In 1997, Toyota stunned the automotive world when it built the very first hybrid and called it Prius. Although the Prius had advanced technology, it probably wasn’t the best poster for hybrids, as it was among the ugliest Japanese cars of the time and was also very slow. For these reasons, hybrids were hated for much of the 2000s.
However, it didn’t take long for other automakers to discover the incredible potential of hybrid technology in the supercar space. By adding an electric motor or two to a gasoline engine, automakers could build supercars with incredible amounts of power and speed. This article explores ten of the fastest hybrids of all time.
ten 2016 Acura NSX – 191 mph
Every gearhead has at least heard of the iconic Honda NSX, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest Japanese sports cars of all time. The NSX stunned gearheads when it debuted in the early 90s with its eye-catching design, cutting-edge technology and affordability compared to the Ferraris and Lamborghinis it faced at the time.
The NSX was so great that it took Honda decades to build a worthy successor. The second-generation NSX debuted in 2016, and while it wasn’t as popular as its predecessor, it was a fantastic supercar. The 2016 NSX featured an advanced hybrid powertrain consisting of a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 powering the rear wheels and dual electric motors powering the front wheels.
9 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid – 196 Mph
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid doesn’t look like a performance car, it’s a wagon. However, its performance numbers will blow some supercars out of the water.
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine mated to an electric motor. The system produces a combined output of 689 hp, allowing the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid to peak at 196 hp.
8 Ferrari SF90 Stradale – 211 Mph
Three years ago, Ferrari developed one of its most important vehicles of all time: the SF90 Stradale. Named after the iconic SF90 F1 racing car, the SF90 Stradale is a key part of Ferrari’s history as it was the brand’s very first plug-in hybrid.
The SF90 Stradale comes with a powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 769 hp on its own and has three electric motors adding 217 hp. With a total output of just under 1,000 bhp, the SF90 Stradale is the most powerful production car Ferrari has ever built.
seven Porsche 918 Spyder – 214 mph
2013 will go down in history as one of the greatest years for hybrids, as it saw the introduction of the ‘Holy Trinity of Supercars’. Porsche built one of three hybrids…the 918 Spyder – and it quickly made history by circling the Nurburgring in record time.
The 918 Spyder had a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 under the hood complemented by a pair of electric motors. With a combined horsepower of 894 ponies and 944 lb-ft of torque, the 918 Spyder had a top speed of 214 mph.
6 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – 217 Mph
Lamborghini has built many fantastic cars over the past decade, but few are as significant as the Sian FKP-37. That’s because the Sian is Lamborghini’s first hybrid and a sign of the company’s future plans.
The Sian is based on the Aventador SVJ but has some unique styling cues that make it much cooler. It uses the SVJ’s 774 hp V12 but has an electric motor that boosts power to 808 hp.
5 Ferrari LaFerrari – 217 Mph
The second part of the hybrid trinity was built by Ferrari, and it was really special. Nicknamed LaFerrari, this incredible supercar represented the pinnacle of Ferrari engineering and technological expertise and was instantly added to the list of the greatest Ferrari models of all time.
Powering the LaFerrari was a massive naturally aspirated V12 assisted by an electric motor, making it Ferrari’s first-ever hybrid. An output of 949 hp gave the LaFerrari crazy speed.
4 McLaren P1 – 217 mph
The P1 was the final part of the hybrid trinity. Although it was McLaren’s first production car since the F1 of the 90s, the P1 showed that McLaren were still among the top British automakers when it came to building supercars.
There’s a lot to love about the P1, starting with its looks as it’s certainly one of Britain’s finest cars. It’s also among the fastest British cars ever, thanks to a 903bhp hybrid drivetrain and various F1-inspired technologies.
3 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 – 221 Mph
The Countach is, for many, the greatest model ever made by Lamborghini. The Countach’s outrageous wedge-shaped design won it a place on every kid’s poster wall and influenced the brand’s future designs for decades, while its power made it one of the fastest European sports cars of the time.
In 2021, Lamborghini decided to build a new Countach model to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original. The modern Countach is based on the Sian FKP-37 but has styling cues inspired by the original Countach. It also uses the Sian’s 803bhp hybrid drivetrain, but has a slightly improved top speed of 221mph.
2 McLaren Speedtail – 250mph
In just a decade, McLaren has become one of the world’s leading supercar builders. Developed as a successor to the iconic McLaren F1 of the 90s, the Speedtail shows how far the British brand is ahead of other manufacturers.
First, look at its design – this streamlined beauty will turn heads wherever it goes. McLaren also made sure the Speedtail could smoke every other British car ever made, so they fitted it with a modified M840T hybrid drivetrain producing 1,036 ponies. Since the Speedtail tops out at 250mph, it’s clear McLaren’s goal has been met.
1 Koenigsegg Regera – 251 Mph
“Regera” means “to rule” in Swedish, which is an apt name as it currently reigns supreme in the hybrid sports car industry. Introduced in 2016, the Regera is currently the fastest hybrid you can buy.
At the heart of the Regera is a mighty 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing an insane 1,100 hp. That wasn’t enough for Koenigsegg, so they added three electric motors to the mix. The Regera produces a total of 1,797 bhp, giving it a 0-60 of just 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 251 mph.