If you drive a muscle car and constantly have the need for speed, chances are you want your vehicle to reflect this notion and look mean and aggressive, with styling cues that intimidate other motorists, so they don’t linger in the fast lane.
But while the public may awe in appreciation over your high-performance ride and view it as the pinnacle of modern street racing technology, it’s sure to stick out like a sore thumb.
As a result, the police may be more willing to ticket you – even if you weren’t speeding – simply because of the car’s looks.
However, if you like to drive an unsuspecting car that looks ordinary on the outside, but packs a punch under the hood, a sleeper car is perfect.
The following list details the three best sleepers currently available on the new car market that can suit a variety of needs – whether going grocery shopping or picking the kids up from soccer practice – yet still smoke others when pulling away from red lights.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
If you ever wondered what it would be like to take the hemi out of a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and stuff it into a Jeep, the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is your answer.
Marketed as the “world’s most powerful SUV,” this beast of a powerplant makes a whopping 707-hp and 646-lb-ft of torque, which is good enough to propel the 5,300 lb. vehicle 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.
It’s for those who live a sporty and adventurous lifestyle and want to be able to make it from the city to the lake in record time, no matter the weather condition.
Unfortunately, the Trackhawk is a brand-new sleeper that most people won’t be able to afford since the price tag starts at $84,500 for a base model.
For a less expensive high-powered Jeep, though, consider the SRT8. It’s $17,000 cheaper and you still get a Grand Cherokee that can run the quarter mile in under 13 seconds.
Buick Regal GS
It may be hard to image Buick producing a fast, luxury vehicle since your grandparents probably drove a slow and clunky Century or Skylark in the 1990s. But this new Buick isn’t quite tailored for the older generation.
The 2019 Regal GS has a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 310-hp and 282-lb-ft of torque and is hooked up to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It features an impressive 127 more horsepower than its predecessor from the previous generation and can hit 0-60 in under five seconds, with a top speed of 150 mph.
The redesigned Regal also has updated side skirts, a revised front and rear fascia and new bespoke, 19-inch rims, which give it a much-needed sportier stance.
Though it may look like a typical five passenger sedan, this Buick is anything but. And with a price tag under $30,000, it’s an affordable and fast do-it-all type of car.
The Audi S8 is the quintessence full-size luxury performance car since it features discreet bodylines, the kind that you would expect from a brand’s flagship sedan, but the type of performance that isn’t as common.
Want to win a drag race one night and then comfortably chauffeur your date to the theater the next? The S8 has you covered.
With a turbo 4.0 L V-8 cranking out 605-hp, the S8 is the ultimate sleeper car. It’s so fast that a Camaro SS doesn’t have a chance off the starting line. And neither does a Shelby Mustang GT 500.
So, if you’re looking for all the fun without the unwanted stares, a $125,000 Audi S8 fits the bill just fine.
For more car-related information – or to have the mechanical components of your ultimate sleeper car inspected – call Andy’s Auto Service in Bridgeville at 412-478-9304 or visit the website.