• Dec 16, 2011
Any modern performance car worth buying puts just as much emphasis on stopping as it does on going. After all, what's the point in being able to hit ludicrous speed if you can't manage to get it back down without heading fascia-first into an unmovable object?

So, what's a good stopping distance? According to the crew at Motor Trend, 100 feet from 60 miles per hour is a pretty good starting point. And the best of the best do the deed in significantly less. How's about 93 feet, recorded by both the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition and the 2008 Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

There's a smattering more Corvettes and Ferraris in the under-100-feet club, plus a couple Audis, Porsches and Vipers, along with a lone Lamborghini and the 2011 Nissan GT-R. If you're willing to allow non-DOT-approved tires, a prototype Lexus LFA managed to halt from 60 in 94 feet.

Speaking of tires, it seems that the best stopping treads are the Michelin Pilot Sport Cups, which are joined on the list by the Pirelli Pzero Corsas and a couple sets of Bridegstone Potenzas.

We've got to hand it to the Corvette Z06 for topping the list, especially since it's one of the least expensive vehicles in the under-100 club.


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Impressive numbers no doubt, but what of the cars that us mere mortals can afford?
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      It always cracked me up that the 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII had a 60-0 stopping distance of only 109 feet, far superior to any "performance car" of the day and not very far off these Carbon Fiber braked, monster sticky tired exotics. The almost 3,800 pound Mark VIII luxury sport coupe did it with regular brakes and 225/60/16 Good Year tires that you can still get for $90 a piece!!! Love it! And I love my 1998 Mark VIII. These cars were/are so underrated it isn't fully. Back in the day one of the car magazines took a stock Mark VIII, bypassed the speed limiter, removed the mufflers, lowered it, and put high speed tires on it and took it to 181 MPH. This isn't your grand daddys Lincoln!! http://www.markviii.org/LOD2/bonneville.htm
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow - that will suck the eyeballs out of your head. That z06 sure is beautiful car - I'd vote best ever vette (stingrays and zr1s are nice but this is just amazing.) You guys are right on regarding the tires. But tires are always going to be a compromise - those sport cups really are miraculous when it's dry and flat but if you are going to be driving in any wet weather they would be scary. I wish the stock (not the cups) tires weren't run flats - seems like there must be a better solution.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well duh people. It's a corvette. All things government motors rule. Bow your heads.
      Brian D
      • 3 Years Ago
      It sounds pretty dumb to test cars with tires other than stock, when 99% of buyers will not replace the tires until they are worn out. That is like testing a stock vehicle against another vehicle with aftermarket accessories. Of course you will get different testing results from a vehicle using aftermarket tires, brakes, or carbon fiber to reduce weight.
      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's really all about tires (as ALL of the cars on their list show): We put hi-po street/track rubber on an Mk2 Miata a few years back and got 99 feet. HUGE improvement over the 115 or so it did stock (which was already darn good). If you value your children's life, get some Sport Cups for the wife's minivan! However, as any sports car driver will tell you, getting rear-ended is a serious risk with cars that stop quickly...
      Tom
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much of that perforamnce is due to the tires is debatable, but the least Autoblog could done was mention some relevent details that Motor Trend discussed about the Z06: "Chevrolet decided to offer slicks as an option for the 2012 model year, and our Corvette came so equipped... this Z06 performed the shortest stop we've ever tested: 60-0 mph in 94 feet. It also posted the fastest figure-eight time, well, ever. But no one would credit the car for either excellent stat, only the tires."
        The Calligrapher
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tom
        Because it IS the tires in a single-shot experiment. All these fancy-schmancy brake systems pursue only one objective: to make the performance sustainable in a long race, i.e. to prevent brake fade. If the fade is not an issue, i.e. we do a single braking test, then even a Camry will put out a similar stopping distance on comparable tires. In any modern braking system tires are the bottleneck. By a large margin.
      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to commend the GTR for stopping under 100ft. It not only weighs the most, but also does not use cup tires.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's great. However, a Z06 Carbon isn't exactly cheap. The performance package on this car ads $7500 to the price of it. I'm sure it's worth it if you need it, but it's not really a car you would get into casually.
      Justin B.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a shame Lexus at least offer a higher performance tire with the LFA. It not only hinders braking but performance as well. Most reviews get between 3.8 and 4.2 seconds to 60mph which is obviously on the slow side and this car is clearly capable of more.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Sam Brown
      • 3 Years Ago
      1993.5 Toyota Supra turbo also stopped under 100ft, 99ft to be exact. Incredable for a car from the early 90's.
        Serge
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sam Brown
        can u post a link to a credible source... I don't think anything in 1993 stopped that short.
        Fur Burger
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sam Brown
        "Mark IV Supra also featured a four-sensor four-channel track tuned ABS system with yaw control whereby each caliper is sensored and the brakes are controlled individually according to the speed, angle, and pitch of the approaching corner. This unique Formula One-inspired braking system allowed the Supra Turbo to record a 70 mph (113 km/h) -0 braking distance of 149 ft (45 m)."
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