Don’t dismiss these rides; they’ll smoke you and do it with grins on their faces

It’s no secret that if you want your car to post a blistering 0-to-60-mph acceleration time, turning all four wheels from the jump is the best way to do it. Sure, it’s not as easy as doing just that, but years of testing vehicles across all platforms has shown that all-wheel-drive cars provide much better traction than rear-wheel or front-whee-drive vehicles. Combine that capacity with all the new technologies that have arrived — launch control and torque vectoring — and it’s no surprise that some of the fastest-accelerating cars in the world are equipped with all-wheel-drive. Motor Trend has done a lot of testing on this front and the numbers bear fruit. These 10 sports cars are the fastest of their kind. They’re all equipped with all-wheel-drive and they can all leave you in the dust if you don’t give them the respect they deserve.

2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8: 3.2 seconds

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There are other cars that are just as potent as the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, but even if the Lamborghini Urus can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, it doesn’t exactly fit the profile of a sports car. In some ways, the XE SV Project 8 doesn’t fit the mold, either. It’s a high-performance sedan, but just because it has two extra doors, that doesn’t mean it can’t qualify as a sports car. See, the XE SV Project 8 was created for the specific purpose of performance. It comes with a significant load of aerodynamic components to go with serious chassis modifications and enough carbon fiber bits that would make other versions of the XE green with envy. Then there’s the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8, which produces close to 600 horsepower. That’s enough to help propel the all-wheel-drive sedan to a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.2 seconds and a spot on this list.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 specifications
Engine: 5.0-liter supercharged V-8
Transmission: eight-speed automatic transmission
Horsepower: 592 horsepower
Torque: 516 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 3,847 pounds
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 0.154 horsepower / pound
0-60 mph: 3.2 seconds
0-120 mph: 10.2 seconds
Top Speed: 200 mph

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2017 Acura NSX: 3.1 seconds

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The Acura NSX is an interesting sports car. It’s still a bit early to say if it can fill the massive shoes left by its predecessor, but even if it doesn’t end up being as revered as the OG model, it’s still a fool’s errand to think that the new NSX doesn’t cut the performance mustard. The opposite is actually true. Not only is the 2017 NSX fast, but it’s quick enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. That makes it one of the quickest all-wheel-drive hybrid cars in the world. The 2017 NSX lays claim to that title because of the potent tag-team made up of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine and electric motors that combine to produce a heart-stopping 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque. It’s hard to compare a car like the 2017 NSX with the Nissan GT-R, but it is encouraging to see that after years of sitting in the shadows, the Japanese performance car scene is now well-represented by a pair of breakneck, all-wheel-drive performance cars that can give you acceleration goosebumps, even if they do it in two different ways.

Acura NSX specifications
Engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6
Transmission: nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
Horsepower: 573 horsepower
Torque: 476 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 3,803 pounds
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 0.151 horsepower / pound
0-60 mph: 3.1 seconds
0-120 mph: 10.0 seconds
Top Speed: 191 mph

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2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS: 3.0 seconds

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The 911.2-generation Porsche 911 brings plenty of options to the table, but if you’re looking for a version that can lay waste to acceleration times and turn your hair into a crazy mess, the 911.2 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS is the one for you. The Targa’s roof panel has an appeal that it can call its own and the addition of turbochargers, though controversial, makes the car a lot livelier than it probably should be. But it’s the “4” in the car’s nomenclature and the GTS-spec that make it one of the most rounded 911s you’ll ever find on the road. The 911 Targa 4 GTS’ 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine produces 450 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which, in turn, sends power to all four wheels, helping the sports car accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. Put all these elements together and you have a supercar that can double as a daily driver without skipping a beat. For an automaker like Porsche that offers enough versions of its fabled 911 nameplate, the Targa 4 GTS stands out on its own for all the reasons that make Porsche the automaker that it is.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS specifications
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6
Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
Horsepower: 450 horsepower
Torque: 405 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 3,642 pounds
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 0.124 horsepower / pound
0-60 mph: 3.0 seconds
Top Speed: 190 mph

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2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition: 2.7 seconds

