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Remember back in 2018 when Audi released the Audi R8 V10 RWS in a limited production run of just 999 examples? It didn’t last long here in the States, but Audi kept it as a main part of its lineup over in Europe. Now, three years later, a new listing on the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov website hints that it’s making a comeback to the U.S. Market in both coupe and convertible form.
It’s 2020 and Porsche has two incredible Turbo S models in showrooms. One is the 911 and the other one is the Taycan. They are entirely different cars. While the 911 Turbo Scomes with actual turbochargers, the Taycan is an all-electric car, so the "Turbo S" badge is there just to keep things familiar. But they are the range-topping versions of their respective lineups and both are impressively quick. Porsche’s official ratings put them on par from 0 to 60 mph at 2.6 seconds. But which car is quicker in a quarter-mile race? Let’s find out with CarWow, which recently put together a drag race between the two.
The modern era saw the automobile break serious benchmarks. We can now buy supercars with more than 1,000 horsepower that can hit top speeds of more than 300 mph. But the early days of the automobile were much slower. Meet the 1894 Benz Victoria, one of the world’s first road-legal automobiles.
Just like top speed, 0 to 60 mph acceleration is one of the key aspects of a performance car. As a result, automakers have been competing to improve and even set records for these figures for decades now. While most supercars were’t capable of hitting 60 mph in less than three seconds 20 years ago, newer examples will do it effortlessly.
And new technology also enabled some sedans and SUVs to hit that magical benchmark in less that three clicks. Compiling a list of the 10 quickest cars to 60 mph is a bit tricky since many of these cars come with claimed manufacturer times that have yet to be tested, but no matter how we twist it, the world’s 10 fastest cars reach the benchmark in 2.6 seconds or less. Here’s our own ranking from quickest to slowest.
Born from Porsche’s need to homologate its cars for GT2 class racing, the 911 GT2 debuted in 1993, when it was based on the 993-generation 911. A twin-turbo flat-six model since day one, the GT2 was updated to 996 specs in 2001 and then to 997 specs in 2007. In 2010, Porsche came up with an even more aggressive version, the GT2 RS. Rated at 612 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, it was Porsche most powerful car for the 2011 model. A follow up came in 2018 with the 991-generation, this time around with 690 horses and 553 pound-feet of torque on tap. However, the 991 GT2 RS lost the manual transmission. The latter is by far the most impressive GT2 RS built to date, but is it actually much better than the 997 model?
Lamborghini is known for making some of the world’s most outlandish cars. The Aventador is arguably the last of the old-school greats, a big, heavy supercar with a naturally aspirated V-12 engine positioned behind the seats and its tiny brother, the Huracan, has been a steady seller for years.
But Lamborghini wasn’t always hell-bent on making supercars with its first cars being laid-back grand tourers. It all changed, however, when the Miura arrived. And then, while everyone was still wiping off their drool, Lamborghini struck again with this, the Miura SV.
The death of the manual transmission has been lurking for some time as laziness kicks in and sales continue to decrease. But, what if there was a middle ground where you can still shift on your own without dealing with finessing a clutch pedal? As it turns out, Hyundai has a solution for that, and it’s called the Intelligent Manual Transmission. That’s right; Hyundai now has a manual transmission that doesn’t have a clutch pedal. How the hell does that work?
The third-gen Dodge Durango has been on the market for almost a decade, and now Dodge has instilled it will Hellcat power. With 710 horses in a three-row family SUV, Dodge has put the Durango on a pedestal and has taken the center-stage in the segment. The Durango is now the most powerful factory-built SUV on the planet. For a machine this big to sprint to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds is a cardinal sin. But, what can we say; we still love it and are chuffed to bits with the announcement of the Dodge Durango Hellcat. One HELL of an engine, huh?
A Black Series version of the Mercedes-AMG GT has been in the rumor mill for more than two years now. Camouflaged versions were spotted on public roads and on the Nurburgring track and new reports say that the sports car could debut in July 2020. But the wait is partly over, as the AMG GT R Black Series is here for us to see in a bunch of leaked photos.
The Lotus Evija is a monster all-electric hypercar that Lotus is developing to turn the performance car industry on its head. With potential rivals like the Rimac C_Two, Tesla Roadster, and Pininfarina Battista all in varying stages of development, Lotus is moving along with its development of the Evija, determined to set the bar in a segment that technically doesn’t exist yet.
As the development of the Evija continues, the folks over at Top Gear got to slip behind the curtain and get precious information regarding the Evija’s ungodly performance capabilities. Expectations are already running high, but this early in the hypercar’s development, it looks like the Evija will have the performance chops to not only live up to the hype but far exceed it, too.