Pissing contest time! Anyone that says horsepower is overrated is dumb. Yes, handling is nice. And yes, brakes keep me from eating brick walls. But the idea of outrunning a police helicopter should I decide to is absolutely intoxicating.
My journey started with a G35 Coupe rated at a respectable 287 horses and from there, a 305hp IS350. The next big jump came when I drove a Vette, 400hp. Next came the 500hp M6 I borrowed for a couple days. My favorite thus far has been a new 2009 Cadillac CTS-V rated at 556. This car is truly the full package. While I love the Caddy, my quest for bragging rights had to continue. It ended last month when a good friend loaned me this:
What you’re looking at here is a DINAN M6. The stock 5.0L V10 was swapped out with a stroked 5.7L. Then a massive overhaul was performed on the internals, intake, ECU and exhaust systems. In his words, “Absolutely no expense was spared.” Final number? Right at 700 horsepower. It’s basically a 4-wheeled expletive producer. The 0-60 was pretty on par with the less powerful Cadillac, mostly because the torque figures were similar and Bimmer’s SMG shifts like my arthritic Grandma. But once you hit triple-digit speeds, it feels like the speedo could’ve gone all the way around to 0 again.
So, how about you guys? What’s the most powerful car/truck/vehicle you’ve ever taken for a spin?
*UPDATE: Due to popular demand, here’s a few extra pics of the BMW: