The Shelby 427 Cobra legendarily could do 0-100-0 in under 14 seconds. That’s a stat worthy of bragging rights, but holds little real world, or racing, worth. Envisioned as a track car without compromise, perhaps a better benchmark might have been acceleration out of a corner, or maybe just straight line speed. And yes, I know that’s a 289 Slab Side up there.
The most common performance metrics do seem to have little relevance in the real world. 0 to 60? Quarter mile time through the traps? Usually I’m climbing a ramp when I’m heading toward freeway speeds, do they ever account for that? I’m more interested in how quickly a car would go from 50 to 70 so I’ll know whether or not to pass those slow-ass trucks.
What do you think, are most automotive performance metrics bogus? What ones are important to you?
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