Surprise Performance: Fast Cars With Suspect Horsepower Ratings

By Vukasin Herbez
Surprise Performance: Fast Cars With Suspect Horsepower Ratings

Every vehicle manufacturer is proud of its horsepower and torque ratings. Often horsepower figures are effective marketing tools. In the sports and muscle car segments, many automobiles have power ratings that are slightly off. Why fake the horsepower ratings? The purpose of bending the truth is to present models that are more powerful than they really are so companies can charge more for them.

Also, by declaring lower power numbers, companies can make models look more capable by producing similar performance numbers as competitors with less horsepower. Lastly, with lower HP ratings, they can fool insurance companies that calculate insurance fees by engine power. Here are 15 cars whose horsepower ratings are way off. Some of those cars are new models and some are classics. Unlike our list of fast cars few drivers saw coming, these all had much more power than the factory stated they do.

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30. Shelby GT350R

Even though they based the Shelby on the Mustang GT, much of the car’s suspension, design, aero package, and engine were new. The biggest single difference was the fantastic Voodoo engine with a 5.2-liter displacement delivering 526 HP (allegedly) and 429 lb-ft of torque. But the greatest feature of this high-revving powerplant is the flat-plane crank technology that allows the big V8 to scream to almost 9,000 rpm.

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It’s the same technology exotic manufacturers like Ferrari use. However, this is the first time a muscle car has had such an advanced engine. Ford’s investment into the Shelby GT350R paid off since the performance is mind-boggling with 3.9 seconds to get from 0 to 60 mph. But the numbers don’t do justice to this car. The Shelby GT350R is a pure sports car that delivers fantastic driving dynamics.

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