Fastest front wheel drives

Top 32 fastest front wheel drive cars. Updated January 2022.

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 VW Golf GTI Clubsport 169 Photo of 2020 VW Golf GTI Clubsport
3. 2020 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 169 Photo of 2020 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition
4. 2015 Honda Civic Type R 168 Photo of 2015 Honda Civic Type R
5. 2010 Ford Focus RS500 165 Photo of 2010 Ford Focus RS500
6. 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S 165 Photo of 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S
7. 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy 165 Photo of 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy
8. 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP 165 Photo of 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP
9. 2009 Ford Focus RS 163 Photo of 2009 Ford Focus RS
10. 2017 Seat Leon Cupra R 163 Photo of 2017 Seat Leon Cupra R
11. 2012 Opel Astra OPC 2012 163 Photo of 2012 Opel Astra OPC 2012
12. 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R 163 Photo of 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R
13. 2006 Opel Vectra VXR 162 Photo of 2006 Opel Vectra VXR
14. 2006 Opel Vectra OPC 162 Photo of 2006 Opel Vectra OPC
15. 2019 VW Golf GTI TCR 162 Photo of 2019 VW Golf GTI TCR
16. 2020 Renault Megane RS 300 162 Photo of 2020 Renault Megane RS 300
17. 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290 161 Photo of 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290
18. Cadillac DTS 160 Photo of Cadillac DTS
19. 2021 Hyundai i30 N Performance 160 Photo of 2021 Hyundai i30 N Performance
20. 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS/TC 160 Photo of 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS/TC
21. 2008 Seat Leon Copa Edition 158 Photo of 2008 Seat Leon Copa Edition
22. 2003 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.2 V6 24V 158 Photo of 2003 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.2 V6  24V
23. 2011 VW Golf GTI Edition 35 158 Photo of 2011 VW Golf GTI Edition 35
24. 1987 Shelby Charger GLHS Special 158 Photo of 1987 Shelby Charger GLHS Special
25. 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy 158 Photo of 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy
26. 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy R 158 Photo of 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy R
27. 2015 Renault Megane RS 275 Cup S 158 Photo of 2015 Renault Megane RS 275 Cup S
28. 2018 Renault Megane RS 158 Photo of 2018 Renault Megane RS
29. 2012 Renault Megane RS 265 Cup 158 Photo of 2012 Renault Megane RS 265 Cup
30. 2011 Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy 158 Photo of 2011 Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy
31. 2013 Renault Megane RS 265 158 Photo of 2013 Renault Megane RS 265
32. 2021 VW Golf GTI 157 Photo of 2021 VW Golf GTI

Sources

Motorsport (1, 28), FastestLaps.com (2, 9, 11, 13, 14, 18-24, 30, 31), Sport Auto France (3), Caradisiac (4, 27), EVO (5, 6, 29), Motor (7, 16), Auto Bild Sportscars (8, 12, 15, 17, 25, 26), Auto.it (10), Quattroroute (32)

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 01/01/2022, last addition - Hyundai i30 N Performance.