After the smoke from our burned-rubber four-door fantasies subsided, we started pondering the other megahorsepower production sedans on which the Charger Hellcat is ready to pounce like so many unsuspecting, overfed hamsters.
As with any list, we established criteria for inclusion and exclusion. We decided that only true sedans with enclosed trunks counted, to keep the comparison with the Charger SRT Hellcat honest. So that knocked out five-doors such as the Porsche Panamera Turbo S and the Audi RS7.
Another point: The “(or so)” part of our title results from our grouping together of different models from a single manufacturer that use the same powertrain. This was done in the spirit of inclusion and also to ensure some variety—who wants to see three Mercs listed in a row?
Finally, to assist in parsing all that power and guide you toward the best bang for your buck, we calculated the price of performance with a handy “cost per horsepower” figure. Now, enough with the talk—on to the list!
Engine: twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, 560 horsepower
Price: $95,850 / $117,950 Cost per horsepower: $171.16 / $210.63
Only in a world where a 707-hp monster sedan reigns supreme could the mighty M5 and the M6 Gran Coupe find themselves last on our list.
Engine: twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 563 horsepower,
Price: $291,350 Cost per horsepower: $517.50
Back in the old days, Rolls didn’t even list the output of its engines, noting that their power was “adequate.” Such is the tawdry state of affairs today that even Rolls-Royce must stoop to publishing such vulgar information—it’s like catching a peek of Helen Mirren in her knickers. Then again, 563 horsepower is pretty crumpet-tastic!
Engine: twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8, 577 horsepo
Price: $142,375 / $101,525 / $107,425 Cost per horsepower: $246.75 / $175.95 / $186.18
This trio of blitzin’ Benzes flaunts a feisty twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8.
Engine: twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12, 616 horsepower
Price: $221,125 Cost per horsepower: $358.97
Finally, a little truth in advertising: The chaps from Bentley named this four-wheeled version of Downton Abbey the Flying Spur, and fly it does.
Engine: twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12, 621 horsepower
Price: $224,625 Cost per horsepower: $361.72
Most folks can’t buy their own zeppelin, which is one of modern society’s greatest disappointments. You may, however, consider the truly prodigious S65 AMG one hell of a consolation prize. (If you have close to a quarter-million bucks, that is.)
Engine: supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 707 horsepower,
Price (est.): $63,000 Cost per horsepower (est.): $89.11
Say “Hell, oh, kitty!” to a truly hellacious ’cat. Dodge is spreading the 707-hp love from the ballsy and bold Challenger SRT Hellcat to this four-door, which flaunts 86 more horsepower than the S65 AMG at a price likely to come in at roughly one-quarter that of the big Benz’s.