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Fastest to 100 km/h: 55 Cars under four seconds

Performance and acceleration stats are hard currency for sports cars. Which hit 100 km/h the fastest? We've gone through sport auto's data and picked them out for you. All reach 100 km/h in less than four seconds.

Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes, Audi: our shortlist, created using the sport auto database, is a veritable who's who of the automobile industry. Only BMW is missing. The premium manufacturer has only one roadgoing sports car in its portfolio: the i8. Critics would even debate whether the hybrid truly is a thoroughbred sports car. Anyway, it doesn't fulfil our criteria (its 0-100 km/h time is significantly higher than four seconds), so it isn't relevant here.

Four-wheel drive is king.

Everything that hits 100 km/h in less than four seconds is the creme de la creme, when it comes to acceleration at least. Those that take more than four seconds don't make the sport auto cut.

All-wheel drive is a real success factor when it comes to acceleration. Two powered axles are just better at transferring that raw power onto the asphalt than just one. Only the rear-wheel driven McLaren 675LT muscles its way onto the podium without that second powered axle. And even then, it's not until the 10th placing Ferrari F12 that the next two-wheel drive car makes its appearance.

Launch control also plays a decisive role. The best cars in our list rely on this traction assistance. But just having launch control isn't enough. The question is how sensitive the system is to the friction between tyre and tarmac, and how this information is then used to optimise torque and engine revs to propel the car away from the start line.

Launch control attempts punish the powertrainmalträtieren Antriebsstrang

If the settings are just right, launch control really will "launch" the car as if by itself. Just press the brake, stand on the accelerator, let the revs level off, and release the brake. The rest is controlled by the computer, using characteristic curves, sensor data and the automated gearbox. The wheat is really separated from the chaff when it comes to manual gearboxes. From the driver's side, at least. Here, the driver has to find the perfect biting point with the clutch, and be lightning fast with the right hand.

Watch out: constant launch control attempts really abuse the powertrain. That's why almost all manufacturers disable launch control for a while after each usage of this catapult function. This lets the systems breathe and the temperature to drop. One of the few exceptions is Porsche.

The guys and girls at Zuffenhausen provided the fastest supercar ever tested by sport auto. The Porsche 918 Spyder catapulted itself to 100 km/h in a mind-boggling 2.6 seconds in our Supertest (06/14). You'll also be pressed hard into the back of your seat by the Lamborghini Aventador 700-4. This 700 BHP bull really sticks to the 325/30 R 20 soles of the Porsche (2.9 seconds). The next quickest are the Porsche 911 Turbo S (991), Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce and the McLaren 675LT. Each is capable of 100 km/h in three seconds flat.

Where is the Bugatti Veyron, you may ask? This supercar was only tested by the colleagues at auto motor und sport. It blasts through the 100 km/h mark in 2.7 seconds.

Our image gallery demonstrates the fastest accelerating sport cars that sport auto has ever tested.

Once again, this is based on data collected by sport auto.

(Correct as of 7. January 2016)

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Rossen Gargolov

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11 January 2016
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