These Might Catch You Sleeping
Sleepers are good fun for scaring unsuspecting passengers. I’m not talking about that thing you do after driving for too long and not drinking enough coffee. I’m talking fast cars with exteriors that don’t exactly match. From the cute Mini Cooper to the plain Buick Regal, we’ve assembled 10 of the best cars to scare your unsuspecting passengers with this Halloween.
Chevrolet Silverado High Country
Chevrolet’s new Silverado trim, the luxurious High Country, is more about providing lots of capability with a plush interior rather than impressing anyone in a stoplight drag race. Were you to indulge, though, you’d see 60 mph in 6 seconds flat. The Silverado has been refreshed for the 2016 model year (a 2014 is shown).
Mini Hardtop Cooper S
Don’t let the cute, quirky exterior deceive you. We hopped in a 2014 Mini Hardtop Cooper S with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter I-4 that shot from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
It’s likely that you or someone close to you have grandparents who own a Buick. Like the Buick Grand Nationals of years past, the Regal T adds a turbocharger to the otherwise comfortable cruiser, amping up the performance and making a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds possible. Those whippersnappers will never see it coming.
A 365-hp, twin-turbocharged V-6 that twists out 350 lb-ft of torque sounds like it’d be right at home in the Ford Taurus SHO, but what about the Ford Flex? Minivan-averse buyers have been courted by the surprisingly stylish three-row crossover, and models equipped with the twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 and AWD have no doubt been scaring kids on the way home from soccer practice. We tested a 2013 Ford Flex Limited and saw 0-60 mph pass by in just in 5.9 seconds.
Infiniti Q50S Hybrid
Pick up a few friends and brag about your “Hybrid” Infiniti Q50S, and they’ll surely have no warning for the 4.9-second romp to 60 mph.
The Chevrolet SS sedan is the perfect example of a sleeper: big engine, willing suspension, and styling that could blend in on a rental lot. It’s not that it looks bad, but it’s hardly distinctive. Lose the chrome, and your passengers would be shocked by it reaching 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds with the manual transmission or 4.6 seconds with the automatic.
Volkswagen Golf R
Like many of the surprisingly fast rides on this list, car people would pick them out from the curb, but the average person? The Golf R bears a strong familial resemblance to the mainstream Golf, and might be mistaken for a GTI at best. Hop in, and just 4.5 seconds would pass before you hit 60 mph, which is sure to startle almost any passenger.
Sure, a pair of turbochargers strapped to a V-8 is a recipe for some impressive acceleration, but the Audi S8 is a different kind of quick: 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds from a 4,619-pound (2,095-kg) sedan. Your unsuspecting passengers might expect something if they stop to read the badges, but they’ll be surprised by just how much of that something they’re going to get.
Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon
A few subtle hints could tip you off that you’re about to get more than you bargained for in the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic Wagon: a more aggressive body kit, a growl from the exhaust, and more aggressive seats. The uber-wagen goes from 0 to 60 mph in a staggering 3.4 seconds.
Tesla Model S P85D
We think you would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t at least heard of Insane mode or Ludicrous mode in Tesla’s Model S. We figure one of the new P90D models with the 19-inch wheels (instead of the common 21-inchers) would be helpful in not alerting your passengers of the sedan’s ability to reach 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Read about the even quicker Model S P90D here.