Folks like fast cars, and folks like their families. Unfortunately, the two loves do not often nicely mix, which means that many families are forced to poke about town in SUVs and minivans.
But, this need not be. The truth is that there are at least seven super performance cars that are not only fast, quick, and fun to drive, they are also plenty large enough to carry partners and kids.
They might not be as radical and extreme as the cars we normally feature, but they are vastly superior to the run-of-the-mill minivan. These are the select seven:
- Though the Audi S6 looks a whole lot like the A6, it is much beefier where it matters, under the hood, with its 414 horsepower 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 engine that can get kids and spouse from a standstill to 62 in well less than five seconds. You and your family can ride fine in an Audi S6 for $71,900.
- The next car on the list, the BMW 550i, is another ride that looks little different from the other models in its series. However, just as the S6 does, the 550i carries a beast of an engine, the 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 with 400 horses in its stable and a terrifying 450 ft-lbs. of torque. This family-sized car will set you and your family back at least $62,700.
- One of my favorite cars, the Chevrolet SS, made the list for its pure awesomeness. This ride that shoehorns the performance of the Camaro into a four-door that is large enough for a family of five is only $44,470. It’s also the newest pace car in NASCAR, and the basis for Chevy’s Generation 6 stock car.
- Another American car, the Cadillac CTS-V, comes in at number four. Costing about $20,000 more than its poorer cousin, the Chevy SS, the CTS-V boasts a 6.2-liter V8 that churns out 556 horsepower and 551 ft-lbs. of torque. Not too bad for the brand that your granddaddy drove, huh?
- The fifth listing is the Tesla Model S. This award-winning sedan has more power than most would think a electric car would, 416 horses and 443 ft-lbs. of torque, which due to the nature of electric engines, instantly hits the wheels. This car with rear seats that can face backwards is not cheap at $94,900, but its “cool factor” is off the charts.
- The Jaguar XF-R is a performance heavy sedan that runs about $11,000 less than a Model S. Being a Jaguar, it bursts with strength due to its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that holds 510 horsepower. Its zero to 60 time is 4.7 seconds.
- Performance family car number seven is the Lexus IS-F. Made to battle the BMW M3 sedan, the IS-F is one of the least costly cars on this list starting at $61,750. The IS-F boasts 416 horses that are routed through an eight-speed shift-able automatic transmission.
A. Greene is an automotive enthusiast and journalist. His work has appeared in a variety of online publications, and he helps maintain the blog at Wolverine Auto Finance, an automotive financial services company serving the state of Michigan.