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Halloween is all about being scared, but in a fun way -- so we've listed 10 of our favorite cars that are so powerful that, while certainly fun to drive, they're almost scary. Rather than create a list of the fastest cars on the road, we've found 10 cars at a wide variety of price ranges that offer an impressive 0-to-60 time of under 6 seconds and an easy-to-understand manufacturer-backed certified pre-owned (CPO) warranty program -- and we've made sure there are at least a few examples of each model that you can buy right now on Autotrader. As a result, the only thing truly scary about these cars is their performance -- not their repair bills.

2013-2015 Audi S6

Few cars blur the line between performance vehicle and luxury sedan like the Audi S6. On the performance side, the S6 touts a 420-horsepower bi-turbo V8, which helps propel the sedan to 60 miles per hour in well under 5 seconds. On the luxury side, every S6 comes standard with 4-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch infotainment display, a navigation system, keyless ignition and entry and more. And while pricing can be high, choosing a certified pre-owned model makes things a little more affordable: There are currently 20 different certified pre-owned S6 models listed nationwide, with an average price of around $59,000 -- and each one features Audi's excellent certified pre-owned warranty, which touts 6 years or 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from the original sale date.

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2007-2014 Bentley Continental GT

Don't let its demure styling and impressive luxury fool you: The Bentley Continental GT is just about as scary fast as they come. Each Continental GT features a 550-hp turbocharged 12-cylinder engine that helps to rocket the car to 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds. And if that's not scary fast enough, consider this: The Continental GT has a top speed of nearly 200 mph. Best of all, you'll get a long list of luxury features and all the high-end appointments you'd expect from a Bentley -- and if you choose a certified pre-owned model, you'll get a 1-year, unlimited-mileage bumper-to-bumper warranty, too. Best of all, you'll have plenty to pick from -- provided you have deep pockets. There are nearly 150 different certified pre-owned examples available on Autotrader with an average price of around $137,000. Let's hope someone drops some gold bars in your trick-or-treat bag.

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2012-2013 BMW X5 M

Although it might surprise you to see an SUV on a list of scary fast cars, the BMW X5 M is no ordinary SUV. While the X5 M was recently redesigned to offer even more power, we're highlighting the outgoing model -- along with its amazing 555-hp turbocharged V8 that sounds like an exotic sports car when it's all wound up. Not surprisingly, this engine makes acceleration simply staggering, even with the X5's heft: Its 0-to-60 time comes in at around 4.5 seconds. Of course, you'll also get a long list of standard features that includes keyless ignition, BMW's iDrive infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof and a 16-speaker stereo system. And if you choose BMW's certified pre-owned warranty, you'll also have full bumper-to-bumper coverage for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date. The only problem? There are just 16 different certified pre-owned X5 M models on Autotrader, and they're offered for an average price of $69,000, so it may be difficult (and expensive) to find exactly the model you want.

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2011-2014 Cadillac CTS-V

Few vehicles are both as relatively affordable and as scary fast as the Cadillac CTS-V. Although the model was recently redesigned for 2016, the outgoing version touts all the muscle you'll need thanks to a 556-hp supercharged V8 that helps the CTS-V reach 60 mph in around 4 seconds. And since it's a Cadillac, the CTS-V also offers all the luxury equipment you might want, including remote ignition, ventilated front seats, a backup camera, a navigation system and more. The best part: Choose one of the 75 different certified pre-owned CTS-V models currently listed on Autotrader for an average price of around $48,000, and you'll get Cadillac's excellent certified pre-owned warranty, which offers 6 years or 70,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage with no deductible.

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2010-2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 comes as close to an affordable exotic as most drivers will ever get. While the outgoing model impressed us by offering 505 hp, the new one touts a truly amazing 650 horses -- more than nearly any other vehicle on the market. Of course, those numbers alone make either of these two cars scary fast -- and that says nothing of their amazing handling and bold, low-slung styling. The best part: There are more than 40 different Z06 certified pre-owned examples currently listed on Autotrader with a surprisingly reasonable average price of around $77,000 -- big money that might be worth it when you consider the Z06's amazing performance capabilities and its excellent warranty, which offers 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from your purchase date and 5 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection from the original sale date.

