These are the most powerful cars in the world right now.
When we covered 1,000-horsepower cars you could buy over two years ago, most of the models on that insane list were hypercars or comprehensively modified mainstream models from respected tuning houses like Hennessey and Specialty Vehicle Engineering. But in the relatively short space of time since then, the improvements made to fully electric vehicles mean even unassuming, luxurious sedans and SUVs are starting to leave the factories of major automakers with enough power to enter the 1,000-hp club.
Of course, you'll still find many hypercars on this list, but the common, unmissable denominator is electrification. A mere three out of the 13 cars on this list rely purely on internal combustion to unlock their towering performance. With all that being said, these are the most ludicrously powerful new cars in the world right now.
The Ferrari SF90 twins only technically qualify for a place on this list based on the fact that they produce 1,000 metric horsepower. When converted to the imperial equivalent, these stunning hybrids still produce a startling 986 hp. Most of the power comes from the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine mounted midship, augmented by no less than three electric motors. Combined with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the SF90 Stradale will launch itself from 0 to 62 mph in only 2.5 seconds. For nearly ten miles, the car can be driven on eerily silent electric power alone, underlining its remarkable duality.
The Hummer EV pickup is topped by a three-motor variant that produces up to 1,000 hp and 11,500 lb-ft. Despite weighing a staggering 9,063 pounds, the powerful motors will propel the monster truck to 60 mph in around three seconds. It'll leave the supercharged Ram 1500 TRX eating its dust. Unfortunately, the Hummer EV Edition 1 is one of the least efficient electric vehicles on the market, attaining only 47 MPGe despite its massive battery pack. It's hard to make a logical case for such a heavy, inefficient EV, but one can't help but marvel at the performance of this pickup.
Earlier in the development of the AMG One, Mercedes claimed that the hybrid hypercar would produce over 1,000 hp. That claim was shrouded in doubt last year when Forza Horizon 5, of which the AMG One is one of the star cars in the game, revealed that the Mercedes made 877 hp and 535 lb-ft of torque. The AMG One is due to arrive this year but as it has been delayed before, we won't know whether it'll end up being a true member of the 1,000-hp club once final specs are confirmed. It's still going to be a truly special car, though.
The 1.6-liter V6 hybrid engine derived directly from Formula One racing applications is immensely powerful, but AMG will need to make it suitable for road use and emissions regulations. Watch this space to see if the AMG One is as powerful as we'd hoped for.
Even the world's wildest hypercars have succumbed to the Tesla Model S Plaid, a sedan that can accommodate the whole family in comfort. It's perhaps the single car that obliterated almost any performance advantage that ICE cars were still clinging to. With 1,020 hp from its three electric motors, the Plaid will surge from 0-60 mph in 1.99 seconds with rollout subtracted. You'll also need a prepared surface and to give the car a few minutes to adequately get the drivetrain ready. That's not ideal, but when conditions are right, nothing is keeping up with this groundbreaking sedan. It also set a 9.24-second quarter-mile record, which made it the quickest production car in the world.
Being the only SUV on this list is already quite an achievement, but it's truly remarkable that a seven-seater vehicle of this size can keep up with most of the other cars here. Like the Model S Plaid, the Model X Plaid boasts three electric motors and 1,020 hp. It's heavier than the Model S, though, so the 0-60 time increases to 2.5 seconds and the quarter-mile takes a still-astonishing 9.9 seconds. Considering its $132,940 price tag, that makes the Model X Plaid a bit of a performance bargain in this company. Besides this, the Model X Plaid has a 163-mph top speed and an excellent range of 311 miles. This SUV truly does it all.
With an EPA-rated range of 520 miles, the Lucid Air is the first rival to surpass the Tesla Model S on a single charge. You could drive it from San Diego to San Francisco without stopping to juice up the battery. The Air gets remarkably close in terms of power and performance too. Despite one less motor than the Model S Plaid, the Air produces up to 1,111 hp and will reach 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. It can also clear the quarter-mile in less than 10 seconds. The Air does all of this while surrounding its occupants in a luxurious cabin, and it has one of the largest frunks in the world, making it impressively practical too.
