Imagine yourself the winner of charity raffle. The Nevada State police are on hand and the road is closed. All the major manufacturers are also here and you can select one of the following new vehicles to drive this road. As fast as you can.
There is no speed limit. There are no traffic rules. You will have the road to yourself except for the other three winners who get to choose their car after you. The road ahead leads to Las Vegas, and a party awaits you. First one to Vegas gets to keep the car. Second prize is a set of steak knives. Which car would you select? Let’s run down the options.
The new Acura NSX is a straight up supercar. It has a race-derived V6 engine with two turbochargers. Because Acura wants to save the planet with supercars, it also has a three-motor electric drive system. Best of all, this is an American car, designed and built right here in the US of A. If you want to arrive knowing that your CO2 contribution was the lowest, this might be an excellent choice.
The new Ford GT surprised a lot of people. Why is Ford building a Ferrari? Why not? It has before and with good results. The new Ford GT is low, long and wide like all good supercars must be. The engine is behind you, and it will be the last thing to go through your mind if you hit something at top speed. The V6 engine’s turbos spill their waste-gate exhaust out through the center of the rear tail-lights. It has 600 horsepower, and Ford calls its engine an EcoBoost. The GT is the car that you may look the best arriving in.
The new Cadillac CTS-V can accelerate to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, and it will sustain speeds of over 200 mph. When you arrive in Vegas and GM’s Mary Barra hands you the title, you can ask her and Mark Reuss to hop in back and go clubbing with you. The Caddy uses GM’s 6.2 liter supercharged V8. Its 640 ponies would be right at home in a Corvette. This car is a real sleeper. Once the contest is over, if you want to be incognito, this sedan speaks softly and carries a big stick.
Dodge Challenger Hellcat
No other car introduced this past year screams ‘Murican louder than the 2015 Challenger Hellcat. While the other cars all have respectable power, the Hellcat’s horsepower rating starts with a seven and ends with a seven. 707 hp of V8 awesomeness in a big honkin’ coupe body that says “look out this sucker wouldn’t turn even if I asked it to.” If Mad Max were here with us, this would be his choice. With the right tires and gas, the Hellcat can run the quarter mile in the 10s, and 200 mph is not out of the question.
So what’s it going to be? The road to Vegas is speaking to you. What is it saying? Tell us below.
Main story image (c) 2012 Matthew Ferrara used with permission.