10 Classic Supercars Slower Than a Ford Taurus
Yes, it’s possible for a supercar to be slower than a Taurus, but there’s got a be a catch, right? Well, it’s Ford Taurus SHO we’re talking about here. Although Taurus SHO is one mean and powerful full-size sedan, you’d still expect a supercar to beat one without too much fuss – especially considering Taurus’ size. Well, this might come as a surprise, but some supercars back in the day were much slower than Blue Oval’s modern-day flagship sedan.
While we’re waiting for 2016 Ford Taurus SHO’s official figures, 2013 year model was able to achieve 60 mph from standstill in 5.1 seconds thanks to 365-horsepower twin-turbo 3.5L V6 mill and automatic gearbox, no less. Most modern supercars can push up to the 60 mph mark in less than 4 seconds, while some of them are even faster. However, as mentioned above, there were more than a few examples of supercars failing to perform at expected level. More importantly, they have all failed to beat Ford Taurus’ sprint time – sprint time of a car costing 10 times less than some of them. Click next in order to find out which supercars we’re talking about.
10. Maserati Ghibli I
We’re starting off with first generation Ghibli which was a grand tourer back in the day. It didn’t exactly have a supercar demeanor you’d expect of today’s cars, and certainly didn’t have the flair present in modern Ghiblis. However, capable 250-horsepower V8 and pop-up headlamps are enough for us. That and it was able to hit 155 mph which was a fine accomplishment for the sixties. Taurus, however, would have easily beaten it had it been built back in the day since Ghibli couldn’t reach 60 mph in less than 6.8 seconds. Not exactly bragging figure, especially for a supercar. After all, Toyota Sienna was just a tad bit slower some 10 years ago, and Sienna is an MPV.
9. BMW M1
Imagine BMW and Lamborghini joining forces in an attempt to produce the ultimate supercar. German engineering and Italian design. I don’t think there’s a better combination than that in automotive world. Well, that’s exactly what had happened in late seventies. Although these iconic manufacturers didn’t exactly manage to produce an icon, BMW M1 is at least grandfather of the current M lineup. Notice that Lamborghini badge doesn’t appear in final product’s name. That’s because the Italians pulled their resources from the project, thus leaving the Germans with complete rights over the car. Although fast with 273-hp straight-six engine and a top speed of 162 mph, M1 needed 6.1 seconds in order to reach 60 mph.
8. Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada
Only 133 of these were ever built so don’t get your hopes high about finding one that’s cheap. Perfectly curved mid-sixties 5300 GT Strada was incidentally Bizzarrini’s most successful model. Low slung coupe’s body was way ahead of its time in terms of design and it only weighted 2,650 pounds. Most of the weight went off on supercar’s powerful Chevy small block 327 engine. This 5.4L V8 ended up creating 365, 385 and 400 horses depending on 5300’s version. GT Strada belonged in the middle of the pack and had 0 to 60 time of 6.1 seconds.
7. Lamborghini Countach LP500 S
Of all Lamborghini Countach’s, LP500 S version was the fastest among those slower than Taurus SHO. LP500 S was produced since 1982 and only 323 copies were ever built – making it a classic, rare supercar. This was the first model fitted with stronger 4.8L V12 powerplant which generated 370 horses. You’ll find different figures when it comes to this Lambo’s 0 to 60 time. Whether it’s 5.4 or 5.6 seconds, however, Countach LP500 S is still slower than the Taurus SHO.
6. Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
Tipo 33 Stradale is one of Alfa Romeo’s and generally one of industry’s rarest production cars – being produced in no more than 18 copies. In true Italian fashion, Tipo 33 Stradale was a handsome, curvaceous automobile which weighted less than 1,550 pounds. That was possible due to slightly smaller powertrain than supercars of the time usually had. 2.0L V8’s 230 horses were routed toward Tipo 33 Stradale’s rear midsection through a 6-speed manual gearbox. Top speed was stuck at 160 mph, and light Alfa needed 5.5 seconds in order to reach 60 mph.
5. De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S
Pantera was produced since early seventies, but GT5-S models only appeared in 1984. Difference between these and conventional GT5 models was in fenders. While GT5 came with fiberglass flared fenders, GT5-S (S stands for steel) came with one-piece steel ones. Otherwise, they were largely the same, including the powertrain. De Tomaso Pantera mostly came with Ford’s 5.8L V8 351 Clevelands, but these were scarce close to the end of supercar’s production, so Italians changed to corresponding Windsor engines at first and then to 302 Windsors since the 1990. De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S packed 330 horsepower, came in 183 copies and had 0 to 60 acceleration of 5.3 seconds.
4. Ferrari Testarossa
First (and slowest) Testarossa models were produced between 1984 and 1991. They featured in-house 4.9L flat-twelve powerplant which, although producing 390 horsepower, wasn’t capable enough to put 2-door berlinetta above Ford Taurus SHO in terms of acceleration. Testarossa was able to hit 60 mph from standstill in 5.3 seconds which is still couple of milliseconds shy of Ford’s sedan. More than 7,000 units of the supercar were produced during the span of seven years, and Testarossa’s are still known to happen to pass by sometimes.
3. Lamborghini Miura S
When released, Lamborghini Miura was the fastest production car money could buy, so it’s not too hard to figure why it’s considered the grandfather of performance supercars to the day. Miura S or P 400 S was based on regular P 400 models but it packed 20 horses more thanks to different cam timing and altered carburetors. This means that its 3.9L Lambo V12 developed around 370 horsepower. That was enough for 0 to 60 time of 5.3 seconds. Only 338 models were produced and at least one of them was crashed by Miles Davis, no less.
2. Acura NSX
Revived second generation NSX is just around the corner and it’s expected to hit 60 mph in 3 seconds flat or thereabouts thanks to its hybrid powertrain. First generation models of the nineties and early two thousands weren’t that fast though as they didn’t break into below-5 seconds area before 1997. ’94 NSX was the fastest pre-97 model with 0 to 60 time of 5.2 seconds which is still slower than a Taurus SHO. Better sprint times were achieved by engine replacement when old 3.0L V6 was succeeded by slightly stronger 3.2L V6 unit in already mentioned 1997.
1. Ford GT40 Mark III
Unlike its siblings Mark I, II and IV, Ford GT40 Mark III had never won 24 Hours of Le Mans. Maybe because it never competed since it was the road-only car. Only seven models were ever produced in Slough, UK plant and they were significantly different than racing GT40’s. Needless to say, they were also slower. 4.7L V8 was only making 335 horsepower which was enough for 0 to 60 time of 5.1 seconds. OK, GT40 is on par with Taurus SHO, but one would certainly have expected more from it.
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