Fastest Production Cars of 2017

These are the fastest production cars produced in 2017

Updated June 25, 2017

There are many, many people in the world of automobiles that will tell you speed is the most important metric by which a car can be measured. After all, it is The Fast and The Furious, not The Pretty Good 60-100 and The Furious. Lots of enthusiasts will argue that true driving merit is based on how well you can handle your car at the limit, that most modern high performance cars have a limit that can’t often be reached under normal driving conditions, and that there is plenty of fun to be had below 150 mph, and the penalty for error is considerably less.

While this this is completely valid, it’s hard to deny that the pursuit of speed has driven performance vehicle technology forward considerably. It’s doubtful that we would be seeing hatchbacks under $40,000 with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive systems nowadays if Porsche didn’t develop the all-wheel drive system in the 959. As you may recall, the 959 was the fastest vehicle in the world when it was released in 1986.

Speed makes for some Legendary cars as well. The McLaren F1 is still gaining in value since its release in 1992. It’s top speed of 240 miles per hour remained the world record for a production car until the Bugatti Veyron beat it in 2005. In 2017, there are some interesting fast cars out there. Fast pickup trucks and vans seem to be all gone, and in their place are the shiny new crossovers and small SUVs that are so popular at the moment. These are the fastest cars, in each category, for 2017:

Fastest Crossover:

2017 Porsche Macan Turbo

So the Mercedes R63 and Dodge Ram SRT10 are dead, and crazy people who want a practical-looking vehicle with supercar performance are at a loss. What can they drive that almost blends into traffic, save for large aero bits tacked on, while approaching downright dangerous speeds? For them, automakers have begun to produce crossovers and SUVs that pack a huge punch under the hood. If your pockets are deep enough, the sky’s the limit.

The 2017 Porsche Macan Turbo starts at around $77,000 and you can add options until it is well above $100,000. So what does this get you? It gets you a twin-turbo V6 that delivers 400 horsepower through a seven-speed transmission out to all four wheels. 0-60 takes 4.2 seconds, which feels a lot more impressive in something this size.

When it comes to handling and serious performance, there is really no match for this car in the same class. It manages to keep a somewhat low center of gravity and can corner at surprising speeds. The top speed is 164 miles per hour. Not bad for a crossover.

Fastest SUV:

2017 Bentley Bentayga

The fastest SUV of 2017 is, conveniently, also the fastest SUV ever made. The 2017 Bentley Bentayga is excessive in every imaginable way and yet somehow manages to look almost normal. Sure, the wheels, trim, and shiny, oversized grille cement the “luxury SUV” look to anyone else on the road, but it isn’t as conspicuous as any of the Bentley luxury sedans.

The heart of this leather-filled beast is, predictably, a W12 engine. This engine, with the help of the two turbos, makes 600 horsepower. For a vehicle of this size, 600 isn’t a crazy amount of power. Somehow, this power can make the Bentayga go from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 187 miles per hour. It almost seems unnecessary.

While this is really impressive performance for anything, let alone a large luxury SUV, it does seem kind of unnecessary. When is this car realistically going to need that kind of performance? I’m guessing this will be a popular car for Bentley. If it is popular enough, they will probably release a less expensive model with a twin-turbo V8 that will offer outstanding performance in an overall more reasonable package. The Bentayga will set you back over $230,000 if you decide you need this much SUV in your life.

Fastest Wagon:

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

In the USA, there is not a lot of love for station wagons. Maybe that’s because the wagons people are nostalgic for are hulking, impractical land barges by today’s standards. Normal wagons never caught on in a big way, except among fans of Volvo and Subaru. So we never got the BMW M3 wagon, or the Audi RS6 Avant. Mercedes, always the most accommodating luxury brand, does offer us a fast wagon. And it is really, really fast.

So it’s not a 2017 vehicle. I will be available in 2017 and it is definitely worth the wait. With this refresh, it makes 603 horsepower out of a smaller engine than the last model. This twin-turbo V8 is only 4.0 liters. The top speed is limited, electronically, to 180 miles per hour. Thanks to the all-wheel drive system, 0-60 takes a brief 3.4 seconds. It starts at around $105,000.

That may seem steep for a wagon, but this car is really something special, and it offers up supercar performance to customers who also need a practical daily driver. It is fairly low-key when you consider how fast it actually is. The long roof looks very nice with this newly-styled body, and may look even better than the sedan.

Fastest Hatchback:

2017 Ford Focus RS

At this point in time, there is really no reason to encourage you to want a 2017 Ford Focus RS. If you like hatchbacks and live under something that is not a rock, then you already really, really want one. It is cool, practical, suspiciously affordable, and packs a spec sheet that makes enthusiasts mouths water. Designed with the input of Hoongod Ken Block, it seems more like a concept car than something that you can really buy.