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Age hasn’t slowed the R35-generation Nissan GT-R one bit. Despite being more than a decade into its run as Nissan’s flagship performance car, Godzilla remains one of the quickest AWD sports cars to lay rubber on road. The 2014 GT-R Track Edition, in particular, remains one of the quickest versions of the GT-R. For a model that has seen no shortage of impressive acceleration times, the 2014 GT-R Track Edition rules the roost with a 2.7-second run that has never been toppled by newer versions of the model. The GT-R version that came closest to eclipsing the 2014 Track Edition was the 2017 GT-R Nismo, which clocked in a time of 2.9 seconds. Perhaps launch control was responsible for the Track Edition’s impressive acceleration time, but we’d be lying if we said that’s a big reason for it. Launch control or not, Godzilla still has quick enough feet to land on this list. Age really is just a number for Japan’s King of the Monsters. It helps, too, that the 2014 GT-R Track Edition is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that produces 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. Those figures count for something.

Nissan GT-R Track Edition specifications
Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6
Transmission: six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
Horsepower: 545 horsepower
Torque: 463 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 3,840 pounds
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 0.142 horsepower / pound
0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds
0-120 mph:: 9.9 seconds
Top Speed: 196 mph

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2005 Bugatti Veyron 16.4: 2.7 seconds

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It’s a testament to the lasting legacy of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 that it still occupies a spot on this list. When it first hit the scene over a decade ago, the Veyron 16.4 redefined the way we looked at supercars. It tested the limits of what was possible from an engineering perspective. It came with an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine that produced 1,001 horsepower. More than that, the Veyron sent power to all four wheels, making it one of the fastest and most powerful all-wheel-drive cars in history. The Veyron’s powertrain package helped the supercar sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a staggering 2.7 seconds. Sure, that figure has been beaten numerous times over the years, but that should never take away from what the Veyron 16.4 accomplished at a time when the fastest and most powerful performance machines couldn’t sniff a three-second acceleration time even if they were pushed to the max. Fifteen years after the Veyron 16.4 changed the rules, it’s still talked about in reverential tones. That’s cache no amount of money or influence can buy.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 specifications
Engine: 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16
Transmission: six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
Horsepower: 1,001 horsepower
Torque: 922 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 4,167 pounds
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 0.24 horsepower / pound
0-60 mph: 2.7 seconds
0-120 mph: 6.8 seconds
Top Speed: 253 mph

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2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus: 2.6 seconds

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A list of fastest-accelerating all-wheel-drive sports cars wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Audi R8 V10 Performance. The German supercar is fully entrenched in its second generation and its form has never been as complete as it is these days. Part of that can be attributed to the R8’s 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces a stout 602 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. The engine generates roughly the same power off the block as the Lamborghini Huracan, and while the two cars do share a lot of similarities, different states of tune between the R8 and the Huracan provide different driving experiences for drivers. So, how is it that the R8 V10 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph — 2.6 seconds — at the same time as the Huracan Performante? Credit largely lies on Audi’s not-so-secret sauce: the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. There’s a reason why, when we talk about some of the best all-wheel-drive systems in the business, Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system is often mentioned as one of the best systems money can buy. It’s one of the most dynamic systems out there, tested and refined to the impeccable standards of the four rings. So, the next time you see an R8 V10 smoking some poor schmuck on the drag strip, know that the result of such smoking has as much to do with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system as with the 602-horsepower V-10 engine the R8 is packing.

Audi R8 V10 Performance specifications
Engine: 5.2-liter V-10
Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
Horsepower: 602 horsepower
Torque: 428 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 3,505 pounds
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 0.172 horsepower / pound
0-60 mph: 2.6 seconds
0-120 mph: 8.9 seconds
Top Speed: 206 mph

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2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante: 2.6 seconds

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The Lamborghini Huracan Performante once held the record as the fastest production car to ever lap the Nurburgring. The Huracan Performante has since fallen into third place in this list — it was bested only by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and, more recently, by its big brother, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ — but the Lamborghini remains as one of the most complete performance cars to hit the road in recent years. Perhaps it’s due to that 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces 630 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Maybe it’s because of that fast-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels of the supercar. You can even point to all the aerodynamic enhancements it possesses as the reason for its awesomeness. Or maybe it’s just a combination of all these things, all put together by an automaker that’s known for its incredible track record of record-shattering performance models. The Lamborghini Aventador Huracan’s ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds is one of the many incredible performance feats that this car is capable of. It’s no wonder that the HUracan Performante offers the kind of driving experience few other exotics in its class can come close to replicating.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante specifications
Engine: 5.2-liter V-10
Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
Horsepower: 630 horsepower
Torque: 443 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 3,429 pounds
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 0.184 horsepower / pound
0-60 mph: 2.6 seconds
0-120 mph: 8.0 seconds
Top Speed: 204 mph

