In the automotive world, appearances can be deceiving.
"Sleepers" are vehicles that look innocuous, but can pack devastating power and performance. Like the Q-Ships of World War II, they appear defenseless to lure unsuspecting attackers. The above video presents a classic example.
It's hard to imagine any kind of pickup truck beating a Ferrari 458 Italia in a drag race, but this turbocharged GMC Sierra walks away from it in a sprint from 30 mph to 150 mph.
Apparently, even an Italian supercar with a 570-horsepower 4.5-liter V-8 engine isn't safe on the street although--according to Ferrari--it can do 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, and reach a top speed of 202 mph.
There's something oddly satisfying about seeing the GMC blow past the Ferrari as if the latter were a Fiat 500L loaded down with kegs for Diddy's desert party. It's great to know that nothing is certain when it comes to automotive performance, and capbility of turbochargers.
It must not have been much fun for the driver of the 458, though. Perhaps a rematch with the new 458 Speciale is in order.