The Rivian Electric Truck Is Faster Than These 6 Supercars
“It drives like a truck” used to be an insult reserved for the absolute slowest cars. But then the all-electric Rivian R1T electric pickup blew the doors off every other truck with its 3.1-second 0-60 time–as tested by MotorTrend. The world’s fastest truck lapped a few supercars as well. Here are six supercars left eating the Rivian’s dust.
Lamborghini built the V12-powered Murciélago to replace its famous Diablo. Ferruccio Lamborghini respected Spanish fighting bulls so much that he chose them for his sigil. The company later named the Murciélago in honor of a bull so brave, he supposedly survived being stabbed 90 times and went on to sire 70 calves. MotorTrend tested a 2010 Lamborghini Murciélago, and the best 0-60 time it could manage was 3.2 seconds. That was a hair better than the Diablo (3.4 seconds), but not good enough to stave off execution by the Rivian R1T.
See why Lamborghini is retiring the Aventador.
The Cadillac CTS-V is a supercar legend, born out of General Motors’ hair-brained scheme to cram a Corvette V8 into a four-door Cadillac. This sedan ruled the mid-2000s drag strips, often shocking bystanders who had yet to witness one up close. MotorTrend put a 2007 Cadillac CTS-V through its paces and found it could reach 60 MPH in 3.3 seconds. That was pretty good for its day, but not electric pickup truck fast.
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Tesla Roadster (First-Gen)
The supercar that put Tesla on the map was the 2008 Roadster. It was based on the Lotus Elise chassis but was also the first all-electric production car with a lithium-ion battery and the first with a 200-mile range. Despite its signature being low weight and nimble handling, MotorTrend found it reached 60 MPH in a handy 3.7 seconds. Again, this wasn’t bad for the era. But to be competitive, the second-generation Tesla Roadster had to cut this time to 1.9 seconds–or else it would be overtaken by Rivian’s electric truck. Interestingly, Tesla doesn’t even have a crossover as fast as the Rivian. MotorTrend found the 2016 Model X took 3.2 seconds to get to 60 MPH, and Edmunds tested the Model Y’s time at 3.4 seconds.
The mid-engine 360 (also called the F131) ushered in the modern era for Ferrari back in 1999: it had an aluminum chassis and used titanium connecting rods in its 3.6-liter flat-plane crankshaft V8. But Ferrari only claimed a 4.5 second 0-60 MPH time. MotorTrend clocked it at 3.8 seconds. Its successor, the Ferrari F430, would put up 3.1 seconds in 2004, tying the modern Rivian. The Ferrari 360 currently has an average resale value of $100k, so sign us up for the $75k Rivian.
The Lotus Elise was known as a well-balance, nimble, and lightweight supercar. Its sub-2000 pound weight balanced out its I4 engine. The company built 35k between 1996 and 2021. MotorTrend found a 2005 model struggled to 60 MPH, finally arriving in 4.0 seconds. According to Road & Track, the 2017 Lotus Evora (with a V6 but 1,000 pounds heavier) also got 4.0 seconds. Obviously, a Lotus and a Rivian R1T are very different tools, engineered for different jobs. But if you drive an Elise or Evora, don’t go challenging Rivian owners to a drag race.
Aston Martin (Almost All of Them)
The Rapide S was Aston Martin’s four-door sports saloon sold from 2010 to 2020. Sure, it was technically a sedan, but also came with a 500+ horsepower V12. So it seems like this would be a fair fight. MotorTrend found the Rapide S took 4.5 seconds to get to 60 MPH That makes the Rapide S an entire 1.4 seconds slower than the Rivian, which also has four doors. Maybe Rivian should be marketing its R1T as a sports saloon…with a bed. But the Rivian truck also trounced Aston Martin’s coupes: the 2013 DB9 did 4.1 seconds. the 2019 DBS earned 3.7 seconds, and the 2019 Vantage got 3.4 seconds. Aston Martin only beats Rivian with its limited edition hypercars, such as the Vulcan.
Next, read about the three fastest trucks MotorTrend has ever tested or see how the Rivian handles a drag race in the video below: