The fastest car in the world is not necessarily the quickest car in the world, and the reverse also holds true. Top speed is a decent benchmark for performance in a car, but the ubiquitous gold standard for manufacturers will always be the time it takes their steed to sprint from a dead stop to 60 mph (or 62 mph, if they get all metric about it and convert from 100 kilometers per hour). The list below is all about acceleration — and it makes sense — you’ll almost never have an opportunity to max out your supercar at 250 mph, but you can take your Porsche 918 Spyder from a stop sign to 60 any time you leave the house. That’s the fun part.
Recorded runs are by no means absolute. Manufacturers may quote one time while independent testing might return even quicker results. The discrepancies can be blamed on variables like the weight of the driver, the surface of the road, temperature, tires and even atmospheric conditions. So any definitive ranking of the world’s quickest production cars has to come with an asterisk, because someone somewhere will always find a slightly different set of integers. We’re defining “production car” as a vehicle that is constructed principally for sale to consumers, for personal use, and is road legal. The manufacturer must also have created at least 25 units, so your neighbor who’s tuned his Honda Civic with a supercharger doesn’t count.
9. Koenigsegg Regera — 2.7 seconds
Swedish car genius Christian von Koenigsegg’s $1.9 million screamer isn’t even shipping yet, but the 80 slated for production have nearly all sold. Now they just have to build the things. “Regera” means “to reign” in Swedish, and this hypercar will certainly rule the road. Many components of the 1,800-plus-horsepower Regera are made in-house, including the twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8. It’s rear-wheel drive only, and due to traction issues, the run to 60 takes 2.7 seconds. But the really insane number is 20 seconds. That’s how long it takes to get from 0 to 250 miles per hour. Yes, seriously.