Originally Posted by M3_WC
None of these times are done at a sanctioned race event. There is no standardized timing equipment. No sanctioning body to oversee any of these times.
They are all bogus, technically.
I can't speak for the rest of the world but the UK magazines take this part of the test very seriously and use suitable equipment. The problem is that some test don't start the timer at a dead stop but after the 1ft roll out which is effectively 5mph on a quick car, the excuse that this is done because it's the same as on a dragstrip is BS, simply facts are it improves their results. So their acceleration figures will be different.
It's the one thing that really should be standardized because everything else, the part where the journalist thinks which car is best is the opinionated bit.