Friday, April 15, 2016

The Price of Power: Which Cars Offer the Most Optional Horsepower per Dollar?

“Always get the big engine” your grandpa used to say, typically while unwrapping a Werther’s Original candy and shouting at The Price is Right as it gave away yet another economy model. But in these days of 300-hp four-bangers, is there still value in choosing the bigger engine?--Certainly the answer depends on the car and the carmaker. And so we busied ourselves with the list that follows, an overview of how much you pay for each additional horsepower in various models.--We began by compiling the prices and outputs of a selection of available performance vehicles. In the interest of simplifying what is still not a simple data set, we counted only trim levels and optional engines, ignoring performance-enhancing exhausts and other stand-alone power bumps. We minimized redundancies whenever two or more body styles share a common platform and engine and then pared our list to the cars we consider the most interesting. So the next time you feel the urge to shout at the television, you’ll be armed with real data.--All dollar-per-horsepower calculations are relative to the power and price of the respective base models, which are shown in each of the following slides.2.0T: 220 hp / $35,125 / $66 per additional horsepower-S3: 292 hp / $43,425 / $95 per additional horsepower4.0T: 450 hp / $91,425 / $77 per additional horsepower-W-12: 500 hp / $140,125 / $346 per additional horsepower-S8 Plus: 605 hp / $115,825 / $123 per additional horsepowerTTS: 292 hp / $52,825 / $125 per additional horsepowerV-8 S: 521 hp / $213,425 / $581 per additional horsepower-W-12: 582 hp / $217,325 / $196 per additional horsepower-Speed: 626 hp / $242,125 / $325 per additional horsepowerM235i: 320 hp / $45,145 / $141 per additional horsepower-M2: 365 hp / $52,695 / $151 per additional horsepower435i: 300 hp / $49,145 / $105 per additional horsepower-M4: 425 hp / $66,395 / $127 per additional horsepower650i: 445 hp / $91,895 / $88 per additional horsepower-M6: 560 hp / $119,495 / $159 per additional horsepower-Alpina B6: 600 hp / $123,195 / $150 per additional horsepower2.0 Turbo: 272 hp / $36,240 / $29 per additional horsepower-3.6: 333 hp / $42,335 / $62 per additional horsepower-ATS-V: 464 hp / $61,460 / $104 per additional horsepower3.6: 335 hp / $54,775 / $115 per additional horsepower-Vsport: 420 hp / $61,445 / $95 per additional horsepower-CTS-V: 640 hp / $85,990 / $105 per additional horsepowerV-6: 335 hp / $28,190 / $25 per additional horsepower-SS: 455 hp / $37,295 / $59 per additional horsepowerZ06: 650 hp / $80,395 / $123 per additional horsepowerR/T: 375 hp / $32,990 / $71 per additional horsepower-Scat Pack: 485 hp / $39,990 / $67 per additional horsepower-SRT Hellcat: 707 hp / $65,190 / $93 per additional horsepowerST: 252 hp / $25,300 / $59 per additional horsepower-RS: 350 hp / $36,605 / $88 per additional horsepowerEcoBoost: 310 hp / $26,545 / $150 per additional horsepower-GT: 435 hp / $33,295 / $61 per additional horsepower-GT350: 526 hp / $49,995 / $110 per additional horsepowerF-type S: 380 hp / $78,295 / $308 per additional horsepower -F-type R: 550 hp / $104,595 / $184 per additional horsepowerSupercharged: 470 hp / $92,995 / $135 per additional horsepower-XJR: 550 hp / $118,995 / $208 per additional horsepowerRC300: 255 hp / $43,550 / $187 per additional horsepower-RC350: 306 hp / $43,720 / $43 per additional horsepower-RC F: 467 hp / $63,745 / $101 per additional horsepowerC450 AMG: 362 hp / $51,725 / $98 per additional horsepower-AMG C63: 469 hp / $66,175 / $115 per additional horsepower-AMG C63 S: 503 hp / $75,875 / $137 per additional horsepowerCLA45 AMG: 355 hp / $50,425 / $119 per additional horsepowerCLS550: 402 hp / $75,025 / $99 per additional horsepower-AMG CLS63 S: 577 hp / $108,725 / $165 per additional horsepowerS600: 523 hp / $171,675 / $1015 per additional horsepower-Maybach S600: 523 hp / $191,975 / $1289 per additional horsepower-AMG S63: 577 hp / $144,175 / $372 per additional horsepower-AMG S65: 621 hp / $227,275 / $760 per additional horsepowerS: 400 hp / $99,895 / $292 per additional horsepower-GTS: 430 hp / $115,195 / $374 per additional horsepower-GT3: 475 hp / $132,395 / $377 per additional horsepower-GT3 RS: 500 hp / $176,895 / $611 per additional horsepower-Turbo: 520 hp / $152,095 / $393 per additional horsepower-Turbo S: 560 hp / $183,695 / $469 per additional horsepowerS: 325 hp / $65,095 / $230 per additional horsepower-GTS: 340 hp / $76,195 / $348 per additional horsepower-GT4: 385 hp / $85,595 / $291 per additional horsepowerS: 420 hp / $94,195 / $137 per additional horsepower-S E-hybrid: 416 hp / $97,095 / $170 per additional horsepower-GTS: 440 hp / $114,395 / $272 per additional horsepower-Turbo: 520 hp / $142,295 / $301 per additional horsepower-Turbo S: 570 hp / $181,295 / $393 per additional horsepowerWRX: 268 hp / $27,390 / $69 per additional horsepower-WRX STI: 305 hp / $35,490 / $104 per additional horsepower70D: 328 hp / $76,200 / $385 per additional horsepower-85: 373 hp / $81,200 / $172 per additional horsepower-85D: 417 hp / $86,200 / $147 per additional horsepower- P85D: 463 hp / $106,200 / $236 per additional horsepowerGTI: 210 hp / $25,815 / $163 per additional horsepower-Golf R: 292 hp / $36,470 / $141 per additional horsepower
from Car and Driver Blog http://www.caranddriver.com/flipbook/the-price-of-power-which-cars-offer-the-most-optional-horsepower-per-dollar


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