We all love a car that looks fast. It’s every kid’s dream to drive a Lamborghini, although going really fast on an open and perfectly paved road is pretty much the only thing you can do with it. There are, however, some car enthusiasts who don’t want their car to look like a spaceship but still crave the explosive speed and acceleration of a supercar. If you fit into that category, any of these cars will be just right for you.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
When you think of a Jeep you imagine a sturdy and reliable vehicle that will safely and successfully tackle almost any terrain. Jeep wasn’t satisfied with that, and as a result, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was born. This absolute monster does indeed look sportier than other versions of the Cherokee, but no one would dare imagine how quick it can actually be. Under the bonnet you’ll find a supercharged V-8 engine that’s capable of producing a whopping 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque, pushing the Trackhawk to 60 miles per hour from a complete standstill in only 3.7 seconds. And, unlike a Lamborghini, the trunk fits all your groceries and you can use it to drop off the kids to school.
Tesla Model S In Ludicrous Mode
Electric cars are the talk of the town in the auto world. Environmentally-conscious hipsters all over the world use them to brag about their clean lifestyle and new models keep going further and further with a single charge. But what about performance, what about going so fast that even your own senses will tell you “whoa, dude! Let’s calm down just a bit”? Tesla wanted to do exactly that, and the result is a car that not only looks infinitely better than all the Priuses of the world but will put 99% of supercars to shame. The Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 in a mind-boggling time of 2.6 seconds. Do yourself a favor, use the stopwatch feature on your phone to time 2.6 seconds and imagine how that would feel.
To be fair, the Jaguar XJR doesn’t look slow. It does, however, make our list because a fair description of it would be that it looks fast for a sedan. In reality, it’s just absurdly fast, even though it looks elegant enough to drive to a fancy dinner party and it has enough interior space to even use it as a family car. Its beastly supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine will push the XJR to 60 miles per hour in about four seconds and offer a top speed of about 175 miles per hour, so after you drop off the kids to school you can go and have a little fun. The engine is also flexible enough to provide comfort, so making the Jag the perfect car for all occasions.
BMWs have always been pretty fast and agile considering their size and comfort levels, so it’s not exactly surprising to see one going really fast. The German manufacturer, however, took that as a challenge, and over three decades ago the M5 was born, with the clear purpose of being a 5-Series on steroids. Its most recent incarnation definitely stays true to its reputation and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in an absurd 3.8 seconds, with the help of the miracle of German engineering that is the DOHC V-8 engine, which produces no less than 560 horsepower. Overall, this absolutely beautiful but normal looking sports sedan is another perfect blend between performance and luxury.
Mercedes-AMG E63 S
The two German giants have been one-upping each other for decades, so it shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that Mercedes has the perfect rival to the M5. Just like BMWs, it’s hardly a surprise to see a Mercedes go really fast, as their entire brands were built on delivering sporty sedans. However, no one expected it to be quite this fast. The handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter bi-turbo engine manages to produce up to 603 horsepower, pushing the German tank to a speed of 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just 3.3 seconds, slightly better than its main rival, the M5. All Mercedes cars are electronically limited to a top speed of 155 miles per hour, but do you honestly ever need more?
The Kia Stinger GT
One can expect absurdly high performance from the BMWs and Jaguars of the world, but Kia? They usually make long-lasting and economical vehicles, not a sleek four-door sedan that can reach 60 miles per hour in only 4.4 seconds. Although other cars on our list are slightly faster, the Stinger GT has a quality that none of them have: it’s somewhat affordable. Although it costs tens of thousands of dollars less than other cars on the list, the Stinger’s 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine manages to produce 365 horsepower, making the vehicle drive much faster than it looks. All you have to do is put it in Sport mode and hit the gas, and you’ll see all the other cars on the road disappearing behind you one by one.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
The American car market had been missing the style and finesse of Alfa Romeo cars for many years, but now they’re back with a vengeance. A worthy follower of the historically gorgeous Alfa 159, even the base version of the Giulia is faster than most other luxury sedans out there. However, if you add the Ferrari-inspired 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged engine to the mix, the result is a magnificent 505 horsepower and a 0 to 60 acceleration of 3.8 seconds. It also has a top speed of no less than 191 miles per hour, so if you ever find yourself in a situation when the cops are on your tail they better make sure they bring at least two helicopters.
The Ford Fusion V6 Sport
Probably the most “normal” looking car on the list, the Fusion’s appearance is one of a typical boring family sedan. While that’s mostly true for the regular version, the V6 Sport will definitely turn a few heads when driving away from a traffic light. Its direct injection DOHC V-6 engine produces 35 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, managing to reach 60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds. That’s slightly less than most cars on our list and twice as slow as the Tesla, but none of the other cars manages to hide its explosiveness behind a dull body as much as the Fusion does. Get it as a family car and your spouse will never know how you drive when you’re alone.
Honda Civic Type R
Everybody knows the Honda Civic and its excellent reputation for being one of the most long-lasting vehicles anyone could buy. But the Japanese manufacturer was not satisfied with merely manufacturing engines that could go a million miles, with the result being the new Civic Type R. Its turbocharged, direct injection inline-4 engine produces up to 315 horsepower, with the help of a smooth 6-speed manual transmission, reaching a speed of 60 miles per hour from a complete halt in 5.1 seconds. It can also to a quarter-mile in just 16.6 seconds and the way the engine sounds when it’s revved up will give you a unique racing feel. Couple that with excellent comfort and build quality and you got yourself a great car.
Audi SQ5 3.0 TDI Quattro Tiptronic
SUVs are very popular nowadays and for good reason. Their main quality is their versatility, making them an excellent mix of comfort, technology, and off-road worthiness. Going absurdly fast was one of the few things that were missing from this list, but not anymore. What looks like a car that’s best suited for picking up the kids from soccer practice is actually an absolute beast, with a twin-turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine pushing it from 0 to 60 in just 5.4 seconds, an impressive time for a car that looks so tame. Most impressively, it does that while still retaining its usual SUV qualities, such as supreme interior comfort, top safety, and technology, plus good off-road capabilities.