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The 5 Quickest Production Porsches Of The 60’s

By   August 2, 2013

1968 Porsche 911

1968 Porsche 911 is One of the 5 Quickest Production Porsches of the 60’s

Porsches have been some of the best performing cars of their time. Earlier this week we ran down the list of the 5 quickest Porsches of the 1950s and now we are on to the 1960s. To get this list we took a look at the available data and used the standing quarter mile time as the main metric. While quarter mile times aren’t the only measure of performance, it is what we will use for this list and we will have future lists using other measurements to try and put together lists of the best handling cars.

  1. 1966 Porsche 911 S
    The 1966 911 S could go from 0 to 60 mph just 8 seconds and could run the standing quarter mile in 15.5 seconds. And remember that in the mid-60’s this was quite good performance.
  2. 1964 Porsche 911
    The ’64 911 is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds. Its quarter mile time was 16.2 seconds, not bad for its time and near the beginning of production of a new model.
  3. 1968 Porsche 911 Sportomatic
    The ’68 911 equiped with Sportomatic could go from 0 to 60 mph in 10.2 seconds and run the quarter mile in 17.3 seconds.
  4. 1960 Porsche 356B
    When the 60’s started the 356B had some good performance for its time. It could go from 0 to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds and run the quarter mile in 18.0 seconds. Although, if you ever drive one it feels faster than those numbers.
  5. 1967 Porsche 912
    The entry level 912 was able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 11.6 seconds and run the quarter mile in 18.1 seconds. Those times are pretty close to the 356 which makes sense as it had essentially the same engine.

This list is based on the data that is available to us, so feel free to let us know if you have different data. All of these cars are great in there own right and they were some of the faster cars available in the 1960s. Plus if you drive one of these cars they all feel faster than these times imply.

Let us know in the comments below what you think of the cars in this list.

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2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Quickest Car By Company (Well Almost)

By   June 20, 2013

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The official performance figures have been released for the New 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and it is now officially the fastest accelerating car that the British sports car maker has ever made. Well, that is almost true as the one exception is the extremely limited edition One-77 that only had 77 car produced (hence the name). None the less the new Aston Martin is very fast, but still as luxurious as ever.

The new model is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and will keep going until the top speed of 205 mph. To accomplish this performance a 6.0-liter V12 engine outputting 565 horsepower is put in the car. The cost for all this performance and luxury will start at $184,995. So, unless you live in Beverly Hills, don’t expect to see too many of these sports cars driving around town.

It is interesting to note that from 0 to 60 mph the V12 Vantage S is just a tenth of a second faster than a 2014 Corvette Stingray. While the Aston Martin has a much faster top end speed, on the road don’t expect to go all that much quicker than a car that starts at over $130,000 less.

While you won’t be able to blow the American sports car away while getting on the freeway, you’ll have a much more luxurious experience driving quickly. After all, it costs to have all that leather, that badge, famous grille and to feel like you are a certain spy.

Press Release

Aston Martin’s most extreme sports car, the new V12 Vantage S, is today confirmed as the brand’s fastest accelerating production car to date – with the exception of the limited edition, and sold-out, One-77 hypercar.

Taking just 3.7 seconds to sprint from 0-60 mph (3.9 seconds 0-100 km/h) the sports car underlines its position as not only the brand’s fastest accelerating production car, but also the most potent Vantage in Aston Martin’s glittering 100-year history.

Equipped with the new 573 PS AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring latest generation engine management, the car is capable of reaching 205 mph making it, also, the fastest sports car to wear the iconic Aston Martin wings – One-77 excepted.

With 620 Nm of torque available at 5,750 rpm the V12 Vantage S is as flexible as it is powerful. Low rev torque – measured at just 1,000 rpm – stands at 510 Nm and, driving the rear wheels through the new Sportshift™III AMT (automated manual transmission) ensures the car boasts true sporting driveability.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The new V12 Vantage S brings our winning GT3 race formula to the road. It’s a car for those customers who want superior sporting performance in a ‘gentleman’s suit’. It’s the most pure, yet understated, driving machine we can imagine today.”

As might be expected of such a potent machine, race car technology features throughout the V12 Vantage S. Aside from significant development time spent lapping the ‘green hell’ of Germany’s infamous Nürburgring to hone its dynamic capabilities and, of course, that motorsport-derived paddle shift gearbox, the new car includes such track-inspired components as CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts.

