What is a Sleeper Car?

When we look at the vast modern car lineup, what vehicles could we classify as a sleeper car? Are large S-class sedans with AMG engines a sleeper? Is the Audis Rs7 a sleeper because of a 3.2 second  0-60 time? Tough decisions right?

If we define sleeper as not being cost dependent, but simply being vehicles that are fast without looking fast, what do we come up with? I think debadging is an important element in this, as ever a W12 badge on a phaeton gives you an indication of the performance. And definitely a sleeper has to have at least 4 doors.


1. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8:

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

-470 hp and 465 lb.ft of torque from a 6.4L v8 HEMI engine

– 8-speed automatic transmission, launch control and 295-series tires at all four corners,


2. Chevrolet SS

2014 Chevrolet SS

-6.2 L v8, 415 hp 415 lb.ft

-magnetic ride control

-manual transmission option


3. Ford Flex Ecoboost

2013 Ford Flex Ecoboost

-3.5L V6 Ecoboost, 365hp, 350 lb.ft from 1,500 rpm


4. R63 AMG

2006 Mercedes R63 AMG

-6.2L V8 503 hp, 465 lb.ft

-AWD, 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds


5. VW Phaeton W-12

2006 W12 Volkswagen Phaeton

-6.0 W12 engine, 444 hp, a Bentley in disguise

0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds



6. Volvo V60/S60 Polestar

Volvo V60 (left) and S60(right) Polestar editions

-345 hp and 369 lb.ft from a turbocharged inline 6

-AWD 0-60mph 4.8 seconds


6. Mercedes S65 AMG Sedan

2015 Mercedes S65 AMG

-6.0L V12 biturbo, 621 hp, 738 lf.ft

-propels this enormous car 0-60 4.2 seconds

7. BMW 760Li

2010 BMW 760 Li

6.0L V12 birtubo 535 hp 553lb.ft

-0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds

8. 2007-2009 Audi S8 or C6 Audi S6

2008 Audi S8


2006 Audi S6

both vehicles possess a bored out Lamborghini derived V10, producing a more optimal torque curve for the heavier vehicles.

-5.2 V10 450hp and 398 lb.ft and AWD mean 0-60 in around 5.2 seconds

To end off our list, we have wagons/estate that any car enthusiast should recognize as packing a punch, but would surprise the most ignorant of motorists

9. E63 AMG Estate

2010 Mercedes E63 AMG

550 hp, 531 lb.ft from 5.5 L bitubro V8.

AWD acceleration, 0-60 in 3.4 seconds


10. 2009-2015 CTS-V Wagon

2010 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

556 hp and 551 lb.ft from a supercharged 6.2L V8, 0-60 in 3.9 seconds

11. RS6 Avant

2008 Audi RS6 Avant

5.0 biturbo V10 producing 571 hp and 470 lb.ft

This meant 0-60 in 4.5 seconds


12. 2005-2010 BMW M5 Touring

2008 BMW M5 Touring

An estate wagon with a naturally aspirated V10 engine producing 500 hp  and 428 lb.ft

0-60 is done with in 4.1 seconds












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