Top 10 Cars for Driving Fast & Not Getting Pinched
I used to own a C6 Corvette that was coated in a bright “Victory Red” paint. It was a beautiful, fast and comfortable car that I had dreamt of owning since I can remember. So why did I sell it only a year and a half after I purchased it? While impracticality was a reason (this was my sole car at the time and daily driver), another key factor for selling was due to the fact that it was a magnet for the fuzz… the man, cops, bears, policemen, or however you like to refer to them.
Admittedly I have a lead foot; however I have received more speeding tickets in the Corvette than any of my previous 6 cars (which were much less flashy). I know that the higher volume of tickets was not because I was speeding at higher rates of speed or more frequent, but rather that I was essentially driving a ticket magnet. Every time I got pulled over the police officer made a comment on my car’s appearance. One time I was speeding, let’s say on accident for the sake of the story, within a pack of cars when I was pulled over. I politely inquired with the police officer as to why I was chosen to be pulled over when the couple of cars in front and behind me were traveling at the same rate of speed. The officer then made a comment about how my flamboyant red sports car stood out of the pack. So there you go. Some cars, while they may look nice and sporty, are simply doomed to be pulled over more often than the cars around it that to a better job of blending in.
My current car is a late model Jaguar XJR, which after modifications boasts more horsepower and torque than the 2008 Corvette did, but with the strategic advantage of appearing to be a mere upscale grocery-getter. The liberal application of aluminum on the XJR coupled with the modified supercharged engine means that I can enjoy a similar level of performance with less of the worry of being profiled by police officers looking to cash in on tickets at the close of the month.
The truth is that there are many late model cars that, like my Jag XJR, provide high-performance with an unassuming, subtle exterior presentation. The following is a list that we have assembled of the top 10 cars for driving fast & not getting pinched by the cops (well perhaps reducing that risk anyways).
1.) 2010+ Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
Quick Stats: 0-60 mph 6.9 Quarter Mile 15.2 | 556 hp
2.) 2010+ Ford Taurus SHO
Quick Stats: 0-60 mph 5.2 Quarter mile 13.6 | 365 hp
3.) 2008+ Dodge Caliber SRT4
Quick Stats: 0-60 mph 5.7 Quarter mile 14.2 | 285 hp
4.) 2012 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost 3.5L Twin Turbo
Quick Stats: 0-60 mph 5.3 | 365 hp
5.) 2007+ Audi S8 L
Quick Stats: 0-60 mph 5.0 | 450 hp
6.) 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design
Quick Stats: 0-60 mph 5.1 Quarter Mile 13.6 | 325 hp
7.) 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec Sedan
Quick Stats: 0-60 mph 4.7 Quarter Mile 13.1 | 429 hp
8.) 2010+ BMW 750Li
Quick Stats: 0-60 mph 4.4 | 400 hp
9.) 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8
Quick Stats: 0-60 mph 4.3 Quarter Mile 12.6 | 470 hp
10.) 2009+ Infiniti FX50S
Quick Stats: 0-60 mph 4.9 Quarter mile 13.4 | 390 hp
Certainly there are a bunch of cars that could also make this list that are also relatively subtle and have great performance such as the BMW M5, but we feel that this list in our opinion is the best blend of both.
The following are some additional tips for avoiding speeding tickets, beyond simply driving a more inconspicuous car:
- Avoid driving in the fast lane
- Do not excessively speed when your car is the only one on the road
- Buy a radar detector (where legal)
- Do not drive aggressively by tailgating or switching lanes briskly
- Try to drive in the middle of a pack of cars