Which Company Made the Quickest Car of the Last Decade?
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There are a number of car brands in the U.S. and around the world creating vehicles that are not only well-designed but can accelerate exhilaratingly fast. Many of them are sports cars, although some are large and powerful trucks and SUVs.
But which ones are a cut above the rest? Jerry has got the details from Car and Driver’s ranking of the quickest models over the last 10 years.
Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini make some of the quickest cars around, but can you guess which brand takes the top spot?
What sports car is the fastest?
If we’re talking sports cars, you probably wouldn’t be surprised that Chevrolet, Porsche, Tesla, Ferrari, McLaren, BMW, Bugatti, and Lamborghini all produce cars that performed extremely well (we’re talking under 3 seconds) in Car and Driver’s 0-60-mph acceleration tests.
Ultimately, the 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale took the top spot and title of “quickest car of the decade,” coming in at a mind-blowing 2.0 seconds. This achievement marked the crowning of a new winner, as the now-runner-up Porsche 918 Spyder was dethroned after seven years at the top!
The plug-in hybrid Stradale boasts 986 horsepower and would cost more than $700,000 with the addition of the Assetto Fiorano package that Car and Driver’s model included.
Which other brands made the list?
According to Car and Driver, a staggering number of Porsches—eight to be exact—are among the quickest cars out there, with the fastest one being the 918 Spyder from 2015.
The 2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante tied for second place overall with the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S at a staggering 2.2 seconds.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette took the last spot on the list and tied with the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS at 2.8 seconds.
Two Teslas (the 2015 Model S P90D and the 2020 Model S Performance) came in at 2.7 and 2.4 seconds, respectively. The P90D entered a four-way tie with the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista, the 2019 McLaren Senna, and the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3. Car and Driver reported that Tesla did not permit them to test other models, which would likely have been even quicker.
One Bugatti (the $3.7 million Chiron Sport), two McLarens, and two BMWs also performed well. The Chiron, at 2.4 seconds, entered a three-way tie with the Tesla Model S Performance and the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
The quickest McLaren was the 2019 720S Coupe, tying with the 2019 BMW M5 Competition and the 2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S at 2.6 seconds.
The 2020 BMW M8 Competition beat its sister, the 2019 M5 Competition, by just 0.1 of a second at 2.5 seconds, alongside the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
The quickest truck and SUV
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX tops the rankings for quickest truck of the decade, with acceleration from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
Car and Driver reported that it features a stunning combination of power and luxury, with a sturdier frame than the standard 1500, a wider body, and excellent off-road capabilities.
The downside? Its incredible acceleration comes at the cost of sub-par fuel economy, with the TRX among the worst out there for trucks.
In the world of quick SUVs, the 2019 Lamborghini Urus rules. At just 3.1 seconds, this all-wheel-drive model has excellent handling with braking capabilities as proficient as its acceleration, and the interior is pure luxury.
It comes with plenty of customizable options for steering, suspension, and powertrain, and shares its foundational workings with the Bentley Bentayga, the Q7 and Q8 from Audi, and the Porsche Cayenne, according to Car and Driver.