Gallery: the Ferrari F12tdf is nat-asp propulsion at its best. Here are 19 more
Lexus LFA – 552bhp
Proof of how wild and fantastical the power outputs of naturally aspirated cars have got in recent years comes in the form of the LFA, which is the first in a 20-strong list.
While its 552bhp may put it on par with Ferrari’s softest car – the turbocharged California T – the LFA’s engine is one of the greatest in history.
Peak power arrives at 8,700rpm, by which point the inertia-free 4.8-litre V10 will be shrieking away with a noise the LFA’s chief engineer described as “the roar of an angel.”
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera – 562bhp
The LFA may be an all-time great, dripping with glamour, but it’s pipped by a Gallardo.
It’s a Lamborghini of course, so there’s no great shame in that. The Gallardo may have been Lambo at its most accessible, but by the end of its ten-year life, it was pumping out proper power.
The Superleggera, Super Trofeo and Performante special editions all had 562bhp versions of the Gallardo’s V10, which produced a barely less potent 552bhp as standard. Top speed just edged over the magic double-tonne, at 202mph.