The Hayabusa Effect

Good grief.

I disagree with [Jack] Baruth on a lot these days, but this? THIS IS 100% what I see in the automotive community. Where 5, 6, 7 second 0-100km/h is “slow”.

“I’d warned Creighton about the Hayabusa Effect prior to his Hellcat purchase. It’s a phrase I coined many years ago after meeting a fellow who owned a turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa… … And every turbo-Busa owner I’ve ever met tells me exactly the same thing: “At first, the Hayabusa seemed crazy fast. But I got used to it, and I wanted something that gave me the same thrill the ‘Busa did when I first got it.” … … It’s no surprise that Creighton has quickly adapted to owning a 707-horsepower daily driver. But it’s also worth nothing that “adapted to” doesn’t necessarily mean “became highly competent at operating.”


Pretty much nothing, other than a clapped out ’98 Tercel, is “slow” these days. The Elantra (an economy sedan) can be kitted out for under $30,000 to rip 0-100km/h in about seven seconds (6.4 is the official claim with a manual), and quarter mile in under 15. A base (manual transmission) Honda Civic does much the same numbers.

Comparatively, a <a href=" 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS 327 (the hot one) could do …. 0-60mph (102km/h) in …. 6.6 seconds. And the quarter mile in 15.3.

Must be an outlier, right?

Not so much.

The oft-maligned, slow-as-shit, can’t-sell-because-too-slow Toyota GT86 (born as the Scion FRS, and Subaru BRZ) does 6.7 seconds to 100km/h, and the quarter in 14.7.

The 1967 Corvette with a 330ci did 6.0 to 100km/h/60mph, and the quarter in 14.5. The big block? Slower to 100km/h (6.5sec) but fast in the quarter (13.7sec).

That all changed by the 90’s, right?

Nah, not so much. An LT1 1992 Corvette did 5.7 to 100km/h, 14.1 in the quarter mile.

Keep in mind, in adjusted dollars, these are all twice the cost of the Elantra Sport, or GT86.

We’re spoiled as hell, but the Hyabusa effect IS real. And, lets face it, an awful lot of people have the attention span of gnats, too, which doesn’t help.

BTW, this is a lead in to a larger piece on the Golden Age of Horsepower(tm) that I’ve fooled around with a few times over the years. An expanded version will come … eventually.

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