The ten Quickest (and three Slowest) New Automobiles We Examined in 2021

Impartial testing issues. This 12 months, our testing staff held producer claims to the hearth for practically 200 totally different automobiles, and the sphere was wildly divergent. It included a 2785-pound Hyundai Elantra SEL (the lightest on the scales this 12 months), a $4 million Pagani Huarya BC Roadster (the most costly we have ever examined), a 1020-hp Tesla Mannequin S Plaid, and a Kia Rio Hatchback that rode on 15-inch metal wheels with tires lower than 7.5 inches large. Regardless of how costly, sluggish, or heavy, they every get the identical goal testing remedy.

Our complete testing places each new automobile underneath the identical microscope. We weigh them, stomp repeatedly on their brakes, measure their freeway gasoline financial system, and fill their cargo areas with actual containers, as a result of nobody leaves the grocery retailer with luggage of contemporary cubic ft.

After all, we additionally launch them, working a full panoply of acceleration checks. Enjoyable reality: 4 of the vehicles examined this 12 months made it into the highest 10 quickest to 60 mph we have ever examined. On this roundup, nonetheless, we current this 12 months’s 10 quickest to 60 mph—together with the three slowest. (Be aware: For this rating, we used quarter-mile occasions as tiebreakers between automobiles that share the identical 60-mph time.)


Toyota Corolla Cross: 9.2 seconds

The Toyota Corolla Cross wasn’t constructed for pace; that is apparent. It is right here to supply the identical dependable—although not thrilling—possession expertise that loyal Corolla clients love, however in a extra palatable crossover form. When geared up with all-wheel drive, the Corolla Cross is almost one second slower to 60 mph than the final Corolla hatchback we examined, and it accomplished the quarter-mile in 17.0 seconds at a sleepy 83 mph. The Corolla Cross takes 39.9 seconds to succeed in 110 mph, and by that point you’ve got probably already reached your exit. What it delivers on is fit-and-finish, and it does so in a bundle that begins at a low $24,710.

  • Value as examined: $32,170 (Base value: $24,710)
  • Powertrain: 169-hp 2.0-liter inline-four, constantly variable computerized transmission
  • Weight: 3384 lb


Volkswagen Tiguan: 9.1 seconds

Being faster than the Honda CR-V is a low bar to set, however for the all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Tiguan we examined earlier this 12 months, that bar remains to be a full second out of attain. Refreshed for 2022, the Tiguan did not obtain any performance-enhancing boosts, however the brand new LED headlights and sporty entrance grille make it look sharper. Regardless of its slog to 60, the Tiguan is amongst our high three compact crossovers, because of its good dealing with and trip management. It is a disgrace VW did not give it extra oomph for 2022, however even when it had, would Tiguan consumers have seen?

  • Value as examined: $37,790 (Base value: $37,790)
  • Powertrain: 184-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, eight-speed computerized transmission
  • Weight: 4005 lb


Nissan Sentra SR: 8.9 seconds

The Nissan Sentra SR is the slowest sedan we have examined this 12 months. To its credit score, nonetheless, it is a half-second forward of the slowest vehicles from final 12 months. Our take a look at automotive, on Hankook Kinergy GT all-season tires, was extra spectacular on the skidpad and in braking than in acceleration, as we famous in a latest compact-sedan comparability take a look at. The Sentra accomplished the quarter-mile in 17.0 seconds at 84 mph and reached 100 mph in an unhurried 25.2 seconds. Even when the Sentra does not transfer with urgency, its low base value and supersized bucket of ordinary energetic security options make it price contemplating. Although the SR’s acceleration occasions do make its faux-carbon-fiber inside items appear further tacky.

  • Value as examined: $26,010 (Base value: $22,825)
  • Powertrain: 149-hp 2.0-liter inline-four, constantly variable computerized transmission
  • Weight: 3127 lb


BMW M5 Competitors: 2.7 seconds

Now, the enjoyable stuff. We begin with the BMW M5 Competitors, which incorporates a dizzying array of efficiency choices. There’s an M mode button to cycle between drive modes; two further buttons on the steering wheel used to preset personalized engine, chassis, and steering settings; and a button on the gear shifter to regulate shifting conduct. There are huge paddle shifters to manage the gears manually and a sport-shift mode in the event you want it. Contact nearly something inside an M5 Competitors, and you have modified a drive mode.

