Skip to comments.The 500-hp club
Posted on 06/03/2013 4:12:27 PM PDT by jjotto
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.
I wonder how many of these glitzy toys are bought by ‘rat elites, who drive them everywhere except to “climate change” activist events.
Yet I can’t even buy a diesel work truck unencumbered by EPA high-maintenance engine-killing horsecrap, unless I get a well-used one.
So I’ll stick with used, I guess. “They’re making it hard for the working man...”
500 hp is pretty easy these days.
Mostly because the airflow technology is better understood.
I sitting here reading an article were they took a 150,000 mile Chevy 5.3 pickup short block assy, added a good set of cylinder heads and cam and got 484 dyno hp.
I have a 1976 Chevy powered Jeep CJ-5 with about 525HP. Don’t ask my why. I’m not sure I know that answer.
Cam, headers, e-fans, intake, tune and my trailblazer ss put down about 400 all wheel hp. That’s about 500 crank.
You could take a junk yard iron block 4.8/5.3/6.0 a step further and drop a turbo in. Instant 600-800hp for a couple grand (if you do it yourself).
Wonder how long it’ll last...
I like the combined electro-gas idea for massive instant torque, but with long range and recharging from the high-powered gas engine. Problem with eco-enviro is the low power gas end and high weight of the battery side. When they try to wedge both into a a little-bitty underpowered too-small enviro-packaged box, nothing works.
Try it with a larger car and higher-powered engine, you’d have more success.
Did you see this? 2 V-6s welded together into a V-12.
It was posted here a few weeks ago.
From last night.
255 HP is plenty if the car only weighs 2350 pounds. The problem with most of the listed vehicles is weight. Not to mention cost.
Heavy cars going fast eat tires and brakes at a furious pace. This English feller named Colin Chapman had this all figured out decades ago.
I have a 1976 Chevy powered Jeep CJ-5 with about 525HP. Dont ask my why. Im not sure I know that answer.
Sure sounds like a waste of power in a Jeep CJ.That amount of power in a vehicle of that type is dangerous since the vehicle has such a high center of gravity.Damned thing will flip right over in a high speed turn.
Today, a stock 5.0L (302 c.i.) Ford Mustang GT engine is rated at 412 hp normally aspirated with all the EPA goodies. In testing by the car mags, they consistently come in higher at the crank and about 400 hp. at the rear wheels. And they will easily last 100k+ miles with simple normal maintenance.
In 1965, a Shelby Cobra took a cast iron 427 c.i. (7.0L) big block from Ford's truck group and a lot of Carroll Shelby magic to get around 420 crank hp. that could last a whole F.I.A. race or the 24 Hours at Daytona.
Times have changed.
Which reminds me: why is the USA the only country that sells Jeep products that I cannot buy the diesel Jeep Wrangler in again? Oh, yeah.
Oh yeah. Something like a Lotus can use a pretty much off-the-shelf Toyota engine and be a demon.
I’m amazed at the SUVs. Range Rover Supercharged can’t be kept in stock at dealers. BMW X5Ms are sleepers, almost indistinguishable from grocery-getting X5s.
Some of the prices on the list are way too optimistic. Nobody’s getting a new 500+ hp Range Rover for $64K!
I’ve had a few CJs and was OK with the 304. My dad had a Willys with the 225 v6 and that seemed to almost too much for it. If I ever have another AMC, I would be happy with an inline 6. My 65 Willys gets cranked once in a while. It has developed a problem at higher RPMs, no matter idle or in gear about stumbling and stalling. Dwell is right according to the manual. I suspect there may be a vacuum leak or maybe something amiss in the one barrel.
Here are the top 10.
My son-in-law mentioned that with the Ford family discounts (???) he priced a GT500 at under $50K... only daydreaming, of course.
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
Ya know what’s funny, is ya look at all these high end hot rods which in the 60s and 70s used to be built and drivin by teenagers and young adults...Now the only ones ya see driving these sleds are feeble guys in the 80s trying to impress someone...Very pathetic..
In today’s America, they’re the only ones who can afford these flashy boats...Or the insurance...
Yep. Mid-50s on up seems to be the buyers for actually fast cars. I do see some younger people in BMWs, probably due to relatively cheap leasing and generous parents. Car guys are actually worried about how few younger people are interested in non-appliance cars.
On the other hand, something like a V6 Accord coupe is as fast as most sports sedans and sure costs less.
regressing into childhood is common in Olde Age
(and for some, may be the first time they can afford, or are allowed to have, the muscle car they wanted when they were 16)
get your 700hp Mustang today!
(I don’t get paid for sharing this link, it just seems very responsive to this FR topic, and it is public and on Youtube anyway so anyone can watch it)
have fun, old guys who wanna feel young again?
In today's America, the con-men at the Stealerships love to take money from the old guys...They see um coming.....Few young people have that kind of money to blow...
It's now a senior citizen thing...
Already got money on this!
that looks pretty nice, too....what is it?
Jaguar F-type V8 S. Not 500 hp but close.
The stock 3.8 v6 in my FBird was 200 @the crank. Since I intend to keep the car till I croak I’ll rebuild the engine. With a cam, heads and exhaust It’ll hit 300 @ the crank pretty easily. Not bad for a six. The factory V8 was 300 @ the crank IFIRC. Not taking any bets on how long the trans will last after the upgrade...
well well well good for u!
