What's the fastest 'feeling' car you've been in?

What's the fastest 'feeling' car you've been in?

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AmosMoses

3,472 posts

112 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Tesla Model 3 Performance, 0-100 felt insane.

Krikkit

16,625 posts

128 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Time makes it sound very pedestrian in an age where the hot golf is loads faster, but in the early noughties my dad's X308 XJR. As another poster said, in the days when ordinary cars would do 0-60 at about 10 seconds a saloon with a torque mountain V8 was breathtakingly fun.

Now it's my bike that gets me every time- 85hp and 250kg with me on it doesn't sound like much but it still gets me on a full throttle 2nd gear pull to the limiter. The wind trying to rip you off it certainly focusses the mind!

MitchT

12,691 posts

156 months

Wednesday 6th November
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I was once a passenger in a Reliant Robin. 20mph felt more like 200!

Bloke I worked for 20 or so years ago had an E36 M3 which felt significantly faster than the Lotus Esprit GT3 which he had next, even though the Lotus was actually quite a bit quicker.

In my experience fast saloon cars "feel" faster than more focused supercars, maybe because the extra weight and higher centre of gravity means less perfect balance which accentuates the sense of the mass being moved.

georgecars1

30 posts

1 month

Wednesday 6th November
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Krikkit said:
Now it's my bike that gets me every time- 85hp with 250kg doesn't sound like much but it still gets me on a full throttle 2nd gear pull to the limiter.
340bhp/tonne sounds like a lot to me! driving

warch

1,793 posts

101 months

Wednesday 6th November
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A mate's Escort Mk V combi van, fitted with an RS Turbo engine making 160hp at the wheels. You were horribly aware of how flimsy the thing felt at the three figure speeds a diesel Ford van was never meant to experience.

NickGRhodes

334 posts

19 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Caterham R500 race car.

Whistle

629 posts

80 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Jaguar F type 5.0 R, the acceleration seemed relentless.

Jasandjules

63,290 posts

176 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Probably a Sagaris.

My 4.0 Chimaera had a good fun "punchit" type of thing where you held the revs at 3k for a second or two then planted your foot down it would just launch off up the revs.... The 5 sadly has a much smoother power delivery so whilst it goes a lot faster, it doesn't feel like it.....

DuncsGTi

645 posts

126 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Fastest feeling for me was an Ariel Atom 3, just the 240 but holy st it felt absolutely ballistic!!!

Back when I was about 15/16ish, a guy used to give me a lift home from work in his 205 GTi with an Mi16 engine on individual throttle bodies mated to a 1.6 box. If my memory serves me right it was around 175ish BHP but across the highland Perthshire moors nothing felt quicker.

When it comes to bikes, my MT10 has about 160 BHP, 200kg and no wind protection so that feels a bit bonkers too

Edit to add, I didn't own the atom, it was my wifes uncles. Got to drive it once thoughbiggrin

Edited by DuncsGTi on Wednesday 6th November 22:13

Phil Dicky

5,806 posts

210 months

Wednesday 6th November
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bennno said:
no question, it was an AJP engined Cerbera.

had a R35 GTR, Caterham and a F Type V8 and none close to the feeling of raw speed
Was just going to post the same car...my old Cerbcertainly had that raw appeal.

Krikkit

16,625 posts

128 months

Wednesday 6th November
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georgecars1 said:
Krikkit said:
Now it's my bike that gets me every time- 85hp with 250kg doesn't sound like much but it still gets me on a full throttle 2nd gear pull to the limiter.
340bhp/tonne sounds like a lot to me! driving
Yeah, for a bike it's middling at best, what the new breed of 220hp 275kg (with rider) bikes must feel like I don't know!

Edited by Krikkit on Wednesday 6th November 22:20

J4CKO

28,461 posts

147 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Tesla Model S and a close second a 991 Turbo.


Plate spinner

13,588 posts

147 months

Wednesday 6th November
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My caterham.
Nobody maintained conversation when zipping up through the gears at full throttle. A six speed close ratio box, 3.91 final drive, 13” wheels and about 300bhp/tonne was quite quick.
They normally then blurted our an expletive through the first set of corners when they realised braking was not required. Warmed up R888 Toyos were very good on that car.

I miss it.
The current Boxster S is more civilised and usable, but often feels like a soft, squidgy convertible saloon car in comparison. On track it doesn’t even come close..

CrutyRammers

9,551 posts

145 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Plate spinner said:
My caterham.
Nobody maintained conversation when zipping up through the gears at full throttle. A six speed close ratio box, 3.91 final drive, 13” wheels and about 300bhp/tonne was quite quick.
They normally then blurted our an expletive through the first set of corners when they realised braking was not required. Warmed up R888 Toyos were very good on that car.

I miss it.
The current Boxster S is more civilised and usable, but often feels like a soft, squidgy convertible saloon car in comparison. On track it doesn’t even come close..
Yep, any decent 7 will do it every time. So raw and immediate.

blade7

8,951 posts

163 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Krikkit said:
Yeah, for a bike it's middling at best, what the new breed of 220hp 275kg (with rider) bikes must feel like I don't know!
I haven't ridden one of those, but pinning the throttle in 1st and red lining it through the gearbox to 6th using the shift assist felt pretty quick on a S1000RR.

GAjon

3,057 posts

160 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Anything someone else is driving while I’m passenger, scares me to death!

FN2TypeR

6,371 posts

40 months

Wednesday 6th November
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In terms of the sensation gained from the speed being travelled rather than the acceleration (although still a quick car in that respect) I'd say a Caterham 7

It was "only" the 360 version but 30mph felt like 50mph, 50mph felt like 80mph and 100mph like the end of the world

It was fantastic, I want one biggrin

Acceleration wise, a McLaren 720S (passenger not driver), it was unbelievable, other worldly levels of fast, I could not believe how quickly it could pile the speed on

Edited by FN2TypeR on Wednesday 6th November 22:39

993kimbo

2,013 posts

132 months

Wednesday 6th November
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1972 Z28 Camaro.

jwilliamsm3

206 posts

76 months

Wednesday 6th November
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F10 M5 i test drove, what a beast

HustleRussell

17,085 posts

107 months

Wednesday 6th November
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I found an 1,100cc Lotus 22 scary sitting still. Objectively speaking it’s obviously not very quick, however it’s geared for 135mph and it has the frontal area of a drinks coaster so from the moment it comes on cam at 7,000rpm in 5th it seems to accelerate as though it’s running in a vacuum and it’s invariably still pulling when a corner rushes up... and you’re peering between a pair of 4.5” bias ply tyres which look like they belong on a ‘60s motorcycle.

Edited by HustleRussell on Wednesday 6th November 22:52