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Old January 1st, 2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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MT fastest accelerating cars to 60mph of 2012



When it comes to chest-beating and proclamations of vehicular superiority, the 0-60 mph acceleration time is the go-to metric for straight-line enthusiasts worldwide. It’s hard to fault, really – there’s nothing quite like the brute force of launching a car from a dead stop to 60 mph. Which are both perfectly legal speeds in the U.S. of A, might I add.
As we did last year, we’re taking a look back at the hundreds of vehicles we tested in 2012 to highlight the bright spots. Here are the 10 quickest vehicles we flogged down the drag strip from 0-60 mph, and all but two come with two doors. Click through to view all 10 vehicles!


10. 2013 BMW M5 – 3.7 seconds
Let the record show the 560-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive F10 BMW M5 is the tenth-quickest-accelerating vehicle Motor Trend had the pleasure of testing in the year 2012. Actually, make that a European-spec M5, which we hurled from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The M5 shares its 0-60 mph time with a Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series, and Porsche 911 Carrera S, but makes the list’s cut by virtue of its superior quarter-mile time.
2013 BMW M5 First Test
“The latest generation of M5 manages to address the daily driving issues ignored by the e60, while simultaneously blowing it out of the water in performance. Enthusiasts may wax poetic about spinning the V-10’s tachometer needle past 8000 rpm, but the rush of torque – 500 lb-ft, to be exact – created by the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 launches the big car like a cannonball.”
Fun factoid: The procedure to activate the M5’s launch control makes the system the Rube Goldberg of all launch controls.
Other variants we’ve also tested: 2 (U.S. spec – 4.0 seconds; U.S. spec with manual transmission – 4.2 seconds)

9. 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster – 3.6 seconds
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is in contention for this list’s “Best Engine Sound” award, partly because it’s the lone convertible representative and partly because of the burly, 563-hp V-8 with outstanding exhaust tuning. It clubs the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.6 seconds, or basically the same as its slightly lighter gullwing-door-endowed coupe counterpart.
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster First Test
“The noises are monstrous, angry, thirsty, loud, yet they’re stimulating and addicting. Its sound is reminiscent of GM’s famed LS9, except Affalterbach’s mill has a large dose of unfiltered DTM racer bred into it.”
Fun factoid: The naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 uses racing-derived velocity stacks to help pressurize the air mass charge for each individual cylinder.
Other variants we’ve also tested: None


8. 2013 Audi S8 – 3.5 seconds
Say hello to the chunkiest car of the list…by far. At 4619 pounds, the Audi S8 is over 200 pounds more portly than the second-heaviest of the group (the M5). Nevertheless, all-wheel drive, a fast-shifting eight-speed automatic, and a 520-hp, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that doesn’t seem to know when to stop pulling does this executive sedan wonders. We know which car we’d use to demonstrate we’re responsible family-oriented folks to the in-laws.
2013 Audi S8 First Test
“How fast is your new whatever? Doesn’t matter – this full-size, four-door Audi is faster. That’s right, kids, unless you’re driving one of the absolute quickest cars on the market, the 2013 Audi S8 luxury sedan will probably show you its taillights.”
Fun factoid: A Porsche Panamera Turbo S will match the speed but can’t comfortably seat five passengers like the Audi.
Other variants we’ve also tested: None

7. 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 – 3.5 seconds
Associate road test editor Carlos Lago calls it, “…the performance-car bargain of the decade if all you’re concerned about is horsepower, top speed, and quarter-mile acceleration.” And he’s right, as the Ford Shelby GT500 is the only vehicle here with an as-tested price ($64,770) not in the six-figure range. It’s simply amazing what a 662-hp, supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 and six-speed manual will do to the senses.
2013 Ford Shelby GT500 First Test
“With all that extra power and torque, it’s easy to kick the rear end out, but – unlike the old car – when you get the rear loose in the 2013 GT500, its slide is progressive. The last-gen car would start to go, then suddenly it was gone. The 2013 is far more predictable, so it’s easier to modulate exactly how far you want to swing the rear out.”
Fun factoid: We blasted the GT500 to 196 mph at Chrysler’s Arizona Proving Ground, short of the car’s claimed 200+ mph top speed.
Other variants we’ve also tested: 1 (Best Driver’s Car contender – 3.5 seconds)


6. 2013 SRT Viper GTS – 3.4 seconds
The Snake is back under a new brand yet it hasn’t missed a beat. A 640-hp 8.4-liter V-10 takes center stage amidst a completely revamped SRT Viper that includes a more livable interior and updated suspension. It’s not as sadistic as it once was but remains a brutal ride (as it should be). This GTS is one of the first Vipers of the new generation. What an exciting time to be a fan of fast cars.
Comparison: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 vs. 2013 SRT Viper GTS
“Chrysler’s made much noise about how it’s gone and civilized the infamous snake. In a word, hogwash. The Viper might now have traction and stability control, but I’ll place my hand on whatever sacred book you like and swear that SRT brought in the Marquis de Sade as a consultant.”
Fun factoid: Exactly 150 GTS Launch Edition Vipers will be built and they’re all painted blue with white stripes.
Other variants we’ve also tested: None