Ian Minards, Product Development Director at Aston Martin, said: “Harnessing the sheer, raw, power of the AM28 engine – ensuring it is delivered in the most coherent, engaging way – has been a challenge for the Engineering team, but this record acceleration figure ably demonstrates that it is one we have more than met.

“With great motorsport successes already under our belt such as the WEC win at Silverstone and our superb showing at the recent Nürburgring 24 Hour race, plus the excitement of Le Mans just around the corner, it seems fitting that our most extreme road-going Vantage yet claims this acceleration record now.”

Nuanced, as well as potent, the new car includes technology which allows its driver to accurately tune its ride and handling. Three-stage adaptive damping means the driver can more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character and exploit its clear performance potential. ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic capability, while the system also governs the level of power steering assistance offered.

Working alongside the extended adaptive damping system is a ‘Sport’ mode, controlled via a button on the centre console, which alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note to, once again, tune the character of the car to the driver’s requirements.

The new ZF-Servotronic™power assisted steering boasts a quicker 15:1 ratio, in line with the car’s sporting pedigree, linked to the adaptive damping button. It offers two-mode steering assistance designed to best match the ‘Sport’ or ‘Normal’ settings generated by the Adaptive Damping System.

Pricing for the new 2015 V12 Vantage S is also confirmed. In the United States the new car
is available from (USD) $184,995 MSRP and at (CAD) $195,950 MSRP in Canada. Deliveries are expected to commence early next year across the Americas.

Chevrolet Release Official 2014 Corvette Stingray Performance Figures

By   June 20, 2013

2014 Corvette Stingray

2014 Corvette Stingray

The 2014 Corvette Stingray has received a lot of attention for its new styling and high horsepower figures. The higher power outputs are largely thanks to the use of modern technologies, such as direct fuel injection. The American sports car outputs an impressive 455 horsepower and 460 foot-pounds of torque.

Now Chevrolet has released the official performance figures of the high performance vehicle and they look pretty impressive. When equipped with the Z51 Performance Package the Stingray can launch from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 3.8 seconds. It can then stop from 60 mph in 107 feet. When the road gets a bit windy it can manage 1.03 G in the corners.

The car was also put through its paces at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) and managed a lap time of 2:51.78. To put that in perspective the incredible and powerful Corvette ZR1 managed a fastest time of 2:45.63, so the standard car is now about 5 seconds slower on the same track. This makes our mouth water at the thought of just how fast a new ZR1 model would be.

I’m sure you are wondering how much all this performance will cost you. The 2014 Corvette Stingray starts at $51,995 and the car that was used for these performance figures would cost you $56,590. While not cheap that is a lot of car for the money.

Press Release

Chevrolet released official performance estimates today for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the most capable standard Corvette ever. Equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package, the new Stingray is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, braking from 60 to 0 in 107 feet, and sustaining 1.03 g in cornering.

Cumulatively, the acceleration, cornering and braking capability of the Corvette Stingray enabled it to lap the Virginia International Raceway’s (VIR) 4.2-mile “Grand Course” in 2:51.78.

“For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette’s performance,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “Considered alone, the acceleration, braking and cornering performance of the Corvette Stingray is truly impressive. More significant is how well they work together, resulting in a lap time at VIR that places the new Stingray in the upper echelon of all sports cars.”

2014 Corvette Stingray Z51
Acceleration from 0-60 MPH 3.8 seconds
¼ mile acceleration 12 seconds @ 119 mph
Braking distance from 60 to 0 MPH 107 feet
Maximum lateral acceleration 1.03 G
VIR ‘Grand Course’ Lap 2:51.78

The lap around VIR was conducted in Stingray equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control. The vehicle that conducted the lap was modified only with safety features like a racing seat and harness, and fire extinguisher system.

“The new Stingray constantly communicates feedback to the driver, which makes you feel incredibly confident behind the wheel,” said Jim Mero, Corvette vehicle dynamics engineer. “That confidence encourages you to attack each corner because the Stingray drives so well: the tire grip is incredible; the steering response is some of the best I’ve ever experienced; the Magnetic Ride dampers allow little body roll through the corner, while still soaking up the rumble strips when you clip the apex,” he said. “It’s just addictive on the track.”

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013 for a suggested starting retail price of $51,995, excluding tax, title, and license fees. The $2,800 Z51 Performance Package includes an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability. Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management is a $1,795 option. A Corvette Stingray equipped like the test car used at VIR would cost $56,590.