Read our full review on the 2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante:

2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ: 2.5 seconds

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Now, we’re getting into the fastest-of-the-fastest territory. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is the fastest production car to lap the Nurburgring. It doesn’t accomplish that feat with a lolly-gagging acceleration, and if you must know, the opposite holds true. When the Aventador SVJ launches off the line and comes to life, it’s the kind of experience that you need to brace for. It’s a feral feeling that has to be experienced to be believed. You can look up at the Aventador SVJ’s figures and all of it points to what this monster is capable of. The 6.5-liter V-12 engine produces a staggering 760 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, and while these figures are largely responsible for the Aventador SVJ’s ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, it’s not really about the number that’s impressive about all of this. It’s the experience of being behind that steering wheel as you absorb the brutality that comes when those tires start spinning. Brace yourselves, folks. You’re going to need as much bracing as you can when you’re driving the Aventador SVJ.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ specifications
Engine: 6.5-liter V-12
Transmission: seven-speed single-clutch automatic transmission
Horsepower: 760 horsepower
Torque: 531 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 3,362 pounds
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 0.226 horsepower / pound
0-60 mph: 2.5 seconds
0-120 mph (if available): 8.0 seconds
Top Speed: 220 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S: 2.5 seconds

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The Porsche 911 Turbo S is a wonder unlike anything you’ll come across in the world of performance cars. Relative to other cars on this list, the Porsche’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine isn’t going to pop off the page. Certainly, the engine’s output of 580 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque is impressive, but not to the point where you immediately stand up and take notice. So why is it that the 911 Turbo S sits as the second fastest-accelerating car on this list? The simple answer: launch control. I know some people will scoff at launch control as a cheat code of sorts when discussing 0-to-60-mph times, but it’s not like the Porsche 911 Turbo S is the only performance car in the world that’s equipped with it. It just so happens that Porsche makes better use of it than most. Put yourself behind the wheel of the 911 Turbo S. Once you press that foot on the throttle and drop the brake, you’re greeted by 1.26 g of horizontal force pinning you in your seat as you watch your life flash before your eyes. That’s what the Porsche 911 Turbo S is capable of, and that sprint time from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds is a result of it.

Porsche 911 Turbo S specifications
Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six
Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission
Horsepower: 580 horsepower
Torque: 516 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 3,527 pounds
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 0.164 horsepower / pound
0-60 mph: 2.5 seconds
0-120 mph: 8.7 seconds
Top Speed: 208 mph

Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S.

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder: 2.4 seconds

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Porsche has a long — and I mean long — track record of building and developing some of the fastest and purest performance cars in the world. It rarely ventures into the world of hypercars, but when it does, it builds something like the 918 Spyder, the undisputed, fastest-accelerating all-wheel-drive car in the business. Sure, the 918 Spyder achieves that distinction by virtue of a hybrid powertrain made up of a 4.6-liter flat-plane-crank V-8 engine that produces 608 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque on its own. Throw in a few electric motors and the net output you get from the 918 Spyder’s powertrain adds up to 887 horsepower and 994 pound-feet of torque. The latter is the key to unlocking the mystery behind the 918 Spyder’s insane sprint-to-60-mph time of 2.4 seconds. When you have 994 pound-feet of torque at your disposal and you have all-wheel-drive and a power boost system to work with it, you’re going to jump off the line like nobody’s business. That’s what the Porsche 918 Spyder is all about, and, at least for this list, it stands tallest as the king of the mountain.

Porsche 918 Spyder specifications
Powertrain: 4.6-liter flat-plane-crank V-8; electric motors
Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission
Horsepower: 887 horsepower
Torque: 994 pound-feet of torque
Curb Weight: 3,620 pounds
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 0.245 horsepower / pound
0-60 mph: 2.4 seconds
0-120 mph: 6.6 seconds
Top Speed: 214 mph

Read our full review on the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder.

Source: Motor trend

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