10 New Performance Cars That Can Beat The Hellcat To 60 MPH

Every year brings a great new selection of sports cars on the market. Many are newer models of already great cars, while a couple of fresher ones pop up. For several years now, one of the best and most exciting performance car choices from America was the Dodge Charger Hellcat—the pinnacle of American muscle packing a 797-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and darting to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. That sounds extremely impressive for a 4000-lb sedan, yet the rest of the performance car market has caught up and now offers much quicker choices.

And before you roll your eyes, no—we are not comparing the Hellcat to exotic supercars or hypercars. Instead, we’re pitting it against new and widely available consumer sports cars that all offer some impressive acceleration times. It helps to have cutting-edge technology, so even if emissions laws are being adjusted, some vehicles can boast terrific acceleration that can put the flashier sports cars to shame. These are ten new sports car models with faster 0-60 times (and top speeds) than a Hellcat to show you don’t need the bigger Dodge machines to enjoy some terrific acceleration times.

10 Chevrolet Corvette C8: 2.8 Seconds

While we await the Corvette C8 Z06 next year, the new model is more than a worthy fill-in. The 6.2-liter pushrod naturally aspirated V8 delivers 495 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. The main advantage of the new model is the fact that the engine is now mid-mounted, providing superior stability and acceleration.

That means roaring to 60 mph in under three seconds with updates to the system that include better fuel mileage and handling. In addition, the rear wing is just the right size—not too obtrusive but makes the car work well. With a $60,000 MSRP, the new Corvette truly blows its competition out of the water.

9 2022 Acura NSX Type S: 2.7 Seconds

There are some debates on just how fast the new Acura NSX is, with some tests claiming its 0-60 takes over three seconds, but others pointing to 2.7-second time. For the 2022 special dubbed the Type S, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with three electric motors combine into almost 600 hp, allowing it to snap a bit faster than a standard NSX.

It’s not as flashy or as well handling as its compatriots, but the Type S is a great boost over a usual NSX. It may be the last year for this model, but it’s going out in style and deserves to be recognized.

8 2022 BMW M5 Competition – 2.6 seconds

While it has been rumored, tests have confirmed the upcoming BMW M5 CS will be one of the fastest models yet. It’s already being called the most powerful production BMW yet, with the S63 M TwinPower twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 making 627 hp at 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque between 1,800-5,950 rpm.

Of course, there are drawbacks as the 4344-lb weight can hurt performance and put wear on the tires, as well as make this sedan a gas guzzler. However, considering its speed, it’s a decent trade-off for one stunning BMW offering.

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7 Audi R8 V10 Plus: 2.6 Seconds

Here’s another case of a car that is already great, with a special performance boost variant that makes it stellar. The Audi R8 roars thanks to its 5.2-liter V10 40-valve engine paired with a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission, which allows it to reach 60 mph in under three seconds.

With the Plus option, it gets 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, meaning it can hit 60 mph in about two and a half seconds. The only thing keeping it going faster is a huge weight, yet the boosted V10 makes this a much better option for an already fine ride.

6 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991) – 2.5 seconds

The entire 911 lineup can count for some fantastic speeds, but the 911 GT2 RS (991 variant) will put almost any supercar to shame. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission and adds up to nearly 700 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.

It’s also a Porsche, meaning the aerodynamic design helps it flow well on the road, so it can go even faster on the track. As one of the fastest cars to ever lap the Nurburgring, the GT2 RS will destroy the Hellcat both in a straight line and on the track.

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5 2022 BMW M8 Competition – 2.5 seconds

A “regular” BMW M8 is a fantastic sporty coupe, not too flashy but with a good engine with acceleration in under four seconds. The Competition variant is one of the quickest cars ever tested that’s not a typical supercar. More impressive is the fact that it’s not a V10 but a terrific 4.4-liter V8 that can produce 617 hp.

Given this is a car 16 feet in length and weighs over two tons, that’s more impressive. Combined with the great tech, handling, and options, this car easily outdoes the competition in every way.

4 2022 Nissan GT-R Nismo – 2.48 seconds

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. That’s why Nissan still keeps the GT-R Nismo the same. Yes, the 2022 addition is great, yet it still keeps to the mold the model has had since 2009. Given it’s still ahead of the competition at its price point, that’s not a bad thing. The standard twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 can push out 565 hp and a will jump to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.

Now throw in some boosters to get to 600 hp and that’s cut down to 2.5 seconds. It’s not as flashy on the inside, but the handling and the acceleration are what counts, and in that regard, the Nismo remains one of the best bang-for-the-buck sports cars out there.

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3 2022 Porsche Taycan Turbo S: 2.4 Seconds

A regular Tacyan is already a brilliant sports car, so just imagine how epic the Turbo S version is. Actually, you don’t, as it’s been tested to amazing power. Generating 750 ponies of electric power, the Taycan Turbo S has proven it can reach 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds.

The new Cross Turismo wagon variant isn’t bad either, but a “regular” Turbo S, despite being called a “sports sedan,” has supercar cred.

2 Ferrari SF90 Stradale – 2.4 seconds

Calling a new Ferrari a top-notch car should be a no-brainer. But even by the brand’s standards, the SF90 Stradale is an incredible achievement. The car’s official 0-60 time is 2.4 seconds, but get it on an open track, and it can do it in under two seconds.

The power comes from its stunning 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that generates 769 hp on its own. However, a trio of electric motors adds another 217 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque into the mix. It’s also wonderful to ride in with plush leather seating and handling as great as any Ferrari, making the SF90 Stradale a beast on the road.

1 Porsche 911 Turbo S (992): 2.2 Seconds

There may be complaints about the lack of a manual transmission, but that’s pretty much the only quibble about the Porsche 911 Turbo S. There can also be those wishing it was a little fancier to fit the Porsche brand, but for an “unassuming” supercar, the new model is mind-blowing.

The Porsche 640-horsepower 3.7-liter six-cylinder rockets it to 60 mph in just over two seconds, which is even faster than Porsche officially claims. It also handles like a dream and is able to stop on a dime. Throw in the high-tech safety features, and one can overlook the lack of a manual in this stunning ride.

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