Every driver is a bit of a child at heart, because dreams to sit behind the wheel of a real supercar probably visited all fans of fast driving without exception.
But if we remember the concept of supercar, it is a car which costs not less than $100k and is often several times more expensive, has a maximum speed of more than 300 km/h and accelerates from two up to five seconds up to 100 km/h.
For objective reasons, an average driver will not be able to get even close to such luxury cars, let alone drive them on public roads. But what if among new or used budget sedans there are those that can match the supercars in terms of speed? Is that possible?
6. Ford Mondeo Generation IV
Practice shows that yes, it is possible. The car can accelerate to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds in the sixth place. Ford Mondeo IV generation shows good results in maximum speed – as much as 246 km / h, provided that it will be installed two-liter gasoline engine capacity of 240 hp with an automatic transmission.
The inconspicuous-looking American sedan has such speed figures due to its high torque – 336 Nm at 3,000 rpm. For comparison, the Honda Accord in a similar complete set has almost twice as less torque value in comparison with the Mondeo.
The other reason is in an optimum power-to-weight ratio of the automobile. 1400 kg of curb weight is that it is necessary to resemble a supercar even remotely. If the weight were less, the car would be more difficult to cope with the air flow, and if it were more, the engine would not pull the car to the similar result.
Thus, the Ford Mondeo is an ideal option for those who want to feel like a supercar driver for not much money.
5. Volvo S60
In order for a Swedish-made sedan to repeat and even surpass the speed figures of its American “brother”, it must necessarily be a second-generation restyling with a three-liter engine on all-wheel drive and automatic transmission. With such a set Volvo S60 gets the fifth place in our list.
Amazingly, but in such a technical equipment car is able to process a whopping 440 Nm already at 2100 rpm. Perhaps this allows him to literally fly forward with tremendous acceleration and accelerate to 100 km / h in 6.4 seconds, despite the fact that the Volvo S60 weighs an obscene 1750 kg curb weight.
Of course, to achieve such a result help and increased 17-inch wheels, and quite a powerful, 304 hp, six-cylinder engine. But it’s not so simple, and for a top speed of 250 km/h will have to pay high fuel consumption – about 15 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers.
4. Skoda Octavia RS II
On the fourth place is the Czech-German contender for the fastest budget sedan, which can’t do without outside intervention. Fortunately, the car’s firmware is easily and painlessly chiped, after which the RS II gets impressive 5,5 seconds up to 100 km/h, and it is already a challenge.
It turns out that the car of 2009-2013 issue really challenges the eminent supercars of our time, because she has under the hood of not the best two-liter engine, and the maximum rates are possible only on the “mechanics”, and it is 250 km/h of maximum speed.
How so? By all parameters Skoda Octavia should be a turtle! Not the most powerful engine, only 200 hp, the body is heavy enough for such draft – almost one and a half tons, and torque of only 280 Nm. Herein lies the secret of chiped-up Octavia, namely – the maximum torque already at 1800 rpm of the motor.
Thus, already from low points Octavia is able to throw the car for some cases ahead while other models will be waiting for the suitable torque from the engine. Oil to the fire is added by 17-inch wheels and a six-speed automatic gearbox.
3. Maserati 4200 GT
Despite of sports appearance, the representative of the Italian concern does not quite equal to a title of a supercar. At least, because even chiped up “Germans” in skilful hands can throw it a serious challenge.
However, it gains its 100 km/h for 4,9 seconds without any problems, and consequently Maserati 4200 GT gets the third place.
In spite of the fact that it is a sports car by all parameters, it will win by sweat and blood, because a good torque of 451 Nm will be available only at 4500 rpm, and the first couple of seconds the car can lag behind the previous competitors by a whole body.
The situation is partially saved by the increased disks of 19-inch size. The 400-horsepower eight-cylinder engine provides 283 km/h of top speed, and such car weighs very well for ideal stability on a track – 1680 kg.
2. Audi RX4
And again the Germans are asking for the leaders. This time in second place, Audi’s RX4 decided to surprise the public with its 4.8 seconds to 100 km/h, which it learned to develop with a robotized transmission.
Thoughtful at low revs but shot out at high revs, the sedan, however, does not have the highest speed figures – only 250 km/h with a maximum engine output of 420 hp and 430 Nm of torque available at a distant 5,500 rpm of the motor.
But, despite this, fairly fast acceleration is provided by high compression ratio in the cylinders, 12.5 kg/cm3, which can boast not every supercar in the world. Maximum fuel consumption is close to 20 liters per 100 kilometers.
The leader of our ranking takes the first place with a run-up of 4.6 seconds to 100 km/h, and this is the highest specifications.
Despite the fact that this is 2013, the car is fresh and beautiful, the 7-speed automatic gearbox to digest a whopping 520 Nm of torque – true, at 6100 engine speed, and devour almost 23 liters of fuel per 100 km.
19-inch disks, two tons of curb weight, ten cylinders and compression ratio like a racing bolide. One question remains – why the maximum speed of this car is only 250 km/h? It suggests itself that it is a banal foolproofing, because there is hardly anything that can stop such a vehicle, except for electronics.