New Stratos: 540 HP, 170 MPH Top Speed

The just-released specs for the New Stratos read like a "Dear Penthouse" letter; strangely ideal, impossibly athletic and therefore hard to believe. A 5 lb/hp power-to-weight ratio's just the beginning. We suggest you lock your bedroom door before reading on.

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The new Stratos improves on the Ferrari F430 Scuderia donor with a boost to 540 hp and a drop in weight of approximately 176 pounds, leading to an incredible power-to-weight ratio of 5 lb/hp (by comparison, a 2008 Lotus Elise SC is 9 lb/hp).

Weight distribution for the little supercar is 44%/56% on the shortened Scuderia chassis, which when combined with the 95-inch wheelbase should give it the deadly/awesome Stratos handling. Top speed's going to be dropped to 170 mph on account of a rear axle ratio revised to improve acceleration, giving it a 0-to-62 mph time of just 3.3 seconds.

It's so rewarding to see a builder drop the top speed in pursuit of building a true driver's car.