It’s very rare to get a 4-wheel drive in a supercar. Up until the turn of the new millennium, AWD vehicles were for off-road experiences. They were popular with farmers and engineers, as they had more power and could handle rough terrains with ease.
We understand that not everyone is a car enthusiast, and we’ll elaborate the different types of wheels. There are 3 kinds of wheel systems in a vehicle. There’s the front-wheel drive, which is used by most passenger vehicles on the road. The power from the engine is directed to the front wheels. This design is cheaper when it comes to large-scale manufacturing.
The rear-wheel drive is commonly used in pickup trucks and high-performance sedans. The rear-wheel system balances the car by distributing the weight evenly for better handling. However, rear-wheel drive can be disappointing on slippery surfaces because there’s no traction.
The four-wheel system feeds power to every corner of the vehicle. It’s designed to provide max forward traction during the acceleration stage. The AWD and four-wheel systems are often used interchangeably, but there’s a slight difference. 4WD is specifically tailored for an off-road experience but can still be used for daily driving.
The challenge with a 4-wheel drive on supercars is it adds considerable weight to the vehicle, and additional weight could mean less speed. However, there are manufacturers who’ve incorporated the four-wheel-drive system without compromising the vehicle’s speed. Here are the 20 Fastest Four-Wheel-Drive Supercars.
19 Ferrari FF
This is one of the few Ferrari cars that has four-wheel drive. This 4-door sports car is a successor to Scaglietti grand tourer. The body has been described as a shooting brake in the sense that it looks like a 4-door estate/hatchback.
The FF has a top speed of 208 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds. It has a 6.3-liter direct-injected V12 engine with 651 hp. According to Ferrari, the FF was the fastest 4-door vehicle when it was released.
Production for the Ferrari FF began in 2011 with 800 units being produced in the first year. The car doesn’t come cheap, as you’ll have to pay $300,000 to acquire one. The price has everything to do with the Ferrari brand.
18 Lamborghini Aventador
The Lamborghini Aventador was designed to replace the 10-year old Murcielago, which was hugely successful. Lamborghini was able to sell 12 units immediately after it unveiled the Aventador in 2011. Over 5,000 units have been sold to date, and the Aventador is one of the most popular Lamborghini vehicles. It was replaced by the Aventador S in 2016.
Lamborghinis are known to be light because of the aerodynamic design.
In terms of performance, the Lamborghini Aventador can go from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 217 mph. This is one of the fastest four-wheel supercars in the market, even by today’s standards.
17 Lamborghini Murcielago
The Murcielago is also called “Navarra fighting bull,” and the name became an instant hit when Lamborghini chose it to honor the passion and adrenaline connected to bullfighting.
The Murcielago had a very successful 10-year stint from 2001 to 2010. Lamborghini was among the first pioneers to incorporate four-wheel drive in their high-end luxury supercars.
It’s powered by a V12 engine, and production ended at 4,099 cars. Car number 4,100 might be produced and sold at auction for a crazy figure.
The Murcielago is a four-wheel despite the fact that highest roof point is below 4 feet. Taking the Murcielago for off-road driving might not be the best idea given the ground clearance. The car has a top speed of 210 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds. The current market value is around $350,000.
16 Lamborghini Gallardo
This is another model from Ferrari that was in production for a decade (2003-2013). The Gallardo is the best-selling Lamborghini to date with over 14,000 units sold. There are a couple of factors that contributed to the overwhelming success of this unit. Its price and its performance was an unbeatable combination.
The Gallardo was also one of the first Lamborghinis to have all-wheel drive. Huracan replaced the Gallardo in 2014 after production came to halt.
There was a paradigm shift in the design and performance of the Gallardo after Lamborghini received a lot of criticism from the owners and the press. One of the noticeable changes was the lowering of the gear. The Gallardo has 520 horsepower and has a limited top speed of 202 mph and can go from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds.
15 Lamborghini Huracan
The Lamborghini Huracan was designed to replace the Gallardo. It was first unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Auto show. The value proposition for the Huracan stems from its having 610 horsepower with four-wheel drive. The Huracan has received a couple of awards, the most notable one being ‘Car of the Year In 2014’ awarded by Top Gear.
In terms of competition, the Huracan is comparable to the McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 458 Speciale, although the two don’t have 4-wheel drive.
