How fast? The question is as old as the automobile itself. The answer depends on your criteria: 0-60, the quarter mile, road course lap times, or, the ultimate bench racing fantasy number, top speed.
Ascertaining a car’s flat out max isn’t easy. Factors insignificant at 60, 80, or even 100 mph – the soundness of a car’s hardware and the driver’s software, aerodynamics, road surface, even local wildlife, for example – can become downright grave as you reach for 200.
This group of high stakes gamblers is as diverse as any Motor Trend had ever assembled. The players range from the $284,850 Lamborghini Murcielago to a car costing less than one ninth as much, the $30,062 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Horsepower was just one measure of performance, spans from the Mitsu’s 271 to the Lambo’s 571. While each qualifies as a wild child, they challenged the performance spectrum from unique angles.