Cars are a major part of Grand Theft Auto Online, so much so that they're referenced in the title. A good car won't just get you from A to B, but can potentially save your life during unexpected PvP battles or make you the king of the racetrack.

Knowing which cars are the fastest and best for racing is key if you want to be first over the finish line.

If you've been looking into how vehicles perform in GTA Online, chances are you've heard of Adam "Broughy" Brough, the go-to guy for car stats regarding this game. If a car exists in GTA Online, you can be certain that he's tested it. With a custom race track designed specifically with vehicle testing in mind, Broughy has calculated all the vehicles lap times and top speeds scientifically.

Cars have various properties in GTA Online beyond top speed. Handling, acceleration and other characteristics affect their performance in races, which is why it's important to look at lap times as well when deciding which car performs the best in a competitive environment.

Plus, Rockstar is constantly adding new vehicles to GTA Online. While these weekly drip-fed DLC cars rarely cause upheavals in the top of the rankings due to the broad variety on offer, occasionally a record-breaker enters the game. As such, we'll be keeping this list updated as new cars are released.

Fastest GTA Online Cars: Lap Time

These are the overall fastest cars around any course when racing in GTA Online. Lap times are taken from Broughy's specifically designed test track.

  1. Dewbauchee Vagner: 0m:59.194s
  2. Annis RE-7B: 0m:59.727s
  3. Ocelot XA-21: 0m:59.927s
  4. Överflöd Autarch: 0m:59.960s
  5. Pegassi Tempesta: 1m:00.803s

Here's a quick history lesson: For the longest time, the Pegassi Zentorno was the crowned king of racing in GTA Online, but now it's not even in the top 5 as far as lap times go. It took a while for it to be unseated, but since then many faster cars have been added to the game, with the Dewbauchee Vagner currently best.

Fastest GTA Online Cars: Top Speed

  1. Pfister 811: 132.5 mph / 213.2 kmh
  2. Bravado Banshee 900R: 131 mph / 210.8 kmh
  3. Grotti X80 Proto: 127.5 mph / 205.2 kmh
  4. Truffade Nero Custom: 127.25 mph / 204.8 kmh
  5. Progen Itali GTB Custom: 127 mph / 204.4 kmh

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Note how there is no overlap between the vehicles with the highest top speed and the ones with the best lap times. This is because from the standpoints of either handling, acceleration or other factors, the fastest cars are too difficult to control and can't take sharp turns as well as other models.

Weight and Handling

A few things to consider when interpreting these results are that Broughy is a very skilled virtual driver, and that the tests were conducted in an environment where the tested car was the only one on the track. When in an actual race, you'll need to account for your own skill and the other players. As such we feel it important to highlight two other factors.

Weight doesn't affect speed or lap time in GTA Online, but it does affect how collisions play out. A heavier car will, logically, suffer less. The Ocelot XA-21 and Överflöd Autarch are chunky rides coming in at well above 1,000 kilograms, whereas lightweight vehicles like the Annis RE-7B will spin out of control when knocked around. As for handling, the Autarch wins again - it's easy to control for beginners.

The Best Car In GTA Online

At the end of the day we have to collate all of these factors and, after some comparisons, pick which car excels in all of them. While one vehicle might be the best when it comes to control, it might lag behind in too many other aspects to be considered the best overall.

At the time of writing, the best racing vehicle in GTA Online is the Dewbauchee Vagner.

Being a good driver is key, but if you're bringing this vehicle to a race, your chances have shot up by default. If you don't own one, get ready to tighten your belt for a while - it costs GTA$ 1,535,000 and you'll need to deck it out with performance upgrades as well.

The peak of motoring. The maximum power possible, with more power. The Dewbauchee Vagner GT1 is the answer to all of your questions. "How fast can I get?" "How much can I spend?" "How can I get laid with an awful personality?" "How I will justify the purchase of a car that I can't even drive?". Because you are not gonna drive it on traffic, am I right? No, seriously. You are not able to handle this car.

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