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2012-2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

The Ford Mustang Boss 302 was the swan song of the last-generation Ford Mustang. Offered only for a short period during the outgoing Mustang's waning years (2012 and 2013), the Boss 302 touts an impressive 444 hp, 380 lb-ft of torque and a mandatory 6-speed manual transmission. That makes it scary fast -- but it isn't all about straight-line speed, as the Boss 302 also offered some impressive handling upgrades that transformed this particular Mustang from a muscle car into a surprisingly potent track-day warrior. If that sounds enticing, here's a cherry on top: There are currently nearly 30 different Boss 302 Mustang models on Autotrader for an average price of around $39,000 with Ford's certified pre-owned warranty -- one that touts up to 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from your purchase date and 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage from the car's original sale date. That means you can have scary fast performance and the peace of mind that comes with manufacturer-backed warranty coverage.

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2014-2015 Jaguar F-Type S

There are many reasons why the Jaguar F-Type is one of our favorite luxury performance cars. One is its handsome styling, which looks sleek, elegant and perfectly sculpted -- more so than the vast majority of new cars on the road. We also love its performance, even with the standard V6 that gives the F-Type a muscular 380 hp (and a 0-to-60 time of under 5 seconds) in S guise. Opt for a certified pre-owned model, and the F-Type gains yet another benefit: a 6-year or 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty from the car's original sale date, which is fully transferable and touts no deductible. Unfortunately, there are only about 30 different F-Type S models listed on Autotrader with that warranty -- and they're available for an average price of $77,000, which means you may have to spend big money (and search the whole country) to find exactly the one you want.

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2011-2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

If you're looking to combine performance and luxury, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is the right vehicle for the job. On the performance side, the outgoing C63 AMG touts a 451-hp 6.2-liter V8 -- one of the most potent engines in its segment and one that provides scary fast acceleration in the sense that it can hit 60 mph in just a shade over 4 seconds. But the C63 AMG is also a luxury car, offering dual power heated front seats, a Harman Kardon sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 6-in display screen as standard equipment. If you're interested, you can now find more than 40 different C63 AMG models on Autotrader for an average price of $57,000 with Mercedes-Benz's certified pre-owned warranty -- one that provides 12 months of bumper-to-bumper coverage with no mileage limit.

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2008-2015 Porsche 911 Turbo

The Porsche 911 Turbo is one of the best performance cars on the market if you're looking for scary fast speed and styling that doesn't stand out like a Lamborghini or a Ferrari. Pricing, of course, is very high: Due to the fact that it sits at the top of the 911 range, even the average certified pre-owned 911 Turbo is listed on Autotrader for around $100,000. But we think it's worth it thanks to the car's standard all-wheel drive, amazing handling, luxurious interior and impressive powertrain -- one that boasted 500 hp in the outgoing model and 520 hp in the new version. We also love Porsche's CPO warranty, which offers bumper-to-bumper coverage for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date if the vehicle is still under warranty when you buy it -- and 2 years or 50,000 miles from your purchase date if the warranty has expired. So which 911 Turbo do you choose? Surprisingly, we prefer the old model, which went out of production following the 2013 model year. No, it doesn't have the latest tech features, but it offers a true manual transmission -- and more than enough power to keep a smile permanently on our face.

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2011-2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Although the Subaru Impreza may seem like an unusual choice on a list that's filled with models from brands such as Porsche, Bentley and Mercedes AMG, we think the sporty STI model is right at home here. The main reason is obvious: It's scary fast. The STI touts 305 hp -- a big number for the small car, as it reaches 60 mph from a standing stop in just 4.5 seconds. We also love the STI's razor-sharp handling and sporty styling that helps distinguish it from a standard Impreza model and even from a sporty WRX. And if you opt for a certified pre-owned Impreza, you'll get all the benefits of a 7-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty that begins on the car's original sale date, combined with an average price of around $32,000 -- a slight discount from the ever-increasing original MSRP. If you're looking for a reasonably priced scary fast car with the peace of mind that comes with a long warranty, a certified pre-owned STI is a great choice.

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