You’ve always felt a bit of a thrill in the heart-thumping speed and pick up of a powerful V12 or V8, something with 500 or 600+ horsepower that makes the blood course through your veins just a little quicker. But you’ve been at war with your inner environmentalist, who dies a little inside each time a mighty twin turbo V12 is fired up and blasting down the highway. It’s a tale as old as humankind itself is. An angel on one shoulder, and a devil on the other. How do you make peace with this inner conflict?

Many don’t. If you’re a fan of powerful gas-guzzlers, you simply drown out the noise with the roar of muscular engines that will get you where you need to go with quickness while burning obscene amounts of fuel and spewing incomprehensible amounts of pollution behind them.

Let’s take a look at 35 wicked gas burners that definitely aren’t planning for the future, but are nearly impossible to walk away from today.

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S 4matic


Fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (city/highway)

This mid-size modern 4-door 5-passenger car with insane power and fierce acceleration offers a superb ride, sophisticated technology, and elegant appointments. The engine is a 577-horsepower 5.5-liter twin-turbo intercooled 32-valve V8 with aluminum block and heads, with direct injection. The E63 has 590 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic with manual shifting mode, and all-wheel drive is standard. While all the specs add up for a sweet ride that goes from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, all that power results in a gas mileage that is far from optimal.