From 60 to 0 in 101 Feet or Less
When it comes to braking distances, you might think that the lighter the car, the better. However, when you have a lot of power under the hood, it’s not that easy to come to a quick stop. We scoured through our database of every make and model to bring you the 20 vehicles we’ve tested with the shortest braking distances. Some of the cars that made the list won’t come as much of a surprise, but a few will. Some automakers out there know what to do when it comes to designing brakes, so expect to see a few repeats on this list. Check out the best 60 to 0 cars we’ve ever tested in the ensuing slideshow.
20. 2013 Audi RS5 Coupe – 101 Feet
Audi has honed its S and RS performance lines to offer better performance numbers, making the 2013 Audi RS5 Coupe first on our list. Although 101 feet is a relatively short stopping distance, it’s the longest on our list, and is matched by three others. The RS5 is powered by a 4.2-liter V-8 that delivers 420 hp and goes from 0 to 60 in 4.0 seconds flat. This luxury performance coupe is better behaved than its competitors, but it packs a punch off the line and will stop quickly when needed.
19. 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 – 101 Feet
Ford is one of the brands we expected to make the list. However, we didn’t think it would be this far from the best braking car. At 101 feet, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 stops in the same distance as the Audi RS5 and two others. But the other models don’t have a 662-hp, supercharged, 5.8-liter V-8 engine. For that model year, the Shelby GT500 was the most powerful production car made in America. Luckily, Ford thought to match that engine with strong Brembo breaks to make sure that ponycar stayed under control. Tires, however, are a different issue.
18. 2014 Audi RS7 – 101 Feet
Audi once again graces our list with the same braking distance of 101 feet, this time in the form of the 2014 Audi RS7. When you think of the Audi A7, it’s more of a large luxury sedan than a performance model. But the folks at Audi believed in a market for a more powerful version, and the RS7 fits that need. Powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine, the RS7 hits 60 mph from a stop in just 3.7 seconds and delivers a top speed of up to 190 mph. When you have a car this big, though, you would think its stopping distance wouldn’t be a mere 101 feet. Aluminum in the body has reduced weight, which helps that braking distance.
17. 2014 Audi R8 Convertible – 101 Feet
When it comes to supercars, performance and braking should go hand in hand. With the 2014 Audi R8 convertible, you get just that. Since the R8’s launch, Audi has been fine-tuning its halo car to the point that it stops 11 feet sooner — credit the new scalloped brake rotors — in our test than the 2012 model.
16. 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster – 100 Feet
Mercedes-Benz and AMG have long been revered for the looks and power of their performance models, and for the 2012 model year, the Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster was a hot ticket. Powered by a 6.2-liter V-8, this convertible pumped out 563 hp and went from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Although it was quick, when we threw it into corners, it could get squirrely. Without quick corrections, the rear end could slide completely out from under you. Despite its wily nature, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster managed a stopping distance of 100 feet, just 1 foot later than its coupe sibling.
15. 2010 Lotus Evora – 100 Feet
We haven’t seen anything new from Lotus in a few years, even after the debut of the Evora, which was supposed to be a stepping-stone for the automaker and help keep the company in business. The Lotus Evora was the world’s only four-seat mid-engine sports car at the time, and although its looks were on point, power seemed relatively tame. Using the Toyota Camry‘s 2GR-FE 3.5-liter V-6, the Evora delivered only 276 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque, and a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.0 seconds. But with vented and cross-drilled AP Racing brakes, the 2010 Lotus Evora stopped from 60 in only 100 feet, putting some supercar peers to shame. Not bad for a four-seater.
14. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Euro Spec – 100 Feet
Lamborghini has long been a benchmark in the high-performance supercar segment, and the 2012 Aventador LP700-4 raised the bar even higher. The second-quickest production car ever tested by Motor Trend at the time, the Lamborghini Aventador was one of the nicest mid-engine V-12 supercars to drive. Needing just 2.8 seconds to reach 60 mph, the Aventador was a 691-hp powerhouse. With a top speed upwards of 200 mph, the Avendator demanded good brakes, which were able to bring this nearly 4,000-pound supercar to a full stop from 60 in just 100 feet.
13. 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – 100 Feet
American muscle cars have long offered the performance and power of cars twice their price, and the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is no different. Chevrolet made a comeback in the biggest way when it reintroduced the Camaro nameplate in 2010, and just four years later, the Camaro ZL1 took the title of the most powerful Camaro ever made: 580 horses under its hood. For a car that weighs 4,051 pounds and has a 0 to 60 time of 3.9 seconds, stopping in just 100 feet shows that American muscle hasn’t lost its edge to its closest imported competitors.
12. 2013 Aston Martin DB9 – 100 Feet
Aston Martin, famed for being one of James Bond’s go-to cars, has risen in popularity. The 2013 Aston DB9 is perhaps one of the most well-known models as its looks are as striking as its performance. New for the 2013 model year, the DB9 featured an updated 5.9-liter V-12 engine that pumped out 510 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. And although its 0 to 60 mph time of 4.1 seconds is quick, the 2013 Aston Martin DB9 could have been quicker if the automaker updated the six-speed automatic transmission while it was working on the engine. This refined luxury sports car makes a full stop from 60 mph in just 100 feet.
11. 2012 Aston Martin Virage – 99 Feet
Cracking through the 100-ft barrier, the 2012 Aston Martin Virage comes in at No. 11 on our list. Power comes from a 5.9-liter V-12 that delivers 490 hp and a 0 to 60 time in 4.2 seconds. Compared with other cars on this list, that time seems rather slow. However, numbers aren’t all that make the Virage. Its good looks, powerful sounds, and dynamic driving experience will keep you happy. And although it isn’t the fastest car on the block, it out-stops a majority of its direct competitors by going from 60 to 0 in just 99 feet.
