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Torque Titans: Revealing the Real Monsters of the Road

Cameron Eittreim February 27, 2024

One of the most exciting things about driving is the thrill that we get from driving a powerful car. Nothing quite matches the thrill of real horsepower and there’s no replacement for displacement. Automotive design is subjective and not everyone loves the same thing, but we can all agree when horsepower is phenomenal the look of the car doesn’t matter.

So we looked at some of the most powerful rides ever built. These cars were barely street-legal yet still completely changed the game. These cars were simply torque monsters. Buckle up as we looked back at the most powerful cars that ever touched the pavement.

2021 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300
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Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+

You probably remember the Chiron. After Bugatti floundered in the ’90s, it became one of the most talked about comeback stories of the 2000s. Many celebrities and rappers wanted to own one. The 300+ was the fastest production car on the planet for a long period thanks to an insane amount of horsepower (via Bugatti).

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Every inch of the car was hand-built, which is why it created such a stir. Its top speed of 304.773 mph was thoroughly impressive. Not many people will take this car to that kind of a limit. But if you’ve got a couple million to toss in the trash can then you might want to give this car a whirl. There’s something to be said for the pure power and feel of a Bugatti.

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Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut

Koenigsegg is one of the most jaw-droppingly fast automakers around. They build cars that tear down the pavement at serious speeds. The most unique model has been the Jesko Absolut. This car looks like a rocket ship. It boasts a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.278, which is almost unheard of for a production vehicle (via Hot Cars).

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There is quite a bit of engineering that went into this car. The nine-speed multi-clutch transmission known as the “Light Speed Transmission” (LST) is a first of its kind. The 5.0L V8 is the brawn of the car and it performs much better than you’d ever expect. You’ll be quite pleased with the amazing performance it throws down.

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Hennessey Venom F5

Hennessey has built a lot of amazing supercars over the years and some regular cars as well. The Venom F5 is a car you’ll seldom see on the road. Only a few choice celebrities own one of these beauties and with good reason, because the price tag is crazy high. The performance of the car is even scarier (via Motor 1).

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The Venom F5 has a top speed of 271.6 mph (437.1 km/h) with a horsepower rating of 1,817. It’s unreal that it’s even street-legal. The lowered stance of the car makes for an amazing piece of eye candy and it was purpose-built too. The idea behind it was to create as much downforce as possible. The car is also made completely out of carbon fiber.

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Rimac C_Two

Who says you have to have a fossil fuel-powered engine to have ungodly horsepower? The Rimac C_Two nearly eviscerated every speed record imaginable. The Rimac C-Two was developed with that purpose in mind and did so while creating a memorable vehicle (via Nevera).

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The Rimac C_Two just goes to show that the future of electric cars doesn’t have to be a boring one. The technology that went into this car is beyond anything else from its liquid-cooled lithium-manganese-nickel chemistry to its sleek design. The car is simply levels above any electric sports car we’ve seen thus far.

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McLaren Speedtail

McLaren is one of the most well-known high-end car manufacturers in the world. The Speedtail is just one of its amazing cars that has graced bedroom posters all around the world. What made the Speedtail so special was the fact that McLaren produced only 106 units. Aside from the rarity of the car, its performance is also night and day compared to previous McLaren models (via McLaren Cars).

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Its carbon fiber body was half of the reason that it performed so well. The torque of this car is unreal and it has one of the best pulls in the segment. McLaren is a legendary automaker and very few cars have the influence and unique styling of this car.

Porsche 918 Spyder
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Porsche 918 Spyder

You probably never thought the words supercar and hybrid would be combined but they were with the 918 Spyder. The car is a distinct blend of performance and power that makes for a memorable supercar. Porsche spared no expense when it came to the drivetrain of the car because they didn’t want it to be labeled as slow. In 2013, the Porsche 918 Spyder set a lap record for production cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit with a time of 6:57 (via Porsche).

