Fastest front wheel drives

Top 40 fastest front wheel drive cars. Updated April 2021.

Front wheel drive cars tend to have less power than all wheel or rear wheel drives, therefore, top speed is not often advertised as a selling point, or something that most buyers are looking for.

Nevertheless, we still have performance-oriented front wheel drive cars, like the Renault Sport Megane, Clubsport VW Golf GTI or Honda Civic Type-R.

The limiting factor for front-wheel-drive speed is engine power. Front tyres have to transmit all engine power and take care of steering at the same time. Historically, this has set a ceiling for maximum achievable performance in a front wheel drive car. Thanks to modern tyre technology, this ceiling has been rising every year.

# make & model Speed (mph)▼ Image
1. 2017 Honda Civic Type R 169 Photo of 2017 Honda Civic Type R
2. 2020 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 169 Photo of 2020 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition
3. 2015 Honda Civic Type R 168 Photo of 2015 Honda Civic Type R
4. 2010 Ford Focus RS500 165 Photo of 2010 Ford Focus RS500
5. 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S 165 Photo of 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S
6. 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy 165 Photo of 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy
7. 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP 165 Photo of 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP
8. 2009 Ford Focus RS 163 Photo of 2009 Ford Focus RS
9. 2012 Opel Astra OPC 2012 163 Photo of 2012 Opel Astra OPC 2012
10. 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R 163 Photo of 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R
11. 2006 Opel Vectra VXR 162 Photo of 2006 Opel Vectra VXR
12. 2006 Opel Vectra OPC 162 Photo of 2006 Opel Vectra OPC
13. 2019 VW Golf GTI TCR 162 Photo of 2019 VW Golf GTI TCR
14. 2020 Renault Megane RS 300 162 Photo of 2020 Renault Megane RS 300
15. Cadillac DTS 160 Photo of Cadillac DTS
16. 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS/TC 160 Photo of 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS/TC
17. 1978 RUF SCR 3.2 159 Photo of 1978 RUF SCR 3.2
18. 2008 Seat Leon Copa Edition 158 Photo of 2008 Seat Leon Copa Edition
19. 2003 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.2 V6 24V 158 Photo of 2003 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.2 V6  24V
20. 2011 VW Golf GTI Edition 35 158 Photo of 2011 VW Golf GTI Edition 35
21. 1987 Shelby Charger GLHS Special 158 Photo of 1987 Shelby Charger GLHS Special
22. 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy 158 Photo of 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy
23. 2015 Renault Megane RS 275 Cup S 158 Photo of 2015 Renault Megane RS 275 Cup S
24. 2018 Renault Megane RS 158 Photo of 2018 Renault Megane RS
25. 2012 Renault Megane RS 265 Cup 158 Photo of 2012 Renault Megane RS 265 Cup
26. 2011 Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy 158 Photo of 2011 Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy
27. 2013 Renault Megane Coupe TCe 265 RS 158 Photo of 2013 Renault Megane Coupe TCe 265 RS
28. 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII MR FQ 340 157 Photo of 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII MR FQ 340
29. 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super 157 Photo of 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super
30. 2006 Hyundai Azera 157 Photo of 2006 Hyundai Azera
31. 2010 Renault Megane RS Clubsport 157 Photo of 2010 Renault Megane RS Clubsport
32. 2009 Renault Megane RS 250 Cup 156 Photo of 2009 Renault Megane RS 250 Cup
33. 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport 156 Photo of 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport
34. 2003 Alfa Romeo 156 GTA 155 Photo of 2003 Alfa Romeo 156 GTA
35. 1998 Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo 155 Photo of 1998 Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo
36. 2006 Mazda 3 MPS 155 Photo of 2006 Mazda 3 MPS
37. 2004 Audi A6 3.2 FSI 155 Photo of 2004 Audi A6 3.2 FSI
38. 2004 Audi A4 3.2 FSI 155 Photo of 2004 Audi A4 3.2 FSI
39. 2003 Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Sportwagon 155 Photo of 2003 Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Sportwagon
40. 1998 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0 V6 155 Photo of 1998 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0 V6

Sources

Motorsport (1, 24), Sport Auto France (2), Caradisiac (3, 23), EVO (4, 5, 25, 32), Motor (6, 14), Auto Bild Sportscars (7, 10, 13, 22), FastestLaps.com (8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18-21, 26-31, 34-40), Auto Motor und Sport (17), Automobilismo (33)

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 04/05/2021, last addition - Renault Megane RS Trophy.