5. 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – 3.4 seconds
It has the same 0-60 mph and quarter-mile time as its cross-town SRT rival, but the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is ranked higher on the list due to the narrowest of margins: a 0.1-mph advantage in quarter-mile trap speed. The outgoing C6 has had a fine run with the 638-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 and six-speed manual combination, and we can only dream how the C7 ZR1 will drive…
Comparison: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 vs. 2013 SRT Viper GTS
“That said, the ZR1’s magnetic shocks ride better and provide a more confidence-inspiring experience. Also, the Chevy’s massive carbon-ceramic brakes are noticeably more gifted than the Viper’s steelies on the street. Still, it was close.”
Fun factoid: We once raced a ZR1 against a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet. The fighter jet won.
Other variants we’ve also tested: None (previous ZR1s had less aggressive Michelins)


4. 2012 McLaren MP4-12C – 2.9 seconds
The McLaren MP4-12C carries an intelligent quality to it, an unquantifiable value that you’d expect from a brand name better recognized (on a global level) for its Formula 1 racing exploits. This is a supercar developed, tuned, and built with a maniacal attention to detail and efficiency. Hence the 2.9-second 0-60 mph time we extracted from the Best Driver’s Car contender, making the 12C the quickest rear-drive car we tested in 2012.
2012 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car
“And I should point out that this one wasn’t even a 2013 MP4-12C – that car gets a 24-hp bump to 616. Poor Randy and the rest of us had to make do with “only” 592 twin-turbo ponies. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the MP4-12C would shatter the Corvette’s time if the power bump were combined with a set of tires similar to the semi-slicks the Z06 was wearing.”
Fun factoid: Conventional anti-roll bars are replaced by a hydraulically actuated roll control system.
Other variants we’ve also tested: 1 (First Test car – 3.2 seconds)

3. 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition – 2.8 seconds
The top three spots on the quickest 0-60 mph directory of 2012 includes our long-term, 545-hp Nissan GT-R Black Edition. The 2.8-second 0-60 mph time is a 0.1-second step up over the 2012 model. Talk about incremental improvement – and it’s only going to get more difficult to reduce (if, any) the number of milliseconds for future GT-Rs. We hope Godzilla still has some tricks left up its sleeve.
2012 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car
“In my mind, that’s still the most impressive thing about the GT-R – you can just drive it so fast! There are few cars that are able to transition laterally as quickly and as assuredly as the big Nissan. It doesn’t tip over on itself and the GT-R’s hefty curb weight of 3887 pounds is well hidden.”
Fun factoid: The 2014 GT-R manages to make things better – improved throttle response at high rpms, a lower center of gravity, and greater chassis rigidity.
Other variants we’ve also tested: None (Black Edition only)


2. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 – 2.8 seconds
The “best arriver’s car,” per executive editor Ron Kiino, leverages 691 hp from its massive 6.5-liter V-12 and shoves it through a single-clutch automated manual transmission and four meaty drive wheels. Unsurprisingly, our European-spec Lamborghini Aventador test car needed a scant 2.8 seconds to reach 60 mph. Since it wallops the above GT-R in the quarter-mile – 10.6 seconds to the Nissan’s 11.1 – the Italian takes the silver spot. Surprisingly, the U.S.-spec car we took delivery of for the 2012 Best Driver’s Car story was nearly 300 pounds heavier and 0.1-second slower.
2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 European Spec First Test
“Even its launch control system boasts the wonderfully grandiose title of ‘Thrust Mode,’ and using it is trivially simple. On the center console, select Corsa from the three-mode Drive Select system and flip off stability control. When ‘Thrust Mode available’ appears on the tach, plant the brake pedal with your left foot and slap the throttle down with your right.”
Fun factoid: The Aventador’s handling behavior may be suspect, but its horizontally mounted, pushrod-actuated Ohlins shock absorbers are neat to look at and help centralize weight.
Other variants we’ve also tested: 1 (U.S. spec Best Driver’s Car contender – 2.9 seconds)

1. 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S – 2.7 seconds
The king of the 0-60 mph pile has all the right ingredients: launch control, all-wheel drive, a twin-clutch automatic transmission, and the numbers “911” affixed to its name. After all, if the marginally less powerful, 500-hp Porsche 911 Turbo (no “S”) can do the deed in 2.8 seconds, the more powerful, 530-hp 911 Turbo S should be quicker, right? And it absolutely was, by the skin of its teeth. Not a bad way for the 997-series to wind out its run.
Comparison: 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition vs. 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S
“I don’t know if I agree with ‘scary as hell,’ but go on and lift mid-corner and all doubt will be erased from your mind as to exactly what sort of car you’re driving. That said, a kick of the throttle reels you back in via the grippy goodness of AWD.”
Fun factoid: Being quickest to 60 mph is great. Having the highest fuel economy rating – 20 combined mpg – of these 10 cars just seems unfair.
Other variants we’ve also tested: None


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Old January 1st, 2013, 10:20 PM   #2
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At least the Gen V is quicker than the S8. Barely.
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At least the Gen V is quicker than the S8. Barely.
And a GT500.
Although I went 11.3 @ 127.3 mph in mine, bone stock on stock tires, at Orlando Speedworld on Sunday.

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And a GT500.
Although I went 11.3 @ 127.3 mph in mine, bone stock on stock tires, at Orlando Speedworld on Sunday.

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Is it true that Orlando raceway closed down for good? Heard a rumor....................
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And a GT500.
Although I went 11.3 @ 127.3 mph in mine, bone stock on stock tires, at Orlando Speedworld on Sunday.

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Thats as fast as the Gen V on a non prepped surface. Impressive especially considering its massive weight comparatively. I wonder what the Gen V would do on a prepped 1/4 mile track.
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Thats as fast as the Gen V on a non prepped surface. Impressive especially considering its massive weight comparatively. I wonder what the Gen V would do on a prepped 1/4 mile track.
My guess is 10.7-10.8 in the low 130s.
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