Five All-Wheel Drive Supercars
by Alison Lakin
When heading up to the mountains for those fresh tracks and hot toddies, it’s important that our cars have the right equipment to battle the snowy conditions. Normal folk make do with four-wheel drive, snow tires or chains, but what to do when you’re really, really rich and need to get to Aspen posthaste? You’ll drive your all-wheel drive supercar, naturally. Why settle for 250 horsepower when you can have 550? Take your pick from this list to make sure you get to the lodge in style.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
The Turbo S isn’t flashy (well, not compared to some others on the list), but it’s a beautifully sounding, gorgeous looking machine that has a top speed of 195 mph and clocks a 3.1-second 0-60 mph time. The all-wheel drive system employed in this $160,700 car sends 500 horsepower to all four wheels with true German efficiency, which means you may even beat the snow up to the mountain.
Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SV
Perhaps one of the more flamboyant choices to take to the snow, the $457,000 Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SV has a total of 670 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque to motivate you along the winding roads. While you sit in the driver’s seat, surrounded by Alcantara and carbon fiber, its permanent all-wheel drive with Lamborghini’s Viscous Traction system helps the car achieve 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds. Opting for a less ostentatious wing will boost top speed to 212, three more than with the Aeropack: a speed we wouldn’t recommend hitting on mountain switchbacks if you want to, you know, live.
Godzilla, the monster, may have only needed two legs to destroy cities, but Godzilla, the GT-R, chooses to use four. Its all-wheel drive system has the option of 100 percent torque distribution to the rear wheels, and helps it to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds – if you use launch control, that is. And while it’s by far the cheapest car of the lot at $84,060, few vehicles manage the kind of clout the indomitable Nissan GT-R brings to the table. Especially considering it pumps 485 horsepower out of a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. V-10s, be warned.
Audi R8 5.2 V-10 FSI
Between its avant-garde styling and tremendous performance, the Audi R8 has easily lived up to its hype. But it’s the $147,500 V-10 version that claimed the hearts of supercar aficionados worldwide. The 5.2-liter engine with 525 horsepower allows the R8 to elegantly zoom to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. All four wheels hit the ground running, thanks to Audi’s fantastic Quattro all-wheel drive system. It boasts a 15 percent front/85 percent rear torque split to make it grip like an AWD car but feel like a rear-wheel drive one to give you the best of both worlds.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
Supercar prices are out of reach for most, but the Veyron SS sets a new supercar standard at a price of $2.3 million, about $630,000 more than the ‘basic’ Veyron. The extra money buys you the true title of fastest production car ever – the SS has hit 267.8 mph on Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien test track and cracks 186 mph in a scathing 14.6 seconds (compared to the Veyron’s 16.7 seconds). Not surprisingly, it has a massive amount power – 1,200 horsepower and 1106 lb-ft of torque – and something Bugatti likes to call intelligent all-wheel drive. Do we hear the ski slopes calling? Nope, that’s just the earth falling off its axis.