2016 Porsche 918 Spyder Side Profile
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The Porsche 918 was a revolutionary car that offered a lot of unique features. Whether you wanted a super sports car or a high-powered hybrid, this was a combination of both. The sleek design of the 918 was something that appealed to high-end consumers and celebrities. The design and the performance of the 918 were award-winning.

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Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The Ferrari SF90 Stradale was beautifully sculpted from top to bottom to reflect its true Ferrari heritage. Under the hood, you’ll find the twin-turbocharged V8 engine with three electric motors to produce a total power output of 986 horsepower. The idea behind this was to create a car that could appeal to environmentalists and people who wanted extreme performance (via Car & Driver).

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Ferrari’s engineering helped the car break several speed records. The bright red paint and beautiful lines let you know that this is indeed a hybrid horse. It’s safe to say that the future of Ferrari looks bright with this in the portfolio.

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

The Challenger is long in the tooth, having been in production since 2010. But that doesn’t mean that Dodge hasn’t found ways to add excitement to the lineup. The supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine unleashes an otherworldly 840 horsepower. The Demon is optimized for one thing: to deliver blistering acceleration and jaw-dropping quarter-mile times. Few cars have created the cultural phenomenon that the SRT Demon did (via Car & Driver).

2018 Dodge Challenger Srt Demon
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The SRT Demon broke the mold for what the tired old Challenger platform could do. The performance was jaw-dropping when you compared it to other models that were on the market. The muscle car segment was alive and well and the Demon is still highly revered.

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Tesla Model S Plaid

Tesla isn’t a performance car brand but the company has always been on the cutting edge. The Tesla Model S Plaid is the performance variant of the tried and true Model S and has some of the best performance numbers on the market. The Plaid has features like a digital dashboard that can switch to racing mode, and you can also adjust the exhaust tones. The Model S has long been the pinnacle of the Tesla lineup and it continues to be a performance powerhouse (via Road & Track).

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The Tesla Model S Plaid was one of the most well-designed performance sedans to come out of the EV movement. The Plaid can travel over 390 miles (approximately 628 kilometers) on a full charge, which is more than adequate for most performance-minded drivers.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie

The Valkyrie is an amazing car that’s all about speed and style. It’s built using some clever ideas from race cars, which help it move fast and stay steady on the road. It has a huge engine that makes it super powerful and is made from a special material that’s very light but strong. The general idea behind the car was to get Formula 1-style performance out of a simple package (via Car & Driver).

Aston Martin Valkyrie Prototype 2019 5k Hd
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The Valkyrie gave drivers the feeling of a million-dollar race car without being stripped down. The unique thing about the Valkyrie was the fact that it had one of the most original designs to come out of Aston Martin. All in all, this was one of the most jaw-dropping designs the company ever pursued.

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Mercedes-AMG One

Mercedes Benz has always been an automaker that pushes the edge. The AMG-One was a performance car that was in a whole new stratosphere compared to anything else on the road. What started as a concept car was brought into production by a team who wanted to do something different. AMG is known for creating special German performance machines that push the boundaries of speed and physics (via Car Buzz).

Mercedes Amg One
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The AMG-One can drive up to 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) on electric power alone, which is rather unique for a supercar of this caliber. The interior of the car also has the usual upscale Mercedes-Benz flare. Its wonderful design and implementation made for one of the most powerful sports cars on the road.

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Throughout the years, Chevy has introduced many unique Corvette variations. The ZR1 is one of the most memorable models. This isn’t just the type of Corvette that you jump into and race off from the quarter mile; this is a track car. Being a track car, the ZR1 was designed exclusively for beautiful handling and taking tight twists and turns (via Chevy).

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Just because the ZR1 is designed for the track that doesn’t mean that it isn’t powerful. The ZR1 is a beast under the hood as well with a staggering 755 horsepower and 715 lb.-ft of torque. There is no denying the amount of power that this thing puts down on the pavement, which is why people have grown to love this generation of Corvette so much.

