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How far has technology progressed in the last two decades? sought an
answer recently by comparing a 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi (the same model featured in
the television show Magnum P.I.) and a 2006 Kia Sedona minivan. The latter was chosen
because it was the fastest off the line and on the slalom course among 2006 minivans
previously tested by the online data service.
Several of the Edmunds testers predicted the minivan would outperform the 23-year-old
Italian supercar, thanks to steady advances in engine, braking, steering and suspension
technologies. Plus the Ferrari had 43,000 miles on it and two decades of wear and tear.
Certainly the Sedona has more power: Its 3.8-liter V-6 makes 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of
torque and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode.
The Ferrari's mid-mounted 2.9-liter V-8, rated at 230 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque, is paired
with a five-speed manual transaxle with a limited-slip differential.
But the Sedona carries an extra 1,500 lbs (4,686 vs. 3,186) and is about three feet
longer, two feet taller and 10 inches wider. The minivan also has larger and wider tires.
But even without antilock brakes and variable-valve timing, the rear-drive Ferrari
easily outperformed the minivan in virtually every metric measured. The difference was
most apparent in the handling tests, which the 1984 Ferrari maneuvered even better
than a 2008 Subaru WRX, according to Edmunds. The Ferrari’s 0-60 mph time was
nearly two seconds quicker (7.3 seconds vs. 9 seconds for the Sedona), and it covered
the quarter mile in 15.4 seconds—1.3 seconds quicker than the minivan. The supercar
also fared better on a mountain track, although Edmunds says the Sedona performed
admirably, especially when the transmission was shifted manually.
The Ferrari fared better in braking performance too. Edmunds says a solid, easily
modulated pedal brought the aging Italian to a stop from 60 mph in just 123 feet—five
feet shorter than the ABS-equipped Sedona.
The minivan bested the 308 GTSi in fuel economy, though its 16.7 mpg rating is far
from impressive. The Ferrari averaged 14.9 mpg during the week-long test period.
Edmunds also gives the edge to the Sedona in comfort, safety and modern amenities
with four cupholders, six airbags, sophisticated air conditioning and lots of cargo room.
Ferrari doesn’t have any cupholders or airbags, space is cramped and the air conditioning
system is described as poor at best.
It’s also much easier to get into and out of the Sedona, although you won’t look
nearly as good as you do in the Ferrari.

The N3rd
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Read that on AutoBlog last week. Kinda a dumb comparison. :miff:

Covered in mud...
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Taking an average family sedan from today and comparing it would have been better.

I figured 1/4 mile times might be within 2 seconds, but basic physics still apply when it comes to handling and braking.
yup, pretty much every mid-side 4 door family car would beat those acceleration times.
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