It’s an argument for the ages, but which is officially faster? Lamborghini or Ferrari?
It’s a difficult debate, but Lamborghini just about snatches the edge over Ferrari in the fastest car stakes. It comes down to decimals points of miles per hour or milliseconds in acceleration, but Lamborghini beats Ferrari with several models.
Read on to learn more about these Italian powerhouses and their fastest cars.
Too Fast to Fail
It’s an age-old debate that will be ever present in the motoring world. Which is faster: Lamborghini or Ferrari?
The two motoring marvels have been neck and neck for decades, locked in fierce competition. They’ve both proven themselves to be formidable engineers and have brought innovation after innovation to the table.
When it comes to deciding which is faster, you have to break it down to decimal points.
One car might be milliseconds faster than another in the 0 – 60 stakes. Conversely, another model might be half a mile per hour faster than the other at top speed.
In 2020, Ferrari revealed their SF90 Stradale, poised to be the most powerful Ferrari road vehicle ever. It was also their first plug-in hybrid vehicle, stepping away from the dramatically powerful and traditional V12 build.
It boasted a 0 – 60 acceleration time of just 2.5 seconds and could reach 124 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds. At the top end, the SF90 could reach speeds of around 211 miles per hour.
Lamborghini also revealed their first hybrid build in 2020 – the Lamborghini Sián. This powerhouse could go from 0 – 60 in 2.8 seconds.
This is considerably slower than the SF90 but it does boast a top end of 217 miles per hour. That top speed edges over Ferrari, once again slipping it ahead of the competition.
Although, that isn’t the fastest speed a road-built Lamborghini has reached. The Aventador SVJ reportedly hit speeds of up to 219 miles per hour.
When you introduce custom-tuned vehicles into the mix, the stakes are raised ever higher. As an example, a customized Lamborghini Diablo, the Coatl, hit speeds of 239 miles per hour in Mexico.
Conversely, the fastest customized Ferrari in history was the Enzo ZXX Evolution Edo Competition. The awkwardly-named beast of a car was able to reach 245 miles per hour on the track.
The Speed Stakes
When it comes to the top speed of supercars, Lamborghini and Ferrari don’t even crack the top rankings. These prestigious positions are reserved for the likes of manufacturers such as Bugatti and Koenigsegg.
In 2020, the Bugatti Chiron almost effortlessly broke the 300 miles per hour barrier, scoring around 304 miles per hour. This highly-tuned and dramatically expensive supercar was quite literally record-breaking.
Also vying for pole position was the Koenigsegg Agera RS, capable of almost 280 miles per hour. The Swedish powerhouse was built for speed and nothing else and soared easily into the record books in 2017.
However, the undisputed top spot was awarded in late-2020 to the SSC Tuatara. This incredible vehicle was able to hit 331 miles per hour on a closed track.
The driver of the car was quoted saying, “I know we could have gone faster”. It seems there really are no limits when it comes to the speed of these super-powered road vehicles.
Ultimately, there are more ‘superfast’ Lamborghinis than there are Ferraris. The Sesto Elemento, Gallardo Performance, Huracán Performante, SVJ, and Aventador LP900 all hit 0 – 60 in under 2.5 seconds.
Where Ferrari is concerned, they have the SF90, the LaFerrari, and the LaFerrari FXX K. They all clock 0 – 60 in under 2.5 seconds.
However, the top speed pole position is awarded fair and square to Lamborghini. Their Aventador SVJ can hit 219 miles per hour, while the SF90 maxes out at 211 miles per hour.
While there is a disparity in the speed, the cost of the supercars is fairly similar. The SF90 is estimated to cost around half a million dollars, with the SVJ coming in at around fifteen thousand dollars more.
They’re nowhere near the most expensive vehicles to ever have hit the market, of course. We recently published an article discussing the dramatically expensive Lamborghinis that have been released over the years.
It’ll be interesting to see which manufacturer hits the top spot next, as innovation is occurring every day in the motoring world.