The Porsche 911 Carrera is fast enough to challenge top-tier supercars, but it can’t keep up with these stealthy racers.
When a car enthusiast thinks of Porsche, the first thing that pops into their head is almost always a 911. The crown jewel of Porsche’s lineup has earned a rep for being a formidable competitor on both the straight and curvy. The 911 Carrera, the entry-level model, is powered by a 3.0-liter flat-six engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission transmits the engine’s power swiftly and precisely to the vehicle’s rear wheels. With the 2020 model year, Porsche upgraded to an eight-speed transmission, which added weight but enhanced the vehicle’s performance.
The increased mass of the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera was compensated for by an increase of 14 horsepower thanks to engine tuning. The Porsche 911 Carrera has a top speed of 182 miles per hour and can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.0 seconds thanks to its 379 horsepower engine. Although the Carrera is fast, these overnight trains are even more so. Here are ten under-the-radar vehicles that can easily outperform a Porsche 911.
Audi RS3 Performance Edition
Both the hatchback and the sedan versions of the RS 3 get a speed boost in the Audi RS 3 Performance Edition. Both have a turbocharged inline-five motor, but the Performance Edition’s engine is more powerful by seven ponies because of its higher boost pressure. The Performance model’s rumbling engine pumps out 401 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It uses an automatic transmission with seven gears to send power to the road surface.
The RS 3 has a top speed of 184 mph when pushed to its limits. Carbon-ceramic brakes, sticky Pirelli Trofeo R tires, and an adaptive suspension are available on the regular RS 3 as options, just like they are on the Performance Edition. The Performance trim is unique in that it comes standard with front bucket seats (a first for the RS 3) and matte gray 10-spoke 19-inch wheels.
Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon
The Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon is fast, luxurious, and practical despite its unassuming exterior. The E63 S Wagon is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-8 that generates 603 horsepower, allowing it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 11.1. You can go up to 186 mph in your E63 S Wagon.
The AMG E63 S Wagon’s impressive V-8 motor effortlessly propels the 4,683-pound Mercedes to breathtaking top speeds. The 2023 E63 S was the final year for a gas-only engine option. Mercedes is expected to offer a hybrid drivetrain in the next-generation E63 S wagon, similar to the AMG C63.
The big XJR575 may seem slow at first glance, but don’t be fooled. The XJR575’s 567-horsepower engine makes quick work of the vehicle’s 4,156-pound curb weight, despite the XJR575’s imposing dimensions. The XJR575 is equipped with a massive supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine that can accelerate the luxury sports car from zero to sixty miles per hour in less than four and a half seconds.
The eight-speed automatic transmission sends the engine’s output to the back wheels. The Jaguar XJR575 can reach 186 miles per hour if the accelerator is held down for a sufficiently long period of time.
The ATS-V was a formidable competitor in the sports coupe segment for Cadillac. At times, it even outperformed its rivals from across the pond in terms of performance metrics. In comparison to the Audi RS5, the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V has a top speed of 189 miles per hour.
The ATS-V was propelled by a twin-turbocharged V-6 that produced 464 horsepower. The ATS-V’s six-speed manual transmission routed power from the engine to the trunk. Cadillac said the ATS-V could accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.8 seconds.
BMW M5 CS
BMW was on a weight-loss mission when designing the 2022 M5 CS, saying the vehicle would weigh less than the M5 Competition. The manufacturer installed a carbon-fiber hood, removed sound-deadening material, and fitted racing-style front-row seats. The 2022 BMW M5 CS weighed 4,096 pounds, nearly 150 pounds less than the Competition.
Paired with a 627-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-8, the lightweight BMW M5 CS was a rocket ship. It accelerated from naught to 60 MPH in 2.6 seconds, needing a further 3.6 seconds to reach 100 MPH. The vehicle waved goodbye to a quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds at 130 MPH. The BMW M5 CS had a top speed of 190 MPH.
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