The Huracan is on par with other Lamborghinis when it comes to performance. It has a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The top speed for Huracan is 201 mph, and it can go from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds. The price starts at $380.000.
14 Porsche 918 Spyder
This is another Hybrid plug-in supercar on the list. The 918 is a limited edition. Production began in 2014, and all the units were sold out by 2015.
The car costs a staggering $847,000, and only the 1% can afford it. With the price tag, Porsche had to deliver in terms of performance. The Spyder 911 has a 4.6L V8 engine, which is a prototype of the one used in the racing unit.
The 918 Spyder has a top speed of 217 mph and can go from 0-62 in 2.5 seconds. There’s an electric motor that serves as the main generator and also powers the rear wheels. There are only 918 units of the Spyder in the world since it was a limited edition.
13 Bugatti Veyron
The Bugatti Veyron is known to be one of the fastest cars in the world. What a lot of people don’t know is that it’s a 4-wheel drive.
The price is close to $ 3 million, and only a few people own this rare gem. It’s received several accolades given the records it’s broken ever since it was launched in 2005.
You get to choose between semi-automatic or full-automatic mode when you’re driving. The replacement for the transmission is $120,000, which is the price of some high-end luxury vehicles. This beast has 1,200 horsepower and can pull up to 922 lb-ft. The Veyron has a top speed of 257 mph and can go from 0 to 60 mph in under 2.7 seconds.
12 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
This variant of the Veyron was specifically engineered with speed as the top priority. It’s officially the fastest four-wheel supercar in the world.
The Super Sport has set new benchmarks in terms of design and performance, and it’s going to be very hard for a car manufacturer to come up with a four-wheel supercar with such powerful specifications.
You get 1,200 hp under the hood, and it has a top speed of 267 mph. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport was sold out even before production could begin. The production was limited to only 30 units. The current market valuation for the Veyron Super Sport is $3 million, although it could be higher since it’s become a collector’s item.
11 Nissan GT-R
The Nissan GT-R has been in production since 2007. What sets it apart is the fact that it’s a 2-door high performance with 4-wheel-drive capability. The architectural construction is similar to the ones used in race cars.
The engine is where the magic happens for the Nissan GT-R. It has a 5.0L supercharged V8 engine with 550 horsepower.
The face-bending grip is something the GT-R is well known for, and this bad boy can go from 0 to 62 in 2.7 seconds, which makes it one of the fastest four-wheel supercars in terms of acceleration. There have been a couple of variants over the years to give the model a facelift. The Nissan GT-R can reach a top speed of 196 mph.
10 BMW I8
This is one of the two hybrids to make it to the list. The exterior styling is what you would see in a sci-fi movie, and you wouldn’t expect this vehicle to be a 4-wheel drive. The first concepts were launched in 2009, and the production models came in 2013 in the Frankfurt motor show.
BMW has sold more than 10,000 units, which makes it the world’s biggest-selling plug-in electric sports car. There have been various models over the years, each succeeding one being an improvement over the last one.
The first model to hit the market was the Vision Efficient Dynamic Model in 2009. It has 2 electric motors and can go from 0 to 62 in under 4.8 seconds. The production version has a limited top speed of 155 mph.
9 Prodrive P2
Not a lot of people know about this vehicle and wouldn’t even be able to identify it on the streets if their life depended on it. This is a 2-seater sports car engineered and designed by Prodrive.
It heavily borrows from the Subaru Impreza WRX from the engine to the functionality. The vehicle is still a prototype, but there was one unit that was fully assembled and tested on the popular car show Top Gear.
The car has 345 hp and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds and has a limited top speed of 174 mph.
It utilizes the 4-wheel system in such a way that the rear differential can switch automatically to the wheels that are in dire need during maneuvers. The car is said to start at $60,000 although there are no plans to begin mass production at present.
8 Audi RS6
This unit is commonly referred to as the RS6, and the Avant is the most popular model from the line. “RS” means “racing sports,” which gives you a picture of the kind of car you’ll be getting.
The RS6 paved way for some of Audi’s most exciting engineering technology in their vehicles. The RS6 is only available with Audi’s permanent Quattro four-wheel permanent-drive system.
The new variant has a 4.0-liter V8 engine with 605 hp. Fuel economy is also great on the RS6 considering it’s a racing sports car. It can manage 29.4 miles per gallon on average. This vehicle can be used for daily driving, but you need to take it off-road for you to experience what it can do.
