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post #226 of 258
How often does the ability to go from zero to sixty in 7 seconds actually become useful to you in everyday life? Really?
post #227 of 258
If you are asking me, quite a lot. But I don't live in Brooklyn and I am sure our needs are very different so I don't expect you to understand mine. I see where you're going with this, but I'm hardly a fatuous bench racer who wanks off to cars he'll never have any use for, and you should also know that the only vehicle I currently operate is a Toyota Prius.

And it's not just the 0-60 time; that's just the most convenient way of measuring a car's ability to leave a dead stop and something that every Tom Dick and Harry can understand. Very few people can even get the most out of their cars.

Stats like braking, lateral grip, and top gear acceleration are every bit as useful (if not more so) as 0-60 times. As far as acceleration specifically, I find the 1/4 mile (and associated trap speed) a little more indicative of a car's true abilities. Audi's cars produce stunning 0-60 times but rather middling 1/4 mile times, for example.
post #228 of 258
I am worried how long we will have speed limit free Highways in Germany... Not that I need to really often go that fast, but its good to know you can, if you want.
post #229 of 258
I wish the rest of the industrialized world would adopt something like what Germany has. In the States you can go 80mph once in a while, but the majority of the time, the left lane is usually filled with people doing 55-60mph, which is just about what our local limits are.
post #230 of 258
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How often does the ability to go from zero to sixty in 7 seconds actually become useful to you in everyday life? Really?
Ben, 0-60 in 7 is real slow these days.
post #231 of 258
"slow" is a statement of SPEED and speaking of zero-to-sixty is ACCELERATION, so it would be more accurate to say "0-60 in 7 is a very long time these days" but I digress.

I quite frankly don't see any huge difference in going from 0-60 in 7 or 5 seconds. The frequency with which you must do this is tiny.

However I totally agree that it's useful to be able to (as mentioned above) stop very quickly, or accelerate from say 40 to 60 very very quickly.

Ross - I don't live in brooklyn anymore (washington heights now) . Also I don't know where you live but I don't think I've EVER been on any highway anywhere in the continental US where people are going 60 in the leftmost lane. Hell I typically go 75-80 on EVERY highway whenever I drive and I've never once gotten a ticket for speeding...
post #232 of 258
ross is correct, acceleration can be very important. The ability to accelerate onto an expressway is very necessary and keeps you safe.

It drives me crazy when I want to get on an expressway from the on-ramp and the person in front of me is creeping.

Still driving my 97 Disco and yes I can accelerate.
post #233 of 258
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I quite frankly don't see any huge difference in going from 0-60 in 7 or 5 seconds. The frequency with which you must do this is tiny.
Some people don't see the difference between ZAF 796 and Thanaz 8aa, just that they are both Diesel. It may sound like a silly comparison, but drive a 5-second car after the 7-second car and you will see the difference.

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Ross - I don't live in brooklyn anymore (washington heights now) . Also I don't know where you live but I don't think I've EVER been on any highway anywhere in the continental US where people are going 60 in the leftmost lane. Hell I typically go 75-80 on EVERY highway whenever I drive and I've never once gotten a ticket for speeding...
Virginia, inside the Capital Beltway. Enforcement here is very strict, and people just don't seem to care about following proper lane observance. On I-66 you might even see someone driving 45 or 50 in the left lane of a 55-mph zone.
post #234 of 258
If you read what I posted I said acceleration is important, but for example I REALLY care how quickly my car can accelerate from 25 to 40 or from 50 to 80, but 0 to 60 always seemed like a stupid measurement. How frequently is your safety dictated by your car being able to go from a dead stop to a mile a minute? MUCH more often it's the 40-60 or 50-80 acceleration that will save your life (or the any-speed-at-all-to-zero heh)
post #235 of 258
yes there is actually a normal conversation going on HF >_<
post #236 of 258
with the 4 remaining active members
post #237 of 258
Where's Dave to ban us?
post #238 of 258
luckee26, you have a very nice zoom machine.

One of my girlfriends had a silver one; although not as cool looking as yours. It was a very fun car to drive; that is on the rare occasions she would let me behind the wheel.

lucklee26, here is a cool pic to keep the forum from drying up, as the old timers here have stated.

post #239 of 258
i drive a Dodge Stratus
post #240 of 258
LOL! You are referencing that SNL skit, yes?
post #241 of 258
/\ Yep. Good call!
post #242 of 258
lol
post #243 of 258
i'd like to add, as ross hinted at, that 0-60 is more of an indication of a car's performance. chances are, if a car has a faster 0-60 it will have a faster 40-60 ect. it's not like car manufacturers put these numbers out with the notion that drivers will stop accelerating at 60.

but i must say, during my daily commute the speed limit doesn't go above 55 so 0-60 is pretty important to me as i usually have to stop at around 60 - 65 to avoid the NJ nazis.
post #244 of 258
I drive a 2001 Saturn L-200 white. It gets me from point a to point b just fine.
post #245 of 258
this is just like mine but I've got some gansta-ass windonw tint

post #246 of 258
g g g g g g-unit!
post #247 of 258
Luckee - any chance of a WAYWT shot, done import-model style with you next to the car?
post #248 of 258
/\ good idea. she can use my car.
post #249 of 258
Hers is a little more "import model" friendly
post #250 of 258
that's cool, it doesn't matter to me; long as i get to see the photos
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