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Revealed: The world’s fastest petrol-driven production cars by acceleration

By Paul Connolly

Cars are getting quicker, with acceleration times coming down and top speeds going up.

There are a variety of ways of exploring just how quick and how fast modern cars will go, and this occasional series will provide information about the best of them.

Of course, it could be easy to seize on one car, doing one test, and claim it was the fastest or whatever.

But you need a way to measure the speeds, and to ensure the cars all comply with the same criteria.

It would be relatively easy for a manufacture to hyper-tune a production car, strip out all the parts except for the driver’s seat and claim an incredible clock time.

But that wouldn’t’ be a road-legal, production car.

For this series, we will define a road-legal, production car as one that can be driven on roads in the EU and other major countries/entities, and that went on sale to the public, and had at least 25 models made. This is similar to a list of criteria used by Wikipedia.

For this list, we will only use manufacturers’ data, instead of the results of independent tests which we can’t verify, and use petrol-driven cars only. Future lists will include hybrid and electric cars.

This is our own list: do you own research and if you can beat it, let us know.

Fastest petrol production car by acceleration 0-60mph

1. Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: 2.3 seconds

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The Demon uses a 6.2-litre V8 engine equipped with a 2.7-litre supercharger. Employs some drag car features. Fastest non-electric production car ever. So fast it can actually perform a wheelie. 3300 produced.

2. Bugatti Chiron: 2.4 seconds

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This 2017 mid-engined two seater is a successor to the famous Bugatti Veyron. It has an 8-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine and a carbon-fibre structure. 500 models produced.

3. Bugatti Veyron and Veyron Super Sport: 2.5 seconds

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The Veyron and Veyron Super Sport is another mid-engined sports car from Bugatti. Limited to 450 produced (of which 30 were Super Sport).

4. Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991) 2.7 seconds


Based on the 911 Turbo (pictured), this car uses a similar twin-turbocharged engine to devastating affect. Rear-engined, with 2+2 seating.

5. Nissan GT-R Nismo: 2.7 seconds

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Nissan GT-R Nismo

The Nissan GT-R is a high-performance successor to the famous Nissan Skyline. The Nismo version was launched I 2015. It’s front-engined, usually with 2=2 seating.

6. Lamborghini Aventador SV: 2.8 seconds

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Launched in 2011. Another mid-engined car, 600 models of this version produced.

7. Ferrari f12tdf: 2.9 seconds


The Ferrari F12berlinetta is a naturally aspirated, front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive grand tourer. Of this model, the quickest,  799 were produced.

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