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At CAR magazine, we take every new vehicle we feature to our test strip to gather data for our in-depth road tests. Sometimes, we see some pretty impressive results – this year, for example, a midsize family crossover achieved an average braking time on par with that of a supercar. Colour us impressed.
Below we have listed the best average 100-0 km/h times we’ve collected in 2018 (each vehicle goes through a punishing ten-stop procedure, allowing us to calculate its average braking time). To determine which car places higher in the event of a tie, we went back to the test results and looked at the best single braking time achieved by the vehicles in question.
10. Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé: 2,79 seconds
Those red brake callipers behind the Michelin Pilot Sport-clad 19-inch alloys hint at this model’s stopping potential. Ventilated discs, 360 mm in diameter fore and aft, brought the Mercedes-AMG C63 S to a standstill in an average time of 2,79 seconds. However, a best single stopping time of 2,68 seconds saw this rear-wheel-drive V8 coupé place tenth on the list…
2. McLaren 720S Coupé: 2,70 seconds
The McLaren’s large ventilated discs (390 mm at the front and 380 mm at the rear) and grippy 305/20 P20 Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres brought it to a halt in a best time of just 2,54 seconds, delivering a knockout blow to the Opel and seeing it claim second place.
1. Audi S4 Quattro Tiptronic: 2,64 seconds
It seems the engineers at Audi have perfected the recipe for impressive braking times. The S4 is the third car from the Ingolstadt-based automaker to feature on this list. The same ventilated discs as those found on the RS5 are fitted to this German sedan. The S4 scored gold for achieving the fastest average braking time of all the cars we’ve tested in 2018.