Ask two car enthusiasts “What’s a good enough 0-60 mph time?” and you’re likely to get two different answers. Heck, ask those two car enthusiasts to define what makes a fast car and the answers you’ll get might be wildly different. What’s fast to someone who drives buses for a living might be a bit different than someone who has a McLaren in their garage.
In a return to Prove Me Wrong, Jason argued that a car that gets to 60 mph in 16 seconds is ok, and a car that hits 60 mph in 10 seconds is probably good for most people. If you want to have a little fun, a 7-second time to 60 mph can still put a smile on your face.
Acceleration times are silly things. As Jason noted, decades ago, a Porsche 911 hit 60 mph in 7 seconds and that was considered fast. Today, a Honda Odyssey minivan is faster than that. In my garage, I have a 2006 Smart Fortwo CDI, a baby diesel car with 40 HP and an official 0-60 time of 20 seconds. Mine’s tuned, so now it does the job in a blistering time of about 16 seconds.
On the other end of the scale, my Saturn Sky Red Line can hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and that’ll put your head into the headrest! My Triumph Rocket III also does the job in about 3.5 seconds, which is legitimately fast even for today. Since we missed a couple of COTDs, I’m nominating a couple of people today!
In terms of scale, I think Dogisbadob nails it with this COTD winner:
0-60 in 12 seconds is adequate ????
12-15 moderately slow
8-10 more than adequate
6-8 fucking fast
4-6 extremely fast
I feel Eggsalad’s pain here. Back in 2020, I owned a Mercedes-Benz 240D. The fastest time I clocked for 0-60 was 25 seconds. That makes the diesel Smart seem like a sports car:
I owned a 1977 Mercedes 240D with 4-speed manual. Factory quoted 28.5 second 0-60 time, which seemed pretty accurate. I’m still alive.
For another nomination, we have Flat6Fever, who perhaps describes the nightmare of buying a not-actually-flooded Aston Martin DB9 in a single sentence:
Somehow this is how I imagine it would be to date Taylor Swift.
Sorry Taylor, I still listen to some of your music! Have a great evening, everyone!