10. 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series – 99 Feet
As we enter the top 10, it’s no surprise that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series has made the list. When we had this car in during our 2012 Best Driver’s Car competition, we noted that the C63 AMG Black Series had the best brakes, as they didn’t fade throughout the day and offered the same stopping power time and again. The 6.2-liter, 510-hp V-8 engine was also something to write home about, making the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series the full package. And for such a heavy car at just more than 4,000 pounds, 99 feet is a relatively short stopping distance.
9. 2014 Jaguar XJR – 99 Feet
The 2014 Jaguar XJR with its long and heavy body doesn’t look like it would be a high-performance model, but it keeps pace with its German competitors. Its supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 engine pumps out 550 hp, giving the XJR a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 174 mph. With its wide Pirelli tires and 15.0-inch front and 14.6-inch rear disk brakes, the 2014 Jaguar XJR hits a full stop from 60 mph in just 99 feet. However, it took the BMW Alpina B7 104 feet to stop, and the Audi S8 107 feet.
8. 2015 BMW M3 – 99 Feet
BMW’s M performance line took a hit in recent years, producing models that were uninspiring and lost what made the line such a fan favorite. That changed with the introduction of the 2015 BMW M3. The automaker offered it not only with the choice of an updated seven-speed dual-clutch unit or a ZF six-speed manual but also with a reworked suspension and body structure. Power comes in the form of a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged straight-six engine and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Carbon fiber provides weight savings that help make the 2015 BMW M3 more competitive. The stopping distance of 99 feet doesn’t hurt, either.
7. 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE – 99 Feet
Finishing off the 99-foot group is the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE. It is only 1 foot shorter than the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, but weighs hundreds of pounds less. The SS 1LE hits 60 from a stop in 4.4 seconds, among the slowest times on our list, but when it comes to stopping, none of that matters. Looking at its direct competitors, the 2015 Ford Mustang GT and the 2015 dodge Challenger R/T 6.4 Scat Pack, the Camaro blows them out of the water with its 99-foot stopping distance; it took its competitors 107 and 108 feet, respectively. And that’s just one reason why we chose the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE as our winner during a comparison test between the three American muscle cars.
6. 2014 Cadillac CTS VSport – 98 Feet
When you’re testing out the latest and greatest from every automaker, it’s hard not to want to pit certain models against each other in a head-to-head. We wanted to see if the 2014 Cadillac CTS VSport had what it took to dethrone the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport, which won a comparison test with the BMW 535i, Audi A6, and Infiniti M37. During this head-to-head, we found that it took just 98 feet for the CTS VSport to make a complete stop from 60 mph, making it the best-stopping sedan we’ve tested. How did the GS 350 F Sport compare? It needed 12 more feet.
5. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder – 94 Feet
Porsche entered the hybrid supercar game with the 2015 918 Spyder, which received a strong reception. It keeps with traditional supercar necessities, such as its 4.6-liter, flat-crank, racing-derived V-8 engine, but it has an EV mode that offers up 12 miles of electric range. With 887 hp and a top speed of 214 mph, the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. Keeping with its supercar designation, it has a 60 to 0 stopping distance of just 94 feet, something only two others have been able to beat.
4. 2012 Lexus LFA – 94 Feet
The Lexus LFA was a big deal for the Japanese automaker. Not only did it light a fire in the designers and engineers to bring about a new design language for the entire Lexus lineup, but it also helped push the engineering team to new places and develop new technologies that would be used in future Lexus performance models. Its 4.8-liter V-10 engine delivered 552 hp and a 0 to 60 time of 3.8 seconds, good for a 2012 supercar. The 2012 Lexus LFA achieved some unbelievable feats for the Lexus brand, one of those being a 60 to 0 stopping distance of 94 feet. However, we don’t think it warranted the nearly $400,000 US price tag.
3. 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition – 94 Feet
The Nissan GT-R has been affectionately named “Godzilla” by the automotive industry and for good reason. This $115,000-plus supercar outperforms the majority of its more expensive competition, leaving them in the dust with a 0 to 60 time of just 2.7 seconds. Each year, Nissan improves the GT-R, and the 2014 not only is quicker in the quarter mile than the 2013 Black Edition but also stops 11 feet sooner — in just 94 feet — from 60 mph. Although the performance aspects of the Track Edition do come at a significant cost increase, it’s worth it to own one of the 150 models on sale in the U.S., especially when that price is insignificant in the face of the European supercars it consistently outperforms.
2. 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet – 93 Feet
Porsche is known for continually making its cars better, but it’s actually a slightly older model, the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and its stopping distance of 93 feet, that takes the title of the quickest-stopping Porsche on our list. It’s interesting to note that the same model in 2012 had a stopping distance of 98 feet, a 5-foot difference. In the performance car game, that’s huge. We expect that the automaker will continue to improve on the performance figures of one of its top models.
1. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible – 90 Feet
2014 was a good year for sports cars. Seven models from that year crack the top 20 best braking cars we’ve ever tested. And our No. 1 car is the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible with a 60 to 0 stopping distance of a mere 90 feet. Two other Corvette models, the 2013 Corvette ZR1 and 2015 Corvette Z06, have come close to claiming the top spot, with a stopping distance of 91 feet for both. There’s something to be said for American engineering that it has made such strides toward topping a performance-based list, beating out cars with much larger price tags and hype.