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post #1 of 22 Old 04-25-2004, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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Blowing Ferrari's Doors Off

I picked up the latest issue of Popular Mechanics at the airport because I saw that phrase on the front cover. The article was about the 8 quickest cars you can buy. Ferrari was not among them because when PM contacted Ferrari the response they got from the press officer was "Ferrari will no longer participate in any comparison tests."

This test was for showroom cars that will do the quarter mile in 12 seconds. The results were:

8- Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG [email protected] ($81,660)
7- Lamborghini Gallardo [email protected] ($183,364)
6- Chevrolet Corvette Z-06 [email protected] ($52,720)
5- Mercedes-Benz SL600 [email protected] ($135,810)
4- Porshe 911 Turbo [email protected] ($139,340)
3- Dodge Viper SRT-10 [email protected] ($84,795)
2- Ford GT [email protected] ($145,000)

And the quickest car on the planet:
1- Saleen S7 Competition [email protected] ($447,048)

Looks to me like the best bang for your buck would be with the 'Vette.

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I think there are loads missing from this - e.g.

Koenigsegg CC, Noble M12-GTO, Caterham Superlight R500 (and a few other Caterhams), Westfield Megabusa (and a few other Westfields), TVR Tuscan (and a few other TVRs) etc etc

The best bang for your buck - even if you exclude the track cars has got to be a TVR!!! But then I would say that - as they're English!! :green:
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Yeah, Popular Mechanics is an American magazine so it is biased towards cars readily available in the U.S. None of the cars you mentioned are readily available in the U.S. I think the only British cars that see any kind of sales in the U.S. are Jaguar and Land Rover. Of course, isn't Jaguar owned by Ford?

BTW - I like TVRs!!!!

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I guess it also had to be cars you could go buy tomorrow? Otherwise that list is missing some more. McLaren, Bugatti, Zonda S (very fast M-B V12, kicked the crap out of the Lambo; I like this car )

The Vette is always a great bang for your buck car. Nice to see Ford at #2. Now can they stay afloat long enough to keep it?
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I forgot the mention the new Porsche GT, it would shred the 911 I believe as well as their new 911 RS (or is it RSR?).
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Yeah, Popular Mechanics is an American magazine so it is biased towards cars readily available in the U.S. None of the cars you mentioned are readily available in the U.S. I think the only British cars that see any kind of sales in the U.S. are Jaguar and Land Rover. Of course, isn't Jaguar owned by Ford?

BTW - I like TVRs!!!!
Fair enough. Yes, Jaguar is owned by Ford - has been for a while now.

I've got a little TVR garage about 5 miles from where I now live - and I've not been there yet!!! They're fabulous - or at least they would be if they weren't legendarily unreliable
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Bazil i rather would take the new Koenigsegg CC-R then :green:
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Bazil i rather would take the new Koenigsegg CC-R then :green:
CC-R? I've not heard of that. I assume it's a "quicker" version - if that's possible!!!
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yep, this one has 806 hp and does 389.5 kph / 242.0 mph :green: :nuts:
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Mmmmmm - that sounds quite "interesting" - unfortunately, it's probably extremely expensive, yes?
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well, it should be around $350.000

wich isn't that bad for what you are getting

remember the normal version beated the Zonda in speed on Top Gear :green:
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well, it should be around $350.000

wich isn't that bad for what you are getting

remember the normal version beated the Zonda in speed on Top Gear :green:
For $350,000 I'd expect it to beat the space shuttle!!!
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For $350,000 I'd expect it to beat the space shuttle!!!
:green: :green: :green:

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For $350,000 I'd expect it to beat the space shuttle!!!
what are you expecting from the Enzo then????
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I don't need to expect anything from the Enzo - it's a Ferrari, so I already know it'd be fabulous!!! :green:
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I'm not impressed.

http://www.mr2ownersclub.com/quartermile/

Most of the cars listed in the 11sec range and up are street cars. Put toghether with mods for under 10K. Add that to the 5-10k to buy one used and you can buy a house with the rest and run with those cars.

Like this one:
http://www.mr2mania.com/

Don't get me wrong, I love Ferraris (or I wouldn't be here) and other exotics. But if out and out speed is your thing there are better ways to spend your money. These cars are not being sold simply because of the speed they have. There are other factors to go into why someone purchases one. I'm sure this is why Ferrari has decided not to participate. I mean how would it look of they took all of those cars and added that little MR2 to the mix and had a head line like:

"You Paid Too Much and Got Too Little Performance!"

9- Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG [email protected] ($81,660)
8- Used Toyota MR2 Turbo [email protected] ($15,000)
7- Lamborghini Gallardo [email protected] ($183,364)
6- Chevrolet Corvette Z-06 [email protected] ($52,720)
5- Mercedes-Benz SL600 [email protected] ($135,810)
4- Porshe 911 Turbo [email protected] ($139,340)
3- Dodge Viper SRT-10 [email protected] ($84,795)
2- Ford GT [email protected] ($145,000)

And the quickest car on the planet:
1- Saleen S7 Competition [email protected] ($447,048)
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Charles,
The article did say that you could take any inexpensive car and with modifications get it to to 12 second quarter-miles. They said they weren't looking at any modified cars. They were only testing cars that ran in 12's off the showroom floor.

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Just a quick understanding about the guys and the cars on Ferrari Forum. Most are track goers (ie turns). Show me some lap times of that MR-2 on Laguna Seca. Then we can compare. Strait shot, quarter of a mile sure you can put bunch of turbos on there and get it going quick, but turn?

Not to mention you are comparing apples to oranges so this whole topic is pointless already. When was the last time you saw an MR-2 race a Saleen in ALMS?
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Looks like I got off-topic myself. Didn't realize the article was also just interested in strait line shooting. So the whole turn business can be ignored. See Pete's post two above, I think that sums it up.
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Yeah, the article was strictly concerned with how fast a showroom car can cover the quarter mile. No handling, braking, slaloms or anything else was considered. Just pure acceleration from a standing start. No tuner cars either, strictly showroom cars.

These cars were the best from what they were given to test. Many worthy models, as Bazil pointed out, were not included. Ferrari was asked but refused to even participate.

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