There are many ways to measure a car's performance, and no shortage of benchmarks against which to judge them. The 200 mile-per-hour mark, for example, holds its share of bragging rights. And back in the day, Road & Track would hold shootouts to determine which cars made the cut and which did not. But now the magazine is back with a new benchmark, one that's a lot tougher to beat: the two-second sprint to sixty.

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. Most of them are all-wheel drive, have dual-clutch transmissions, and are made by one division or another of the Volkswagen Group. R&T admitted the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Porsche 911 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R to the exclusive club. Video of the affair is posted after the jump.

We'd like to see the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C give it a shot. What would you like to see in the next heat? Treat the comments section as a suggestion box.


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      Clipper44
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never fail to get slack jawed when watching the Veyron SS...damn...to have that much low end quickness AND hit over 265+ mph blows my mind. Beyond the Veyron, which I'll prolly never lay eyes on, that Porsche is BOSS - looked like it was fired out of a cannon.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a well done video, man that Veyron is just crazy off the line.
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      The veyron scares me . . . .
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      0_o The Veyron does 160 mph nearly twice as quick as a GTR... granted it is more than 10x the price, but at a certain realm of performance, bargains cease to matter in the fantastic, pointless, and brilliant pursuit of speed through engineering and serious good luck. Sorry, there is just something about the Veyron (and SS) that commands respect, even years from now when all of its records have been demolished. I may be too young to fully appreciate the Mclaren F1 and all record setting machines before it, but to me the stylistically challenged, overweight, over engineered and breathtakingly overpriced Veyron is the gold standard of achievement. And the better looking, more tasteful, more powerful SuperSport is all the more great.
        Hartwig
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        For me it is the Ferrari F40. Still fast for todays cars, and almost 25 years old. Though what the veyron has done is make a luxury, easy to drive car that fast. It is absolutely amazing.
      Duane
      • 3 Years Ago
      that Turbo S is really something, but GTR for the price is still the performance bargain for any of us who cant afford anything above the $100K mark. The Veyron is ridiculous! i can own at least 10 cars within the 3-4sec 0-60 range for that amount including the GTR and the Porchse Turbo S!
      Bill Badnaruk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ariel Atom should be able to join no problem, and not the new 500bhp one, the old one should dispatch 60 under 3 seconds. The new one might actually be slower due to lack of traction.
      PheelACCD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd love to see Koenigsegg compete for a membership in that club... Now, if Citroen decided to put the GT into production, that'd be even better.
      typhicane
      • 3 Years Ago
      These should (most have already made) make the cut: (yes, some are superlights, and wouldn't be considered "production cars" as they make only a handful each year) Aventador MP4-12C Ariel Atom (the 300 hp and the 500 hp models) Agera (coming to US?) Huayra (coming to US?) Koenigsegg CCXR (not sold in US?) LP 670-4 SV (out of production) Ultima GTR (not sold in US) Noble M600 (not sold in US) Ascari A10 (not sold in US) Gumpert Apollo (not sold in US) Caterham R500 and CSR (not sold in US) Caparo T1 (not sold in US)
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @typhicane
        I believe Koenigsegg and Pagani will be making sure more than 1-3 cars make it to the US with both models. There's only 2 CCXRs in the US and 3 Zondas. The Ultima GTR and Noble M600 are shipped over in parts so it doesn't have to pass DOT crash tests since they're considered kit cars. All Caterham trim levels are sold outside of the US. I believe Caterham has a shop here in the US.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @typhicane
        they sell the Gumpert Apollo in the US
      OAO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Car & Driver tested the MP4-14C in the UK and recorded put down a 2.9 in the 0-60run.
      facemobmafia
      • 3 Years Ago
      That was the greatest video I've ever seen. What's most interesting, the 911 amazes with less than half the power of the Veyron.. One could actually buy a 911.. beautiful!
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      That was f'ing cool. Where's the Aventador?
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Aventador will definitely be there, I'm sure a top spec Ariel Atom could do it too.
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