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5 Performance Cars Worth Waiting For

Updated July 25, 2015

As the automakers advance and learn new ways to milk maximum power from minimum displacement, the world of performance cars becomes more incredible. With the introduction of high-performance hybrid systems, advanced fuel injection, and forced induction that delivers crazy output without killing you at the pump, I challenge anyone to prove that there is no longer a replacement for displacement.

With the performance car segment becoming more crowded each year, we decided to put together a list of what we consider the five performance cars that are most worth waiting for. Unsurprisingly, each one has one form of forced induction or another.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Though not officially confirmed, this people-hauling hunk of SUV awesomeness is all but a certainty after reportedly getting the green light recently. Not only will it have the ability to carry five-plus people and all of your camping gear, but it’ll leave the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S sucking spent petrol when merging onto the interstate.

This is all thanks to the instantly famous supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 known as the Hellcat. In the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat, this beastly, gas-guzzling V-8 punishes the tarmac to the tune of 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Rumor has it that the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will carry the same output, but that remains unconfirmed for now. What we do know is that the Trackhawk will feature a slick all-wheel-drive system that will help get it to 60 mph in fewer than four seconds.

If there is one SUV worth waiting a few years for, it is this beast.

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

When it comes to hot-hatchbacks, the Civic Type R is a unicorn in the U.S. For what seems like an eternity, folks in Europe and Japan have enjoyed the fastest of the Civics, while we were stuck with the ho-hum Si. Not that the Si is a bum, but it is nothing next to its R-rated sibling. That’s all set to come to an end, as the 10th generation Civic will mark the arrival of the Type-R model in the U.S.

Making things even better is the fact that this is the most powerful Type-R Civic ever, as its 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC engine will produce 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm. This will launch the front-driven hatchback to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 167 mph.

Beyond just the power, the Civic Type R just looks like it’s ready to eat small children just for fun.

Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS

Like the Civic Type R, Ford has long kept the Focus RS out of America. Europeans have enjoyed it for some time now, but we’ve had to settle for the SVT and ST models. Hot-hatch lovers’ dreams will soon become a reality, as the Focus RS and its insane body kit will make it Stateside sometime in 2016.

Under the hood of this mighty hatchback is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that can trace its roots back to the new Ford Mustang EcoBoost. What separates this four-cylinder from the Mustang’s engine is a new twin-scroll turbo with a larger compressor, a larger intercooler, a freer-flowing intake system, an upgraded alloy head, and high-tensile cast-iron sleeves. All of this adds up to more than 315 horsepower that travels to an advanced all-wheel-drive system that can deliver up to 70 percent of the power to the rear wheels for proper drifting.

Looks like the Civic Type R will have a little competition.

Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Sure, it’s not confirmed yet, but there are just too many leaks and spy shots for a mid-engine Corvette to not be in the works. The most definitive of the reports were based on spy shots of a Holden Ute with an engine mounted in the bed. Why else would GM toss a V-8 powerplant in the bed of a half-car-half-truck?

Rumors point toward the Zora ZR1 using a hopped-up version of the Corvette Z06’s supercharged V-8. Power will likely check in at around 740 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, giving the best Ferrari and Lamborghini have to offer a run for their money.

The only real downsides to the Zora ZR1 are the that it is likely at least two years away and that the price should hover around $150,000.

Ford GT

Ford GT

Ford GT

Yes, another Ford product. In fact, I could have rattled off the upcoming Raptor too, but I spared you three straight blue oval products.

The first thing about the GT that grabs you and slaps you around a bit is its striking appearance. From a straight-on shot from a distance, it looks like your typical supercar. However, a closer inspection reveals a sleek, teardrop-shaped fuselage and rear fenders that sit almost separate from the rest of the body. This allows the GT to cut through the wind like a blowtorch through wax paper.

On top of slicing and dicing oxygen molecules, the GT’s body is also super light, as Ford used plenty of lightweight composites in developing its upcoming supercar. Examples of these lightweight materials at work include the aluminum front and rear subframes, and the carbon-fiber body panels.

The meat of the GT is its twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 – yes, a V-6. This insanely powerful six-pot churns out more than 600 horsepower, while a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends those raging horses to the rear wheel.

Fortunately, there isn’t too long to wait, as the GT will arrive in 2016.

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The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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