S in the evening at the men's regulars' table. The proud owner of a new BMW 335i boasts of the acceleration power of his new acquisition: 'After 5.6 seconds the 100 is on the clock.' The door of the tavern swings open and the parish's warrior enters the arena. His garage is decorated with a KTM X-Bow. '3.9 seconds', he throws succinctly into the group. The battle for fractions of a second - he has won it.
Ariel Atom, Gumpert Apollo and Co. in the acceleration duel
The much-invoked zero-to-hundred value is particularly practicing a similar attraction to men as the sweet temptations at the supermarket checkout are to children. Of course, the sober numbers are supposed to be an expression of motor potency.
The list of 0-100 km /h top accelerators has well-known names such as Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 Super Veloce , Ferrari F430 or Corvette ZR1. But they do exist: the exotic ones on four wheels, which catapult themselves to the top of the fastest accelerators little quietly and secretly. Like the Gumpert Apollo, the Ariel Atom or the SSC Ultimate Aero. At the other extreme are vehicles such as the VW Multivan or the Fiat Panda - vehicles that have a completely different purpose.
The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport , which recently set a new world speed record of 431 km /h for road-legal production sports cars. With 1,200 hp, it is almost 200 hp more powerful than the normal Veyron, which with a value of 2.5 seconds is right at the top of the list of top sprinters. What the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport can do in the zero-to-100 spurt will soon be proven - the homologation tests are already running at full speed, according to Bugatti.
By the way: The power-to-weight ratio plays a role A vehicle's sprinting ability plays an important role. Because those who have little to accelerate need accordingly less energy to wrest the mass of its natural inertia. So while the regulars' table hero in his KTM X-Bow needs just 240 hp to cope with the 865 kg curb weight inTo accelerate to 100 km /h in under four seconds, the BMW driver needs 306 biturbo horsepower to complete the same exercise in 5.6 seconds. The curb weight of Bavaria is namely 1,600 kilograms. A higher weight inevitably requires a higher expenditure of energy. Just ask a stout 100-meter sprinter ...