Sport trims get you a 2 and a half-ton SUV that goes 0-60 in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of over 150 mph. Always choose the sport trim.
From the time automobiles came into being, there has always been someone who would say, “Hey, what if …” Carrol Shelby, Jack Roush, and others have been able to take a normal car and make it do things a sports car should only be able to do. How quick can it be from 0-60?
Thankfully, some manufacturers have grabbed hold of that passion over the years, and we now have sport trims and names like AMG, M, N, SRT, RS and TRD. These are average people-movers with equipment, technology, engineering and capabilities reserved for full-on racing cars—a car version of a mild-mannered superhero. How else could you explain a 2 and a half-ton SUV that goes 0-60 in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of over 150 mph?
So, when you buy a car, you can choose standard, luxury, or sport trims. We recommend you choose the sport trim. However, let’s slow down and take a look at the top 10 sport trims across various sports cars, sedans, hatches, crossovers, pickups and yes, SUVs. We’ll celebrate those manufacturers who offer transportation with a strong shove towards Ludicrous mode.
The Raptor name may sound like a dinosaur, but it’s made a name for itself as a powerful and capable off-road truck that powers over obstacles like it’s in the Paris to Dakar Rally. With a twin-turbo V6 that’s found in the GT supercar, the Raptor can truly boast of being a sports car.
Hyundai says the N designation represents the high-performance division of cars produced by Hyundai. Among other things, the ‘N’ logo is a graphical representation of a classic racetrack chicane, because this hot hatch knows its way around a racecourse. The Veloster isn’t shy about its cornering or racing abilities either. With wings, spoilers, a 6-speed stick, and an ability to back up its look, you’ll never mistake this for a regular drive. Get in and drive it like the sports car it is.
AMG, started in 1967, is short for Aufecht, Melcher, and Großaspach. Hans-Werner Aufecht and Erhard Melcher were the founders and AMG’s birthplace is Großaspach, Germany. This division has built race-winning LeMans sports cars and led F1 development for decades of wins. More amazing is what they do within the constraints of a passenger car, or in this case, the big box G-Wagen. Powerful, imposing, and capable, this off-road throwback can take you anywhere in luxury. And with that unmistakable AMG exhaust note, you’ll be heard and seen. A big, rumbling sports car in a box form. There’s really nothing else like it.
The M designation has historically meant highly modified BMWs and not just badge engineering. The M2 is the M-division’s latest baby. One of the last of BMW’s actual Ultimate Driving Machines, the M2 has a brutal track-focused attitude with just enough compliance to roam the streets. It’s a driver’s car with a sweet-sounding engine and an anger problem.
On any given day, the RS5 looks like any other sports sedan. You would never expect its speed and quickness until you hear the exhaust note and see it disappear in the distance. Capable on the track and luxurious on the inside, RS trimmed Audi‘s are gentleman sports cars masquerading as sedans and SUVs. They’re an NFL running back in a suit and should be respected accordingly.
Sports cars disguised as pickups are all the rage these days, and RAM drops its TRX into the pit with the Raptor. With 702-hp and 650-ft. lb of torque, the TRX is the Sand Hill’s new King. It’s strong, fast, can haul stuff, and it’s mean. What more could you want?
SRT was started in 2004, but was born from the Dodge Viper in the 90s. The SRT group grabs the normal sedans and SUV’s of Dodge, RAM, and Jeep and turns them into superstars. Few are more amazing than the Durango SRT Hellcat that thinks it’s a two-door sports coupe while carrying 5-passengers in luxury.
SRT represents the US well, with 5 models rumbling around the streets. The boss is the Challenger Hellcat Redeye with its red, 840hp (with race gas) supercharged V8. It goes and stops like a well-engineered sports car, but you’ll need to have extra sets of tires for those smokey burnouts.
Want to drive a 5,000 lb sports car that lowers itself for aerodynamics and cornering before rocketing you off at 2.6 seconds to 60 mph? Get a Tesla Model X with Ludicrous+ mode and take 6 of your friends to the grocery store. Amazingly, we can now own what is basically a van at the typical 0-60 time of a Formula 1 car.
At nearly $1000 per mile top speed, the 911 Turbo S is a powerful sport trim on a sports car. In 5.3 seconds, you’re at 100 mph, and, according to Porsche, in 22 seconds, you’re at 185 mph. This is truly an amazing device. Like all of the sports versions of cars on this list, the S is technologically advanced inside and outside, but easily drives around on Costco runs with your significant other.
Although we love the Turbo S and Model X, there’s nothing quite so appealing as an SUV that outruns most sport sedans on a track. The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is the little guy who made it big, against all odds. Where else can you get massive six-piston Brembo brakes, 710hp, and room for 5 passengers plus groceries in a very appealing SUV package? We love sport trims, especially when they’re on an overachiever like the Durango. Always choose the sport trim.