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13 Fastest 0-60 Cars of the 80’s That We All Forgot About

Vukasin Herbez October 22, 2017

12. Ferrari F40

The Ferrari F40 was and still is a special car in many ways. The company built it to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Ferrari company. In fact, the famous Enzo Ferrari envisioned it and supervised the production. It was his last creation because he died just a couple of months after he presented the F40 in 1987.

The F40 is a race car with a gorgeous body and the performance to inspire you to drive this car as fast as you can. Ferrari based it heavily on the 288 GTO model. The F40 is an improved version of a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V8 engine supercar with two seats. It came with a basic interior, manual gearbox and 480 HP of screaming horsepower coming from the engine.

The F40 was one of only two cars in street-legal trim that could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds. To be exact, various magazines have tested the acceleration at 3.8 seconds. Those are impressive numbers for a car from the 80’s.

13. Porsche 959

The fastest car of the 1980’s has to be the Porsche 959. In fact, not only was it the fastest, it was also the most advanced, technologically-complex supercar of the era. The 959 was a super Porsche in every way, including design, performance and price. The 80’s were fun times for Porsche. Despite the popularity of all their models, Porsche was confused about which path to choose. They struggled to decide to go with their rear engine classic 911 or with a more modern, balanced 928, 924 or 944.

The odds were against the 911, but it kept on selling and winning races. So, Porsche decided to introduce a model that would be a rolling compilation of the technology compatible with the 911. They used their experience from racing, the latest technology and turbocharging to produce the 959. Porsche introduced it in 1987. The 959 had a 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six engine with 450 HP it transferred to all four wheels over an intelligent AWD system, which was the first of its kind.

They also equipped the car with traction control, ABS and host of electronic systems that helped the driver. Even though these things are standard in most new cars, in the late 80’s it was space age technology. In fact, the performance of this technological tour de force was astonishing. The 0 to 60 mph was possible in just 3.7 seconds.

If you’re looking for a fast and exciting car, you should look at those turbo-charged pioneers of the 1980’s. They were built to last and they have the power to go fast, too.

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