Hybrid technology has come a long way since it first hit the mass market scene in the late 1990s and early 2000s. As consumers grew accustomed to seeing hybrids on every street in America, the world’s carmakers have been hard at work taking the technology to new extremes. Today, we stand on the precipice of a hybrid revolution, with many hybrid cars able to surpass their gasoline or diesel-powered predecessors in terms of both efficiency and performance.
Hybrid technology, to some degree at least, has been developed on the racetrack. Cars like Toyota’s TS040 Hybrid, the Nissan ZEOD RC, and Audi’s R18 e-tron quattro have all had their technology trickle down in to consumer-grade vehicles, where everyone can benefit from it. Now, many supercars are being built with the same technology as well, giving high-end consumers the choice to buy incredibly fast sports and luxury cars that combine gas and electric power for amazing results.
We’re taking a look at the top eleven fastest hybrid vehicles currently available on the market. With the way automakers are adopting the technology, this list is due to evolve over time, and likely fast. There are many cars slated to be released within the next couple years from companies like Acura and Audi that will probably achieve speeds just as great as many listed below. But for the time being, the vehicles we’ve compiled comprise the world’s quickest, ranked by 0-60 time.
Read on to see the world’s fastest hybrid vehicles.
10. BMW ActiveHybrid 7
With a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 clocks in at the number ten spot. The 7 Series ActiveHybrid leads its smaller brothers, the 5 and 3 Series, in terms of overall speed and performance. Boasting a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine, along with an electric motor and 120-volt battery, this BMW model can create up to 350 horsepower. It also tops at 155 miles per hour, making it every bit as fast as its non-hybrid counterparts.
9. Lexus LS 600h
The Europeans have been hard at work building fast hybrid cars, but the Japanese are putting in some elbow grease as well. Lexus has been able to get their LS 600h sedan to hit a 5.5-second 0-60 time, making it among the fastest hybrids in the world. Using a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes up to 438 horsepower, it may seem like the LS 600h is more akin to a muscle car than a Japanese-built luxury sedan. But alas, Lexus’ hard work is paying off.
8. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
If there is one company that has truly embraced hybrid technology, it’s Porsche. Buckle in, because there’s a slew of the company’s vehicles on this list. But kicking things off is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, a sleek and fast hybrid SUV that can blast to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds. Not only is that incredibly fast by SUV standards, it’s fast for any vehicle, particularly a hybrid. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid can generate 416 horsepower from its 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine, and adjoining electric motor. Also, 435 pound-feet of torque mean that this hybrid can also get some work done, and not just be quick and pretty.
7. Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
With a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds, Porsche has found a way to take its Panamera S and turn it into one of the most unique and fastest hybrids ever produced. The Panamera S E-Hybrid, with a total output of 416 horsepower, can also reach a top overall speed of 167 miles per hour, and still get a whopping 50 MPGe in terms of fuel economy. Priced below $100,000, this is actually one of the more relatively inexpensive cars that appears among the top ten as well.
6. Infiniti Q70 Hybrid
Infiniti has proven it an deliver everything consumer want in a luxury car, and now they can have it all in hybrid form as well. The Q70 Hybrid — the height of the company’s gas-electric achievements — can scream to 60 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds, by Motor Trend‘s testing numbers. Behind the strength of a 3.5-liter V6 engine, along with an electric counterpart, the Q70 Hybrid can generate 360 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s not only fast and powerful, but it can even beat out its gasoline-only brother in terms of performance.
5. BMW i8
This is the car Marty McFly was hoping for when he traveled to the year 2015 in Back to the Future II. The BMW i8 not only has the aesthetics of a futuristic fighter jet, it can fly down the road in similar fashion. The i8’s 0-60 speed is a scant 4.4 seconds, meaning that this car not only looks pretty, but can lay down some devastating performances on the track. BMW’s made some huge strides in developing hybrid technology, and the i8 is most certainly the company’s crowning achievement.
4. Ferrari LaFerrari
Ferrari has set its sights on the hybrid segment as well, and the results are nothing short of astounding. The company’s new LaFerrari sports car can jet to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds, making it among the fastest cars ever built. A mere 499 of these cars will be produced, which means only a select number will be able to rocket past the LaFerrari’s top speed of 217 miles per hour. Overall, it will make up to 963 horsepower to take it to those speeds. It will cost an estimated $1.3 million.
3. McLaren P1
The McLaren P1 needs a mere 2.8 seconds to rocket from zero to 60 miles per hour, nearly making it the fastest hybrid car on the planet. McLaren is no stranger to pushing the envelope in terms of car design and engineering, and the results can be seen with the P1. It has a limited — that’s right, limited — top speed of 217 miles per hour. McLaren isn’t done yet, as another variant of the P1 is due out next year, possibly taking the car’s performance even further. Look for the P1 GTR in 2015.
2. Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid
Not only did Porsche take its 911 GT3 and turn it into a hybrid, it also created one of the quickest hybrids on Earth in the process. In total, the GT3 R Hybrid can create a walloping 672 horsepower from the combination of a 4.0-liter Flat-6 engine, along with electric help from Porsche’s hybrid technology. If the power doesn’t impress you, the performance statistics will. This Porsche is estimated to hit 60 miles per hour from rest in just 2.5 seconds, and break an overall top speed of 175 miles per hour, according to Autoblog. Of course, it does have price tag of a cool $1.5 million, so don’t get too excited.
1. Porsche 918 Spyder
You’ve seen it before, and here it is again: the Porsche 918 Spyder is still the fastest hybrid car in the world. With a blistering 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds, the 918 Spyder is up there among the top vehicles in any category when it comes to speed. Using a 4.6-liter V8 and two permanent magnet AC synchronous motors, the Spyder can generate 887 horsepower total, along with 944 pound-feet of torque. That’s insanely powerful, and it allows this car to reach a top track speed of 214 miles per hour.