The level of automotive technology that’s being developed and packed into cars and aftermarket modifications today is nothing short of staggering. There is so much performance available at your fingertips, with online parts houses supplying hundreds of thousands of parts that are just a click away.
There's no longer a need for a hypercar in order to see massive horsepower numbers, there's not even a need for a muscle car to get some insane power from our cars. The day of high-efficiency horsepower truly is upon us with the prevalence of turbocharging and boosted induction systems. We can be sitting at a light next to four-digit horsepower and not even know it. Whether or not these cars look fast doesn't even matter - what's important is that they pack the power of at least a thousand horses under the hood.
20 Golf 16v
This 1,100hp is powered by Volkswagen’s 2.0L, 16-valve ABF motor and runs 58psi of boost from a Garrett GTX4202R. The car almost looks too tame. You really have to look closely to catch the subtle visual clues that it's not your average, everyday hatchback. In reality, it’s a 175mph, eight-second car that uses a 4motion all-wheel-drive system to claw its way down the road.
19 Bisimoto Odessey
The Bisimoto 2014 Honda Odyssey has a turbocharged, fully built factory-based J35 V-6 powerplant that produces a remarkable 1,029 horsepower. It embraces the “Power Van” vision: a street-friendly, powerful, reliable, and family-oriented chassis. Even on 91 pump gasoline, the van makes 600 horsepower at 16 psi. At full boost (41psi), the engine produces 1029 horsepower running on ethanol fuel. At lower speeds and gears, horsepower and boost pressures are electronically limited and gradually increase.
18 AMS Madness
AMS Madness; aka World’s Fastest Hearse. Redefining the "live fast, die young" philosophy, AMS Performance wanted to outdo the living by doing 0-100mph times quicker than what many would consider being a quick 0-60 time. 1,300 horsepower rockets the hearse from zero to 60 in just 2.26 seconds! Another 2.63 seconds (4.83) will land you at the 100mph mark well on your way to nine-second quarter miles at over 160mph.
17 The Devil's Tow Truck
There are strict laws in Finland when it comes to modifying cars, but older commercial vehicles? Well, it’s almost a free rein when it comes to those - which is why this weathered old truck has a blown methanol big block engine with well over 1000hp on tap. This machine, Devil’s chariot or not, has enough power to break the wide-rubbered traction on both rear axles.
16 Wild Willys
This Jeep's short wheelbase, combined with its 1,600hp 427cid LS3, means that the nose points skyward whenever the throttle is floored - provided the rear wheels have enough grip. The Willys was perfected over a four year period to become what you're looking at today, and it's just about subtle enough to hide most of the clues of its high performance.
15 Twin-Engined Golf
A Golf VR6 is nothing special, but this one has two VR6 engines - one in the front and one in the rear, making it a VR12. Of course, that wasn't enough! It needed turbos as well.
The engines each power an axle and can work either separately or together, and when they are combined, they deliver 1600 horsepower - roughly the same as two Lamborghini Aventadors.
14 Chevy Nova
Just by looking at this "unrestored" 1972 Chevy Nova there's not much to tell you that it possesses enough power to annihilate modern supercars. It has an incredible 1,160 horsepower, all thanks to a twin-supercharged LS2 V8 engine with liquid-to-air intercoolers. It also features an "Octane On Demand" fuel system - basically two fuel systems running in tandem, one for pump gas and another for race fuel.
13 Audi RS6
An Audi station wagon with a ski box on the roof. How inconspicuous. Professional skier Jon Olsson has owned some serious cars. This particular one is perhaps one of the coolest. The Audi RS6 has a 4.0-liter V8 that was tuned by former Koenigseggs engineer Leif Tufvesson, which resulted in a 1,000 horsepower beast built as a tribute to the German DTM racing series.
12 BMW E30
This BMW E30 is known as the 'Widow Maker,' a suitable name considering it has an older iron block 1977 350ci small-block Chevy engine, rebored to 5.82-liters and rebuilt with fully forged internals, aluminum heads, billet roller rockers, stainless valves, and titanium retainers. Oh, and a pair of huge Holset HX35 turbos. A custom-made suspension setup, a set of serious brakes and massive tires help keep the 1,000hp in line.
