Sleeper cars are inconspicuous beasts that fly under the radar because of their exterior subtleties. For you Iowans who like accessing a powerful automobile without getting flagged by the Des Moines Police Department, these cars deliver. Sadly, the first two featured end their run in 2017, so if you want to experience their power, you better dart to the dealership.
Honda Accord V6
This is the practical car to transport the family to the downtown farmers’ market on weekdays and do mad sprints on the roadway Saturday morning. Pumping out a startling 278 horsepower, this machine blasts from 0-60 in less than six seconds. With 252 pound-feet of torque and a highway mileage rating of 33 miles per gallon, you’ll sprint off the starting line and save gas on the curves of the open road. Weave through the timid cars along the highway while sporting 17-inch alloy wheels, with the open moonroof above you and the dual exhaust taunting those left behind.
Chevrolet SS Sedan
This luxury sedan takes driving in Des Moines, Iowa, to an art form. The 415 horsepower it dispenses combined with its 415 pound-foot of torque tags the road to Dyersville, Iowa, as a “Field of Dreams” before it. The 6.2-liter V8 engine sprints from 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds. Its 22 miles per gallon on the highway don’t compete well with the others on this list, but the sport-tuned suspension, aluminum alloy 19-inch wheels, standard dual-mode exhaust, and Brembo brakes accent the SS’ stylish and energetic package.
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
You’re thinking an automobile named Hellcat could never evade the authorities. The rear end grants the racer that opportunity. It appears more like an average sedan than a hot rod with more power in one of its cylinders than those it shares the road with. You’d never guess by looking at its tail lights that this bad boy delivers up to 707 horsepower. Side door scallops mold the chassis to perfection and the flying buttress design of the rear stabilizes the Charger at high speeds.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
For those of you searching for an SUV that fits the sleeper bill, meet the Grand Cherokee that houses an engine compatible with the Hellcat’s supercharged V8. If you’re in the mood to tear down the highway, hitting 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, you should consider this warrior of an off-roader. Expect 650 pound-feet of torque and the same 707 horsepower the Hellcat V8 pumps out, which ensures the solid increase in velocity up to 180 miles per hour. It sits 15 millimeters closer to the ground than the naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V8 Grand Cherokee SRT.
You don’t see the power of these sleepers in their flashy exteriors. They camouflage themselves into the masses around them, but when the crowds disperse they come to life and ignite. Next time you’re at the Iowa State Fairgrounds look for these vehicles in their sleeping beauty state. While you’re finishing up your corn on the cob, listen for the rev of their engines when the owners sail out of the parking lot.
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