List: The Top 10 Lightest 300 Horsepower Cars

By Seyth Miersma

November 04, 2009

Subaru

Subaru Impreza WRX STI – 305hp, 3395 lb.: All-wheel drive, sick turbo power, and looks only a mother (or many, many import tuners) could love. Get the gold BBS wheels or you can't be in the real STI club.

Hyundai

Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 – 306hp, 3389 lb.: The Korean company's first honest-to-god sports car is pretty damn good. The low mass really helps it against the likes of Ford's Mustang GT and the new Chevy Camaro.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz SLK350 – 300hp, 3318 lb.: And you thought everything M-B built was over two tons. The SLK350 just barely makes the power cutoff here, but it's modest bulk means that its even more fun to throw around than its SLK55 AMG big bro.

BMW

BMW 135i – 306hp, 3273 lb.: BMW's bi-turbo six packs a lot of shove into the super-slim 1-Series package. Not only a great car for this list, this may be one of our favorites all-around. A note to auto dieters; stay away from the 135i Convertible, which weights in about 300 pounds heavier than the coupe.

Nissan

Nissan 370Z – 332hp, 3232 lb.: The 370Z is tons of fun and tons of fast, no question. For those expecting the slightly racier Nismo version to be ligher as well--think again. The tuner Z adds about 70 pounds to the base car. We like this one plenty though.

Chevrolet

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – 505hp, 3175 lb.: The most powerful car on our list, the brutal Z06 would no doubt be among the best power-to-weight cars in America overall. If we had allowed for multiple model entries, you'd be reading about not only the base Vette, but the slightly heavier and massively fast ZR1 as well.

Porsche

Porsche 911 GT3 RS– 435hp, 3031 lb.: Good God, this one's a bad boy. The limited edition 911 leads a parade of the evergreen model that is both lightweight and powerful. The Top 10 911s list might be in the works--fair warning.

Porsche

Porsche Boxster S – 310hp, 2988 lb.: Not all convertibles have to be beefy. Porsche makes this point in resounding fashion with the Boxster S, which happens to be the first of our featured cars to break the 3000 pound barrier. The Boxster has been around and winning comparison tests for so long now, we almost forget about it at times. Don't make that mistake, this is a classic.

Porsche

Porsche Boxster S – 310hp, 2988 lb.: Not all convertibles have to be beefy. Porsche makes this point in resounding fashion with the Boxster S, which happens to be the first of our featured cars to break the 3000 pound barrier. The Boxster has been around and winning comparison tests for so long now, we almost forget about it at times. Don't make that mistake, this is a classic.

Ferrari

Ferrari F430 Scuderia 503hp, 2975 lb.: Equal parts expensive, rare, and fast, the 430 Scuderia also happens to be just one pound lighter than the Cayman S. That's good enough for the first spot on our list, and no doubt many spots on the walls of supercar fans everywhere.

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300 horsepower is still a significant benchmark within the auto world. (As we found out last year when we created our list of 300 horsepower cars under $10K, check it out here.) That’s enough power that some serious performance is usually on tap, especially when the curb weight is kept low in concert with the output. So which cars with at least 300 ponies are the very lightest? Our list seeks to answer just that, with cars that are on sale in the U.S. today, and being limited to just the lightest example of any one particular model (sorry 911 and Corvette). Check out the top ten hardest punching lightweights, in our gallery above.