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Nissan GT-R Nismo

Nissan is one of the most formidable automakers in the world and the GT-R is one of the most recognized nameplates in the world. The dominance of the GT-R has always come from the engineering that’s under the hood of it. The car was bred for performance and you see it in every inch of the design. Likewise, there are very few cars on the road today that have the type of reputation the GT-R has (via Nismo).

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When the GT-R was unveiled for America, people were excited. You no longer had to import it and now you could buy them right from the dealership. Even after all these years have passed the GT-R is still a capable sports car with a high price tag and a ton of power under the hood.

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Ford GT

The Ford GT has always been a different type of exotic car because it was built right here in America. The power of the Ford GT came not only from what’s under the hood but also from the aerodynamic design. The GT was one of the most successful racecars ever built, so naturally, that same type of technology and design proved to be an important part of the production model too (via Motor Authority).

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The beautiful styling of the current generation car is something that was focused on for almost a decade. Jay Leno was one of the first new owners to take possession of a Ford GT and he was quite excited. The powerful engine and the carbon body of the car made it one of the fastest performance cars of all time. Even though the production run was short, it proved to be iconic.

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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

The Aventador is one of the most well-known sports cars on the planet right now. It’s due to the exceptional horsepower under the hood and the one-of-a-kind performance. As with any Lamborghini model, the styling is something that shouldn’t be downplayed either as most people recognize this car from a mile away (via Lamborghini).

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The performance of the 6.5-liter V12 engine delivers 770 horsepower, a statement if there is one. The sound of the exhaust note is quintessential Lamborghini as well and every inch of the car has been handcrafted to perfection.

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BMW M5 Competition

The M5 is another car that has achieved legendary status among enthusiasts and collectors. The beautiful styling and impressive performance under the hood are elite. The 617 horsepower 4.4-liter V8 engine is something to revere in the sports car segment. Getting behind the wheel of this beautiful sedan, you feel in control and successful (via Consumer Guide).

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The M-Series of the BMW brand is one of the most important assets that the company has. The car has always found a way to dominate just about every contest that it’s in, as well as the competition.

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Audi RS6 Avant

The Audi RS6 Avant is another well-known sports car that needs no introduction. The RS6 has been dominating streets and racetracks for almost a decade now and the trim package is no joke. Take one look at the intimidating car and you are going to know why right away. The twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine, delivering 591 horsepower and 590 lb.-feet of torque is no laughing matter (via Gear Junkie).

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This power allows the RS6 Avant to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds despite its nearly 5,000-pound weight. Overall, the Audi Rs6 Avant is one of the most capable and fun-to-drive performance cars on the road.

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Lexus LC 500

There’s been a lot of talk about the LC 500 lately What makes the LC 500 so unique? Well, the performance is the first and most important thing. The 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 471 horsepower and 398 lb.-ft of torque is one of the best that Lexus has ever built. Since the demise of the SC400 the automotive community has been waiting for a V8-powered Lexus coupe (via Car and Driver).

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The LC 500 is one of the most promising Lexus models on the road and one that provides ample thrills for anyone who gets behind the wheel of it. With its staggering performance and excellent optics, this is one beautiful ride.

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Porsche Taycan Turbo S

The Taycan Turbo S is equipped with two electric motors (one on each axle). Its performance is unreal and you have to get behind the wheel of it to truly experience it. The beautiful styling is every bit the Porsche that you remember, but now there is an element of futuristic design built into it (via Car & Driver).

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Although a lot of enthusiasts never thought that electric technology would get to the point where we could have fun, the Porsche Taycan has changed the game. The car is unique and fun to drive while still combining classic Porsche elements.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The Shelby name has been wrapped on some type of Ford Mustang for decades now. The GT500 is one of the fastest performance cars on the road, and it asserts dominance on the track with authority. With a blisteringly fast V8 engine under the hood, this sports car is every bit the beast that Ford claims it is. The GT500 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and complete a quarter-mile in under 11 seconds (via Car & Driver).

Ford Mustang Shelby Gt500
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So you’re getting supercar performance for the price of a high-end Mustang, and that’s something that a lot of people love. The car has the type of performance and reputation that will make everyone do a double-take.

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