Drag race kings

The 0-62mph time has been delivering pub bragging rights and Top Trumps victories for years. Here, we reveal 30 new cars that can sprint to 62mph (100kph) in less than three seconds, making them the kings of the drag strip and legends of the traffic light Grand Prix.

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta – less than 3.0 seconds

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta – less than 3.0 seconds

Launched to mark Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, the LaFerrari Aperta was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, by which time all production slots were already accounted for. Ferrari quotes a 0-62mph time of sub-three seconds, so 2.9 seconds is probably a good estimate.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – 2.95 seconds (0-60mph)

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – 2.95 seconds (0-60mph)

The Corvette has been upsetting the supercar establishment for generations, and the latest Z06 can sprint to 60mph in just 2.95 seconds courtesy of its 650hp and 650lb ft 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine.

Ferrari 812 Superfast – 2.9 seconds

Ferrari 812 Superfast – 2.9 seconds

The replacement for the Ferrari F12 was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, with the 812 Superfast powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine producing 788hp. This is sufficient for it to hit 62mph in 2.9 seconds.

Ferrari Monza SP1/SP2 – 2.9 seconds

Ferrari Monza SP1/SP2 – 2.9 seconds

The Monza SP1 and SP2 are the latest super-special Ferraris to hit the streets, with the pair unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Both are powered by the 800hp V12 engine from the 812 Superfast, delivering a 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds.

Honda NSX – 2.9 seconds

Honda NSX – 2.9 seconds

Honda hasn’t quoted an exact 0-62mph time, preferring to say it will take less than 3.0 seconds. A time of 2.9 seconds seems to be the common consensus, although a claim that it’s quicker to 62mph than a Porsche 911 Turbo S would mean a time of 2.8 seconds.

Lamborghini Aventador S Coupe – 2.9 seconds

Lamborghini Aventador S Coupe – 2.9 seconds

The V12 engine in the Lamborghini Aventador S Coupe has been tweaked to deliver 740hp, a full 40hp more than the ‘standard’ Aventador. It also boasts four-wheel steering, 130 percent more front downforce and a 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante – 2.9 seconds

Lamborghini Huracan Performante – 2.9 seconds

According to Jeremy Clarkson, this is the greatest car in the world, with The Grand Tour host naming the Lamborghini Huracan Performante as his car of the year at the News UK Motor Awards. It’ll complete the 0-62mph dash in 2.9 seconds before going on to hit a top speed of 201mph.

McLaren 600LT – 2.9 seconds

McLaren 600LT – 2.9 seconds

Pfft, what does Clarkson know? Our very own word-wizard Tim Pitt reckons the McLaren 600LT is the best driver’s car of 2018, and we believe him. This track-focused take on the 570S boasts a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 developing 600hp and, with every lightweight option fitted, a dry weight as low as 1,247kg. The result: a 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds.

McLaren 675LT – 2.9 seconds

McLaren 675LT – 2.9 seconds

Not to be confused with the 650S, the McLaren 675LT is closer in spirit to the iconic P1, being just half a second slower than the hybrid hypercar. It’s also 100kg lighter than the 650S, thanks to an obsessive approach to weight-saving, including a 1mm thinner windscreen.

McLaren 720S – 2.9 seconds

McLaren 720S – 2.9 seconds

The 720S is McLaren’s sole offering in its Super Series, which occupies the middle ground between its entry-level Sports Series and extreme Ultimate Series vehicles. Such is the rate of progress at McLaren, this series-production car is scarcely slower than the limited-run P1.

Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2.9 seconds

Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2.9 seconds

Officially, the Porsche 911 Turbo S will sprint to 62mph in 2.9 seconds, but with launch control and the PDK transmission, the figure might be closer to two and a half seconds. It’s blisteringly quick.

Tesla Model X – 2.9 seconds (0-60mph)

Tesla Model X – 2.9 seconds (0-60mph)

There’s always a little blurring of the lines in the race to claim the fastest 0-62mph time, with some manufacturers quoting a 0-60mph time instead. Take the Tesla Model X, which will hit 60mph in just 2.9 seconds. Not bad for an SUV.

Pagani Huayra Roadster – 2.9 seconds

Pagani Huayra Roadster – 2.9 seconds

The Pagani Huayra Roadster is even lighter than its tin-top equivalent, weighing in at just 1,280kg. Its Mercedes-AMG V12 engine develops 764hp, which contributes to a 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – 2.85 seconds (0-60mph)

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – 2.85 seconds (0-60mph)

This is the fastest and most powerful production Corvette to date, with the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 developing 755hp and 715lb ft of torque. It offers a top speed of 212mph and a sprint time of 2.85 seconds. Note: in common with the Z06, the time is for 0-60mph, not 0-62mph.

Ferrari 488 Pista/Spider – 2.85 seconds

Ferrari 488 Pista/Spider – 2.85 seconds

Whether you opt for the ‘standard’ Ferrari 488 Pista or the Spider, the 0-62mph time remains the same, at 2.85 seconds. That’s a great result for the Spider, which weighs 100kg more than the coupe.

