Power was big in the automotive world this year. Not just in popularity, but in sheer numbers.
It wasn’t so long ago that 500 hp was impressive, but now a car needs 700 hp to even be worth mentioning.
And the best part is, you don’t even have to be a millionaire to afford one, although it still helps.
Budgets aside, here are the five most powerful new cars that hit U.S. roads in 2017:
Bugatti Chiron - 1,479 hp
Like the Veyron that preceded it, the $2.5 million Chiron had to be the world’s most powerful production car. Otherwise, what’s the point? It is, with an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine that’s rated at 1,500 hp and good for a top speed that’s been restricted to 261 mph…because that’s safe?
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – 808 hp
There are a lot of fast cars you can buy for $85,000, but only one is the most powerful American car ever and the quickest car in the world to 60 mph and through the quarter-mile. The Demon’s supercharged V8 makes 808 hp on premium, but you can bump that up to 840 with a tankful of 100 octane and not void the warranty. Bonus: It does wheelies.
Ferrari 812 Superfast – 789 hp
Few cars have a more appropriate name than the Ferrari 812 Superfast, which has a top speed of 211 mph and puts down devastating lap times on the track. The $335,000 front-engine coupe’s 789 hp 6.5-liter V12 is a few prancing ponies short of the Demon’s engine, but it is the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine you can buy today.
Lamborghini Aventador S – 730 hp
The Ferrari’s motor may make the Aventador’s 6.5-liter V12 look quaint, but the Lamborghini’s is mounted in the middle where the supercar gods intended engines to be and is good for 217 mph. Also: scissor doors.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – 707 hp
Yea, yea, yea, those cars are fast and all, but can they actually haul anything? The $87,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is powered by the 707 hp Hellcat V8 that spawned the Demon’s engine, which makes it the most powerful SUV in the world. Because America.