Much like the Spanish Inquisition, a sleeper car is one that nobody expects, it’s ruthlessly fast, powerful and efficient with all the mechanical capabilities of a hardcore sports car and none of the personas, sleepers occupied the sidelines, hiding their high performance under unremarkable exteriors content to let the fast looking cars attract all the police attention, for as long as drivers have scooped up their cars, the sleeper has always been the unassuming badass in the background, naturally, manufacturers caught on and every so often some pretty amazing ones take to the streets straight from the dealership floor, so here are 5 modern sleeper cars that you should be afraid to race against.
Buick Regal GS
When he mentioned the name Buick most enthusiasts scoff that might not be good for Buicks cells but for those trying to avoid attention it’s perfect, the Regal GS Buick sport sedan is arguably the lease attention-grabbing American performance car on the market. the GS shares some of its looks from the normal regal, save for a bumper and some wheels, the car looks like any other boring American economy car but packs of 259 horsepower turbo for under the hood, if you’re looking for fun without catching any stares the GS fits the bill.
Audi S8 Plus
The Audi s8 has been around for a while but the new Plus version earns a spot among the greatest sleepers ever, with 605 horsepower from a four-liter twin-turbo v8, hiding under an extremely understated sedan body style, no one will give you a second look as you fly by in the left lane, a few years ago audi signature daytime LEDs would have made the si+ standout on the freeway, but nowadays almost every car has a set option it in silver with some basic wheels and you got yourself the ultimate under the radar autobahn battleship.
Even people who don’t know much about cars know about the s-class, they know it’s expensive and luxurious but that’s about it, its styling is handsome but generic enough that it slides under the radar with ease, that’s even true about the S600 and it’s surprisingly powerful v12 engine, but the update in 2003 made it even faster, 5.5 liters twin-turbo v12 made 493 horsepower and 590 glorious pound-feet of torque, the newest model now comes with a 6-liter v12 engine producing 523 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque which is some serious torque.
Volvo V70 R
Station wagons haven’t been popular in a long time and even when they were popular, they were never really cool, they were practical sure but as I said before cool is not an adequate description, most people have probably never heard of the Volvo v70 R with an inline 5 making 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque it has some serious power to put down through its all-wheel-drive system, it could also hit 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds, making it a real performance bargain for the dad who wants a Miata with room for his wife and two kids.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Srt
8 470 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque an 8-speed automatic transmission launch control 295 tires at all four corners, and the fact that it can tow up to 7,200 pounds make the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT what are the most versatile vehicles on the market today, this thing is a big hammer and although it weighs 50 100 pounds it does a miraculous job of masking its weight combine that with the fact that it only looks slightly different from the standard Jeep Grand Cherokee, and you got a 100% usable vehicle that will pull 0.9 G’s on the street, hit 60 miles per hour in under five seconds and put a thorough educational beat down on just about anything it goes up against.