Power and excitement go hand-in-hand. Henry Kissinger summed up the connection perfectly when he said: “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac”.
Though Kissinger wasn’t talking about kilowatts, when you take a look at the 10 most powerful production cars on sale in Australia, there’s no arguing each has sex appeal.
These cars are capable of sparking a flurry of excitement and you can sense the power waiting to be unleashed. Therefore, power = aphrodisiac.
While an argument can certainly be made for the importance of torque – particularly in day-to-day driving – this is the battle of the kilowatts and these beauties will knock your socks off.
1. Ferrari F12
The limited edition Ferrari F12 TdF is packing more than just smooth lines and a sleek silhouette. Under the bonnet lies a 6.3-litre V12 that produces a whopping 574kW and 705Nm. It’s rear-wheel drive and has a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
Only 799 will be built so if you can’t get your hands on one, or can’t afford to fork out around $800,000, the ‘regular’ F12 Berlinetta packs a punch too. It costs $$690,745 before on-road costs and its 6.3-litre V12 delivers 545kW and 690Nm.
The Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce is one of the most raw and aggressive looking cars on this list, yet this brute is still undeniably attractive. Its 6.5-litre V12 pumps out 552kW and 690Nm. The Superveloce is all-wheel drive and costs $891,500 before on-road costs for the coupe, or $925,300 for the Roadster.
The other members of the Aventador line-up aren’t slouches, either. The LP700-4 and Roadster both have a 515kW/690Nm 6.5-litre V12 engine and cost $761,500 and $795,500 respectively.
Coming in at number three is the Tesla Model S P85D. This all-electric whizz kid silently generates 515kW and a massive 967Nm.
It wasn’t that long ago that even the idea of such a powerful electric car would have been laughable. Enter Tesla and its Insane and Ludicrous modes, and almost overnight people across the world became obsessed with trying to get their hands on one.
Just look at the hysteria surrounding the upcoming release of the Model 3. In scenes reminiscent of the release of a new iPhone at an Apple store, people lined up to put down a deposit and secure the new cheaper offering from Tesla.
The recommended drive-away price for the P85D is $202,192 (in NSW).
Replacing Ferrari’s 458 models, the 488 GTB and 488 Spider both score a 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 engine that generates 492kW and 683Nm.
The 488 Spider costs $526,888 but if you want one you’ll have to hurry and get your order in, then wait your turn. It could be a couple of years before your car arrives.
5. Ferrari FF
Yet another ‘prancing horse’ makes this list. The Ferrari FF has a thumping 6.3-litre V12 that smashes out 486kW and 683Nm.
This all-wheel drive monster will set you back $624,646.
6. McLaren 650S
You’ll pay $464,000 for the coupe and $511,000 for the convertible.
Details of the updated 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed have recently been revealed and it has gained 5kW and 20Nm.
Its 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine now produces 472kW and 840Nm. In convertible guise, the Bentley Continental GTC GT Speed is also impressively powerful with figures of 460kW and 800Nm.
The GT Speed coupe is priced at $485,200 while the convertible costs $534,400.
The hulking, broody Rolls-Royce Wraith has a 6.6-litre twin turbo V12 with outputs of 465kW and 800Nm.
It has a recommended drive-away price of $645,000, proving power doesn’t come cheap.
This sleek and sporty coupe hides a 6.0-litre V12 twin-turbo engine under the bonnet. It’s capable of producing 463kW and 1000Nm.
The Mercedes-AMG S65 is $498,610 before on-road coasts for this energetic and enthusiastic drive.
The four door S65 saloon sports the same engine and outputs, but the long-wheelbase version is a little cheaper than the swoopy coupe at $489,610.
SL is one of the longest-running badges in the Mercedes-Benz stable, having been going strong since 1954. The current range is topped by the Mercedes-AMG SL65.
Like the Mercedes-AMG S65, it too has a 6.0-litre V12 bi-turbo engine that produces 463kW and 1000Nm. It’ll set you back $480,610.
Which car would you like to see get a power-hit and make this list?