10 Cars That Faked Their Horsepower Ratings

For better or worse, these models gave the wrong horsepower ratings

Ferrari F40

Years: 1987-1992

Apart from being one of the best Ferrari’s ever produced, Ferrari F40 secretly offers more horsepower than Italians made us believe. But there’s a catch. Advertised at 471 horsepower, Ferrari F40 will rarely display more than that. US spec Ferrari has the same 2.9L twin-turbo V8 as its European counterparts, but also comes with the catalytic converter which severely hampers its performance. In fact, most US spec F40’s won’t even match the stated 471 hp, while Euro cars push up as much as 510 horses with ease. That’s the sad truth, but truth nonetheless. Cats have been ruining performance enthusiast’s dreams for 50 years now, and not only in muscle cars either.

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Although driving a piece of junk, Nikola is a true car enthusiast. Precious few things move him as muscle cars do – especially those from the bygone golden era. Which makes him wonder; why wasn’t he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he’s been able to enjoy the likes of Pontiak Aztek, Fiat Multipla, and their “lovely” coevals this way – right? (sigh)