Back in 2011, we ran a feature called "The Two-Second Club," which highlighted all the cars on sale that could hit 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds. There were three—the Nissan GT-R, the Porsche 911 Turbo S, and the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Since then, that list has grown considerably. This isn't a list of every car that hits 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds—hence no Dodge Demon, Tesla P100D, etc.—rather, it's cars that we've verified as being members of the two-second club.
Back in 2015, we headed to Ferrari's Fiorano test track to get numbers on the LaFerrari. With a 2.4-second 0-60 mph time and a 9.7-second quarter-mile, it remains the fastest car we've ever tested.
Thanks to all-wheel drive and a quick dual-clutch transmission, the regular Lamborghini Huracan is a damn quick car. The Performante gets sticker Pirelli Trofeo R tires and more power from its V10, so its stunning performance is no surprise.
Arguably, the Veyron Super Sport's 267-mph top speed is the most impressive thing about this car, but this did 2.5 to 60 mph before anything else could. Bugatti says the new Chiron—which offers 300 more horsepower than the Veyron SS—hits 62 mph in 2.4 seconds. We bet it's quicker.
The latest Porsche 911 Turbo S is a straight-line monster. Like the Huracan, it uses big power, all-wheel drive, and a dual-clutch gearbox to great effect. And it'll run sub-3-second 0-60 mph times all day without breaking a sweat.
We tested the 918 Spyder in sub-optimal conditions, and it still managed incredible numbers. In better conditions, this could have been the quickest car in R&T history.
Bugatti basically founded the two-second club with the original Veyron. A car that remains an astonishing engineering achievement even 11 years after we tested it. This car truly changed the game.
This is the car we (infamously?) put through 61 launch-control starts in a row to see if it was as durable as Porsche claimed. Every single run was under 3.0 seconds, and the car didn't complain a bit.
Yes, Lamborghini has launched two more powerful Aventadors since we tested the original LP700-4. We've driven both, but we haven't gotten numbers on either, so the original Aventador's 2.7-second 0-60 mph run will have to do. Impressive for a car with a single-clutch gearbox.
There is only one rear-wheel drive car we've tested that's quicker to 60 mph than the McLaren 720S—the LaFerrari. The LaFerrari's original MSRP is around $1 million higher than that of the McLaren. If that's not impressive enough, the 720S matches the quarter-mile time of the Veyron Super Sport. There's a reason it is our 2018 Performance Car of the Year.
The McLaren 650S blew our minds when we tested it back in 2015. We just didn't see numbers like this coming, especially from the heavier Spider version.
The Audi R8 has always been a fast car, but it only became a straight-line monster when it first got a dual-clutch in 2012. The current V10 Plus coupe was the first Audi to break into the two-second club, which it did easily.
The new M5 uses all-wheel drive for the first time ever, and the system produces some serious results. We saw 2.8-seconds to 60 mph in our instrumented testing, making it the quickest sedan we've ever figured. At least until we run numbers on a Tesla Model S P100D.
The Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 is virtually identical to the R8 V10 Plus under the skin, so it's no surprise that its acceleration matches that of the Audi.
It's easy to forget that the McLaren 570S is the British company's entry-level car in the US market. There's nothing entry-level about the way it accelerates. Really, there's nothing entry-level about it at all.
The Nissan GT-R has been a world-beater since it debuted in 2007, and the 600-hp NISMO is this car in its ultimate form. The R35 GT-R might be getting old, but it's still impressive.
Porsche's PDK dual-clutch transmission was a total game-changer. For the first time, it made automatic 911s significantly quicker than their manual-gearbox counterparts. PDK, combined with all-wheel drive, big power, and the 911's significant rear-weight bias make for an incredible drag-strip car.
So, this test was performed on the F12's optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, but this car still ran to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds on its standard Pirellis. That's incredible performance for a front-engine, rear-wheel drive car—it's the only of its kind on this list.
Along with the Veyron, the Nissan GT-R helped prove that turbochargers, all-wheel drive, and dual-clutch transmissions were the way forward for performance cars. In our 2011 Two-Second Club feature, the GT-R performed admirably, hitting 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
Porsche's GT cars are built for setting fast lap times, not tearing up drag strips. And yet, the 991.1 GT3 RS makes its way into the club. That's not really surprising, considering it offers 500 hp, a dual-clutch gearbox, sticky tires, and the 911's famous traction.