Cars That Are Lightning Quick from the Factory

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1. FORD FOCUS ST

Top Speed – 154 mph
Zero to Sixty – 6.3 seconds

New Ford Focus ST

The Ford Focus ST is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16 valve 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. With 252 horsepower, the Ford Focus ST is capable of a zero to sixty time of 6.3 seconds, and a quarter mile time of 14.9 seconds. When pushed to it’s limits, the Ford Focus ST reaches a top speed of 154 mph in 38.7 seconds. It’s stiff subframe and springs give the Ford Focus ST a tight, smooth ride; capable of handling sharp curves with ease. Electronically assisted steering, actuated via a flat-bottom steering wheel, adds to the smoothness of the ride.

2. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R

Top Speed – 155 mph
Zero to Sixty – 4.5 seconds

VW Golf R

The Volkswagen Golf R is the Volkswagen company’s high end sports car. The turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16 valve 4-cylinder engine puts out 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. With a zero to sixty time of 4.5 seconds and a zero to 155 mph time of 29.5 seconds, the Volkswagen Golf R earns it’s place among the fastest 4-cylinder cars. The transmission is a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic that can be manually shifted. To get the full experience of the power the Volkswagen Golf R is capable of, it’s best to manually shift the transmission, as the automatic gearbox seems to lag when trying to select the correct gear for the situation.

3. SUBARU WRX STI

Top Speed – 157 mph
Zero to Sixty – 4.8 seconds

MY15 Subaru WRX STI - First Drive

The Subaru WRX STi is one of the better known cars capable of high speeds. It is commonly seen in films involving street racing. Originally built for rally car racing, the Subaru WRX Sti has earned the praise it’s been given. With a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine under the hood, that puts out 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque, the Subaru WRX STi hits zero to sixty in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 157 mph. The only transmission available for the Subaru WRX STi is a 6-speed manual. The suspension is fine tuned for hard cornering, and the all-wheel drive keeps the vehicle moving in all weather conditions.

4. MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION X

Top Speed – 158 mph
Zero to Sixty – 4.9 seconds

Evo X standard stance

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is the final incarnation of the Lancer model line. The Lancer Evolution X may appear to be a sporty looking sedan, but under the hood is a 291 horsepower turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder monster. With 300 lb-ft of torque, the Lancer Evolution X can beat most cars off the line. With a zero to sixty of 4.9 seconds and top speed of 158 mph, not many cars can keep up. The all-wheel drive and fine tuned suspension allows the Lancer Evolution X to navigate corners with ease. Instead of a manual transmission, the Lancer Evolution X comes equipped with a six-speed twin clutch automatic with launch control.

5. NISSAN GT-R

Top Speed: 191 mph
Zero to Sixty: 2.9 seconds

Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R is the Nissan Corporation’s redesign of the Nissan Skyline.With a 545 horsepower engine capable of going 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and a fine tuned suspension allowing it to out-handle most anything on the road, the GT-R is one beast of a car.The Nissan GT-R tops out at 191 mph, which is more than enough speed for anyone. The exterior may look tame compared to many supercars, with small vents and curves along the body, but Nissan built them with a purpose. The vents exhaust air from the wheels to lower brake temps and reduce the build-up of pressure under the car to increase down-force. The handmade carbon fiber spoiler also helps to increase down-force and stiffness at high speeds. It may not look as fancy as its other supercar cousins, but it definitely deserves their respect.

6. DODGE CHARGER HELLCAT HENNESSEY EDITION

Top Speed: 204 mph
Zero to Sixty: 2.9 seconds

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

The Dodge Charger Hellcat was plenty quick, but it reaches ludicrous speeds with the HPE850 package, cranking its horsepower to 852. The package adds a new electronic control module, an in-house tune, a high-flow air filter, a port-matched throttle body, and a new supercharger pulley to increase boost. The Charger Hellcat still retains everything else the standard Hellcat had, like the custom SRT seats, badges, and instrument cluster. The Hellcat features an electronically adjustable chassis and powertrain, allowing the user to change from street to track. This gives a different ride feel, depending on what you’re doing with the vehicle. The suspension is a bit softer than some muscle cars, giving a smoother ride when ripping down the road.

7. FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT 500

Top Speed: 189 mph
Zero to Sixty: 3.5 seconds

Ford Mustang Shelby Gt 500- Kr 10

With a 5.8 liter V8 under the hood, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 pumps out 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque. This power allows the GT 500 to reach a blazing top speed of 189 mph, and reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The GT 500 is equipped with adjustable dampers that allow the driver to switch between settings appropriate for track or road use. The suspension does a great job of keeping the tires planted, and there is almost no body roll. The stability can be switched off, but it works so well in sport mode that you may not even feel the need to. The system doesn’t cut power, instead adding momentary one-wheel braking to keep the car in line.

8. CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06

Top Speed: 189 mph
Zero to Sixty: 3.0 seconds

Z06

With a supercharged 6.2 liter V8 engine cranking out 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is lightning on wheels. The Corvette Z06 reaches a top speed of 189 mph and goes from zero to sixty in 3 seconds flat. You can get there with one of two available transmission options, a seven speed manual, or an eight speed automatic with paddle shifters. A performance package is also available that adds carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport Cups, and adjustable aerodynamic add-ons. The Corvette Z06 also has the option for a convertible top, in case you want to see what the wind feels like through your hair at close to 200 mph.

9. PORSCHE 911 GT2 RS

Top Speed: 209 mph
Zero to Sixty: 3.3 seconds

Porsche 911 GT2 RS 3.6 2010

Following in the footsteps of the Porsche 959, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a brute of a car. With a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat six-cylinder engine, and a six-speed manual transmission, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS puts out an insane 620 horsepower and 516 ft-lb of twist. Able to go from zero to sixty in 3.3 seconds, zero to 150 in 14.4 seconds, and with a top speed of 209 mph, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is pretty much a land rocket. With all that speed, Porsche offers an optional roll bar for the 911 GT2 RS, just in case you decide to drive it like a race car and make a mistake.

10. AUDI TTS

Top Speed – 155 mph
Zero to Sixty – 5.2 seconds

Audi TT-S

The Audi TTS is a little European rocket ship, capable of crushing most muscle cars that line up next to it. Powered by a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16 valve 4-cylinder engine mated with a 6-speed transmission, the Audi TTS puts out 292 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Hitting zero to sixty in 5.2 seconds and reaching 0 – 100 in 13.0 seconds flat, the Audi TTS is a powerhouse on the road. The transmission is the VW group’s DQ250 “wet” six-speed dual-clutch automatic, providing ultra quick and seamless shifts and a powertrain tuned to respond quickly to throttle commands. Add in the standard all-wheel drive and the Audi TTS screams down straightaways and around corners with ease.

(carophile.com)

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