hotcars.com/22-exotics-you-didnt-know-could-go-0-60-in-under-3-seconds/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariel_Atom#Ariel_Atom_500

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