Ten Cars That Would Be Better With Less Power

Nobody likes horsepower as much as true Jalops, but these ten cars would be better with less smoke.


10.) Lamborghini Aventador

Ten Cars That Would Be Better With Less Power

Personally, I think the Aventador is fine as it is. It's scary fast, and that's what I expect from a V12 Lambo.

Having said that, the people who buy these clearly can't necessarily control 691 horses. We hate seeing these cars crash, so an Aventador that secretly has only 300 hp would be a clear win on both sides.

Suggested By: Patrick George, Photo Credit: Corentin Foucaut


9.) Vauxhall Astra VXR

Ten Cars That Would Be Better With Less Power

The problem with the cheaper half of high-performance front wheel drive cars is that they come with heaps of torque steer. Going straight shouldn't be an optional extra.

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8.) TVR Speed12

Ten Cars That Would Be Better With Less Power

The TVR Cerbera Speed 12 could have been a fantastic product if it didn't have enough power to break the dyno and be undrivable in basically any condition.

God, I miss TVR so much!

Suggested By: Forgetful, Photo Credit: robad0b


7.) Dodge Caliber SRT4

Ten Cars That Would Be Better With Less Power

As much torque steer as in an Astra VXR, while making even less sense as a car.

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6.) Ferrari F12

Ten Cars That Would Be Better With Less Power

The F12 Berlinetta is supposed to be a very fast GT car, and it is. But when Jeremy Clarkson says it has too much power for its own good, you know something is up.

Would love to see a V12 458 though. I know Eric Clapton would too...

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5.) Shelby Cobra 427

Ten Cars That Would Be Better With Less Power

Yep, the Cobra is a better car (and less of a homicidal maniac) with a 289 and narrower tires.

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4.) Shelby GT500

Ten Cars That Would Be Better With Less Power

Yes, Ford could jam 662 horses into a Mustang with a live axle. That doesn't mean you want one, since the Boss 302 is a much better car if you want to go fast.

Suggested By: cjstangman, Photo Credit: Chad Horwedel


3.) Mercedes-Benz CL65

Ten Cars That Would Be Better With Less Power

The simple answer here would be "all AMG cars," but this biturbo V12 Benz is one of the early tire smokers of the Power Wars of the 2000s. Mercedes had to detune the engine it made so much torque.

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2.) Dodge Viper

Ten Cars That Would Be Better With Less Power

They wrapped a V10 in thin plastic. That's what the first Viper was and that's why it was a monster behind the wheel. And that's why it's a legend.

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1.) Porsche 930

Ten Cars That Would Be Better With Less Power

Classic 911s were always a handful. So what did they do? They gave it more power. Much more. Meet the Widowmaker.

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