Fastest front wheel drives 0-60 mph

Top 40 fastest cars with front wheel drive from 0 to 60 mph. Updated September 2022.

Front-wheel-drive cars are not known for braking any acceleration records. Average front wheel drive car tends to be less powerful than rear or all wheel drives. This is due to limit on how much power can be safely transferred to the same wheels which are used for steering.

Under heavy acceleration, powerful front wheel drives sometimes require steering input to keep them tracking straight. This undesirable effect, known as "torque steer", often forces manufacturers to go for more complicated 4 wheel drive layout.

Fast acceleration from standstill also shifts center of mass to the rear, further reducing available traction.

With these limitations, it is almost impossible for front wheel drive road car to reach 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and only the fastest with widest and stickiest tyres can brake the 5 second mark.

# make & model Time▼ Image
1. 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP 4.7 Photo of 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP
2. 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy R 4.8 Photo of 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy R
3. 2019 Hyundai Veloster N 4.8 Photo of 2019 Hyundai Veloster N
4. 2020 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 4.8 Photo of 2020 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition
5. 2017 Honda Civic Type R 4.9 Photo of 2017 Honda Civic Type R
6. 2020 Hyundai Sonata N-Line 5.0 Photo of 2020 Hyundai Sonata N-Line
7. 2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4 5.1 Photo of 2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4
8. 2021 VW Golf GTI 5.1 Photo of 2021 VW Golf GTI
9. 2009 VW Scirocco R 5.1 Photo of 2009 VW Scirocco R
10. 2008 Honda Accord Coupe V6 5.2 Photo of 2008 Honda Accord Coupe V6
11. 2019 VW Golf GTI TCR 5.2 Photo of 2019 VW Golf GTI TCR
12. 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R 5.2 Photo of 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R
13. 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S 5.3 Photo of 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S
14. 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy 5.3 Photo of 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy
15. 2020 VW Golf GTI Clubsport 5.3 Photo of 2020 VW Golf GTI Clubsport
16. 2017 Honda Accord 2.0T 5.3 Photo of 2017 Honda Accord 2.0T
17. 2021 Cupra Leon 2.0 TSI 5.3 Photo of 2021 Cupra Leon 2.0 TSI
18. 2021 Hyundai i30 N Performance 5.3 Photo of 2021 Hyundai i30 N Performance
19. 2021 Hyundai Kona N 5.3 Photo of 2021 Hyundai Kona N
20. 2006 Mazda 3 MPS 5.4 Photo of 2006 Mazda 3 MPS
21. 2007 Renault Clio RS III Coupe 5.4 Photo of 2007 Renault Clio RS III Coupe
22. 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy 5.4 Photo of 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy
23. 2013 Volvo S60 T6 5.4 Photo of 2013 Volvo S60 T6
24. 2015 Honda Civic Type R 5.4 Photo of 2015 Honda Civic Type R
25. 2021 Peugeot 508 PSE Hybrid4 SW 5.4 Photo of 2021 Peugeot 508 PSE Hybrid4 SW
26. 2007 Acura TL Type S 5.5 Photo of 2007 Acura TL Type S
27. 2009 Nissan Maxima SV 5.5 Photo of 2009 Nissan Maxima SV
28. 2006 Opel Vectra VXR 5.5 Photo of 2006 Opel Vectra VXR
29. 2009 Renault Megane RS 5.5 Photo of 2009 Renault Megane RS
30. 2010 Renault Megane RS Clubsport 5.5 Photo of 2010 Renault Megane RS Clubsport
31. 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290 5.5 Photo of 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290
32. 2017 Seat Leon Cupra 300 5.5 Photo of 2017 Seat Leon Cupra 300
33. 2008 Seat Leon Copa Edition 5.6 Photo of 2008 Seat Leon Copa Edition
34. 2008 Renault Megane R26.R 5.6 Photo of 2008 Renault Megane R26.R
35. 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 5.6 Photo of 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe
36. 2009 Mazda 3 MPS 5.6 Photo of 2009 Mazda 3 MPS
37. 2010 Ford Focus RS500 5.6 Photo of 2010 Ford Focus RS500
38. 2010 Audi TT 2.0 TFSI 5.6 Photo of 2010 Audi TT 2.0 TFSI
39. 2013 Peugeot RCZ R 5.6 Photo of 2013 Peugeot RCZ R
40. 2017 Seat Leon Cupra R 5.6 Photo of 2017 Seat Leon Cupra R

Sources

Car & Driver (1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 16, 26), FastestLaps.com (2, 5, 9, 20, 23), SupercarLists.com estimate* (7, 10-15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 27-35, 38-40), Motortrend (19, 36), EVO (24, 37)

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 09/13/2022, last addition - Mazda 3 MPS.

*Estimates are based on factual test results from reputable sources.