Which Mercedes is the fastest, is a fairly complicated question to answer outright. Throughout the years, Mercedes has produced many fast cars, some of them being able to sprint from 0 to 60mph in around 3-4 seconds, and many of them topping out at well over 200mph.
These days, the GT 63 4-door Coupe manages to hit 60mph from a standstill in around 3.1-3.2 seconds and is probably the quickest 0-60 Mercedes in production at the moment. As far as top speed is concerned, the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss takes the number one spot with a top speed of 217mph.
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Fastest Mercedes sedans
Nowadays Mercedes produces amazingly capable sedans. Sedans like the AMG E63 S are four-wheel drive, BiTurbo, V8-powered speedsters capable of reaching 60mph from a standstill in less than 3.5 seconds. These numbers are insane for a family sedan. Not too long ago these numbers were exclusively associated with supercars.
With an impressive time of 3.1-3.2 seconds, the aforementioned GT 63 4-door coupe takes the number one spot as the quickest accelerating Mercedes model. Both the E63 S and the GT 63 manage to reach these silly numbers due to the 4matic+ four-wheel-drive systems, a fast-shifting automatic transmission with launch control, and the lovely V8.
As far as top speed is considered, the GT 63 also takes the number one spot as the fastest sedan topping out at 192mph. The AMG E63 S takes second place with a top speed of around 186-190mph. Taking third is the 2010-2014 Mercedes CL63, which is also capable of reaching 186mph.
Fastest Mercedes SUVs
As SUVs continue to rise in popularity, Mercedes has expanded its SUV offerings, coming out with fast AMG variants of regular Mercedes SUVs. SUVs are not capable of reaching the same numbers as sedans do because of increased weight and compromised aero profiles.
But, the GLE 63 S Coupe manages to hit 60mph in around 3.7-4.0 seconds. These numbers are even more impressive considering the shape and size of SUVs. Not too long ago, the most powerful supercars such as the Ferrari Enzo were hitting 60mph in similar times.
The GLC 63 AMG also manages to hit 60mph around 3.7-4.0 seconds. Both the GLE and the GLC top out at around 174mph. Following close behind is the GLE 63 in the regular shape managing 173mph with a similar 0-60 time like the aforementioned SUVs.
Fastest Mercedes super/sports cars
Sportscars and supercars are made with performance in mind, so it’s only logical for these types of cars to achieve the most impressive numbers. And that’s true, but these cars are not made primarily for achieving the best 0-60 times, and that’s the reason why the GT 63 4 door coupe is the fastest accelerating Mercedes.
The fastest accelerating current production Mercedes super sports cars are various variants of the 2-door AMG GT model. The fastest accelerating one is the brand-new GT Black Series, achieving 60mph in 3.2 seconds, and managing to reach a top speed of 202mph.
However, the fastest Mercedes car overall is the SLR Stirling Moss, which is capable of reaching 217mph, with a respectable 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds. Following closely is the CLK GTR, with a top speed of 214mph. The third spot is occupied by the legendary Mercedes SLR Mclaren 722 which was a joint production between Mercedes and Mclaren at a respectable 210mph.
Mercedes will soon start production of the newly-released hypercar called The Project 1. The car boasts an engine that was found in the Mercedes F1 car. The car is expected to produce upwards of 1000hp with a top speed of more than 217 mph, and a 0-60 time in less than 3 seconds.
More about fast cars
What is the highest top speed car in the world right now?
The goal of being the fastest in the world is a tempting proposition for any car manufacturer competing in the top speed segment. Cars such as the legendary McLaren F1, Ferrari F40, Bugatti EB-110, Bugatti Veyron to name a few, are some models that have been considered the fastest in the world at some point.
Nowadays this segment is incredibly popular, and having the title of the fastest car in the world surely does wonders when it comes to sales. Manufacturers tend to build record-achieving cars because the number one car always sells well.
Nowadays the fastest car in the world is the Buggati Chiron SuperSports that managed to achieve an eyewatering 304mph (490kph). Before the Chiron, the title was held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS, a Swedish hypercar with a record speed of 284mph (458kph).
What is the quickest accelerating car in the world right now?
The means of building the quickest accelerating car are completely different than it is to make a top speed runner of a car. Top speed cars are usually long and slippery with a powerful top end, but quick cars are the ones with a bit more weight and four-wheel drive.
Electric hypercars are the new kings of acceleration. As of right now, the fastest accelerating EV is the Rimac Concept Two, with a 0-60 time of 1.8 seconds, the upcoming Tesla Roadster is also expected to be in the same region.
These impressive times are because electric cars produce 100% of their torque at 0 RPM while a traditional combustion engine needs to spoil up to a certain RPM before producing peak torque.
The quickest nonelectric cars are the Bugatti Chiron with a 0-60 time of around 2.3 seconds, followed closely by the amazing Porsche 911 Turbo S with a 0-60 time of around 2.4 seconds.
What makes a fast car?
To achieve maximum performance, a car needs to be designed a certain way. Most fast cars are stiff, uncomfortable, tiny, loud, and expensive. It’s easier to achieve a higher top speed if a car is lighter, has only 2 seats, and has no stereo, and no AC unit.
Some cars even go as far as making the windows plastic and taking out almost all of the sound-deadening materials. That’s the reason why some cars like the Buggati Chiron or the Porsche Turbo S are so amazing.
These cars are incredibly fast, but also easy to drive and very comfortable, they offer state of the art technology, they are spacious and not too loud. They offer adjustable heated seats and steering wheels, and have a multiple-speaker premium surround system. Yet they still manage to break records in the top speed and acceleration department.