The 500-hp clubThu, 30 May 2013
Petrol heads, continue to rejoice: Car manufacturers have not ignored your cries for high-powered cars and trucks. Despite tightening emissions regulations and rising fuel costs, automakers are building an increasing number of vehicles putting out at least 500 horses.
Based on our research, there are over 80 cars sold in the United States that deliver these burnout-inducing numbers (not including tuners such as Mosler or Callaway). That's up about 10 cars from the list we did last year.
Each automaker takes its own approach to supplying adrenaline junkies with 500-plus hp, whether through massive turbochargers, supercharging, or just sticking to naturally aspirated goodness.
Cars such as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG shun forced induction but can still churn out 563 hp of V8 power.
Then there are cars such as the Nissan GT-R that rely on turbochargers (two in that case) to produce an output of 545 hp from its 3.8-liter V6. The Bugatti Veyron uses four turbochargers to power its 16.4-liter W16 engine to produce 1,200 hp (for the Super Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse models).
Superchargers power up the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, which pumps out 638 hp from its 6.2-liter V8.
We're also seeing an increasing use of hybrid technology in high-powered supercars, with the forthcoming Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari (not on sale yet) both producing over 850 hp using a combination of electric and gasoline-powered motivation.
Our list features not only cars, but trucks as well, some of which might do surprisingly well on the track. Manufacturers like BMW produce their X5M and X6M models, which both produce 555 hp from a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. Land Rover also produces the supercharged Range Rover, which achieves 510 hp.
Then there are the hyperexotics, such as the Koenigsegg Agera and the Pagani Huayra (pronounced “why-ra”). The Agera reaches Bugatti territory, with its twin turbo 5.0-liter V8 producing an outrageous 1,140 hp. The Huayra, produces 700 hp from its AMG-sourced, twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12.
Horsepower does come at a price, though: The cheapest member of the 500 club is the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, stickering at $54,350. For the other cars, you'll have to have even deeper pockets.
Below is our list of the notable production cars that arrive with 500 hp or more. They are organized by horsepower from least to greatest; you'll notice some manufacturers grouped together if they use same engine.
Bask in all of this list's high-powered glory and feel free to sound off below on which ones you want, or already have, in your garage.
Audi A8 W12, 500 hp, $134,500
Porsche Cayenne Turbo/Turbo S, 500 hp-550 hp, $110,400/$146,000
Bentley Continental GT, 500 hp-616 hp, $163,401-$217,000
Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 505 hp, $76,945
Chevrolet 2013 Corvette 427, 505 hp, $91,320
Bentley Mulsanne, 505 hp, $296,000
Mercedes-Benz CL600, 510 hp, $160,300
Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged, 510 hp, $63,495
Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged, 510 hp, $83,545
Jaguar XFR, 510 hp, $83,200
Jaguar XJ/XJL SuperSport, 510 hp, $112,600-$155,000
Mercedes-Benz S600, 510 hp, $160,300
Aston Martin DB9, 510 hp, $183,700
Aston Martin V12 Vantage, 510 hp, $180,600
Jaguar XKR (coupe and convertible), 510 hp, $97,500/103,500
Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, 518 hp, $96,100
Audi S8, 520 hp, $110,000
Porsche Panamera Turbo/Turbo Executive, 520 hp, $141,300
Porsche 911 Turbo/Turbo S, 520 hp-560 hp, $148,300/$181,000
Audi R8 V10, 525 hp, $170,545-$184,045
Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, 530 hp, $145,800
BMW 760Li Sedan, 535 hp, $140,700
Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, 536 hp, $134,300
Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, 536 hp, $140,000
Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG, 536 hp, $153,000
Nissan GT-R, 545 hp, $99,590
Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon/Sedan, 550 hp-585 hp, $95,000
Jaguar XFR-S, 550 hp, $99,000
Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG, 550 hp, $116,925
Jaguar XKR-S (Coupe and Convertible), 550 hp, $132,000/$138,000
Jaguar XKR-S GT, 550 hp, $174,000
Jaguar XJR, 550 hp, $116,000
Lamborghini Gallardo, 553 hp-562 hp, $191,900-$248,000
BMW X6 M, 555 hp, $92,900
BMW X5 M, 555 hp, $88,850
Cadillac CTS-V (sedan/wagon/coupe), 556 hp, $64,515
Ferrari 458 Italia, 558 hp, $233,859-$257,412
BMW M5, 560 hp, $90,200
BMW M6, 560 hp, $109,200
BMW M6 Gran Coupe, 560 hp, $113,000
BMW M6 convertible, 560 hp, $115,500
Audi R8 GT, 560 hp, $196,800-$210,300
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT, 563 hp, $199,500
Rolls-Royce Ghost, 563 hp, $256,650
Aston Martin Vanquish, 565 hp, $279,995
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, 580 hp, $54,350
McLaren MP-4 12C, 592 hp, $239,400
Bentley Flying Spur, 616 hp, $200,500
Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, 621 hp, $213,200
Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, 621 hp, $212,240
Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, 621 hp, $212,000
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 638 hp, $114,595
SRT Viper, 640 hp, $97,395-$121,000
Ferrari FF, 651 hp, $295,000
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (coupe and convertible), 662 hp, $54,800/$59,800
Lamborghini Aventador, 700 hp, $387,000
Pagani Huayra, 700 hp, $1.5 million
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, 730 hp, $326,000
Koenigsegg Agera, 960 hp-1,140 hp, $1.5 million-$1.7 million
Bugatti Veyron, 1,001 hp, $1.3 million
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, 1,001 hp, $1,980,000
Bugatti Veyron SuperSport, 1,200 hp, $2,426,904
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, 1,200 hp, $2.6 million
By Max Gilles