Top 10 fastest hybrid cars 2023
There was a time when hybrids were thought of as slow and dull, but not anymore: these are the fastest hybrid cars ever made
If you thought hybrids were all fuel-sipping economy cars, think again. Many of the latest and greatest supercars and hypercars utilise hybrid technology to boost performance, with the added bonus of reducing tailpipe emissions, too. Using technology developed and honed for Formula 1 and other motorsports, many of the world's fastest cars are now hybrids – and some are even fully electric.
Below is a list of some of the fastest hybrid cars in the world right now in terms of top speed...
1. Zenvo Aurora: 280mph
Pure electric power might now take some beating when it comes to acceleration, but the gearing and power curves of internal combustion still make it the power source to beat when it comes to top speed and drama. The upcoming Zenvo Aurora should deliver plenty of both, with 1,850bhp from a 6.6-litre, hybrid-assisted, quad-turbocharged V12 that revs to just shy of 10,000rpm. An impressive 200bhp of that output is provided by an electric motor inside the gearbox, while a pair of front motors give the road-biased Aurora Tur all-wheel drive. A 0-62mph time of 2.3 seconds is EV hypercar quick, but a projected 280mph top speed is what helps the Aurora to top this list – if it makes production as planned.
2. McLaren Speedtail: 250mph
The Speedtail arrived at the end of 2019, pushing the benchmark for hybrids to new realms. The successor to the McLaren F1 boasts a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine producing 1,036bhp, with 0-186mph taken care of in a mind-blowing 12.8 seconds; a full four seconds faster than the P1. Only 106 Speedtails will ever be produced, priced at over £2 million apiece, and all have been sold. Those lucky buyers are receiving one of the few road cars in history capable of breaking the 250mph barrier, and McLaren has assured them that their exclusivity will be preserved by promising that no convertible or GTR variants will follow.
3. Koenigsegg Regera: 250mph
The Koenigsegg Regera is a plug-in hybrid supercar like no other. Powered by a dry-sump twin-turbo 5.0-litre V8 engine and three electric motors, the Regera produces a massive 1,479bhp and over 2,000Nm of torque. All that power is fed to the rear wheels via a direct-drive system rather than a traditional gearbox, so there’s no break in the car’s relentless acceleration. The car set a 0-400-0kph record in 2019 (that’s 0-248.5-0mph) of just 31.49 seconds, hitting 250mph in the process.
4. Koenigsegg Gemera: 248mph
If you like the thought of an ultra-fast hypercar with a Koenigsegg badge, but need four seats, the Gemera is the car for you. This grand tourer features a 2.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. No, that isn’t a mistake, Koenigsegg has named this unit the ‘Tiny Friendly Giant’ – it’ll rev up to 8,500rpm and features infinitely variable valves. This engine is combined with two electric motors on the rear axle and another smaller motor within the engine’s crankcase. This combination results in an astonishing 1,700bhp, launching the Gemera from 0-60mph in just 1.9 seconds and on to an incredible 248mph top speed.
5. Aston Martin Valkyrie: 225mph
As the name suggests, Aston Martin’s first-ever hypercar intends to make a statement. The Valkyrie houses a 6.5-litre V12 engine combined with a 160bhp electric motor – a combination that produces 1,140bhp and 900Nm of torque. As a result, the standard car will go all the way to 225mph. As one of the most advanced road cars of its generation, this certainly isn’t a bad first attempt at a hypercar from Aston Martin.
6. Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4: 221mph
The original Lamborghini Countach of 1974 was hardly slow, with a top speed of 179mph. But it has nothing on the more recent, Sían-based Countach LPI 800-4. If the new Countach’s styling lacks the impact of other Lambos, it hardly matters when, by official figures, it actually tops the car whose hybrid engine it shares by 1mph on top speed. Perhaps that’s a result of its less complex shape resulting in better aerodynamics, but either way, it contributes to something of a Lamborghini domination of our top-speed list – with three cars, it takes up more slots than any of its competitors.
7. Lamborghini Sían: 220mph
It was only a matter of time before a hybrid car wore the legendary ‘raging bull’ badge. In typical Lamborghini fashion, though, the Sían is indeed a hybrid, but it’s also a V12 monster. Underneath the striking body, the Sían is pretty similar to the Aventador SVJ, so if you’re looking for a hybrid for environmental or money-saving reasons, this really isn't the car for you. If you’re after sheer power and that textbook Lamborghini madness, however, then keep reading, as the Sían’s 6.5-litre V12 is combined with a small electric motor, which itself is powered by a supercapacitor. These produce a total output of 808bhp, and while the Sían may not be the fastest or most powerful car on this list, it certainly is one of the most special.
8. Mercedes AMG One: 217mph+
The Mercedes AMG One brings a 986bhp, 1.6-litre V6 hybrid engine derived from Mercedes’ Formula One programme. And no, that’s not a typo: one of the most advanced F1 engines ever really will be available in a road car. While it won’t quite be quick enough to win a Grand Prix, it won’t be far off, with a 0-124mph time in the region of under six seconds and a top speed in excess of 217mph.
9. Lamborghini Revuelto: 217mph+
Here’s the final Lamborghini on our list, but with a quoted top speed of “more than 217mph” (effectively a nice round 350km/h, hence the number appearing a few times here) it’s still enough to scramble your head. Which is quite appropriate, given Revuelto is Spanish for “mixed up” – though officially, Revuelto is another bull reference from the brand with a bull on its badge. It’s Lamborghini’s first plug-in hybrid (though don’t expect much of an EV-powered commute – there’s only enough juice for about six miles), and its 6.5-litre V12 and trio of motors make 1,001bhp combined.
10. Aston Martin Valhalla: 217mph
When you’re naming a car after something as dramatic as the Viking ‘hall of the fallen’, that car needs to be something to remember. Aston is well aware of this, and the Valhalla is by far one of the most phenomenal hybrids to date. Essentially a smaller sibling to the Valkyrie mentioned above, it’s powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 and electric motors mounted on both axles. This combination results in a maximum power output of 940bhp, resulting in a claimed 217mph top speed and a 2.5-second 0-62mph time.
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