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The Force is Strong with This One: 5 Cars Too Powerful for Their Own Good

POR: Alex Perrone

A new driver probably shouldn’t go for a powerful car as their very first. For example, a few months back we went over how the Dodge Viper is pretty much the poster child for cars that are powerful enough to get you in serious trouble for a long time. And we weren’t just talking about traffic laws either. Cars like that definitely belong the track rather than on the streets. And don’t get us wrong, high performance vehicles are undoubtedly awesome. In our era where 200 horsepower has become the new 100 horsepower, what are the cars that will still happily gladly get you into trouble if you aren’t careful these days?


chevrolet Corvette Z06

Corvette Z06 on a test track

If you live near or have access to a track and intend to take advantage of your car(s) regularly, absolutely having the faster version of the new Corvette in your garage makes sense. However if you do not… keep in mind that 650 horsepower is quite a lot of power. We wish you the best of luck resisting the temptation to use it once you know you have it but keep in mind that other drivers and the cops won’t understand that need for speed.


Ferrari F12tdf

Ferrari F12tdf Berlinetta shown at the 86th International Geneva Motor Show in Palexpo, Geneva

When you pay for a ferrari, you don’t just want prestige, you want a lot of power to go very fast. The F12tdf meets those requirements in excess. It makes 770 horsepower and can hit 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds. That means it has 40 more horsepower and accelerates faster than the F12berlinetta, a car that many already think is too fast. To limit this car to the confines of suburban streets is nothing short of insanity.

Dodge Hellcats

Dodge Challenger SRT Hell Cat on display during the 2015 Charlotte International Auto Show at the Charlotte Convention Center in downtown Charlotte

This car may It may have upset Viper owners, but Dodge‘s decision to offer both the Challenger and Charger with 707 horsepower is nothing short of astounding. If burnouts and heavy revving are what you want to do, this car will do burnouts until your tires are gone and your engine roars like the mighty minotaur. Now…putting the power down without doing a burnout is the real challenge, do you really need all that torque to go to the groceries?


Tesla Model S P90D

esla Model S P90D

Sing it with me: It’s ELECTRIC!!! The Tesla Model S is about as stylish as electric cars get, and it’s also been around for several years and probably won’t get redesigned for a long time. To keep people interested, Tesla has continued to add more powerful versions to the lineup, culminating in the P90D, a 762-horsepower, all-wheel drive rocket that can hit 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds. If you take a step back from reveling in how awesome that is, you have to ask, why does an electric car have Ferrari-levels of power, and why aren’t they focusing more on range than speed? That’s right, this car doesn’t have much mileage compared to most electric or hybrid vehicles, a mere 230-320 miles on a full charge compared to a Prius and its estimated mileage of 528.


Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG

Mercedes-Benz The new G-Class on display at Bangkok International Motor Show 2014 on March 29, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

There’s no denying that the G-Class is cool. It has more swagger than 95 percent of vehicles on the road. Mechanically, it’s also never gotten too far from its roots as a work vehicle. That hasn’t stopped Mercedes from packing a 6.0-liter V12 under the hood. The fact that it makes 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque is both terrifying and amazing.


So there you have it! If you feel the need, the need for speed, at least know what you are getting into before racing these rides. Most motorheads love horsepower and we’ll even admit to loving the rush of going on a ride that seems to transcend physics itself from the inside…but should one have all that power?

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