JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1596 times:
The fastest I've ever had a car was my 1975 Olds Cutlass. I had it up to 125 mph. It was a 350 CID 4bbl with net HP of 175. My current car is a Z34 Monte Carlo with a 3.4L V6. It has 210 HP, but I've only had it up to 90 MPH. I don't have the balls to drive any faster anymore. Not so much for the danger, but for getting caught. I don't know what it would top out at, but I'm curious.
JonnyGT From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 242 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1594 times:
1996 Porsche Carrera 4S
0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds due to a turbo upgrade and many other improvements. Has a wonderful throaty sound to it, and a 2nd gear that will REALLY kick you in the ass! I believe the speedometer read 160 during a 5 mile flat road blast.
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 6011 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1582 times:
Ironically enough, it was probably my dear-departed (totalled into the side of a s*itbox Bronco) Audi 100 (A6); it was not particularly fast off the line, but it went up to 130 mph easily, and had more left. "long Legs," as they say.
I had a 1969 Chevy Caprice with the high-output 350 (300 hp), it was smooth and silent, and I got *it* up to 125mph quite easily, but lacked the guts (I lacked the guts, not he car!) to go faster. That was on bias-ply tires (that is, they were not radials); and with the soft-sprung suspension, at that speed, even on a nice open stretch of I-35, it was a white-knuckle experience. I am probably lucky that it did not kill me then and there, but God protected this fool that day.
If my current Caddy deVille did not have the electronic rev limiter, I imagine it would do 150 mph or better; it gets to 112 (the electronic limit) without the remotest difficulty, an dthe DTS (with only a few more HP) gets to its limit of 135 quite easily as well. I'm going to see whether there is a chip hack available to get 'round that 112 limit. Like I need it.
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1563 times:
Well, now I know Americans are wussies! Since moving to Vienna from New York, I've had many opportunities to take my car for a good workout on the German Autobahnen.
Most cars this side of the Atlantic go as fast as 150mph/240kph or more. All four cars I've had so far in Europe went up to 150mph. My last car, a Peugeot 605 had about 210 HP, and I took it up to 125mph/200kph quite frequently while driving through Germany. There, it's not uncommon to see drivers going 150mph and more. As for having balls, I guess you get used to it. When I went back the last time to NY, I was surprised how slowly everybody drove, I just couldn't bring myself to do to 65mph. Luckily I wasn't caught by police, that would've been one hefty ticket!
SophieMaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1559 times:
That I've ever driven would probably be a BMW 328 or maybe a Nissan 300ZX. It's hard to say what is fastest because I've never raced in a car. Now that fastest I've ridden in would have to be the Ferrari Daytona and the Ferrari Testarossa...too bad I couldn't drive them
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7879 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1518 times:
I've topped out around 90 or so mph while passing traffic on the interstate. I'd never dare to go that fast continuously... you are just easy pickings for DPS, not to mention the price of the ticket and the higher insurance premiums.
Hepkat: Have you noticed the condition of most American interstate highways?? Even if I had a good car with a good suspension, tires, breaks etc... I wouldn't trust the road. Sure the pavement is good now, but what about after that bend?? A nice piece of asphalt one moment, dodging potholes the next.
Also, US spec vehicles are geared more towards acceleration at low speed. We like to get off fast, in a matter of speaking; vs. high speed capability of Euro-spec vehicles.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1519 times:
Fastest _accelerating_ car was a streetrod 1923 Ford roadster- not an original "T", but a replica fiberglass body- with a full-house 350 Chevrolet engine..auto trans. Thing weighed 1500 lbs and had eyeball flattening acceleration, zero to anything. -- Like me and my gearhead friends say: It's not how fast you go- It's how FAST you go fast!
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1515 times:
A had a BMW 328 Coupe which is supposed to have a governor which limits the speed to 250 kmh (155 mph), but I clocked it (with chronometer in hand, over 5 kilometers) at 267 kmh (165.5 mph) on a French highway.