List of fastest production cars by acceleration

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Porsche 918 Spyder
A Porsche 918 Spyder

This list is limited to unmodified production cars which meet the eligibility criteria below. All entries must be able to be verified from reliable sources.

Eligible cars

Because of the inconsistencies with the various definitions of production cars, dubious claims by manufacturers and self interest groups, and inconsistent or changing application of the definitions this list has a defined set of requirements. For further explanation of how these were arrived at see the above links.

Production car definition

For the purposes of this list a production car is defined as:

  1. being constructed principally for retail sale to consumers, for their personal use, and to transport people on public roads (no commercial or industrial vehicles are eligible);
  2. fitted with the original manufacturer supplied road tires;
  3. having had 25 or more instances made by the original vehicle manufacturer, and offered for commercial sale to the public in new condition (cars modified by either professional tuners or individuals are not eligible); and
  4. being street-legal in their intended markets, and capable of passing any official tests or inspections required to be granted this status.

Further limitations

For the purpose of manageability this list is limited to production cars that are able to reach 0–100 km/h time or 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 3.0 seconds or less for the first list, or cover quarter mile (402 m) from a standing start in 11.0 seconds or less for the second list.

By 0–100 km/h time or 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) (3.0 seconds or less)[i]

If an independent time becomes available, that time will be listed over the manufacturer's time regardless if the latter is quicker. Many elements change how fast the car can accelerate to 60 mph. Tires, elevation above sea level, weight of the driver, equipment used for testing, and surface of testing track all play a big part in these times. Most cars are 2-seaters, although a few are family-sized. Some measurements exclude the first foot-rollout.

Car[ii] Year[iii] Time[iv] Ind. time[v] Man. time[vi] Noted specs[vii]
Porsche 918 Spyder 2014 2.2 sec 2.2 sec[5][6] 2.5 sec[7] Limited to 918 produced, hybrid-electric, naturally aspirated
LaFerrari 2015 2.4 sec 2.4 sec[3][4][8] < 3.0 sec[9] Limited to 499 produced, hybrid-electric, naturally aspirated
Bugatti Veyron and Veyron Super Sport 2006 2.5 sec 2.5 sec[10][11] 2.5 sec[12][13] Limited to 450 produced (of which 30 were Super Sport)
Porsche 991 Turbo S 2016 2.5 sec 2.5 sec[14][15] 2.8 sec[16] Rear-engine, with 2+2 seats
McLaren P1 2014 2.6 sec 2.6 sec[17] 2.8 sec[18] Limited to 375 produced, hybrid-electric
Tesla Model S P90D w/Ludicrous Speed Upgrade 2015 2.6 sec 2.6 sec[19] 2.8 sec[20] All-electric;
Fastest-accelerating four-door ever made
Audi R8 V10 Plus 2016 2.6 sec 2.6 sec[21] 3.2 sec[22] Naturally aspirated
Lamborghini Aventador SV 2016 2.6 sec 2.6 sec[23] 2.8 sec[24] Limited to 600 produced, naturally aspirated
Porsche 997 Turbo S 2011 2.7 sec 2.7 sec[25] 3.1 sec[26] Rear-engine, with 2+2 seats
Nissan GT-R 2012 2.7 sec 2.7 sec[27] 2.7 sec[28] Front-engine, usually with 2+2 seats
Lamborghini Aventador 2012 2.7 sec 2.7 sec[29] 2.9 sec[30] Limited to 4,000 produced, naturally aspirated
McLaren 650S and 675LT 2015 2.7 sec 2.7 sec[31] 2.9 sec[32][33] 675LT limited to 1000 produced (including Coupé and Spider combined)
Acura NSX 2016 2.7 sec 2.7 sec[34] 2.9 sec[35] Hybrid-electric
BAC Mono 2012 2.8 sec 2.8 sec[36] 2.8 sec[37] Naturally aspirated, with 1 seat
Lamborghini Huracán 2015 2.5 sec 2.5 sec[38] 3.2 sec[39] Naturally aspirated
Ferrari F12tdf 2016 2.8 sec 2.8 sec[40] 2.9 sec[41] Limited to 799 produced, front-engine, naturally aspirated
McLaren 12C 2012 2.9 sec 2.9 sec[42] 3.1 sec[43] (see this column's notes)
Porsche 991 GT3 RS 2016 2.9 sec 2.9 sec[44] 3.1 sec[45] Rear-engine, naturally aspirated
Ferrari 488 2016 2.9 sec 2.9 sec[46] 3.0 sec[47] (see this column's notes)
Chevrolet Corvette Z07 2015 2.95 sec 3.0 sec[48] 2.95 sec[49] Front-engine
Mercedes-AMG GT S 2016 3.0 sec 3.0 sec[50] 3.7 sec[51] Front-engine

By 1/4 mile or 400 metre times (11 seconds or less)[i]

