500 HP Club

36. 2007 BMW ALPINA B7 – 500 HP S/C 4.4 liter V8. Since there is no official M7, BMW turns to tuner Alpina to create the all-but-in-name M7, called the Alpina B7. The supercharged 4.4 liter V8 puts out an even 500 horsepower, which means it barely makes it’s way onto this prestigious list.

35. 2008 BMW M5 – 500 HP 5.0 liter V10 – One of several V10 powered cars, the BMW M5 puts out an even 500 horsepower, which makes it one of the least powerful cars in this group.

34. 2007 BMW M6 – 500 HP 5.0 V10. Not much to say here, except for it’s a sexy 2 door version of the fantastic M5. It’s hard to argue with a 500 HP 2 door Bimmer – I’ll take two please.

33. 2008 Porsche Cayenne Turbo – 500/516 4.8 TT V8. The only SUV in the entire bunch – the Porsche Cayenne Turbo makes an even 500 HP thanks to a pair of turbos strapped to it’s sweet 4.8 liter V8.

32. 2004-07 Dodge Ram SRT-10 500/525 8.3 V10. This is one pickup truck that you shouldn’t pick a fight with – the Ram SRT-10 packs a V10 Viper engine under the hood, and it’s good for 500 horsepower. Unless you’re in a supercar, you might want to sit this race out.

31. 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 – 500/480 5.4 S/C V8. The Shelby GT500 is by far the cheapest car on this list, when talking about today’s dollars. Ford strapped a supercharger on top of it’s trusty 5.4 liter DOHC V8, and the result is magical – 500 HP, for the first time in a Mustang.

30. 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG – 503/465 6.2 V8. Call it what you want, but the R63 AMG is a station wagon. Though I wouldn’t mess with it – it’s packing the familiar 6.2 liter V8 and 503 HP under the hood. This is one bad-ass people mover.

29. 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – 505/470 7.0 V8. Corvettes have been getting more and more powerful for years – and this is the ultimate Vette. 505 horsepower from a small block V8 – a 427 cubic inch V8, by the way.

28. 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG – 507/465 6.2 V8. The CLS63 uses the same engine found in the E63 AMG, but does it with a much better style – the four door coupe. A goofy name for a body style, to be sure, but the result is one sweet looking sedan / coupe / thing.

27. 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG ( Sedan and wagon ) – 507/465 6.2 V8. AMG is at it again, and takes the midsize E65 AMG to 507 HP, with their 6.2 liter V8. Midsize car + Big V8 = tons of fun. Sounds like the old muscle car recipe, as a matter of fact.

26. 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600 – 510 / 612 5.5 TT V12. The familiar 5.5 liter biturbo V12 powers the CL600 to 510 HP.

25. 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 – 510/535 8.3 V10. The Viper isn’t a fuel-efficient car. It’s not a comfortable car. It’s not particularly luxurious. What it is good at is power – raw power. There are no superchargers, turbochargers, or even overhead cams here – just a good old fashion pushrod V10, making 510 horsepower, the American way.

24. 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo – 512/376 5.0 V10. The Gallardo plays baby brother to the Murcielago. There’s no shortage of power though, with the stout V10 pumping out an impressive 512 HP. Too bad the Gallardo doesn’t get the scissor – style doors – that’s part of what makes a Lamborghini.

23. Ferrari F50 – 513/347 4.7 v12. For a long time my favorite car, the F50 was not a popular Ferrari design-wise. I think the look is pure exotic supercar, and it pulls it off well. My heart races every time I see an F50 – it’s one of those timeless designs that will always be stunning. Oh, and the 513 HP it pumps out isn’t half bad, either.

22. Ferrari 575M Maranello 515/434 5.75 V12. The 575M Maranello was Ferrari’s front engine grand tourer, and just so happened to have a sweet 5.75 liter V12 that put out 515 horsepower.

21. 2006 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish – 520/425 5.9 V12. One of only two British cars to make it to the 500 HP club is the Aston Martin Vanquish. 520 HP from a massive 5.9 liter V12 ain’t half bad for a bunch of Brits.

20. 2006 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti – 532/434 5.7 V12. The 612 Scaglietti is probably one of the least attractive Ferraris made to date. Of course, the least attractive Ferrari is like the worst tasting pizza – it’s still fantastic. Oh, and it has 532 HP, so that oughta shut up the naysayers.

19. 2007 Maybach 57, 62 – 543 / 664 5.5 TT V12. Maybach gets two entries on this list, due to two slightly different engines. I grouped the 57 and 62 together, since they are the same car in all but length. Maybach can thank parent Mercedes-Benz for the fantastic twin turbo V12 that powers these personal limos.

18. 1992-94 Jaguar XJ220 549/473 3.5 tt v6. Jaguar’s first, and only stab at the supercar market didn’t turn out too shabby. In fact, the XJ220 is the only 500+ HP car to use a V6 engine. Jag did have to hook up two turbos to make it hit the mark, but hey, I won’t complain if you don’t.

17. 2005-07 Ford GT – 550/500 S/C 5.4 V8 **. Ford’s first real-life supercar – and boy did they get it right. Ford was out to recreate the original GT40, and that they did – in a big way. They eked 550 HP out of the supercharged 5.4 liter V8, and the result? A Ferrari killer, just like the original GT40.

16. 2007 Bentley Continental GT / GTC /Flying Spur – 552 HP 6.0 liter twin turbo W12. The Bentley trio are all basically the same car, except with your choice of two or four doors, and of course the ragtop version. What makes the Bentleys unique is the use of a rare twin-turbo W12 engine – the engine is basically comprised of two narrow angle V6’s wedged together, forming a W shape.