(years and years ago, and I;m sure they fixed this by now, Jags would not start (or would go off enroute) due to krappy infamous Lucas Electics (which almost lost ww2 for UK).
also, they’d leak oil all over the place.
BUT they had the absolutely nicest interiors with all sorts of nice leather and wood... beautiful!!!!!!
I bet that by now, and after a stint with Ford, the new Jags have overcome their former problems? yours sure looks pretty . congrats!
Every time I see some high end muscle car, hot rods etc, it's generally some guy who looks to be 80+ years old, just short of the grave yard..
Kinda scary actually.
The insurance for these old guys must be through the roof!
Always the problem with horsepower mods. Tranny and brakes have to follow to make it not-so-tense.
Here's a bit of evidence...Algor's Family Maserati
Is the loss that much? Because the build I referenced above came in @273 at the wheels. I figured maybe take off 35 or 40 Hp.
Hey I’m one of those feeble 60 something’s that would love to find a 66/67 GTO not to impress anyone just to enjoy myself. Until then I will just have to enjoy my 2004 Tahoe with it’s headers, true dual exhaust, cold air intake and computer chip. Some of us old feeble guys just like power and speed.
How many pro athletes, rock stars, entertainers and tech stars are in their 80s?
Oh yeah...Besides 80 year olds, Rocks stars and celebrities can afford them!
Good thinken woofie!
I’ve upped the brake calipers and rotors. They recommend a smaller converter and some corvette valve for the trans. I have no knowledge of the gear ratios 6 vs 8 cyl, they must be lower than the eight, could be a factor.
You’re jealous and envious. Otherwise why do you care?
They say you need to change the pistons (to forged) if you're going to consistently run over 6000 rpm. Hot Rod Mag took one of these, put a huge turbo on it, and kept cranking up the boost until they got over 1000 hp and it didn't blow the bottom end.
That’s way cool.
I love this hot rod stuff.
Have you seen the Motus bike?
It’s a V4 based on the LS.
Reminds me of my youth. I was 16. She was a '57 Bel Air 2 door hard top with a ridiculous stroked 327 with so much cam it barely idled, dual quads, a Muncie 4 speed and the rear seat removed to make room for drag slicks tucked in sleeper style...sat level in a profile view, but over half the back view was rear tire.
I had the deal verbally done, until the current owner did a hard 3-4 shift in front of my house, lifting the front driver's side tire off the ground in front of my Dad (could lift both off the line & at 2-3).
That day's new vocabulary word: VETO.
my dream muscle car turned into a 1961 Ford Falcon in reality
“youth is wasted on the young” (Geo. B. Shaw),
so now that nobody’s around to VETO my getting the car I want.......(even if I look silly driving a kid’s car at my age.... well....)
God I miss that car.
Dad dropped the manual trans down on his chest while on a creeper and rolled out with it sitting there to do a rebuild. Do that in my F250 today, and a crane and Care Flight will be involved.
The falcon was good car for what it was, it just wasn’t the 400hp muscle car of my dreams is all
Jaguars are still on the low end of reliability, but all cars have better reliability these days. Drive it under warranty!
People wonder how Jags and Rovers sell, given their reliability. Nothing matches them for feel and smell. Sitting in ‘em sells ‘em!
It’s a little more than I can afford, but it will be in demand long enough for me to have a little fun before passing it along.
Love the TB SS..
And think of the looks that little sleeper would get off the line!
Yes the Jags and Rovers could sell themselves, the salesman only had to get you to sit inside.
similar to some muscle car sales transactions which are sealed just as soon as the dealer gets the prospect to stand behind the tailpipe and listen to the ROAR! ha ha
one”cool” feature sells the entire vehicle.
A friend bought a new Jag a few years ago and insisted that I come over and drive it. I didn’t want to but it seemed the only way of shutting him up, so I finally went over there and said I would drive it once around the block but he had to back it out of his garage for me because I did not trust myself to back the car into the road. OK, but when he put the key in, his $100,000+ new kitty kat wouldn’t start! just sat there dead as roadkill.
The kid in the tow truck came and hitched it up and made a strong “class warfare” point of crashing the car to the pavement (the house and garage were uphill) as it hit the road.
My friend turned ghost white and never fully recovered.
Back then anyway, Jags had 2 electric petrol pumps... LUCAS ELECTRICS of course... meaning... they would not work, you just knew there’d be trouble with anything so branded.
I guess the Brits couldn’t abide just letting the engine suck the gas forward like in a colonial car
Drop a fully worked from the oil pan to the valve covers dual quad 4 MPG 302 into one of those babies and you’ll have all the ‘muscle’ anyone ever needed. There were two such ‘64 Falcons running around my town back in the day.
a jaguar would seem a great candidate for the very best extended warranty you can get
Liars Club is open...
I bought my 2006 400 HP corvette at 37. I’m 42 now. I had a 1979 trans am before I was 18. Hotrods/muscle cars remain obtainable to anyone with a decent job and a decent credit history and a willingness to make a few sacrifices here and there. I’m thinking about getting an old chevelle next and throwing a blown 454 in it or maybe an older stingray and doing the same thing with it.