What does it really mean to be fast?

What does it really mean to be fast?


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You can only determine a car’s real speed based on its acceleration and its top speed. However, there is a big difference between the two. The top speeds means the fastest speed the car can reach. The acceleration is how fast a car can speed up, from 0-60 mph for example. So what does it mean to be fast, is it top speed or acceleration? Although a car may have a high top speed, based on how fast or slow its acceleration is it will take longer to reach its max. For an example the Dodge Charger Hellcat’s top speed is 204 mph and its acceleration from 0-60 mph is 2.9 seconds. In comparison, the Ferrari has a top speed of 199 mph but an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. Which one is fastest? Well it depends on if you want a fast acceleration or a fast top speed.  To limit all the possibilities, I choose an experts list of top 10 fastest cars to analyze more closely.

TYPE OF CAR                       Acceleration (0 – 60 mph)                   Top Speed

Dodge Charger Hellcat               2.9 SECONDS              204 mph
Ferrari               2.6 SECONDS              199 mph
Corvette Z06              2.95 SECONDS              205 mph
Porsche 911 turbos               2.9 SECONDS              205 mph
Nissan GTR Nismo               2.9 SECONDS              196 mph
Lamborghini Aventador SV               2.8 SECONDS              317 mph
Tesla Model S P90D               2.8 SECONDS              155 mph
McLaren P1               2.8 SECONDS              218 mph
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport               2.5 SECONDS              258 mph
Porsche 918 Spyder               2.5 SECONDS              210 mph

Even though the car with the fastest speed doesn’t have an  extremely fast acceleration, i overall think that the Lamborghini Aventador SV is the fastest. What do you think ?

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Fastest Cars 0-60 Times