I’ve been working on a quick way to tell the category of a vehicle’s performance by using its power-to-weight ratio. The world of performance is changing and I wanted to create a system that gives some perspective as to how much more factory performance we still have to go past the hybrid “hypercars.” Also, I wanted to point out that cars like the 210 hp Golf GTI and 220 hp Golf GTI are in COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SEGMENTS.
I’m trying to avoid turning this into a huge post (for now) so ask questions and check in the comment section and I’ll expand on these more.
Novelty > 30 lbs/hp.
Penalty - Benchmark 24 lbs/hp.
Economy - Benchmark 20 lbs/hp.
Sporty / “Warm” - Benchmark 16 lbs/hp.
Entry Sports / “Hot” - Benchmark 14 lbs/hp.
Full Sports - Benchmark 12 lbs/hp.
Entry Performance - Benchmark 10 lbs/hp.
Full Performance - Benchmark 9 lbs/hp.
High Performance - Benchmark 8 lbs/hp.
Ultra Performance - Benchmark 7 lbs/hp.
Super Performance - Benchmark 5 lbs/hp.
Hyper Performance - Benchmark 4 lbs/hp.
Mega Performance - Benchmark 3 lbs/hp.
Giga Performance / 1.1 - Benchmark 2 lbs/hp.
Specialty < 1.5 lbs/hp
*Until a vehicle hits the benchmark, it is at the top end of the class BELOW the benchmark.
**Also understand that this list is intended for on-road, gasoline vehicles.
Vehicle 1 can be had with a P2W ratio of 12.10 lbs/hp. Vehicle 1 is at the top end of Entry Sports vehicle. If Vehicle 1 is a hatchback then it would be an “Entry Sports Hatchback / Hot Hatch” that’s about to go “Full Sports Hatch.”
Vehicle 2 can be had with a P2W ratio of 11.97 lbs/hp. Vehicle 2 is at the bottom end of a Full Sports vehicle. If Vehicle 2 is a sedan then it would be a “Full Sports Sedan.”
Vehicle 3 can be had with a P2W ratio of 10.51 lbs/hp. Vehicle 3 is in the middle of an Entry Performance vehicle.
Pick some cars and see where they stack up! You can help me test out this list.
Mazda3 Touring 2.5 MT Hatch (16.55 lbs/hp) - Top-level “Economy Hatchback.”
210 hp, Golf GTI S MT 2-Door (14.15 lbs/hp) - Top-level “Sporty Hatch / Warm Hatch.”
220 hp, Golf GTI Sport MT (13.78 lbs/hp) - Low-level “Entry Sports Hatch / Hot Hatch.”
Ford Focus ST (12.79 lbs/hp) - Mid-level “Entry Sports Hatchback / Hot Hatch.”
Subaru WRX STI (11.12 lbs/hp) - Mid-level “Full Sports Sedan.”
BMW M3 MT (8.33 lbs/hp) - High/Mid-level “Full Performance Sedan.”
469 hp, Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan (8.04 lbs/hp) - Top-level “Full Performance Sedan.
503 hp, Mercedes-AMG C63 S Sedan (7.5 lbs/hp) - Mid-level “High Performance Sedan.”
Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport MT (7.45 lbs/hp) - Mid-level “High Performance Car.”
Dodge Challenger Hellcat MT (6.29 lbs/hp) - Mid-level “Ultra Performance Muscle Car.”
Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 (5.21 lbs/hp) - Top-level “Ultra Performance Sportscar.”
Porsche 918 Base (4.16 lbs/hp) - Top-level “Super Performance Car.”
McLaren P1 (3.77 lbs/hp) - Low/Mid-level “Hyper Performance Car.”
Bugatti Chiron (est. 2.97 lbs/hp) - Low-level “Mega Performance Car.”
Koenigsegg One:1 (2.23 lbs/hp) - Upper/Mid-level “Mega Performance Car.”
—Feel free to give me more examples, I’ll toss them in.