15. 2002-2004 Saleen S7 – 575/570 7.0 V8. The first time Steve Saleen and his wacky group of engineers ventured away from modifying Ford products, they produced the Saleen S7, and all it’s 575 HP glory. Not too bad for a first try.

14. 2003-2006 Lamborghini Murcielago – 580/479 6.2 V12. Lamborghini has long been a maker of the finest exotic cars in the world, known for their futuristic shapes and amazing power. It wasn’t until 2003, and the debut of the Murcielago, that Lambo was able to crack the 500 mark. They did it in a big way though, at 580 HP.

13. 2005 Pagani Zonda C12 F- 594/560 7.3 V12. The Pagani Zonda comes in a variety of configurations. The most lethal is the Zonda C12 F, which pumps out 594 horsepower, just 6 shy of the 600 mark. It uses one of the largest V12 engines ever to see production, a 7.3 liter beast.

12. 1968 Plymouth Barracuda ( Superstock ‘Cuda ) – 426 cubic inches Hemi – Real world est. 600+ HP. The 1968 Super Stock Barracuda was officially rated at 425 HP, so you might wonder what it’s doing here. Well, unofficial estimates put the actual output well north of 600 – that’s a serious difference. The 426 cubes of Hemi power under the hood sent the Cuda through the quarter mile in under 11 seconds – absurd today, and unheard of at the time.

11. 2007 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG – 604/738 6.0 TT V12. AMG takes the already fast S series Benz and tunes it to an incredible 604 HP, thanks to it’s twin turbos.

2007 Mercedes-Benz S600 – 510/612 5.5 TT V12

10. 2007 Maybach 57 S, 62 S – 604 / 738 6.0 TT V12. The S versions of the Maybach twins get an extra half liter of displacement, which adds 60 extra horsepower to the mix. That puts them in very elite company – the 600 HP club.

9. 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG – 604/738 6.0 TT V12. You can have 600 horsepower and a ragtop too – the SL65 AMG does the trick, using the same engine that’s in the S65 AMG.

2007 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG – 510/531 5.4 S/C V8

2007 Mercedes-Benz SL600 – 510/612 5.5 TT V12

8. 2004-06 Porsche Carrera GT – 605 / 437 5.7 V10. Porsche makes a lot of fast cars – the most iconic is the 911 Turbo. To date though, the 911 hasn’t cracked the magic 500 mark. Porsche’s first supercar, the Carrera GT, did so without any trouble at all, thanks to a 5.7 liter V10.

7. 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano – 612 / 448 6.0 V12. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is the successor to the wildly popular 575M Maranello. I’m not sure which one looks better – they’re both beyond gorgeous, but the 599 GTB Fiorano uses a version of the Enzo engine that puts out 612 HP.

6. 1994 McLaren F1 – 620 / 450 6.1 V12. Perhaps the most famous supercar in the world, the McLaren F1 is 13 years old this year, and still ranks as one of the fastest production cars ever. That says quite a lot about the masterpiece that it is.

5. 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – 641/605 5.4 S/C V8. A Mercedes-Benz tuned by the famous McLaren. For those of you who don’t know McLaren, they created the amazing supercar called the F1, which you’ll see later on in this elite list.

4. Ferrari Enzo – 651 / 485 6.0 v12. The Enzo follows the F50, which follows the F40, in Ferrari’s lineup of supercars. The Enzo was built for pure speed and nothing more, something that is apparent by the shape of the car. The engine is beyond the words of me, squeezing 651 HP from it’s 6.0 liters, without the help of forced induction.

3. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo – 750/700 TT 7.0 V8. Saleen isn’t the type of company to just sit back after they create something amazing. So they took the very fast S7, and slapped on a couple turbos. The result? 750 horsepower, and a ridiculously fast car.

2. Koenigsegg CCX 806/678 Twin S/C V8. You read that right – the Koenigsegg CCX uses not one, but two superchargers, to create an incredible 806 HP from a good old-fashioned V8.

1. 2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – 1001/922 8.0 Quad Turbo W16. The most powerful production car in the history of automobiles. Four turbos. Sixteen cylinders. One Thousand and one horsepower. Oh, and it costs a cool $1.4 million.

There are a total of 36 cars that make up the 500 HP club – the vast majority of which were produced in this decade. Many different engine configurations have been used to hit the magical 500 HP mark – twin turbo V6’s, V8’s, supercharged engines, V10’s, V12’s, and even a quad turbo W16. Each car company goes a different route in their 500 HP quest, and that keeps things interesting.I did a bit of combining during my calculations. For example, the Bentley trio I am only counting as one vehicle, since they are mechanically the same. Similarly, the Benzes only get one entry per series. Even though there are 3 SL’s that make over 500 HP, I count this as only one unit. Even so, Mercedes-Benz dominates this list, due to the sheer volume of their different series. I partially want to group the Mercedes entries by their drivetrain, but for the time being, I went by series.Here’s a quick overview by make –

  • Bentley – 1
  • BMW – 3
  • Mercedes-Benz – 8
  • Dodge – 2
  • Chevrolet – 1
  • Plymouth – 1
  • Maybach – 2
  • Porsche – 1
  • Lamborghini – 2
  • Ferrari – 5
  • Ford – 2
  • Bugatti – 1
  • Aston Martin – 1
  • Koenigsegg – 1
  • Saleen – 2
  • McLaren – 1
  • Jaguar – 1
  • Pagani – 1

I’ve done my best to include every 500 HP car on this list. However, there are a lot of cars out there, and I’m sure that I missed a few. If you noticed one that’s missing and should be on this list, then please leave a comment on the 500 HP Club comment thread, and I’ll be sure to get it added ASAP. However, please remember that I’m looking for production cars only – no kit cars or custom builds here. I prefer to go by official HP ratings, but in certain cases I’ll waive that – see the 1968 Super Stock Cuda for an example.