The world’s fastest-accelerating cars come in all shapes and sizes. From petrol to hybrid to electric, bare-bones sports cars to ludicrous saloons, they all show that there isn’t a single formula for sub-three-second sprints to 60mph (or, in some cases, 62).
The list is based on manufacturers’ official claimed times. Some of you may be indignant at the lack of hypercars, such as the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, but all are sold out, so they don’t qualify.
There are also some upcoming cars that might have snuck in but haven’t got official 0-60mph times yet. Ford’s GT may well get into the top 10 if the rumours are to be believed, and Nissan’s latest GT-R Nismo should, too. The Radical RXC Turbo 500R looks like a monster, but its numbers weren’t confirmed at the time of publication. Hondawon’t give official stats out for the NSX – the spoilsports.
Fastest accelerating cars in the world 2018
10: Ferrari F12tdf, Lamborghini Aventador, Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2.9sec to 62mph
Okay, yes, we’ve immediately made a mockery of the Top 10 concept, but these three all have the same time and we don’t like to pick favourites. Each of these poster supercars is very different but they’ll all power off the line. If we really had to single one out, the Ferrari would be our pick because it’s the only one that doesn’t have all-wheel drive, or a rear-mounted engine pushing the back axle onto the asphalt.
9: BAC Mono– 2.8sec to 60mph
The Briggs Automotive Company operates out of Liverpool and has been steadily improving the Mono over a number of years. This single-seater for the road has a humble 305bhp Ford engine but is tremendously light, which means it moves like greased manure from a carbonfibre spade.