Top speed will always be a marker of engineering achievements. Acceleration, on the other hand provides a much more useful metric by which to visualize how a vehicle moves through space.
It’s particularly impressive when considering the balance of power and control that must be realized to yield a great result.
There are only a few cars – that is, showroom-stock production cars – in the world that can run from 0-60 in less than three seconds.
Road & Track put three of these on the test. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport the Porsche 911 Turbo S and the new 2012 Nissan GT-R.
Yes – they’re all quite pricey – some exponentially more than others.
Nissan GT-R: 0-60 mph: 2.94 seconds
Porsche 911 Turbo S: 0-60 mph: 2.84 seconds
2012 Bugatti Veyron: 0-60 mph: 2.52 seconds