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YouTube is filled with performance tests for all manner of cars. If you’re a car enthusiast and your YouTube algorithms are in sync with what you like, you should have some or other test popping up in your feed on a daily basis, at the very least. These tests are put together by various YouTube channels, motoring journalists or publications, and they take place in quite a few formats, the most popular being acceleration tests over the usual benchmark distances like the quarter mile, mile, kilometre and outright top speed in a straight line. There are those that test cars on race circuits, but that requires a lot more faith in the chosen driver and also some proper convincing by the content makers that their cars will return to the lenders in the same condition that they were given in. Making these comparison tests interesting is another thing altogether, of course using special and rare cars helps, but changing up the format is what gets the views. The crew from Edmunds Cars had a great idea, they do a drag race with a difference, a U-turn drag race which means the testing takes into account the braking and handling dynamics of the cars and provides a pretty good comparison. This test we found is pretty similar to the Edmunds testing, except there’s no u-tun involved. To make this entertaining, the cars used are properly fast, a requirement to get to the top speed of 150 mph (240-ish km/h), and to test the braking and handling the cars have to get back to zero as fast as possible. There are loads of cars that can hit that required 150 set speed these days, most sporscars can hit 155 km/h out of the box, but to make this test even more interesting the crew from Car & Driver have chosen cars that can get to 150 rather rapidly.

For this test, Car & Driver assembled a bunch of popular sportscars, supercars and even an EV or two, well actually three but we’ll get back to that. In alphabetical order, the cars used in this test included the Bentley Bentayga S, the Bentley Continental GT Speed, the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the Ford Mustang Dark Horse, the Honda Civic Type R, the Hyundai Elantra N, the Kia EV6 GT, the Lucid Air Sapphire, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the Tesla Model S Plaid, the Toyota GR Supra and the Volkswagen Golf 8R. An impressive list to be sure. Just looking at the list and knowing what we know about cars, our money was on the 911 GT3 RS. The only upset would possibly be the other Porsche or one of the stupidly strong EVs in the mix. There was an issue though, the Tesla arrived with a nail in the tyre which meant it couldn’t be used safely. It was sent back, but when a Tesla arrived for testing a bit later it wasn’t the Plaid with the Track Pack and upgraded wheels. Still a fast car, but not the one wanted. The next was the Lucid Air Sapphire, the car was tested at a different track with a different gradient a few weeks later, and so while it out in some ridiculously fast performance, it has too many changed variables to make it fair to add to the results. The EVs are impressive because they can out-accelerate most things, but when it comes to reigning in the higher weight thanks to the battery packs, they lose a bit of time in the overall results. Take a look at the video and let us know where your money was before you watched, and if you think the results were a true reflection of the performance of these cars.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off quite a cool performance test. It's one thing testing acceleration like everyone else does, but acceleration from a standstill to a predetermined speed and then back to zero really does show what a car can do. Getting to 240 km/h is one thing, but getting it back to 0 as fast as possible also tests the on board safety systems and even handling to keep the car in a straight and safe line: 0-150-0 Speed Test 2023 | Car and Driver

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