To generate the very best numbers, we caught it in all-wheel-drive Observe mode with all methods set to aggressive. Though it has a rear-tire-fire mode, that does not produce the most effective acceleration occasions. Our take a look at automotive wore Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer time tires and delivered 0.97 g of lateral grip on our 300-foot skidpad. The 617-hp twin-turbo V-8 bolts to an eight-speed computerized transmission—although its lightning-fast shifts have a dual-clutch urgency about them. As for all of these modes, we predict that for many drivers the 2 pedals on the ground will suffice for mode choice. We propose utilizing the one on the proper.

  • Value as examined: $141,045 (Base value: $113,095)
  • Powertrain: 617-hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, eight-speed computerized transmission
  • Weight: 4243 lb


BMW M8 Competitors Gran Coupe: 2.7 seconds

We reside within the strangest of occasions. What made sense years in the past looks as if misinformation this week. The BMW M8 Competitors Gran Coupe is 4377 kilos of proof of this. Its acceleration occasions to 60 mph and 100 mph match these of the Porsche 911 GT3. Certain, the GT3 has solely 502 horsepower to the BMW’s 617, nevertheless it’s additionally 1155 kilos lighter and one Patrick Lengthy away from a full-on race automotive. In the meantime, within the M8 Comp, there’s quilted leather-based, heated and ventilated entrance seats, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, wi-fi Apple and Android connectivity—oh, and a whole further row of seats. And in contrast to the automated GT3 we examined, the M8 Competitors does not actually have a dual-clutch transmission. Evidently, that is the magic of placing Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires on a twin-turbo water buffalo.

  • Value as examined: $167,245 (Base value: $144,995)
  • Powertrain: 617-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8, eight-speed computerized transmission
  • Weight: 4377 lb


Porsche Panamera Turbo S: 2.6 seconds

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S noticed a bunch of updates for 2021, crucial being revised engine internals and enhanced turbochargers that helped crank up the output of its twin-turbo V-8 from 550 to 620 horsepower. One other side of this automotive’s elevated efficiency is the non-obligatory 21-inch Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer time tires. How do streetable observe tires maintain up on a 4702-pound Porsche? We would say fairly nicely. We measured 1.07’s g of grip on our skidpad. That is the most effective we have seen from any four-door we have examined.

  • Value as examined: $199,480 (Base value: $179,050)
  • Powertrain: 620-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, eight-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission
  • Weight: 4702 lb


Mercedes-AMG GT63 S: 2.6 seconds

Outaccelerating the twin-turbo-V-8-powered Audi RS7 Sportback and the BMW M8 Competitors Gran Coupe it battled in a latest three-car comparability take a look at, the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S is a rocket. A rear-biased all-wheel-drive system will get the 630 horsepower to the wheels, however the aggressive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires wrapped across the 21-inch wheels are the true MVP. That is the quickest automotive on this record that makes use of a traditional computerized transmission as an alternative of a dual-clutch. The GT63 S accomplished the quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds at 129 mph.

  • Value as examined: $199,910 (Base value: $162,950)
  • Powertrain: 630-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, nine-speed computerized transmission
  • Weight: 4620 lb


BMW M5 CS: 2.6 seconds

The 617-hp 2019 BMW M5 Competitors we examined beforehand had tied the 710-hp McLaren 720S for a blistering 2.6-second-to-60-mph launch regardless of its further 1100 kilos. The brand new BMW M5 CS weighs 147 kilos lower than the M5 Competitors and has 10 further horsepower, however is not any quicker to 60 mph. Nonetheless, it’s 0.3 second faster within the quarter-mile. To shed weight, the M5 CS has a carbon-fiber hood, much less sound-deadening materials, and lighter seats. The revised dampers on this all-wheel-drive sled are an enormous enchancment over the past automotive.

  • Value as examined: $148,995 (Base value: $143,995)
  • Powertrain: 627-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8, eight-speed computerized transmission
  • Weight: 4096


Lamborghini Huracán STO: 2.6 seconds

The Lamborghini Huracán STO’s 60-mph acceleration time matched that of some others on this record, however its 10.5 seconds at 136 mph within the quarter-mile is the quickest of the bunch. This Tremendous Turismo Omologato bull is a toast to the model’s GT3 racing historical past and, as such, is 78 kilos lighter than the discontinued Performante. It is rear-wheel drive solely, so its 0.4-second hole to 60 mph behind the all-wheel-drive Performante is not stunning. We recorded 1.14 g’s of grip on our skidpad with the non-obligatory Bridgestone Potenza Race street-legal tires. On the extralegal aspect of enterprise, this STO hit 170 mph in 19.9 seconds. That is about the identical time it takes the aforementioned Corolla Cross to hit 90 mph. Time is cash, and so is pace.