Koenigsegg makes its first of three appearances on this list with the Regera. Its powertrain is a masterpiece, pairing a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor on each rear wheel to produce a combined 1,489 hp and 1,475 lb-ft of torque. A third electric motor fills any torque gaps and functions as a starter-generator. Using a direct drive transmission and sending power to the rear wheels only, the Regera will hit 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds on its way to a limited top speed of 255 mph. The Regera previously set a 0-249-0 mph record of just over 31 seconds, at which point your internal organs will have entirely rearranged themselves. The base price for the Regera approaches $2 million.
Years before many of the cars on this list arrived, Bugatti blew our minds with the Chiron. There's no electrification needed here - not in a car with an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine producing 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers enable a 0-60 mph time of below 2.5 seconds and a top speed limited to 261 mph. The Chiron Pur Sport is marginally quicker but has a lower top speed, whereas the Chiron Super Sport makes an extraordinary 1,577 hp. While these numbers still beggar belief, the Chiron suddenly seems a tad out of touch. It's initially a slower sprinter than the Tesla Model S Plaid yet will only get around 8 or 9 mpg in city driving.
Although it produces nearly as much power as the Gemera hybrid, the Jesko goes about it in an entirely different way. It has a 5.0-liter V8 engine buoyed by twin turbochargers, but it needs E85 gas to do its best work. With this gas, it'll make as much as 1,603 hp. All of that goes to the rear wheels via a nine-speed multi-clutch transmission. Active rear-wheel steering, a carbon fiber chassis, and the world's lightest V8 crankshaft are just a few of the Jesko's outstanding technical highlights. It'll hit 60 mph in around 2.5 seconds so is by no means the fastest car on this list, but it'll involve you in the action at every opportunity.
Described as the world's first mega GT, the Koenigsegg Gemera is the first car from the Swedish hypercar maker that will let you bring three friends along for the ride. And what a ride it'll be. Its powertrain is truly unique, pairing a 2.0-liter twin-turbo three-cylinder engine with three electric motors. Fascinatingly, the three-pot engine has no camshafts; instead, it has Freevalve technology consisting of electronic actuators to control the valves. In total, the Gemera makes 1,727 hp and 2,581 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 62 mph takes only 1.9 seconds and the top speed is 248 mph.
The Texas-based tuner is well-known for taking already powerful vehicles like the Ram 1500 TRX and tuning them with phenomenal results, but the Venom F5 is a Hennessey creation from scratch. Without the aid of electrification, the rear-mid-mounted 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine in the F5 makes 1,817 hp and 1,193 lb-ft of torque. Hennessey claims that the power-to-weight ratio is the highest of any road car. The carbon fiber monocoque weighs just 190 lbs, and it's this combination of high power and low weight that'll see the F5 reach 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds. Hennessey claims a top speed of over 311 mph, making it one of the fastest cars on the planet. Only 24 examples will be built and deliveries began last year.
This list is about cars making at least 1,000 hp, but the Nevera is nearly in a league of its own with close to double that amount of power. For an electric hypercar, it isn't actually an outrageous machine to look at, but the powertrain is as outrageous as it gets. The Nevera has no less than four electric motors - one per wheel - that combine to produce a staggering 1,877 hp and 1,740 lb-ft of torque. With the benefit of a high-friction surface and a one-foot roll-out, Rimac claims a 0-60 time of 1.85 seconds. The quarter-mile will flash by in 8.582 seconds, and it can reach 258 mph. Only 150 examples of the record-shattering Nevera will be produced.
Launched as a 2020 model, the Lotus Evija is the most powerful car on this list with 1,972 hp and 1,253 lb-ft coming from its two electric motors. At around 3,700 lbs, it's little surprise that the 0-62 mph time is below three seconds. Astonishingly, there is more power at each wheel than the total power output of any Lotus car seen before the Evija. With a base price of $2.2 million and a production run of just 130 units, only a lucky few will ever have the opportunity to drive this Lotus electric hypercar.