Seven Cars That Might Be Too Powerful for Their Own Good

With great power comes great burnouts...and the challenge of figuring out where to use it safely.


With great power comes great burnouts...and the challenge of figuring out where to use it safely.

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Jamey Price
Ariel Atom

Thanks to its low weight, no matter what form it's in, the Ariel Atom is incredibly fast. If you aren't careful, it will tear your face off. If you're the right mix of brave and crazy, you can opt for the Atom 500 with a 500-horsepower V8 and get started going incredibly fast. Even the Atom 3S, which has a measly 360 horsepower, is a bit crazy.

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Caterham Superlight 620R

Colin Chapman gets a lot of attention for his "add lightness" philosophy. Once you've added plenty of lightness, sometimes it pays to add power. Caterham's continuation of the Lotus Seven already weighs very little, and the Superlight R500 is already brutally fast, but a supercharger makes the Superlight 620R even faster.

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<p>The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is an absolute monster. It makes 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque out of its 6.2-liter supercharged LT4, and in the right hands, <a href="" target="_blank">it can run a sub-10.5-second quarter mile</a>. It also sounds absolutely devilish.</p>
Chevrolet Corvette Z06

If you have access to a track and intend to take advantage of it regularly, buying a faster version of the new Corvette makes sense. If you don't, 650 horsepower is quite a lot of power. Good luck resisting the temptation to use it once you know you have it. The cops won't understand that excuse.

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Dodge Hellcats

It may have upset Viper owners, but Dodge's decision to offer both the Challenger and Charger with 707 horsepower is undeniably awesome. If burnouts are what you want to do, they'll both do burnouts until your tires are gone. Putting the power down without doing a burnout is the real challenge, though.

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Ferrari F12tdf

When you pay for a Ferrari, you want it to have a lot of power and go very fast. The F12tdf meets those requirements in excess. It makes 770 horsepower and can hit 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds. That means it has 40 more horsepower and accelerates faster than the F12berlinetta, a car that many already think is too fast. Insanity.

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Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG

There's no denying that the G-Class is cool. It has more swagger than 95 percent of vehicles on the road. Mechanically, it's also never gotten too far from its roots as a work vehicle. That hasn't stopped Mercedes from packing a 6.0-liter V12 under the hood. The fact that it makes 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque is both terrifying and amazing.

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<p>As much as people love Teslas, the facts don't lie: Tesla has only profited from one quarter since going public in 2010. It lost $294 million on $3.2 billion in revenue in 2014, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg Business</a></em><a href=""></a> reports. But you can't deny that Tesla has started the trend of attractive and luxurious EVs. Nearly every company has or will boast a "Tesla Killer" in the upcoming years. Where will that leave Tesla?</p>
Tesla Model S P90D

The Tesla Model S is about as cool as electric cars get, but it's also been around for several years and won't get redesigned for a long time. To keep people interested, Tesla has continued to add more powerful versions to the lineup, culminating in the P90D, a 762-horsepower, all-wheel drive rocket that can hit 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds. If you take a step back from reveling in how awesome that is, you have to ask, why does an electric car have Ferrari-levels of power, and why aren't they focusing more on range than speed?

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