We’ve already looked at the slugmobiles at the opposite end of the spectrum with our feature on the seven slowest cars on sale in the UK right now. This time, it’s the quickest!
Slight disclaimer before we start: these aren’t the nippiest cars ever sold in the UK, but rather the quickest to hit 62mph that you could realistically walk into a showroom and buy.
Ford Focus RS – 4.7 seconds
The blue oval has been knocking it out of the park when it comes to hot hatches in recent years. We’ve had the 179bhp Fiesta ST supermini, the family-sized Focus ST with 182bhp and early 2016 finally brought the second-gen Focus RS which packs a phwoar-worthy 345bhp.
All that power gets it from a stony standstill to 62mph in 4.7 seconds and it’ll keep picking up speed until it reaches 165mph (wherever the cops allow).
How much for this 2.25-litre beauty? £31,250 OTR, which is relatively affordable when compared to Honda’s Civic Type-R, which does 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and costs a grand more. Meanwhile, VW’s 295bhp Golf R takes 4.9 seconds and commands a £33k asking price. So yeah, bargain really…
Alternatively, there’s the newly-reborn Mustang. For under £36 grand, the Fastback model with its five-litre V8 gets you to 62mph in 4.8 seconds.
BMW i8 – 4.4 seconds
BMW’s eternally striking hybrid supercar twins a 1.5-litre petrol engine with electric motors to churn out a combined power output of 357bhp. That’ll blitz it to 62mph in 4.4 seconds with a 155mph top speed.
‘Dragon’ Duncan Bannatyne has one, as does the entire Leicester City football team, and for £104,540, you can be, erm, cool just like them!
If funds don’t stretch to six-figures, there’s the M2 for £44,080 which will do 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds – a tenth of a second slower than the i8. You’ll be able to get the dog in the back too…
Jaguar F-Type – 3.7 seconds
It took Jaguar decades to deliver a true spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type but with this, we’d like to think they’ve pulled it off.
Go for the 567bhp five-litre V8 Supercharged model with all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic gearbox and you’ll be doing 62mph in 3.7 seconds.
Should you be lucky (or rather, secluded) enough to safely push its performance, it’ll climb to 195mph. You just need to find £115,485 to buy one first.
Audi R8 – 3.2 seconds
Truth be told, we could have had a few Audis in this list but we’re going with the quickest, because that’s the theme of this list.
With a 5.2-litre FSI petrol engine pumping out 601bhp, the R8 Plus rockets to 62mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 205mph, and as you’ll have probably guessed, it costs a fair whack – £134,520 to be precise.
Ferrari F12tdf – 2.9 seconds
You may remember this 6.2-litre maniac appeared in our least economical cars feature recently, and as thirsty cars are often frightfully fast too, here it is again.
We’re making an exception with the 769bhp F12tdf – it’s actually sold out, but at £340 grand, it’s probably just as well because if it makes Top Gear’s Chris Harris uncomfortable then what hope does anyone else have?
Lamborghini Aventador / BAC Mono – 2.8 seconds
Ah, the Aventador, reliable as ever to be as ridiculous as anything else. It topped the aforementioned ‘least economical cars’ list and it’s joint top here, sharing the honour with the bare-bones and bonkers BAC Mono.
Despite having identical 0-62mph sprints, the power outputs of the two are very different though. Lambo’s hypercar has 739bhp while the Mono has just over 300bhp.
That’s because without any seemingly unnecessary things like doors or a roof to weigh it down, the Mono clocks in at just over half a tonne. Meanwhile, the Aventador weighs three times that.