VW Makes More than Half of the World’s Quickest Cars

Road & Track recently released a list of all the cars it has ever tested that can accelerate to 60 mph in less than three seconds and 60% of them are made by the Volkswagen Group.

The car industry today may be full of ludicrously fast cars that would put race cars from just a few years ago to shame, but there are two performance figures that still set a car out as truly fast. The first is a sub-seven minute lap at the Nurburgring and the second is a sub-three second 0-60 sprint.

A lot of cars are fast. Only 19 have hit highway speeds in two seconds in Road & Track testing.

The list of cars would be familiar to anyone in Dubai and contains no shortage of super- and hyper-cars (with the exception of the M5, which, respect where it’s due, punches well above its weight). All the usual suspects are here: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, etc. But as you go down the list, you can’t help but notice the developing trend.

If empires are all obsessed with power, the Volkswagen Group is an empire in the classical sense, making 11 of the 19 quickest cars on the road today. They are:

Lamborghini Huracan Performante, 2.4 s

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, 2.5 s

Porsche 911 Turbo S (991.2), 2.5 s

Porsche 918 Spyder, 2.5 s

Bugatti Veyron, 2.6 s

911 Turbo S (991.1), 2.6

Lamborghini Aventador, 2.7 s

Audi R8 V10 Plus, 2.8 s

Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4, 2.8 s

Porsche 911 Turbo S (997.2), 2.8 s

Porsche GT3 RS (991.2), 2.9 s

Sure, the 911 Turbo S is over-represented on this list, but Porsche only knows how to improve incrementally, so that’s to be expected.

The rest of the list is equally impressive:

LaFerrari, 2.4 s

McLaren 720 S, 2.7 s

McLaren 650 S, 2.7 s

BMW M5, 2.8 s

McLaren 570 S, 2.8 s

Nissan GT-R NISMO, 2.8 s

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, 2.9 s

Nissan GT-R, 2.9 s

While the list only covers what R&T has driven and measured (so things like the Chiron and the Koenigsegg might be missing) it’s still impressive just how committed VW is committed to speed.