How Much Is Too Much Horsepower?


707 horsepower.

640 horsepower.

Numbers like this used to represent the hottest, most expensive supercars on the planet. Today they describe the output of cars obtainable by middle managers and financially savvy blue-collar workers.

The Challenger Hellcat (707 hp) and the upcoming Cadillac CTS-V (640 hp) are examples of supercars for the masses; cars with power so great they border on dangerous.

Is all of that power necessary, or is it the result of thoughtless engineering meant only to upstage the competition?

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Jaguar’s SVR Performance Brand: Your New Favorite?

2015 Jaguar F-Type R

There are performance brands, then there are the performance sub-brands of performance brands.

It sounds confusing, but you know exactly what I mean. BMW has one. Audi has one. Mercedes-Benz has one. Cadillac has one. Even Lexus, the stalwart of comfort and luxury, has one.

Jaguar has one too, which has been denoted with an R or R-S badge on the trunk, which signifies a step up in horsepower, acceleration, and handling. Future top-of-the-line Jaguars will wear a new SVR badge, which will likely grow into a full lineup of vehicles.

Which is your favorite performance brand? Keep reading for a quick rundown.

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New Cadillac ATS May Boost Demand for Used CTS

2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Cadillac ATS

In its quest to finally field some decent competition to the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac has finally brought its ATS to the masses. While it’s a fantastic car, it probably won’t be the BMW-slayer GM wanted.

The ATS to best compete with the 3 Series is the V6 version, which starts at $42,990. That’s within a few dollar bills of the bigger CTS, so I don’t envy the salespeople who want to steer folks to the smaller sedan. The two 4-cylinder ATS models obviously cost less, but don’t offer the giddyup needed to adequately play in BMW’s league.

The biggest competition to the ATS, I think, is a decked-out late-model CTS. Or dare I say it, a CTS-V.

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