Speed list: meet the 10 fastest-accelerating Porsche sportscars ever
Porsche has been making fast cars for over seven decades – but what are the quickest?
Silver Porsche 918 Spyder driving down a mountain road
Consumption and emission information 911 Turbo (WLTP): Fuel consumption combined: 12,3 - 12,0 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions combined: 279 - 271 g/km; CO₂ class: G. 911 Turbo S (WLTP): Fuel consumption combined: 12,3 - 12,0 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions combined: 278 - 271 g/km; CO₂ class: G.
911, Panamera, Taycan, 918 Spyder? From naturally aspirated to hybrid to all-electric, here are the 10 fastest road cars in Porsche history
Porsche has always been synonymous with making fast cars but over the decades certain models have taken that to new heights. To determine exact acceleration times requires a set of complicated equipment and a lot of testing. We’ve crunched all the data on every road car that Porsche has built in order to compile the ultimate list of the fastest-accelerating road vehicles (at least until a new, even faster one is revealed). So here, in reverse order, are the cars that will get you from standstill to the benchmark 100km/h (or 0-62mph) in the quickest time.10. Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS (type 992)
Orange Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS sliding on a track
The GTS model offers a focused driving experience that make it one of the fastest of the current crop of Porsche sportscars
0-100km/h 3.3 secondsWhile all-wheel drive adds a bit of weight to the 911, it more than makes up for it when it comes to acceleration. In the current Carrera 4 GTS model, the all-wheel drive system is twinned with a 3.0-litre, turbocharged flat-six engine that produces 480PS. With the optional Sport Chrono package fitted and a PDK gearbox, it’ll launch you to 100km/h in just 3.3 seconds. While that’s a time that few cars on the road can better, there are nine faster cars on our list.9. Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
White Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid driving on the road
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is a winning combination of petrol and electric power
0-100km/h 3.2 secondsUsing a combination of petrol power from a 4.0-litre V8 and a 100kW electric motor, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid develops a substantial 700PS. When equipped with the Sport Chrono package, that means that the Turbo S E-Hybrid – or the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo in the same spec – can reach 100km/h from standstill in 3.2 seconds. A car that’s equally at home serving as a practical car for four as it is tearing up the tarmac.8. Porsche 911 GT3 RS (type 991.2)
Bright green Porsche 911 GT3 RS (type 991.2) on track
The 911 GT3 RS (type 991.2) used a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated engine to help it race to 100km/h in a shade over three seconds
0-100km/h 3.2 secondsFirst unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in early 2018, the type 991 version of the 911 GT3 RS continued the tradition established by its forebears – take lessons and tech from motorsport and put them into a road car. Its 4.0-litre, naturally aspirated, flat-six engine revved to 9,000rpm and delivered a thumping 520PS. Combined with outstanding aerodynamics, that translated to a 0-100km/h time of just 3.2 seconds. Impressive, of course, but there’s more to the GT3 RS than a quick sprint – as it proved in April 2018, when it set a lap record of the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring of 6 minutes 56.4 seconds. That's an astounding 24 seconds faster than the previous 911 GT3 RS.7. Porsche 911 GT3 RS (type 992)
White Porsche 911 GT3 RS (type 992) cornering on track
The current (as of November 2023) 911 GT3 RS has double the downforce of its predecessor
0-100km/h 3.2 secondsHow do you improve on a record-breaking sportscar like the 911 GT3 RS (type 991.2)? On paper, the 911 GT3 RS car has the same 0-100km/h time as its predecessor – but power has been slightly boosted to 525PS. The old three-radiator layout was replaced by a single central unit, inspired by the Le Mans-winning 911 RSR – the celebrated racecar used by many Porsche customer racing teams. What this means in practice was that space was freed up for active aerodynamic elements, so the 992 can generate double the downforce of the previous model. It’s way more than just a fast-accelerating car, however. The 911 GT3 RS grips the road in a way that truly inspires confidence and boosts the driving experience.6. Porsche Panamera Turbo S
Blue Porsche Panamera Turbo S driving on a rural road
The Panamera Turbo S can comfortably sit four people yet boasts a 0-100km/h time of just 3.1 seconds
