These Are The Fastest New Cars Built By Every Major Brand

For decades, each car generation has pushed the boundaries of what's possible, with automakers shaving milliseconds off 0 to 60 mph times and defying the laws of physics with the ever-increasing top speeds. While internal combustion was once the undisputed king of the road, there's a new melody rising above the roar of exhaust pipes — the silent surge of electric power.

Fortunately, this isn't a battle between ICE and electric; it's an exhilarating concerto where both instruments play their part. Whether it's the silent symphony of electrons or the guttural roar of a V8, these cars are the apex predators of every major car brand. They are finely tuned machines honed for blistering acceleration, heart-stopping performance, and razor-sharp handling.

These cars are a testament to the relentless human quest to conquer the tyranny of time. While they can all leisurely crawl in everyday traffic, they can also slingshot from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds, overwhelming your senses and warping your perception of time.

2024 Volkswagen Golf R – 4.5 Seconds

Volkswagen first introduced the Golf R in 2002 –- a hot hatch with 240 hp from a 3.2-liter VR6 engine. Over the years, the Golf R evolved from using the VR6 engine to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. As of 2024, the Golf R is in its eighth generation, boasting more performance than its predecessors. It produces 315 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Volkswagen offers two transmission options: a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. With the seven-speed DSG transmission, the Golf R can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The eighth generation Golf R boasts multiple performance-focused features, including a sport suspension system, adaptive chassis control, and an XDS cross differential system.

The driver gets a wide selection of driving modes, Including Race, Sport, and Comfort. In Race mode, the driver has an additional submenu with Drift and Special modes. However, all this comes at a price, $45,665 to be precise, slightly higher than its main rival, the Honda Civic Type R, and pony cars like the base Mustang with similar horsepower figures and more torque.