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IMHO a half a second of a difference depends on more things than just knowing how to shift: how many people were in the car, what kind of gas did they put in it, how full was the tank, how cold/hot was it where they were making the test, was it windy and in what direction was the wind blowing . . . and so on
 

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Ryan, as far as the wind goes, looks like you've never been to Chicago


It is just half a second. All I'm trying to say is that there are so many things, that combined together could easily cause a difference like that.
 

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Alright, I've done a little bit of homework on the magazines mentioned, to see if there's a discrepancy between 0-60 times of different cars, and here's what I've found.

2005 Ford Mustang GT
C&D: 5.2 S
R&T: 5.3 S
MT: 5.2 S

2005 Mazda3 5 door
C&D: 7.4 S
R&T: 8.0 S
MT: 7.8 S

2002 Nissan Sentra Se-R Spec V
C&D: 7.3
R&T: 7.3
MT: 6.9

2003 Hyundai Tiburon
C&D: 7.1
R&T: 7.6
MT: 7.0

So, as you can see, there's really no one magazine that stands out as far as 0-60 acceleration is concerned.
 

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Manufacturers are also known to send "ringers" to magazine tests. No Supra has ever duplicated the times and speeds shown by the '93 model that all the mags tested, and I have been told by a very reliable source that car had a "special" program in the ECM for magazine tests. I've heard the same thing about Chevrolets, especially Corvettes. In a market where performance is held at a premium, you'll see lots of interesting differences between magazine test results.
 

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Lousy shady manufacturers.
 
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