The days of the V8 monsters are over. The six-cylinders designed today are much more sophisticated than they have ever been. Many of them work better than any of the big muscle car blocks that have been made so famous in the past. The Hemi’s and Cobra Jets that once ruled the pavement are now left in the dust.
Just so we all have a good point of reference, the 1970 Chevelle SS could shoot 0-60 in just under 6 seconds, as could the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda Six Pack. Keep that in mind as you browse the following list of the fastest V6 cars ever produced, ranked by their 0-60mph times.
9 Audi S4 2020
The 2020 Audi S4 is a completely new car compared to previous years. It received new sheetmetal, wider fenders, and a honeycomb-style grille. Under the hood of the striking new look is a 3.0-liter V6 that can produce 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Engine power is transferred to the AWD system via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
This sports sedan is one of those models that can be driven on the sly. It doesn’t look as intimidating as some of its rivals, but as it can go from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, it’s a game-ready sleeper. The best part is that the S4 has enough comfort and tech to be a day-to-day driving sedan with ease.
8 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43
No list of fast V6 engines would be complete without having a Mercedes-Benz thrown in the middle. This luxury flagship may be a slight disappointment for buyers in this market as the car is built more for speed making it a stiff car. The twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 can develop 385 hp, and thanks to the nine-speed automatic transmission of the all-wheel-drive system, the car gets a torque rating of 384 lb-ft.
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C43 is a luxury sedan that adapts to any type of pavement, racing or public. It can accelerate from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, which is faster than many cars marketed as sports sedans. With three driving modes, this luxury car can transform into a prowler looking for a challenger.
seven Lotus Evora GT 2021
The 2021 Lotus Evora GT is a handcrafted sports car designed for fast driving and tight cornering. It’s a mid-engined sports car powered by an impressive 3.5-liter V6 topped with an Edelbrock supercharger. It’s rated at 416 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, which is an impressive number for a car of its stature. The engine is supplied by Toyota and tuned by Lotus.
The sports car looks like a blast to drive, and it is. From a standstill, the Evora GT reaches 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Compare that to the muscle car times above to understand how fast that really is, then think back to the fact that it’s a V6 car. And of course, it’s one of the slowest of the ten listed.
6 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 2021
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a twin-turbocharged road beast. The 2.9-liter V6 engine can produce up to 505 horsepower, with a torque rating of 443 lb-ft. The Ferrari design ensures that the parts are aluminum and it has an eight-speed automatic transmission converting power into torque directed to all four wheels.
The car might not look so intimidating, but when it explodes from a standstill, it can hit 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. The craziest thing about it is that the Quadrifoglio is a luxury sedan. That’s right, the average grocer is now one of the fastest production vehicles in the world.
5 Audi RS5 2021
The 2021 Audi RS5 is an everyday-drive luxury car that has the ability to lead the pack in a straight-line race. It comes straight off the production line with a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter that can produce up to 444 horsepower. The all-wheel-drive tires dig into the ground with nearly identical torque values, reaching 442 lb-ft. It’s a beast when put to the test.
The RS5 is comfortable, quiet and full of modern technology. The car can accelerate from a dead stop and hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. The eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth and efficient, and when combined with the traction control system, it starts the same way every time, with grip and start. To top it all off, the suspension systems all work together to allow this car to really cling to sports cars, squeeze through corners with ease, and get in and out of traffic like other vehicles were standing still. .
4 1994 Jaguar XJ220
The 1994 Jaguar XJ220 was a combined effort of Jaguar and TWR. The end result was the fastest production car on the roads, for a few years anyway. The tram was produced using the design of the racing cars that had made the British company famous. The biggest change made to the car during this project was changing the engine in the middle of the car from a huge V12 to a smaller and lighter 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6.
This smaller engine made the car much more street worthy while still retaining the driving force of a race car. Rear-drive tires dig into the ground with 473 lb-ft of torque provided by a 5-speed manual transmission that transfers power from the 542 hp that comes out of the engine. This allowed the car to accelerate from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. The XJ220 is a sports car to be reckoned with.
3 2022 Ford GT
The 2022 Ford GT is the last in production of the street-legal race car. Ford went all out and created a special edition version that features dual racing stripes front to back. The 3.5-liter is powered by two turbos and develops 647 hp. Horsepower is transferred to the rear tires via a 7-speed automatic, which has the option to control shifting manually, with an asphalt-ripping 550 lb-ft of torque.
This stylish car was obviously designed for the track, but it has enough suspension and comfort to be driven on the streets. The GT can launch from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds flat. Race car drivers have tested and approved anyone who wants the experience of racing without the need for a circuit.
2 2020 Acura NSX
The 2020 Acura NSX is a daily-drive supercar that’s more than capable on any type of track. The all-wheel-drive system is not only driven by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter gasoline V6, but each front wheel is assisted by an electric motor on each side, and one between the motor placed in the middle of the car and the 9-speed automatic transmission. The engines developed a combined power of 573 hp and a total rated torque of 476 lb-ft.
The technology involved while designing this car is extensive, but it allows the car to corner without any skidding at high speeds. It can go from 0-60 in 3 seconds flat, using all motors to launch without wheelspin. The NSX is a sports coupe that can do it all, from racing to cross-country commuting.
1 2019 Nissan GT-R Nismo
The 2019 Nissan GT-R Nismo is a sports coupe designed for high speeds. It has an adjustable all-wheel-drive system and is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 600 horsepower and a rated torque of 481 lb-ft. The six-speed automatic can be controlled via the steering wheel paddle shift option, giving experienced drivers more precise rev curves.
The Nismo’s unique exterior look screams that it’s a predator of all cars. Almost all cars. It can go from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds. This car handles better the faster it goes, so it’s not for those who want to go slow on a nice Sunday drive.
It’s just crazy when you think back to when muscle cars ruled. Now they don’t have anything on those 6 cylinder cars that could pass them like they’re standing still. Some of these cars are even hybrids, so they are good for the environment. After all, the evolution of economy is heading towards vehicles that leave the smallest footprint possible while still delivering the sportiness of the traditional supercars we all know and love.
These cars are not for the faint hearted. They’re not made to be driven like normal daily drivers, although most of them could handle the stress. These cars are built for speed, cornering and above all, an adrenaline rush like no other.
Combining feather-light designs with incredibly powerful engines, these sports cars are capable of soaring at record speeds.
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