Zero to 60 in 1.8 Seconds: Is it Possible in a Production Car?

October 31st, 2012

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

If there are limits to speed, the human race has yet to find them.

Ever-increasing top speeds are one thing, but what really throws our backs into the seat is vicious acceleration. The standard measure of how quickly a car accelerates, of course, is the time it takes to scoot from a stop to 60 miles per hour. Zero-to-60 times of under 5 or 6 seconds are considered pretty quick. Under 4 is hypercar territory. Under 3 belongs to the Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 911 Turbo S and Nissan GT-R, with special mentions for the Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren MP4-12C and Ferrari 458 Italia. Maybe.

With a few cars knocking on the door of 2 seconds flat, how long before a production car does the unthinkable and manages a supersonic 0-60 time of under 2 seconds? If it’s possible, and we know it is, Bugatti may be the first to prove it.

I can’t even imagine what a 0-60 sprint of 1.8 seconds would feel like. That’s not just acceleration… that’s more like evaporation. But if the capability exists, and the legendary Veyron platform has yet to meet the limits of its potential, why not keep trying to see how far it can go?

Automobile says Bugatti plans to use even more carbon fiber to reduce weight while also turning the horsepower knob to eleven. The “SuperVeyron” will have either an 8.0- or 9.6-liter W16 engine good for, don’t choke, 1,600 horsepower! That should push down its 0-60 time while moving the top speed needle from 259 mph all the way to 288 mph. Wow.

If all goes according to plan, this next Veyron will weigh in at 550 pounds lighter than the “normal” Veyron SuperSport and have a power-to-weight ratio of 2.2 lb/hp. Assuming it gets the green light for production, expect to write a check for at least $2.5 million for the privilege of ownership.

Should production cars push the limits of acceleration and top speed?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
    | #1

    Well, you know how rediculous and absurd these cars are. As is now, few if any can be safely driven by anyone and have no business being on a public road. It’s kind of sad that talented engineers are wasting their time building bizarre, silly supercars for middle eastern sheiks and American hip hop musicians. At least many of them oblige the rest of us by crashing them in front of cell phone cameras when their drivers learn the laws of physics the hard way.

  2. Juan M Handal
    | #2

    and the worst part is, many of the guys who buy these cars, do it to show off, not even to drive. They are true penis extensions. It really is a pity that those engineers do not use their energy to create more usable cars. Oh and I admit that by pushing the envelope they are moving the whole industry forward, but they are waay past the level of ridiculous.

  3. Randy
    | #3

    Good one, Juan. That Bugatti does look a bit like a big codpiece, doesn’t it?

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