7 Bentley Continental GT Speed
Other than the fact that it’s a four-wheel drive, the Bentley Continental GT Speed has some very interesting numbers that’ll definitely excite car enthusiasts.
First of all, the GT Speed doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to part with $240,000 for you to have this beauty in your garage.
It boasts of 626 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque. Bentley is a luxury brand and put a lot of focus on the interior and the overall look of the exterior. With the Continental GT speed, you can be classy or decide to go all rogue, as the car won’t mind. It has a top speed of 205 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds.
6 2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R
This is yet another supercar from Bentley that has the four-wheel capability. One of the differentiating factors of the Bentley from the Rolls-Royce is the racing tradition, which can be traced from way back.
This vehicle costs $300,000, and the price has been justified by the mere fact that there were only 300 units that were produced.
It has 572 hp with a boost function that can take it to 592 hp and 554 pound-feet of torque. There’s a 4.0-liter turbocharged direct injection V8 engine in it. It should be noted that this Bentley doesn’t have a wood interior in order to get to its current weight of 4,900 lbs, which is 220 lbs less than the normal Bentley continental. The GTR3-R can go from 0 -60 in 3.6 seconds.
5 Audi R8
The Audi R8 is your shot at owning a legendary four-wheel race car. According to Audi, the R8 shares almost 50% of the main components found in the popular GTM LMS race car. The breeding process is in line with that of a motorsport.
A perfect vehicle balance is achieved as a result of the 610 hp V10 engine. This vehicle is guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go, and that’s why it’s owned by so many celebrities. The basic trim starts at $164,900 and can go to almost $500,000 if you add the luxurious functionalities.
The Audi R8 has a limited top speed of 200.7 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in just 3.5 seconds, which is phenomenal for a four-wheel race car.
4 Tesla Model S
The Model S has been defined as a luxury liftback sedan designed for safety and performance on the road. The car can go from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds, which is expected of an electric vehicle since it’s lighter.
As it’s a Tesla, you’ll expect high-end tech, like auto-pilot functionalities, adaptive lighting, and Bio-weapon defense mode, which might come in handy in a nuclear Armageddon.
It has a dual-motor model, which is an improvement on the conventional four-wheel drive. There are two motors, one in the rear, and the other one in the front. The Tesla Model S provides independent traction for all the 4 tires, unlike the normal four-wheel drive, which uses complex mechanics to distribute power to the wheels. The Model S has a base price of $110,000.
3 Jaguar F Type R Coupe
The Jaguar F Type R Coupe is the first to have a 4-wheel system. It’s also one of the quickest four-wheel cars ever to be made by Jaguar.
The F type was initially a 2-door sports car and was seen as the successor to both the Jaguar E Type and the Jaguar XK. The first models can be traced to as early as 1982. The F type R coupe was unveiled in 2013 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The 2018 F Type R Coupe is the latest model, and the basic trim starts at $60,000. There’s also a convertible version if you’re all about the hype and the lifestyle. The F Type R has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 340 hp. It can go from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds.
2 Porsche 911
The coupe version of the Porsche 911 is a popular variant and can be termed as the common man’s supercar. The car has been in production since 1963 and was named car of the century in 1999. The 997 has a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged engine and can produce up to 473 hp.
The new all-wheel system has been introduced in the 977, which is a replica of what’s in the Porsche Cayenne.
Torque is redirected to manage oversteer, which in turn, leads to neutral handling and overall balance, which improves the driving of the vehicle in almost any kind of weather condition.
There are new versions coming out almost yearly with improved speed and performance. The 2017 Porsche 911 has a top speed of 198 mph and can manage 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package.
1 Mercedes-Benz E63
The Mercedes-Benz E63 has set very high standards in terms of looks and performance for a saloon supercar. It includes an intelligent 4-wheel system, which raises the performance dynamics for an E63.
The Mercedes-Benz E63 boasts 603 hp, which is a lot of power for a saloon variant. Under the hood, you get a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine.
The 9-speed and the all-wheel system come standard in all the trims, and you don’t have to worry about paying extra for some functionalities.
It only takes 3 seconds for the E63 to reach 60 mph. The interior is world class in terms of workmanship, and a lot of detail has gone into the finishing. The exterior is also class-leading when it comes to the design and the aesthetics.