A big engine in the front, sending its power to the wheels at the back: This is the time-honored formula for most performance cars, as automakers firmly believe that this is the setup most conducive to great handling, perhaps with the exception of all-wheel drive.
Therefore, cars that drive their power to the front wheels are typically more pedestrian in nature, as it’s the cheapest method for getting power to the ground. However, automakers haven’t been idling around, instead using the layout to the best of their advantage — now, some of the greatest drivers’ cars on the road are front-wheel drive.
Here are ten of the fastest production forward-wheel drivers available around the world today; we left out concept cars, modified cars, or cars that have been discontinued. This is also not intended to be a comprehensive list, so fill in what we left out in the comments below.
10. Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Hyundai’s frisky, turbocharged Veloster is quirky, full of character, and quick thanks to its 1.6 liter turbo-four, which lays out 201 horsepower to the front wheels. Zero to 60 happens in under 7 seconds (6.9 by MotorTrend’s count), while a quarter-mile takes a respectable 15.3 seconds, at 93.4 miles per hour. For hot hatch faithfuls who are looking for something a bit more unique, the Veloster is certainly worth a look — it even manages nearly 40 miles per gallon in the highway.