Ariel Atom – 2.8 seconds (0-60mph)

Ariel Atom – 2.8 seconds (0-60mph)

Maranello might sound more evocative than Crewkerne, Somerset, but the Ariel Atom can show many a Ferrari a clean pair of heels. A 2.0-litre turbocharged Honda VTEC engine is mated to a car weighing just 595kg to deliver astonishing levels of performance. It’ll do 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 162mph, if you’re brave enough.

BAC Mono – 2.8 seconds (0-60mph)

BAC Mono – 2.8 seconds (0-60mph)

From Crewkerne we head north to the Compass Point Industrial Estate, Liverpool, which is home to the BAC Mono. With power sourced from a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, the Mono can hit 60mph in 2.8 seconds.

Zenvo TSR-S – 2.8 seconds

Zenvo TSR-S – 2.8 seconds

For some hardcore Danish action, look no further than the Zenvo TSR-S. Thanks to a twin-supercharged 5.8-litre V8 engine developing a mighty 1,194hp and an overall package some 100kg lighter than the TS1 GT, the TSR-S will bring home the bacon in 2.8 seconds.

Koenigsegg Regera – 2.8 seconds

Koenigsegg Regera – 2.8 seconds

Forget supercars and hypercars, Koenigsegg says its Regera is a “luxury Megacar”. It combines a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 engine with three electric motors to deliver over 1,500hp, which is enough for a 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ – 2.8 seconds

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ – 2.8 seconds

The hardcore Aventador SVJ might be the last naturally-aspirated V12 Lamborghini, but what a swansong. It has claimed a Nürburgring lap record, it weighs 50kg less than the Aventador S and its dry-sumped V12 develops 770hp. Only 900 cars will be made and most have already found buyers.

McLaren Senna – 2.8 seconds

McLaren Senna – 2.8 seconds

Here’s London businessman David Kyte, owner of McLaren Senna number 001, on his way to the South of France. All 500 were sold before its launch in December 2017, way ahead of its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS – 2.8 seconds

Porsche 911 GT2 RS – 2.8 seconds

The rear-wheel drive Porsche 911 GT2 RS costs a cool £207,506 and offers a mighty 700hp from its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged engine, making its the most powerful Porsche road car ever built. It’s also the quickest, with a 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds.

Caterham Seven 620R – 2.79 seconds

Caterham Seven 620R – 2.79 seconds

At this end of the gallery, tiny margins matter, which is why Caterham quotes a 0-62mph time of 2.79 seconds for the 620R. The car “is equipped with the sort of performance that is very hard to explain within the constraints of the English language or the laws of physics,” says Caterham.

Hennessey Venom GT – 2.7 seconds (0-60mph)

Hennessey Venom GT – 2.7 seconds (0-60mph)

A mainstay of galleries focused on acceleration and top speed, the Hennessey Venom GT can boast a 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds, a 0-100mph time of 5.6 seconds and a 0-300km/h time of 13.63 seconds, with the latter an official Guinness World Record.

Nissan GT-R Nismo – 2.7 seconds

Nissan GT-R Nismo – 2.7 seconds

The Nissan GT-R Nismo is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine developing 600hp, which is enough for a 0-62mph time of 2.7 seconds. Yours for £151,995.

Tesla Model S P100D – 2.5 seconds (0-60mph)

Tesla Model S P100D – 2.5 seconds (0-60mph)

The acceleration of the Tesla Model S P100D is, quite literally, Ludicrous. Officially, the electric saloon will hit 60mph in 2.5 seconds, but we’ve read reports of 2.4 seconds.

Rimac Concept One – 2.5 seconds

Rimac Concept One – 2.5 seconds

The performance figures of the Rimac Concept One are simply astonishing: 1,224hp, 221mph top speed and 1,180lb-ft of torque. The most important figure, for the purposes of this gallery, is the 2.5 seconds it takes the electric hypercar to hit 62mph.

Bugatti Chiron – less than 2.5 seconds

Bugatti Chiron – less than 2.5 seconds

Forget three seconds, the Bugatti Chiron will sprint to 62mph in less than 2.5 seconds. Quick, but not the quickest car to feature in this gallery.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – 2.3 seconds (0-60mph)

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – 2.3 seconds (0-60mph)

The Challenger SRT Demon is a schoolboy’s dream, with Dodge rolling out a number of ‘firsts’, ‘highests’ and ‘fastests’ in support of the car. Highest horsepower of any production car, highest G-force by a production car, first wheelie by a production car and world’s fastest quarter-mile production car, to name but four. Dodge also claims the world’s fastest 0-60mph production car title…

Ultima LS V8 Evolution – 2.3 seconds (0-60mph)

Ultima LS V8 Evolution – 2.3 seconds (0-60mph)

We reckon the team at Hinckley will have something to say about that. The Ultima LS7 V8 Evolution will hit 60mph in 2.6 seconds, while the supercharged version will complete the sprint in 2.3 seconds. Bonkers, British and brilliant.

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