The 0-60 mph test is outdated. We need a new standard to reflect today’s level of performance.
The thing about 0-60 mph times is that they’re flawed. Sure, there are hardly more exhilarating ways to us a patch of empty road than to open the floodgates of a car, almost any car, and seeing what its engine, drivetrain, chassis, and tires can do at full tilt. That still doesn’t take away from the fact that 0-60 mph times are flawed. To put it simply, most automakers can design a car that pulls hard up to the minute-per-mile mark if they want, so why not raise the bar? Heck, a Chrysler Pacifica can do it better than Toyota's sports coupe but which would you pick?
All you need is an ample amount of power, all-wheel drive, traction control, and plenty of grip on the tires to better your odds. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk makes 60 mph happen in 3.5 seconds, coincidentally matching the winner of this German sports car drag race. The real challenge, though, is what happens beyond 60 mph.
That’s around the time that engines begin to lose their breath and gearing becomes tailored for efficiency rather than acceleration. To see which of these three German cars, a BMW M2, Audi TT RS and Porsche 718 Cayman S, is better than the others, it becomes important to test them on a straight runway long enough to hit 130 mph and brake to a halt afterwards. We won’t spoil the winner here, but it’s worth mentioning that all of the aforementioned methods of getting to 60 mph the fastest work favorably as long as the engine is powerful enough.