Saturday, December 08, 2007

Dispatches from the Horsepower Wars

by Tom Bozzo

The latest sign things are totally out of hand, from a Motor Trend comparison of family sedans with V-6 engines:
Truth is, each of these family sedans is intimidating, at least when looking back 20 years at our "Top-Speed 10" test from September 1988, in which we pushed 10 of the day's fastest sports cars to the limit. Turns out every one of these household heroes is quicker to 60 and the quarter mile than seven of those sports cars, including the Nissan 300ZX Turbo, BMW M6, and Chevy Camaro IROC-Z. Want more? The Altima and Camry outpace the Porsche 928 S4 and the Ferrari Testarossa, respectively, to 60. So when Dad says, "Hold on," he means it.
The good news for GM's Bob Lutz is that the Chevrolet Malibu was cited for the "ergonomically sound layout of the luxurious interior," non-ironically!


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