11 Audi RS4
This 1,300 horsepower Audi has been clocked doing 200+ mph... on ice!!! Let's not even talk about the specs of this thing, you already know it's a list of expensive Unobtainium. With an RS6 V8 fitted, the owner smashed the record for the flying kilometer on ice with an incredible average of 202mph. Bring on any supercar you want!!
10 Pontiac Trans-Am
This 1986 Pontiac Trans Am, with its latest engine configuration - a 540 Donovan aluminum block with Dart heads, a ton of custom parts, and a massive Procharger, all connected to a ZF 6-speed gearbox - has 1407hp, does 0-60 in 1.9 seconds and 0-125 in 5.29 seconds. It set a new European record for street-legal cars, and clocked in at 253mph at the ATP-Papenburg track in Germany... in the rain.
9 Ringbrothers' Recoil Chevelle
The Ringbrothers are known for fusing horsepower with styling in a blend of perfection that solidifies the relevancy of nostalgic muscle. There’s just something about this car that shouts "mean". The supercharged 416cid LS3 most certainly shouts too, and it definitely makes those wide 345 rear tires scream for mercy every time the throttle is floored.
Ok, we admit it, this Winnebago is about 100 ponies shy of the magical 1,000hp mark, but it still deserves to be on this list. Why? Because any behemoth motorhome that can run a 0-50mph (yes 50mph) in 3.2 seconds deserves some respect. The Wegner Motorsports LS 408 with ported heads and Magnuson supercharger provides more than enough power, but this bad boy has a full-on luxury interior as well.
7 Chevy Tahoe/Suburban
If you’re looking for a large SUV with more power than a LaFerrari, certain Chevrolet dealerships are offering modified Tahoe and Suburbans with 1,000 hp on tap. The full-size SUVs have been tuned by Specialty Vehicle Engineering, and under the hood, there's a custom-built 6.8 liter LT1 with an added supercharger to increase the output to 1,000 hp and 875 lb-ft of torque.
6 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk almost managed to slip under the radar. This SUV can manage a sprint to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds, thanks to its 1,012 horsepower and 969 lb-ft of torque. After dusting Ferraris and Lamborghinis at the drag strip, you can take it to the desert, crawl over rocks, and cross streams like a normal Jeep should.
5 Chevrolet Camaro Exorcist
Chevrolet was left without an answer to the Dodge Challenger Demon, so Hennessey took the opportunity to release their Demon-slayer, the upgraded Camaro Exorcist package. Based on the ZL1 Camaro, the limited-edition upgrades include a high flow supercharger, upgraded engine internals, and free-flowing exhaust, making the Exorcist pump out 1,000 horsepower and 883 lb-ft of torque. It is available in both coupe and convertible form with a two-year/24,000 mile warranty.
4 Cadillac CTS-V
Cadillac's CTS-V is a unique American machine - no other American car combines power, luxury, and style in this manner. The Hennessey HPE1000 upgrade package bumps the CTS-V up another notch. With a high flow supercharger and even a two-year/24,000 mile warranty, the CTS-V as envisioned by Hennessey produces 1,000 horsepower and 966 lb-ft of torque. The comfy sedan will now push its occupants back into the seats during a 2.9-second 0-60 sprint.
3 Ford Granada
This Ford Granada truly is a beast of a car, but there are no tell-tale signs when looking at the car's exterior - well, except for the massive hood scoop. The engine is an 11.5-liter V8 engine from Ford's motorsport division, with two turbos from a Scania truck. The end result is a four-door family car that produces 2,400 wild horses - and it's road-legal.
2 Mean Mustang
The owner of this 'Stang decided to go big and aim to build a magazine-quality, 1,000hp machine that looks almost stock inside and out. Oh, and it can run quarters in about nine seconds too. Twin Precision 62mm turbos are tucked away, lying in wait for power on demand while the rest of the Mustang is surprisingly gentle on the street.
1 Toyota Supra
A stock Supra officially had 280 horsepower, but some say the real number was just a tad over 300 horses. That's still nowhere close to 1,000 though. This Vancouver based black beauty has reached the magical 1,000hp mark with a laundry list of modifications from a T-72 turbocharger and HKS cams to custom intake and exhaust systems that breathes better than a wind tunnel.
Sources: Hotrod, Hennessey Performance, Gatebil, Speedhunters