The time it takes for the car to accelerate from 0-100 kilometres per hour.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport: 2.5s
3. higher maximum torque
Torque is a measurement of an engine’s power, closely related to horsepower. More torque indicates a more powerful car, and is also a good indication of its acceleration.
Hennessey Venom GT (2014): 1566Nm
4. shorter length
Lotus Elise (2014): 3.82m
Gumpert Apollo: 1.11m
Lotus Elise (2014): 1.72m
7. more horsepower
Horsepower is the most common unit for measuring the power of an engine.
Hennessey Venom GT (2014): 1244hp
8. Has rear-wheel drive
Rear-wheel drive benefits from increased traction when accelerating, as the weight of the vehicle shifts to the rear over the drive wheels. The weight of the car is also more evenly distributed, resulting in improved handling.
76% have it
9. less CO2 emissions
The CO2 emissions of the car, measured in grams per kilometre. A car with less emissions is better for the environment.
BMW i8 (2014): 49g/km
Alfa Romeo 4C: 895kg
11. Has in-car system
An in-car system (eg. Ford SYNC, Apple CarPlay) gives you extra functionality, such as navigation, taking phone calls (when linked to your smartphone) and controlling music.
36% have it
12. Has fully independent suspension
This allows all four wheels to move up and down independently, providing a smoother ride when, for example, going over bumps in the road.
77% have it
13. more cylinders
Although there are many aspects that determine the power, a higher number of cylinders is generally a good indication of the potential power of the engine.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport: 16
14. Is a hybrid car
Hybrid cars run on a mixture of petrol (gasoline) and electric power. They offer several benefits over traditional petrol-powered cars. For example they produce less CO2 emissions, and due to their fuel efficiency they are often cheaper to run.
The wheelbase is the distance between the center of the front and rear wheels. A longer wheelbase provides the car with more stability and a smoother ride (although a shorter wheelbase can provide more responsive handling).
Ferrari FF (2014): 2.99m
16. lower coefficient of drag
The coefficient of drag is one measurement of how well air travels around a vehicle. A lower value means it is more aerodynamic and the engine doesn't have to work as hard. It can result in faster speeds and lower fuel economy.
Nissan GT-R (2014): 0.26Cd
17. greater cargo volume
A larger cargo area is more practical as it allows you to transport more things.
Dodge Challenger R/T (2014): 459l
18. faster acceleration (0-200)
The time it takes for the car to accelerate from 0-200 kilometres per hour.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport: 6.7s
19. Has regenerative braking
Hybrids and electric cars use regenerative braking, which captures the kinetic energy produced by braking and converts it into electricity. This then charges the battery, effectively increasing the car’s fuel efficiency.
3% have it
20. charge time
The time it takes to fully charge the battery.
BMW i8 (2014): 2h
21. Has a turbocharged engine
A turbocharger compresses the air entering the cylinders, allowing more air (and therefore more fuel) to be added - resulting in a more powerful explosion. This leads to an increase in horsepower without increasing the size and weight of the engine.
36% have it
22. further range
The maximum distance an electric or hybrid car can travel on electric only, from a full charge (EPA-estimated driving range).