Although we get to drive a lot of different cars, trucks, and SUVs every year, not many of them can be considered “fast.” Don’t get us wrong, even the Toyota Tundra we drove has plenty of power to get moving quickly – but it’s not a sports car. On that note, we have driven a couple of noteworthy sports cars this year that are definitely fast, in addition to one non-sports car that could probably keep up with them. Check them out below.
1. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
It should be no surprise that the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the first car on this list. It’s the fastest car we have driven this year. How fast is it? According to Car and Driver’s testing, the Corvette with the Z51 package got up to 60 mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds and down the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds.
Those numbers don’t lie. The Corvette feels super quick off the line, and the 495 hp builds quickly through the rev range all the way up to the 7,000 rpm redline. We didn’t miss not having a stick shift as the 8-speed automatic shifts quickly, and the paddle shifters provide a sporty feel. Overall, if you’re looking for supercar performance at half the price, the Chevy Corvette C8 is the car to get.
We can only imagine how the new Corvette Z06 feels. Hopefully, we’ll be testing that soon.
2. 2022 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack
It may not be a Hellcat, but we can’t complain about the 2022 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack we drove. The R/T Scat Pack trim comes with a 6.4-liter V8 engine that generates 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, which is plenty of power for driving around town. The rumble of that large V8 was intoxicating, and we were surprised at how eager the large coupe felt when accelerating off the line.
And while we would have preferred driving a Challenger with a manual transmission, we liked the automatic. It shifted smoothly, even when downshifting, and was responsive to our throttle inputs. The car also had launch control, making hard acceleration runs a breeze. In fact, we were surprised at how well the car hooked up when launching it.
That being said, the Challenger R/T was a hoot to drive, but it became clear that it’s really cut out for straight-line speed and burnouts. If you want something more agile, then we suggest the Ford Mustang or one of the Japanese rivals instead.
3. 2023 Genesis GV60
You might wonder why Genesis is on this list, but hear us out. The 2023 Genesis GV60 is an all-electric car with an all-wheel drivetrain. Technically speaking, it may not be able to get up the speeds the other two cars on this list can, but it’s really quick off the line.
We had the pleasure of driving the up-level Performance trim, which makes 429 hp. However, when the “boost mode” is engaged, that power level jumps to 489 hp. According to Car and Driver, when you press the boost button and bury the throttle, the car blasts up to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.
Again, that may not sound as quick as the Corvette, but in reality, it feels like you’re taking off on an electric rocket. Every passenger we had in the car emitted a loud “OMG!” when experiencing the car’s super-quick acceleration.
We know that electric cars may never replace the sound and feel of a true V8 engine, but the instantaneous torque makes for a fun drive. Additionally, the GV60 handled surprisingly well on the tight canyon turns we threw it into. So it’s safe to say that the little EV is a fast car.
The fastest cars we have test driven
This list is short because a lot of other cars, trucks, and SUVs that we have driven thus far don’t compare to the three cars on this list. Thankfully, 2022 isn’t over yet, so we’ll report back when we get anything fast and fun to drive. For now, there’s no replacement for V8 displacement and, apparently, dual electric motors.