0-100km/h 3.1 secondsAnother very powerful Panamera – in fact it’s the fastest Panamera to date (as of November 2023) in a sprint. The 630PS that the Panamera Turbo S obtains from its twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8 powers it from zero to 100km/h in a mere 3.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package added. It’s aided by clever air suspension that transmits the power effectively from wheels to road. Another rocket ship and another Porsche with a lap record at the Nürburgring to boast about – in 2020, Porsche test driver Lars Kern lapped the Nordschleife circuit in an impressive 7 minutes 29.8 seconds.5. Porsche 911 Turbo (type 992)
Yellow Porsche 911 Turbo (type 992) cornering on track
All-wheel drive helps the 911 Turbo (type 992) deliver scintillating acceleration that takes it to the 100km/h mark in under three seconds
0-100km/h 2.8 secondsJust mentioning the word ‘Turbo’ is enough to quicken the pulse of any car fan. The current 911 Turbo is one of the quickest cars that Porsche has ever made (as of November 2023). Launched in the summer of 2020, the all-wheel drive Turbo is powered by a mighty 580PS flat-six, twin-turbo engine. Opt for the Sport Chrono Package and it will blast you to the 100km/h from a standstill in just 2.8 seconds. To give you an indication of the kinds of incremental, yet significant, developments seen in each new 911 Turbo that has been launched, that adds up to a rise of 40PS in power output over the previous 911 Turbo (type 991).4. Porsche Taycan Turbo S
White Porsche Taycan Turbo S with smoking tyres
The Taycan Turbo S boasts phenomenal performance with zero exhaust emissions
0-100km/h 2.8 secondsWhen electric power first started making its way into modern motoring, some traditionalists feared it would mark the end of excitement behind the wheel. But that was before the Porsche Taycan came along. This all-electric sportscar has a 93.4kWh battery powering two electric motors. In Turbo S form, together they develop 761PS of overboost power in combination with Launch Control. The result? 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 260km/h. It’s yet another Porsche that can boast a lap record at the Nürburgring, too. A Taycan Turbo S fitted with the optional performance kit lapped the Nordschleife in a time of 7 minutes 33.3 seconds in 2022 – at the time the fastest ever for a series-production electric car.3. Porsche 911 GT2 RS (type 991)
Race driver with Porsche 911 GT2 RS static on track
Porsche test driver Lars Kern with the 911 GT2 RS in which he broke a Nürburgring lap record for road-approved production cars in 2021
0-100km/h 2.8 secondsAt the risk of becoming repetitive, here’s another Porsche sportscar that grabbed a lap record at the Nürburgring. In this instance it’s held by the GT2 RS (type 991), which in the hands of that man Lars Kern again managed a Nordschleife lap time of 6 minutes 43.3 seconds in 2021 – at the time a new record for road-approved production cars on the 20.8km-long circuit. Fitted with the Manthey Performance Kit, here was a car built for the road but possessing astounding track capabilities. A 0-100km/h time of 2.8 seconds – courtesy of its 700PS, 3.8-litre engine – is empirical evidence of its ability to entertain.2. Porsche 911 Turbo S (type 992)
Silver Porsche 911 Turbo S cornering on the road
As of November 2023, the 911 Turbo S (type 992) is the fastest road-going car that Porsche currently makes
0-100km/h 2.7 secondsIn 2020 Porsche revealed the latest incarnation of the 911 Turbo S in the form of the type 992 model. With numerous tweaks and upgrades to make it even quicker, both in a straight line and through bends, it’s powered by a 650PS, 3.8-litre, flat-six engine that sprints from 0-100km/h in just 2.7 seconds (if fitted with the Sports Chrono Package) and can reach 330km/h. This makes the 911 Turbo S the fastest road-going Porsche currently in production (as of November 2023). Once up to speed, active aerodynamics help to maximise downforce and minimise drag as appropriate.1. Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche 918 Spyder in Liquid Metal Chrome Blue on track
The Porsche 918 Spyder: iconic hypercar and the fastest-accelerating Porsche to date
0-100km/h 2.6 secondsIn 2014, the automotive world was waking up to the performance potential of hybrid technology – not least Porsche. In the face of competition from other performance manufacturers, it produced this innovative, mind-blowing hypercar. The 918 Spyder paired a 4.6-litre V8 with twin electric motors (one on each axle) to give the driver a combined 899PS of power. Less than 1,000 were made – 918 (of course!) to be exact – but those lucky owners were able to experience a 0-100km/h time of just 2.6 seconds. As you would expect, it was yet another Porsche to set a Nürburgring lap record time. Marc Lieb’s mark of 6 minutes 57 seconds in 2013 made the 918 Spyder the first production model to break the seven-minute barrier at the Nordschleife. The astonishing 918 Spyder remains a benchmark for sportscars to this day.
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