Nine Big Drinkers

Final Nine

by MOTOR STAFF

Weird world of fast cars

Youíll never spot a cobweb in the fuel flaps of these thirsty four-wheelers

BENTLEY MULSANNE 1

The Mulsanneís 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 may produce its peak power of 375kW at a diesel-like 4200rpm, but 1020Nm chews a claimed 16.9L/100km when hauling 2.6 tonnes of dead cow and felled tree. Would any owner know or care? Unlikely.

2 HSV GTS

With its deep gurgle on the overrun, the HSV GTSís 430kW/740Nm 6.2-litre supercharged V8 audibly sounds like its drinking deeply. Offi cially rated at 15.0L/100km, sink the boot in and the fi gure can soar to almost double that.

3 JEEP GC SRT

Its size should be a clue that the Jeep Grand Cherokee isnít a car to take on in a drinking game. Combine a 344kW/624Nm 6.4-litre HEMI V8 with a 2289kg kerb weight and the aerodynamic sleekness of a brick and 14.0L/100km is the result.

4 RANGE ROVER 5.0 SC

Think fuel prices matter to the rich?

Think again. Range Roverís most popular variant in Australia is the 375kW/720Nm 5.0-litre supercharged model, which is claimed to guzzle 13.8L/100km, but will easily exceed that in school run traffi c.

FERRARI GTC4 LUSSO 5

A dozen cylinders are great for many reasons, but fuel economy isnít one of them. Thanks to its 507kW/697Nm 6.3-litre V12 and 1920kg weight, the GTC4 Lusso is Ferrariís thirstiest car, draining its fuel tank almost as fast as it accelerates.

6 MASERATI STRADALE

Noise is a sign of wasted energy, which is how Maseratiís 338kW/520Nm 4.7-litre V8 manages to consume a claimed 14.4L/100km without even trying. Surely at least 13 of those are turned into the Gran Turismoís sublime bent-eight howl.

7 LAMBO AVENTADOR

A car can only be so economical when it shoots blue fl ames out its exhaust pipes.

Getting in and out of an Aventador isnít easy, but youíll get plenty of practice at servos with the 544kW/690Nm 6.5-litre V12 gulping a claimed 16.0L/100km.

8 ROLLS-ROYCE WRAITH

Who cares how much fuel your car uses when you have staff to fi ll it up for you?

The two-door Wraith might be the Ďdriverís Rollsí, but peddling hard will see the 465kW/800Nm 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 far exceed its claimed 14.0L/100km.

9 ASTON VANTAGE V12 S

If the Aston V12 Vantage was a person, itíd be the kind of bloke who liked to down a pint or 10 of lager every weekend, so itís only right that its 421kW/621Nm 5.9-litre V12 skols 16.3L/100km. Another car that excels at converting fuel into decibels.