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The Quickest Cars Motor Trend Tested in 2017

A look back at some of the best straight line performers

A look back at some of the best straight line performers

Every year at Motor Trend, many cars go through our office and are subjected to our battery of tests. Among those hundreds of vehicles, a select few offer exceptional straight-line performance and push the limits of acceleration regardless of whether it is electrified, turbocharged, supercharged, or naturally aspirated. Here are 15 of the quickest cars Motor Trend has tested in 2017.

2017 Bentley Continental Supersports

0 to 60 mph: 3.5 seconds
Quarter Mile: 12.1 seconds at 113.7 mph (183 km/h)

The “slowest” vehicle here is the 5,175-pound (2,347-kg) Bentley Continental Supersport, and it comes with a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 good for 700 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful car in this list. Despite its weight, this massive grand tourer accelerates with verve and can easily outpace many sports cars in a straight line while keeping its occupants coddled in an excessively luxurious cabin. Should you want to bask in the elements while you’re speeding, the Bentley Continental Supersports is also available as a convertible. But act quickly because only a small number of cars were made.

2017 BMW M760i xDrive

0 to 60 mph: 3.4 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11.7 seconds at 120.1 mph (193 km/h)

Despite its massive exterior dimensions and 5,036-pound (2,284-kg) as-tested curb weight, the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive offers impressive acceleration, thanks to its 601-hp 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12, eight-speed automatic, and a performance-tuned all-wheel-drive system. Sure, it’s not as nimble as smaller sedans, but when it comes to combining blistering acceleration and insane levels of in-cabin comfort in one package, this massive sedan brings both while massaging you and keeping you refreshed at outrageous speeds.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R

0 to 60 mph: 3.4 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11.4 seconds at 127.6 mph (205 km/h)

The “Beast of Green Hell,” which is the nickname of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R, is an appropriate one because it takes all the goodness of the GT and GT S and dials it up to 12. More power gives you superior straight line performance, and the suspension upgrades provide you with even better handling when the road starts to twist and turn.

2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

0 to 60 mph: 3.3 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11.7 seconds at 117.8 mph (189 km/h)

It’s got a complicated retractable roof panel, but even with all that weight, the 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S accelerates like all that extra heft didn’t exist. With a 420-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, this all-wheel-drive German provides a healthy dose of straight-line speed to go with its legendary handling prowess.

2017 Audi RS 7 Performance

0 to 60 mph: 3.3 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11.5 seconds at 120.4 mph (194 km/h)

If you need an all-wheel-drive 605-hp hatchback, the Audi RS 7 Performance has your name all over it. There aren’t many hatchbacks quicker than the RS 7 (save for one if you consider the Porsche Panamera Turbo a hatchback). Even at the end of the current car’s production run, it remains one of the quickest cars available and it seats five—making it a great choice if you need your supercar to double as a family car.

2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

0 to 60 mph:  3.3 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11.5 seconds at 122.7 mph (197 km/h)

No, this isn’t the fire-breathing R8 V10 Plus Spyder. But even with “just” 540 hp and 398 lb-ft coming from its high-revving 5.2-liter V-10 engine, the Audi R8 Spyder is still plenty quick in a straight line. Credit its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive system, both of which allow the sexy mid-engine German to accelerate with explosive brio while turning heads around you.

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive

0 to 60 mph: 3.2 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11.6 seconds at 119.2 mph (192 km/h)

Need more legroom in your high-performance four-door Porsche? The Panamera Turbo Executive has you covered, thanks to its longer wheelbase. Having the extra level of comfort, however, doesn’t come at the cost of straight-line acceleration because this big Porsche is still able to break the 3.5-second mark on the 0-60-mph sprint, meaning it possesses the same potent performance as its standard-wheelbase sibling.

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

0 to 60 mph: 3.2 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11.3 seconds at 124.2 mph (200 km/h)

Practicality, luxury, and blistering straight-line speed are all in harmony in the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S and its 603-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8.  Complete with an all-wheel-drive system that features a real drift mode, an AMG-tuned adaptive suspension, and a new nine-speed automatic transmission, the E63 S is a thoroughbred super sedan. Should you need something more practical, the E63 S is also available as a wagon so you can haul stuff and haul on the road and track.

2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

0 to 60 mph: 3.0 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11.4 seconds at 120.8 mph (194 km/h)

Slotting above the already quick 911 Targa 4S, the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS adds more performance to an already potent sports car. With a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six generating a healthy 450 hp and 405 lb-ft and hooked up to Porsche’s wonderful seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the 911 Targa 4 GTS gives you a justifiable upgrade over the Targa 4S with more power and even better handling.

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo

0 to 60 mph: 3.0 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11.4 seconds at 121.2 mph (195 km/h)

Another sedan (or hatchback) that belies its size is the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo, which comes with a 550-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 and the new eight-speed PDK twin-clutch gearbox. This turns it into a full-fledged four-door sports car that can do everything expected of a car wearing a Porsche badge, and it drives smaller than it actually is. With the twin-turbo V-8 under hood coupled to the PDK gearbox putting power down to all four wheels, the Panamera accelerates explosively. If that’s not enough, a hybrid variant called the Turbo S e-Hybrid will give you even more straight-line prowess.

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

0 to 60 mph: 2.9 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11 seconds at 125 mph (201 km/h)

This isn’t even the most potent 911 model, but the Porsche 911 Turbo, even in cabriolet form, offers up acceleration that pushes you into your seat the second you put your foot down. With 540 hp and 486 lb-ft on tap from its 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six, the 911 Turbo cabriolet combines potent straight-line acceleration and top-down thrills in an attention-grabbing package.

2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO

0 to 60 mph: 2.9 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11.0 seconds at 126.8 mph (204 km/h)

Godzilla is now one of the older supercars on the block, but it remains one of the quickest cars money can buy. The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO features a 600-hp version of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 and an upgraded suspension for even better handling on and off the track. Although it’s now a decade old, the Nissan GT-R, especially in NISMO guise, manages to keep up with the new kids, thanks to updates nearly every year to keep it relevant.

2017 McLaren 570GT

0 to 60 mph: 2.8 seconds
Quarter Mile: 10.7 seconds at 131.9 mph (212 km/h)

Just because the McLaren 570GT is tuned more as a grand tourer doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the performance befitting the badge it wears. Despite being part of the entry-level Sports Series, the 570GT’s chops are anything but that. Offering excellent straight-line speed matched with handling capabilities that make it a true driver’s grand tourer, the 570GT is the perfect weapon for those looking to stand out from every Porsche in the block.

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

0 to 60 mph: 2.7 seconds
Quarter Mile: 10.6 seconds at 135.2 mph (217 km/h)

The successor to the excellent 458 Italia, the Ferrari 488 GTB gains a 661-hp 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 that delivers power with virtually no lag. As a result, it was one of the quickest accelerating cars we’ve tested this year, topping every other rear-drive car that’s been through our offices in 2017. As with anything wearing a prancing horse badge, the 488 GTB is nearly unflappable and can easily let your inner race car driver out. Should you want some top down thrills, there’s also the 488 Spider, which features a folding hard top.

2017 Tesla Model S P100D

0 to 60 mph: 2.3 seconds
Quarter Mile: 10.5 seconds at 125 mph (201 km/h)

Instant torque from its two electric motors is one of the reasons the Tesla Model S P100D is the quickest car we’ve tested this year, and it’s also one of the few vehicles to do the 0-60-mph run in less than 2.5 seconds. Despite weighing in close to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg), the car’s combined rating of 680 hp and 791 lb-ft from its two electric motors allow it to get off the line faster, gloriously dusting many of the world’s supercars silently.