  • Value as examined: $453,396 (Base value: $333,633)
  • Powertrain: 631-hp 5.2-liter V-10, seven-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission
  • Weight: 3351 lb


Porsche 911 Turbo: 2.4 seconds

The Porsche 911 Turbo workout routines prefer it’s had 10 servings of pre-workout. It punches via the quarter-mile in 10.3 seconds at 133 mph. Our take a look at automotive was fitted with just a few performance-oriented choices: front-axle elevate ($2770), sport suspension ($1510), and ventilated sport seats ($840) to assist us relax after flogging it round. Though not as {powerful} (or costly) because the 911 Turbo S, the 68-hp distinction solely left a 0.1-second hole to 60 mph. It isn’t till 150 mph that the Turbo S positive factors a full second on the less-powerful Turbo. Our 911 Turbo take a look at automotive used Pirelli P Zero PZ4 tires and an eight-speed dual-clutch computerized. The 991-generation Turbo does not supply a handbook, not that it could assist acceleration occasions.

  • Value as examined: $180,130 (Base value: $173,150)
  • Powertrain: 572-hp twin-turbo 3.7-liter flat-six, eight-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission
  • Weight: 3637 lb


Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet: 2.3 seconds

The quickest Porsche 911 we have ever examined was a Turbo S coupe that recorded a blistering 2.2-seconds-to-60-mph time final 12 months. This Cabriolet is simply barely behind regardless of carrying a further 180 kilos (blame the additional heft on the automated high and its related bracing). The Cabriolet used Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport tires, whereas the coupe was geared up with Pirelli P Zero PZ4s. The braking portion of our testing is essential, too, and the Cabriolet stopped sooner, requiring a brief 136 ft from 70 mph and 275 ft from 100 mph.

  • Value as examined: $234,570 (Base value: $218,650)
  • Powertrain: 640-hp twin-turbo 3.7-liter flat-six, eight-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission
  • Weight: 3826 lb


Tesla Mannequin S Plaid: 2.1 seconds

The Tesla Mannequin S Plaid we drove vanquished the quarter-mile in simply 9.4 seconds at 151 mph. That is the identical time the $3.7 million Bugatti Chiron Sport achieved—and the quickest quarter-mile time of any automotive we have examined. To realize most launch, the Mannequin S have to be positioned into Drag Strip mode, which heats the battery to the optimum temperature. Then flatten each the brake and accelerator for 10 seconds to permit the automotive’s air springs to decrease the entrance finish. The Cheetah stance is not full till the entrance tires tuck into the fenders. Raise left foot and luxuriate in. The Plaid makes use of a radiator that is twice as huge as earlier than to assist battle battery utilization from thrilling launches. We ran eight consecutive constant passes utilizing solely 20 % of the battery.

  • Value as examined: $137,440 (Base value: $131,440)
  • Powertrain: 3 permanent-magnet synchronous AC; mixed output: 1020 horsepower, entrance/rear direct-drive transmissions
  • Weight: 4828 lb


Ferrari SF90 Stradale: 2.0 seconds

It was seven years in the past when an 887-hp 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder elbowed out a Bugatti Veyron because the quickest automotive we have ever examined. Now the 918 is getting a style of defeat, because the Ferrari SF90 Stradale turns into the king of the hill with a 2.0-second-to-60-mph acceleration run. Just like the 918, the SF90 makes use of a plug-in-hybrid powertrain, however within the Ferrari’s case, there are two 133-hp motors on the entrance axle and a 3rd 201-hp motor between engine and transmission. With the added electrical enhance, a 769-hp twin-turbo V-8 turns into solely part of a 986-hp powertrain. Its launch management hangs at 3500 rpm till the brake pedal is launched, then click on goes the eight-speed dual-clutch. It is solely barely behind the Mannequin S Plaid within the quarter-mile, with a time of 9.5 seconds at 148 mph.

  • Value as examined: $742,088 (base value: $511,250)
  • Powertrain: 769-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with two 133-hp AC motors and one 201-hp AC motor, mixed output, 986 hp; eight-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission
  • Weight: 3840 lb


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Patrick Moore

Patrick is our chief editor and he's very passionate about cars. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and he studies journalism. His favorite brand is BMW and he drives an X5 series. When he's not writing for, he enjoys spending time with his family and 9 years old son.

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