The Mustang GT is of course V8 powered, sporting a 5.0-liter, 450-hp unit. The car’s top speed is 155 mph and 0-62 takes 4.8 seconds. The EcoBoost reduces the displacement down to 2.3 liters and adds in a turbocharger to produce 310 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Fuel consumption is EPA highway rated at 30 mpg and city rated at 21 mpg, which is better than the 5.0-liter which achieves 24 and 15 mpg respectively. The EcoBoost’s 0-60 mph run takes 5.8 seconds, and its top speed is a respectable 145 mph. Given these performance figures, there are some surprising cars that can outrun the base Mustang, many you wouldn’t begin to think of.
9 Volkswagen Golf R
Volkswagen’s Golf R is a relatively stealthy car, only those who know about cars understand it is a rapid vehicle. To most people, it’s just a regular golf. Even with the larger wheels, spoiler, and other exterior styling cues, the Golf R remains understated.
Powering the hot Golf is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 320 hp. The 0-60 mph run takes 4.7 seconds and the R can reach a limited top speed of 155 mph.
8 Audi S6 Sedan
The Audi S6 starts at $75,895 for the Premium Plus model, the higher specification prestige retails for $82,595. Compared to the standard A6 sedan, there is relatively little to signify the S6 as a performance brute. As standard, the car comes equipped with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Providing the performance is a Porsche-derived 2.9-liter 444-hp twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Others on the road would have absolutely no idea of the S6’s power, however, it would beat most at the lights. Backing up the combustion engine is a 48-Volt mild hybrid system. 0-60 mph takes an EcoBoost beating 4.4 seconds.
7 Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla’s Model 3 is currently the cheapest way into Tesla ownership. Despite the relatively affordable price tag, the Performance version is no slouch.
Utilizing a dual motor setup, the equivalent of 455 hp is sent to the wheels. This power enables a 0-60 mph time of just 3.1 seconds, the car can then go on to a 162 mph top speed. The unassuming design is really not suggestive of such performance.
6 BMW M340i xDrive
While we eagerly await the announcement of an M3 touring, the next best option is the M340i xDrive. Powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six petrol engine, 374 hp propels the M340i from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. The car’s top speed is a limited 155 mph.
The car uses specifically designed “M” suspension technology and an all-wheel-drive system ensures excellent handling and performance.
5 Land Rover Defender V8
The Defender V8 is the definition of an unassuming stealth car. From the outside, there is little to show that this off-road workhorse houses a powerful motor. Even after the changes and modernization, Land Rover has made with the new Defender, most still associate it with off rather than on-road performance.
People would certainly not expect it to outrun a Mustang, but it can! The car’s power comes from a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 capable of producing 525 hp. The car has a top speed of 149 mph and 0-60 mph takes just 4.9 seconds. Being a large displacement unit, a great soundtrack is produced.
4 Cupra Ateca
The Ateca is Cupra’s first model. The Cupra Ateca was based heavily on the Seat Ateca. Cupra made several enhancements to the model, these focused on the styling, technology, and performance.
Powering the Ateca is a 2.0-liter, 16V Inline-4 turbocharged engine producing 296 hp. Paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic DSG transmission, 0-60 mph takes just 4.9 seconds. The car’s top speed is 153 mph.
3 Mercedes-AMG A35
Compared to the Mercedes-AMG A45, the A35 could be considered a warm rather than a hot hatch. That being said, the A35 is no slouch and its level of performance can take many by surprise.
The A35 is powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces enough power not to leave you wanting. Producing 302 hp, the car reaches 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and the car can go on to reach a limited top speed of 155 mph.
2 Tesla Model X
The futuristic Model X was Tesla’s first attempt at building an SUV. The car can seat 7 adults and a sliding middle bench makes getting in and out an easier proposition. The most striking design feature is the double-hinged gull-wing doors on the rear of the car. Tesla refers to these as falcon wings. As well as making a design statement, they have a practical use, making it easier to open them in tight spaces. Of course, care needs to be taken in an underground parking garage, as the doors extend quite high when open.
Cheaper long-range models can race from 0-60 mph in around 3.8 seconds, opt for the Plaid version and this is reduced to a ballistic 2.5 seconds. Both versions comfortably leave the Mustang for dust.
1 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8
When you think of a Volvo family crossover, you certainly wouldn’t associate it with Mustang beating performance. However, the XC40 Recharge does just that, with a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds. Providing the power is a 78 kWh lithium-ion battery found mounted under the floor.
The battery powers two electric motors, one per axle, as the car is all-wheel drive. The car generates a very respectable 408 hp along with 487 lb-ft of torque. Volvo claims 257 miles can be traveled on each full charge. This Volvo really is a sleeper car, offering sports car performance figures in a family-friendly package.
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