]I had a friend of a friend who thought his Neon (of all things) was faster than a 4 door family car. Well, I couldn't just let that one slide. So all three of us went for a ride. I took it real slow out of the lot and down two blocks. He was in the back seat but leaning up between the front seats. Well, I cranked the wheel and lit them up. He was thrown into the back seat fairly quickly. I let off the gas 2 blocks later doing over 60. I asked him for a fith time what he though. He then agreed that a Neon wouldn't even stand a chance.
Some of the Neons can be quick, particular DOHC 5-speed Neon ACRs, they're good for low- mid 15s, probably a hair quicker than a stock SSEi.
How do I drive mine? Nice most of the time, with probably a once-a-day romp. Oddly enough, my SSEi is actually my slowest car!!! I haven't raced it yet, but I can estimate it via my ASSelerometer that it'* probably about high 15s or low 16s at maybe 87-89mph.
An SSEi is NOT the quickest family sedan out on the road today. The quickest STOCK sedan is probably a Dodge Spirit R/T, they made these in 1991 and 1992. Any of you ever stumble across one of these?
Mine, in bone stock form with the origonal exhaust and boost, ran 14.4@97mph. It'* since been modified, of course, I'm not one to not tinker
With a couple of the mods in place, on a hot summer night I ran 14.3@99mph, and it'* much quicker now than it was then, I'll estimate 102mph, but of course you never really know until it'* on the track. Yes, this is on street tires ... I do have slicks, so if you use the rule of .1 off the 60' time is good for .2 off the ET, maybe 13.4 or so would be where it sits. I'll be at Cecil County dragway with it in November, if anyone wants to race
Another thing ... some SUVs are pretty quick, too. A 98 Grand Cherokee 5.9L Limited ( tested by road & track at 15.2@90) is regularly seen to put 14.9s up by Jeep club members. I bought one for my wife ... she sure spanks my SSEi bad with it, and she doesn't let me forget it (Yeah yeah, I can hear the Bonneville Queen and ladies cheering right now, saying "go girl, kick his ***!")!
Newer Jeep Grand Cherokees with the HO 4.7L are pretty quick, too, I got to drive one. They're supposedly good to 15.4@89-90 in stock form, too, that should be enough to beat up a stock SSEi.
My other cars are odd cases, not exactly sleeper status ... well, maybe one more, but it'* hardly a family sedan ... My 89 Dodge Omni I installed/wired a modified 2.5L turbo/intercooled motor, it was *much* quicker than *any* of my other cars, quite the sleeper. Running over 20psi of boost in a 2200 pound car is wild to say the least
Unfortunately I didn't get to the track this year with it, by the time I had it tuned it started knocking, so I put it away for a while.