There are tons of cars that are fast—like, really, really fast, but very few that can reach the pinnacle of acceleration: going from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds. It seems that every year, we see awesome supercars being released, introducing crazy engine modifications and performance enhancements, but some of the records on this list weren’t made by supercars at all. When it comes to overall speed and racing, sure, supercars are the way of the future, but sometimes the least expected car has the fastest acceleration (which you’ll see in a minute).
Included on this heralded list of accelerating monsters are all the names you expect to hear: Lamborghini, Bugatti, Ferrari, McLaren… but also a few you might not expect: Tesla, Dodge, Audi, Chevrolet, BMW, BAC. This just goes to show that even though many of these superpowered, turbocharged beasts might make the grade for “fastest cars in the world,” it doesn’t mean they have the best acceleration.
In the world of high-performance sports cars, no two models are exactly alike, and no two drivers are alike either. That’s why many of the entries on this list have top speeds that were labeled by the manufacturers and fastest speeds that were made independently of the manufacturers, by independent drivers.
Some of the cars on this list may surprise you. So here it is, the 22 exotic cars you didn’t know could go from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds…
22# 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder (2.2 seconds)
Here’s a surprise: the fastest car to each 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds is actually a hybrid. It’s Porsche’s 2014 918 Spyder, a mid-engined plug-in of which there were only 918 produced. It has a naturally aspirated engine, which means its internal combustion is purely dependent on atmospheric pressure, not forced induction through a supercharger or a turbocharger.
The awesome car pictured here had a manufacturer 0-to-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds, but an independent driver managed it in 2.2 seconds flat.
Also, in September 2013, a 918 fitted with the “Weissach Package” set a Nürburgring lap time of 6:57 on the 20.6 km (12.8-mile) road course, breaking the previous record by 14 seconds. It was the first production street-legal car to break the 7-minute mark.