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Old 03-04-2023, 09:56 PM   #1
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C/D Fastest Cars of the 80s

Car and Driver just pushed out a ďFastest Cars of the 80sĒ
compilation, which I thought was interesting to page through.

https://www.caranddriver.com/feature...st-cars-1980s/

It wonít surprise you to learn that the 959 was the fastest car they tested in the 80s, and for those of us that grew up then, the rest of the list isnít that shocking either (though I was a little surprised about how fast the 512BB was). With all the talk here about how the 964s arenít that quick by modern standards itís also fascinating to see the Ď89 Carrera 4 make the list.

Speaking of modern standards, itís also wild that my current fleet (other than the Jetta) all accelerate faster than most of the cars on this list and even give the 959 a run for itís money; the Tesla launches harder, gets to 60 half a second faster, and even clears the quarter quicker (though itís trap speed is slightly lower); the BMW struggles with traction but though itís 4/10s behind at the 1/4 itís actually got a higher trap speed than the 959.

But maybe the most surprising one for me was the Boxster. Despite its traction disadvantage (which helps explain it being 2/10s of a second slower to 60), it has the same 1/4 time as the 959 and even a higher trap speed.

Cars have gotten really fast.
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Old 03-04-2023, 10:16 PM   #2
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Yes they have.

The Macan I’m buying is the base unit. But still is a sub 6 second car.
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Old 03-04-2023, 10:48 PM   #3
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Wait youíre buying a Macan?
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Old 03-04-2023, 11:50 PM   #4
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Wait youíre buying a Macan?
Yeah.

Itís for commuting.
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Old 03-05-2023, 12:17 AM   #5
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Macan T? Or the true base unit?
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Old 03-05-2023, 12:26 AM   #6
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Macan T? Or the true base unit?
Not a T. Either a 2018 Macan Turbo (no CPO) or a 2021 or 2022 base Macan.

Mahogany or Gentian Blue.

I need to keep the miles down on the 911s.
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Old 03-05-2023, 12:27 AM   #7
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Not a T. Either a 2018 Macan Turbo (no CPO) or a 2021 or 2022 base Macan.

Mahogany or Gentian Blue.

I need to keep the miles down on the 911s.
(All of these options, to your point, are remarkably fast)
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Old 03-05-2023, 07:33 AM   #8
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I need to keep the miles down on the 911s.
Damn Iím confused Ö. I thought you had a Mercedes for that purpose.
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Old 03-05-2023, 08:36 AM   #9
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Damn Iím confused Ö. I thought you had a Mercedes for that purpose.
He dumped it.

And, yes, cars are fast these days. My M440 is a 4.7 car. I think thatís what my 2006 M3 was, too, back in the day.

So, not only are the top-of-the-line cars fast, but just the regular cars as well.
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Old 03-05-2023, 08:47 AM   #10
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Yeah, it’s crazy. Even in the 90’s it was a pretty big deal to get to 60 under 6 seconds for normal cars. Now it’s nothing.
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