Is there such a thing as too much Horsepower?

I remember when 200 horsepower seemed like a lot. It was my 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T. When I compared it to my friend’s 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition it was the sure winner in a race.

Fast forward 16 years and there are SEVERAL vehicles with well over 500 ponies available under the hood. Let’s look at some current offerings of the 2018 model year.

  • 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo – 540 horsepower
  • 2018 Mustang GT350 – 526 horsepower
  • 2018 Camaro ZL1 – 650 horsepower
  • 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee TrackHawk – 707 horsepower
  • Tesla S P 100D – 588 horsepower
  • 2018 Audi R8 V10 – 610 horsepower
  • 2019 Corvette ZR-1 755 horsepower
    • (We know it’s a 2019 but its available in the 2018 calendar year)

This is just a sampling of ‘obtainable’ cars. The average Joe, if financially equipped, can walk into the dealership and purchase one of these stupid-fast vehicles to and from the track or even to the grocery store if they are so inclined.

If you are one of the lucky few with a larger than normal checkbook and good connections you can perhaps choose from these truly special cars.

  • 2018 Ferrari 488GTB – 661 horsepower
  • 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Coupe’ – 740 horsepower
  • 2018 Bugatti Chiron – 1,479 horsepower!
  • 2018 McLaren 720S – 710 horsepower
  • 2018 Ford GT – 647 horsepower

When is it going to be enough? How fast does one need to go? Do we need an SUV (Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk) that does 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds? Apparently we do because you can get one. Pretty soon one will need to be a fully trained race car driver just to pilot their Subaru Outback to the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk.

Maybe that’s why they are working so diligently on the autonomous vehicles. But that is a topic for another day.

– Drew Nelson

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