Many drivers brag about their vehicle's top speed, but there is no legal way to reach it on city streets. Nonetheless, some cars are able to fulfill a car fanatic's need for speed based on their ability to accelerate rapidly. Here are twenty-five of the fastest cars around based on their zero-to-sixty miles-per-hour acceleration speed. Although some of them would be better suited to a racetrack, they are all street legal and can be driven on a daily basis.
Mosler MT900 GTR
This unique sports car was built in the United Kingdom and the United States by Mosler Automotive, a company founded in 1985. Only thirty-five MT900 road cars were ever produced, and this impressive vehicle can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds. The 7-litre, supercharged V8 engine provides excellent power in a car that weighs just under 1,900 pounds.
Dodge Viper GTS-R
Acceleration figures for the Viper are as low as 2.8 seconds, which contributes to the vehicle's legendary status. The 3-litre, 500-horsepower V8 is capable of shredding tires, and the iconic shape and lines of the car are beloved by American car enthusiasts.
Ariel Atom 2
The Atom 2 can reach sixty miles per hour from a standing start in just 2.9 seconds, rivalling many supercars, such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis. The lightweight Atom 2 is a unique vehicle and would turn heads if it ever showed up on ordinary roads.
The 12C was manufactured from 2011 to 2014. Under its hood lies a 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine that produces close to 600 horsepower. The McLaren 12C can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in just under 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of just over 215 miles per hour.
This rare, hand-built British supercar is made from stainless steel and carbon fibre. It features a V8 Volvo engine with added twin turbochargers and can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in three seconds. It costs around $450,000 USD.
Heffner Lamborghini LP570-4
Jason Heffner, a renowned modification specialist for exotic vehicles, produced this highly tuned version of the Lamborghini Gallardo. It is one of the fastest street-legal cars on the market. Heffner's version gives the driver almost 300 more horsepower to play with than the original model (850 horsepower in total), resulting in a zero-to-sixty miles-per-hour time of just 2.9 seconds.
Gumpert Apollo Sport
The Gumpert Apollo Sport, manufactured in Germany, resembles a video-game vehicle that has the engine to match its assertive posture. Drivers get access to 710 horsepower through the 4.2-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine, which can accelerate to sixty miles per hour from a standing start in just 2.9 seconds.
Caterham 7 Superlight R500
This car was tested by the television show Top Gear and found to be faster than a Bugatti Veyron. Although the 263 horsepower produced by the car does not seem like much, the Superlight R500 can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.88 seconds. It weighs in at slightly over 1,200 pounds.
The Trevita is a limited edition version of the Koenigsegg CCXR and comes complete with a carbon-fibre finish and a whopping price tag of $4.8 million USD. Only two of these vehicles were ever made by Koenigsegg, and the 4.8-litre, twin-supercharged V8 engine inside the Trevita can accelerate the car from zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.
The A10 is a prototype street-legal vehicle made by British manufacturer Ascari in 2006. It features a modified BMW V8 engine that produces 625 horsepower. The zero-to-sixty time for the A10 is an impressive 2.8 seconds. Unfortunately, this motor vehicle never made it to mass production, although motorists who drove it gave the car high praise.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce
This vehicle represents the pinnacle of the Murcielago, producing 670 horsepower from the 6.5-litre V12 engine. The Super Veloce is capable of reaching sixty miles per hour from a standing start in just 2.8 seconds and boasts a 10.9-second quarter-mile time.
Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
The S7 Twin Turbo is an upgraded version of the original naturally aspirated Saleen S7 model, although the first S7 was initially supposed to include turbochargers. The S7 Twin Turbo model was in production from 2005 until 2009, and the 750 horsepower motor is undoubtedly an upgrade over the original model. Acceleration from zero to sixty miles per hour takes just 2.8 seconds in this sleek supercar.
SSC Ultimate Aero
Only five of these vehicles were ever produced. The 6.9-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine produces close to 1,200 horsepower in a car that weighs 2,850 pounds. The Ultimate Aero can reach sixty miles per hour from a standing start in just 2.78 seconds.
Ariel Atom 3
The Atom 3 provided a turbocharged upgrade from the Atom 2, and the horsepower figures for the vehicles jumped from 241 horsepower to 296. Every Atom 3 is hand-built in Virginia, United States, and can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.7 seconds.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
The 911 Turbo S can certainly produce when it comes to acceleration, posting zero-to-sixty mile-per-hour figures of slightly under 2.7 seconds when tested by automotive magazines. The 3.8-litre, turbocharged H6 engine produces 530 horsepower, and the vehicle still holds the classic Porsche shape and lines that consumers have come to know and love.
The GT-R, also known as 'Godzilla,' has been the stuff of legends since the R32 model made its debut in 1989. Ever since then, it has been one of the fastest cars on the road. The 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V6 engine is capable of a zero-to-sixty miles-per-hour time of 2.7 seconds, making the Godzilla a monster on the street.
Koenigsegg Agera R
Manufactured by Swedish company Koenigsegg since 2011, the Agera R is a mid-engine vehicle that has a combative posture on the road and looks like a car out of Grand Theft Auto. It can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.7 seconds, and with over 1,100 horsepower under the hood, it would fit right in on any racetrack around the world.
The Aventador has been in production since 2011, and Lamborghini has made just over 5,000 of these vehicles since. Under the hood lies a 6.5-litre V12 that pumps out 700 horsepower and allows the driver to go from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 2.6 seconds.
The Caparo T1 is a rare, British-manufactured, mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle that looks as if it came straight off the track. Acceleration from zero to sixty miles per hour can be as fast as 2.5 seconds depending on the tire configuration. This F1-inspired vehicle is, undoubtedly, an intimidating presence on the road.
This car has become legendary in the automotive world. The quad-turbo, 8-litre W16 engine does not mess around, and with over 1,000 horsepower, the Bugatti can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in just under 2.5 seconds. The Veyron is popular with many rappers, such as Lil' Wayne, Drake, and Jay Z.
Hennessey Venom GT
Texas-based automotive engineering company Hennessey Performance Engineering used the base from a British Lotus Exige to create this beast of a vehicle. The Venom houses a 7-litre, twin-turbo V8 that produces an insane 1,244 horsepower and can hit sixty miles per hour from a standing start in just 2.6 seconds.
Bugatti Veyron SuperSport
If the Veyron was not enough, try the Veyron SuperSport, which adds an extra 200 horsepower. Only thirty of the SuperSport editions were ever made, making this vehicle one of the rarest and fastest street-legal cars on the planet. The Veyron is also officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest street-legal car in production (measured by top speed).
Ariel Atom 500
The Atom, which is appropriately named, weighs a minuscule 1,214 pounds and has a 500-horsepower, 3-litre V8 engine. The six-speed sequential gearbox is enough to handle the raw power, and acceleration from zero to sixty miles per hour can be achieved in approximately 2.3 seconds.
Hennessey Viper Venom 1000TT
This time, Hennessey Performance Engineering took a Dodge Viper and reworked it to create an absolute beast. They nearly doubled the original output of the Dodge Viper, adding a twin-turbo and front-mounted intercooler setup to the 8.5-litre V10. They also made body modifications to give the car a more aerodynamic shape, allowing it to go from zero to sixty miles per hour in only 2.25 seconds.
2002 Linginfelter Corvette Z06
The 7-litre, twin-turbo V8 produces 800 horsepower, making this car ludicrously quick. If the correct tire configuration is used to get the power to the ground, the vehicle will accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in only 1.97 seconds. Quarter-mile times from the vehicle are also impressive, reaching an 11.6-second time straight off the production line.