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Where does Tesla’s new Model S P100D rank among the world’s fastest cars?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk once boasted that Tesla doesn’t know how to make slow cars; and true to form, Tesla on Tuesday announced a new 100kWh battery option that ups the already impressive 0-60 time on the Model S to record levels. With the new P100D option, a Tesla Model S in Ludicrous mode can go from 0-60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds flat, easily making it the fastest production car on the planet.

In light of Tesla’s jaw-dropping announcement, we thought it’d be fun to take a look at the world’s fastest cars. Note that in putting together this list we’re not looking at overall top speed, but raw acceleration from 0-60 off the starting line. Also note that while there are two cars that can best Tesla’s Model S, the Model S is the fastest car that you can pick up today brand new.

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1) LaFerrari: 0-60 in 2.2 seconds

Ferrari only produced 499 LaFerrari models and if you’re interested in picking one up you’ll have to pony up at least $1 million.

laferrariImage source: Ferrari

2) Tesla Model S P100D: 0-60 in 2.5 seconds

The fact that a Model S even made it onto a list populated by supercars is a feat unto itself.

tesla-model-s-newImage source: Tesla

3) Porsche 918 Spyder: 0-60 in 2.5 seconds

porsche 918 spyderImage source: Porsche

Only 918 of these were ever produced, so you’re going to have to spend a pretty penny if you want to pick one of these bad boys up.

4) Bugatti Veyron: 0-60 in 2.5 seconds

Only 450 of these were ever produced.

5. Rimac Concept_One: 0-60 in 2.6 seconds

This high performance electric supercar costs a cool $1 million and can go from 0-60 in just 2.6 seconds. Also impressive is that it boasts a top speed of 220 MPH.

6) Porsche 991 Turbo S: 0-60 in 2.8 seconds

You can still pick up this car, but it’s going to a bit slower off the line and far more expensive than Tesla’s top of the line model.

porsche 911 turboImage source: Porsche

7) McLaren P1: 0-60 in 2.8 seconds

In 2013, McLaren began taking orders for its limited-run McLaren P1. Just months later, the initial and only production run was sold out.

mclaren p1Image source: McLaren

8) Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous Mode: 0-60 in 2.8 seconds

Incredibly, Tesla’s Model S shows up on this list not once, but twice.



Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.