• Volvo S60 T5 R
It’s true. Volvo is not generally looked upon as a manufacturer of fast cars. Well built cars yes, but fast cars, no. However all that changed when I slid behind the wheel of this 2013 Volvo S60 T5 R. The smooth running turbocharged inline-6 makes 325 hp and 354 lb.ft. of torque helping this blue Swede hit 60 mph in just a hair over 5-seconds and run the quarter in around 13.6. Hell, the fact that it’s that quick AND a Volvo automatically make it a shoe-in for a sleeper car list.
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• Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
This thing is a beast. At first glance it looks like your standard Cadillac CTS wagon. However take a closer look and you’ll notice things like giant 6-pot Brembo calipers that sit upon 15.0-inch rotors. A massive rear differential cooler and of course, that optional 6-speed manual transmission. The CTS-V wagon is a grocery getter of the highest order. It packs a supercharged V-8 that produces 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque, a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds and a top speed of around 190 mph, making it the fastest sleeper in this group.
• Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
470 hp and 465 lb.ft of torque, an 8-speed automatic transmission, launch control and 295-series tires at all four corners, AND the fact that it can tow up to 7,200 lbs. help to make the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT one of the most versatile vehicles on the market today. This thing is a big hammer, and although it weighs upwards of 5,100 lbs. it does a miraculous job of masking its weight. Combine that with the fact it looks only slightly different from the standard Grand Cherokee and you’ve got a 100% usable vehicle that will pull .90g on the skid-pad, hit 60 mph in under 5.0 seconds and put the hurt on just about anything it goes up against.
• Honda Accord V6
There is no question that the Honda Accord V6 is the most unassuming ride on this list. It’s got plain vanilla looks, a relatively low price tag, and nothing about it that suggests big speed. However mash the gas and be prepared to hit 60 mph in a scant 5.6-seconds and blaze through the quarter mile in just over 14-seconds. This is in part to its robust 24-valve V6 that makes 278 hp / 252 lb-ft of torque. For comparison a 1970 HEMI ‘Cuda would hit 60 mph in just over 6-seconds and run the 1,320 in just under 14-seconds. Not too shabby for a mid-sized Japanese family sedan, right?
• BMW 760Li V-12
This is a BMW 760Li. It’s 17-feet long, weighs 2.5 tons and will run to 60 in 4.5 seconds. It also looks like you should be chauffeured around in it while reading the Wall Street Journal. Power comes from a massive twin-turbo V12 engine that makes 535 hp and 550 lb.ft. of torque, and while this puppy is also not cheap (base price of $140K), your chauffeur will be smiling from ear-to-ear as he crushes all manner of import and muscle car.
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• Ford Taurus SHO with the Performance Package
Packing the same twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that resides under the bonnet of the Ford Flex, the Ford Taurus SHO is yet another ride from the blue oval that has “sleeper” written all over it. It doesn’t evoke thoughts of speed, power or performance. However once unleashed (either in a straight line or on the track) a newly re-tuned chassis and suspension help this chub-chub of a family car hang right in there with some much sportier competition.
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• Acura TL AWD
I’ll be honest, I kind of assumed that the Acura TL AWD was an 8-second 0-60 mph car. However when I learned that it ran it in 5.3-seconds, I was completely blown away as that’s properly quick. A good looking car, the TL falls directly into that “nice Japanese sedan” category, meaning that it’ll probably run forever, but never be too exciting. However now that I know it’s got some stones, AND can be had with a 6-speed manual, I may have to give it another look.
Be honest, you didn’t think it was that quick either.
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• BMW 328xi
When most people see a BMW 328xi on the road they generally assume that the owner settled because they couldn’t afford a 335i. However those that purchase the 328xi are actually the smart ones here. Powered by a twin-turbo inline-4 that makes 240 hp and 255 lb.ft of torque, the 328xi will sprint to 60 mph in just 5.7-seconds and onto a governed top speed of 130 mph. Combine that with the fact that most people will simply shrug it off as the “cheap” BMW, and you’ve got yourself a nice little, fly-under-the-radar hot-rod.
• Chrysler 200 S
I don’t care what you put it in, but a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 283 horsepower and 260 lb.ft. of torque will generally mean serious speed. Stuff it in a basic and boring Chrysler 200 though, and well, you’ve got the makings of a car that has the word “SURPRISE” written all over it. 0-60 mph time is in the mid-6’s and mid-range torque is fantastic meaning that you’ll be surprising people during highway roll-on’s every time you hit the gas.
• Ford Flex
It goes 0-60 mph in under 6-seconds, is equipped with all-wheel-drive and has a twin-turbo V6 that produces 365-hp / 350-lb-ft of torque. It also looks as though it should be hauling surfboards to the beach. This is the 2013 Ford Flex Ecoboost AWD and it’s probably the best sleeper of the bunch. At $49,790.00 it’s definitely not cheap, but the fact that you’ll be able to school the vast amount of performance sedans in a light-to-light drag race is priceless.