The 2017 Ford Focus RS is equipped with a pretty standard 2.3 liter, four-cylinder engine. The non-standard thing about this engine is that it makes a whopping 350 horsepower and sends that power to all four wheels. This makes the car go from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 165 miles per hour. Despite this, it gets 25 mpg on the highway. All around, a hot hatchback that is still a proper daily driver.

The styling is perfect as well. It is clearly a special, tuned model, but is still approachable because, at its heart, it is a cute Ford Focus hatchback. It can get groceries and bring the kids to school. It can drift and set startlingly fast track times. What does a car like this cost? The $37,000 starting price is another incredible feature. Let’s hope Ford makes enough for everyone.

Fastest Sedan:

2017 Cadillac CTS-V

When deciding on what sedan was the fastest in 2017, I left out anything that was priced above $150,000. Above that price, there are a coupe of very sporty four-door cars that are technically sedans. They are not specced-up family cars, and are more like sports cars than a typical sedan. With the amazing selection of standard sporty sedans that 2017 has brought, it would be a shame to not recognize any of them.

The craziest sedan you can buy right now, dollar per dollar, is the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V. For just under $87,000, you get a vehicle whose performance is on par with serious sports cars. It has a supercharged V8 engine that makes 640 horsepower at the rear wheels. We have seen this trick before: a big American sedan with a fancy, powerful engine that represents the top of the range for this iconic brand.

The CTS-V is surprising because it can get that power to the ground with extraordinary efficiency. 0-60 takes 3.6 seconds and the top speed is a ridiculous 200 miles per hour. If you went back twenty years and told people that in 2017 you could buy a Cadillac sedan that goes 200 miles per hour with leather seats and a touchscreen entertainment system, do you think they would believe you?

Fastest Sports Car (Under $100K):

2017 Dodge Viper

There seems to be a theme emerging here. On this list, there are American and European cars that all have the common trait of being very fast. The Europeans are all bank-breaking top-tier performance models, while the Americans all offer great value for the money. Sure, the Americans may be a bit rougher around the edges, but there is something to be said about an extraordinarily fast car for a reasonable sum of money.

When it comes to the ratio of fast to reasonably priced, there is no car better than the 2017 Dodge Viper. For $90,000 you get a comically large engine housed in a body with styling as loud as the exhaust note. The 8.4 liter V10 makes 645 horsepower and the whole car can go from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. And that’s just the base model.

If you want to spend a bit more, the Dodge Viper ACR is a record-setting track car with a ridiculous amount of downforce that offers astounding performance for the price. If you want to stick with the plain Viper, your top speed will be 202 miles per hour. Unfortunately, this is the last model year or the Viper, so if you have been considering one, now is the time.

Fastest Supercar (Under $500K):

2017 Lamborghini Aventador SV

What would any “fastest” list be without a big, fast Italian supercar? For 2017, that car is the Lamborghini Aventador SV. It is incredible to look at, but its imposing size does seem a bit dated compared to the competition. There has a been a bit of a shift away from the big Lamborghini models as the smaller supercars have become the best-selling cars ever made by the brand. This is not entirely without reason.

The Lamborghini Countach and Diablo were both known to be temperamental and tricky to handle. Even though the Murcielago, thanks to its all-wheel drive system, was slightly better, the Gallardo offered better handling, impressive performance, and the sam striking Italian styling. It even spawned a competitive aftermarket community. Can the Aventador SV keep its lead on the already successful Huracan?

Well, for starters, it looks amazing. It’s as subtle as a shark attack but it is a thing to behold. A 740 horsepower V12 is about as no-nonsense as you can get in terms of power plants. 0-60 takes 2.7 seconds and the top speed is an incredible 217 miles per hour. That is some shocking performance. Good to see that Lamborghini doesn’t want its flagship monsters to get beat up by 2,000 horsepower, tuned Gallardos and offered customers a bit more firepower.

Fastest Hypercar:

Bugatti Chiron

It’s good to live in a world where Bugatti is king. Bugatti offers customers the ultimate in luxury and performance simultaneously and seems to bend the laws of physics to their will in order to makes their cars produce the kind of power and operate at the level of performance that they do. Their new car, the Chiron, is already becoming a living legend.

An 8.0 liter quad-turbocharged and intercooled W16 engine is, literally, most of this car. It is an absolute feat of engineering, and manages to reliably make 1,500 horsepower. This goes to all four wheels, as is necessary, and takes it from 0-60 in 2.3 seconds. The top speed is an astonishing 261 miles per hour. Will the Chiron Super Sport be the first production car to break 270? That’s the real question.

This car costs $2,700,000 and is genuinely worth it. Is it necessary? Of course not, but it is a fantastic piece of engineering. Just to tune the engine, Bugatti had to develop the most robust dyno in the world. This kind of psychotic attention to detail has produced easily the most insane car of 2017. It is, undoubtedly, the fastest.


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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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