10 Sleeper Cars That Will Only Buy Gearheads

There are different types of gearboxes in the world. Some like to be bold and flashy and show off the fruits of their labor by driving performance cars with low-slung sporty bodies, crazy paint jobs, hood scoops, overzealous rear wings, and other cool features that indicate they’re fast.RELATED: 5 Fast Cars That Look Slow (and 5 That Look Fast But Are Slow)However, other gearheads prefer to fly under the radar. They love the feeling of driving an insanely fast car, but don’t want it to draw attention. Fortunately, the sleeping car category only exists for this rare type of gearbox. Sleeper cars have an unassuming design that blends in with everyday cars in traffic, but once the road is open, they can blast past some of the fastest sports cars without breaking a sweat. We did some research and dug up ten of the best sleeper cars available today.


10/10 Cadillac CTS-V

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan
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In the early 2000s, Cadillac introduced the CTS – a four-door executive car intended to compete with European compact luxury sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 4 Series. While the CTS looked good, it didn’t have enough power to compete, so Cadillac went back to the drawing board and developed the CTS-V.

2017 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Sedan
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The CTS-V looked the same as the base CTS, but had a Corvette-originated V8 under the hood with much more power. The latest CTS-V comes with a 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine that produces 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful sedans ever made.

9/10 Ford Taurus SHO

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The legendary first-generation Ford Taurus SHO is widely regarded as one of the best classic sleepers you can find. However, the 2019 Taurus SHO is more of a sleeper than the original. From the outside, the 2019 SHO looks like a big, heavy four-door sedan built for slow, comfortable cruising. ​​​​​​​

2019 Ford Taurus SHO
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A look under the hood, however, reveals a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower on tap, proving that even giant 4,000-pound cars can be fast. ​​​​​​​

8/10 2017 Chevrolet SS

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In 2013, Chevrolet unveiled the SS sedan at Speedweeks in Florida, making it the first rear-wheel drive V8-powered sedan since the Impala SS of the 1990s. The SS was actually a rebadged Holden Commodore, meaning it had the same bland design. ​​​​​​​

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Under the hood, however, it was a lot more interesting. Powered by a 415 horsepower 6.2-liter LS3 V8 from the Corvette C6, the SS took just 4.8 seconds to get to 60 mph. ​​​​​​​

7/10 Mercury Marauder

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Ford’s Mercury brand was going through a rough patch at the turn of the century. So to save itself, the brand decided to revive the Marauder nameplate in 2003 after a 33-year hiatus. Developed as Ford’s answer to the 1990s Chevy Impala SS, the 2003 Marauder was a performance version of the Ford Grand Marquis sedan.

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3/4 rear view of the Mercury Marauder
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The Marauder kept the design of the Grand Marquis, but had an improved chassis, suspension and drivetrain. In addition, it had a 4.6-liter modular DOHC V8 engine with an output of 302 horsepower, making it a joy to drive. ​​​​​​​

6/10 Ford Flex EcoBoost

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The Ford Flex EcoBoost is a confusing vehicle. From an exterior perspective, it is a compact SUV wagon combination that looks like a boring vehicle driving to work in the morning. However, what many don’t realize is how formidable it is. ​​​​​​​

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The Flex EcoBoost is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that generates a staggering 365 horsepower. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in about 6 seconds, making it the perfect choice for parents who want their kids to play soccer faster than other parents. ​​​​​​​

5/10 Volkswagen Golf R

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Most gearboxes think the GTI is the most powerful Golf. They’re wrong, because the little-known Golf R takes that crown. The Golf R was introduced in 2009 to replace the R32 and quickly became one of the fastest hot hatches of the day. ​​​​​​​

Volkswagen Golf R - Rear Quarter
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The latest Golf R comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder that delivers 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Other upgrades include a lowered height, stiffer suspension, 19-inch wheels, quadruple exhaust tips and different R badges.

4/10 Toyota Camry TRD

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The Toyota Camry has been one of the best-selling sedans in the US for years. People who buy the Camry tend to be family men looking for an affordable, reliable sedan to transport their kids. However, the Toyota Racing Development division thought it was a good idea to inject some power into the Camry in 2020, resulting in the Camry TRD. ​​​​​​​

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Toyota Camry TRD 2021
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The Camry TRD looks almost identical to the base Camry, with the only giveaways being a discreet rear wing and badging. However, it has a TRD-tuned 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, making it fast. ​​​​​​​

3/10 2006 Mazda speed 6

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After the huge success of the first generation Mazda 6, the Japanese brand decided to build a high-performance version of the car in 2006, resulting in the Mazdaspeed 6. Although the design remained the same, the Mazdaspeed 6 received several upgrades that it is the most enjoyable Japanese sedan of its time. ​​​​​​​

Mazda speed 6
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Upgrades include tighter suspension, bigger wheels and tires, stronger brakes and, best of all, a 2.3-litre four-cylinder direct injection engine and an advanced four-wheel drive system. ​​​​​​​

2/10 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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Full-size SUVs aren’t usually fast, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk isn’t like any other SUV you’ve ever seen. At around $100,000, the Trackhawk is super expensive, but many gearheads claim it’s worth every penny given what buyers get. ​​​​​​​

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First, the Trackhawk is a large, practical and comfortable SUV that can handle both on- and off-road errands. The best thing about it, however, is the engine. With a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that blasts out 707 horses, the Trackhawk takes just 3.5 seconds to teleport to 60 mph, which is faster than some sports cars. ​​​​​​​

1/10 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

    Chevrolet Cobalt SS Turbo (Autoblog)
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When Chevrolet introduced the Cobalt in the early 2000s, many gearboxes were disappointed – it had a dull design and a weak powerplant. To please its fans, Chevy developed the more hardcore Cobalt SS in 2005. ​​​​​​​

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The Cobalt SS looked just like the Cobalt, but had a much better engine – a 2.0-liter supercharged four-cylinder that produced 205 horsepower initially and 260 horsepower after the 2008 upgrade.

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