Car[ii] Year[iii] Time[iv] Noted specs[vii]
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport 2011 9.7 sec[13] Limited to 30 produced
LaFerrari 2015 9.7 sec @ 148.5–149.1 mph (239.0–240.0 km/h)[3][4][8] Limited to 499 produced, hybrid-electric, naturally aspirated
McLaren P1 2014 9.8 sec @ 148.9 mph (239.6 km/h)[17] Limited to 375 produced, hybrid-electric
Porsche 918 Spyder 2014 9.8 sec @ 145 mph (233 km/h)[5][6] Limited to 918 produced, hybrid-electric, naturally aspirated
Bugatti Veyron 2006 10.175 sec @ 139.44 mph (224.4 km/h)[52][53] Limited to 420 produced
Lamborghini Aventador and Aventador SV 2012 10.4 sec @ 134.7–141.3 mph (216.8–227.4 km/h)[23][29][54] Limited to 4600 produced, naturally aspirated, 0-200 mph (322 km/h) in 33.5 seconds
McLaren 650S and 675LT 2015 10.4 sec @ 136.1 mph (219.0 km/h)[31] 650S and 675LT equally quick, with latter being more track-oriented; 675LT limited to 1000 produced (including Coupé and Spider combined)
Porsche 991 Turbo S 2016 10.5 sec[14] Rear-engine, with 2+2 seats
Lamborghini Huracán 2015 10.6 sec @ 132.8 mph (213.7 km/h)[38] Naturally aspirated; 10.4 @ 135 1/4 done with ringer
Audi R8 V10 Plus 2016 10.6 sec @ 132 mph (212 km/h)[21][55] Naturally aspirated
Ferrari 488 2016 10.6 sec[46] (see this column's notes)
McLaren 12C 2012 10.7 sec @ 134 mph (216 km/h)[42] (see this column's notes)
Ferrari 458 Speciale 2014 10.7 sec[56] Naturally aspirated
Nissan GT-R 2012 10.8 sec[28] Front-engine, usually with 2+2 seats
Acura NSX 2016 10.8 sec[34] Hybrid-electric
Ferrari F12tdf 2016 10.8 sec[40] Limited to 799 produced, front-engine, naturally aspirated
Dodge Viper Phase II ZB (Gen-4) 2008 10.9 sec @ 129.8 mph (208.9 km/h)[57] Front-engine
Porsche 997 Turbo S 2011 10.9 sec @ 127.4 mph (205.0 km/h)[25] Rear-engine, with 2+2 seats
Pagani Huayra 2012 10.9 sec[58] Limited to 100 produced
Tesla Model S Ludicrous 2015 10.9 sec @ 122.7 mph (197.5 km/h)[19] All-electric, with 5 or 7 seats
McLaren 570S 2016 10.9 sec @ 137 mph (220 km/h)[59] (see this column's notes)
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2016 10.9 sec @ 132.7 mph (213.6 km/h)[54] Front-engine, 8-speed automatic, non-Z07, 0-200 mph (322 km/h) in 26.0 seconds

Table notes

  1. ^ a b Various factors can contribute to variability in car speed test results. British and U.S. car measurements quote 0–60 miles/hour and 1/4 mile times while European car measurements quote 0–100 kilometers/hour and 400 meter times (which translate to 0–96.5606 kilometers/hour and 402.336 meter times, or to 0–62.1371 miles/hour and 1/4.02336 mile times, respectively), and some measurements exclude an initial "rollout", which according to Car and Driver "can affect the elapsed time by as much as 0.3 second".[1] Furthermore, environmental conditions change how fast the car drives (tires, surface of testing track, elevation above sea level, weight of the driver, and equipment used for testing are all critical). Times sourced for example by Car and Driver, are modified artificially using computer software after the drive test is complete, to theoretically account for how the car would have performed differently given different weather conditions.[2] Ferrari didn't allow standard tests on neutral ground for the LaFerrari, the acceleration numbers in the magazines were obtained on the Ferrari test track with a specially prepared car on Ferrari's terms. Motor Trend's LaFerrari report published a 9.7 second 1/4 mile only after each 9.9 second result was rewritten to account for weather, and it also revealed that standard car tests performed by Motor Trend involve multiple runs, driving forward in both directions to then compute averages, stating, "Fiorano’s downhill front straight was the only place we were allowed to do acceleration runs, and we couldn’t run backward for a two-way average. The data shows the fastest quarter-mile run declining by 18.2 feet from start to finish, or 1.4 percent. For reference, the National Hot Rod Association allows a 1.0 percent maximum grade over the course of a quarter mile. It’s difficult to say how much of an advantage this gives the LaFerrari, but it helps enough that we’ll asterisk these results until we can test a car on level ground".[3][4]
  2. ^ a b Car models similar to an already mentioned model but differentiated only by minor package options (for example "convertible editions") are omitted acknowledging that speed results with those editions can be only slightly less fast. In the case of a tie between two cars, since there exist a variety of different opinions regarding the interpretation of, for example, 1/4 mile trap speed results, the car shown first is the one with the earlier model year (of the fast time's represented model, and not necessarily of any driven car) or if both years are the same it goes to the car having the earliest date associated with the performance data's verification or publishing.
  3. ^ a b This is the earliest model year of the car that can claim all its following listed data. This is not necessarily the model year of any driven car, the year when testing was performed, the year during which owners took first delivery of the model, the year it was unveiled, or when it was built.
  4. ^ a b This is the fastest result tested by independent sources or shown by the manufacturer.
  5. ^ This is the fastest result tested by independent sources.
  6. ^ This is the result shown by the manufacturer.
  7. ^ a b These cars usually have, unless otherwise stated, some combination of 2 seats and a forced induction gasoline mid-engine. Some are produced in limited number (associated with an increase in value), and those limited production numbers, if any, are stated.

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