Comparing cars by horsepower just isn’t fair. For example, the 420-horsepower 2015 Cadillac Escalade hits 60 mph about as quick as the turbocharged 259-horsepower 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. Why? Because the Malibu’s lighter.
As such, the quickest cars aren’t the most powerful, but the one’s with the best power-to-weight ratio. According to Autoblog, half of the top ten cars costing under $100,000 with the best power-to-weight ratio are made by General Motors.
Though crosstown rival Ford took the top billing with the Ford Shelby GT500’s 5.808 pounds per horsepower, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 wasn’t far behind, with each of its horses saddled with 7.103 pounds – enough to place third overall. The Corvette Stingray followed it with each horse pushing 7.248 pounds of Vette around.
The other three General Motors models on the list were the Camaro Z/28 (7.564 lbs/hp), Cadillac CTS-V coupe (7.585 lbs/hp) and Cadillac CTS-V sedan (7.590 lbs/hp).
But Autoblog didn’t stop there. The automotive website looked at the top 10 cars that offered the best power-to-weight ratio for less than $50,000 and $25,000, where the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Chevrolet SS sedan placed among the former, and the V6 Chevrolet Camaro among the latter.