But neither car meets the golden standard of 1 hp to 1 lb. Start to reach that number and you’re getting into some truly sporty cars.
Who makes that list? At 1.58 hp to 1 lb., the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat finds itself as probably one of the top Americans. Overall, it’s going to be hard to beat the 2016 McLaren 675 LT with its power to weight ratio of .229 hp to 1 lb.
Is power to weight ratio the be-all and end-all of performance? Not necessarily because it doesn’t reflect a car’s handling or braking ability.
But if you are looking to narrow down your choices, it’s not a bad place to start. Plus, it makes you sound more knowledgeable to your friends if you can quote your car’s power to weight ratio. I won’t be sharing the number for my 2008 Mazda Mazda5 any time soon but I did drive a 2015 Lamborghini Huracan (shown above) recently. Its power to weight ratio is .195 hp to 1 lb.