The new 2023 Prius Prime will have 220 hp and be capable of a 0-60 MPH sprint in 6.6 seconds, according to Toyota. We looked to Zeroto60times.com to come up with a list of vehicles slower than the new Prius. Here’s a quick rundown of some slowpokes that will need to move aside to let the Prius Prime pass.
As you can see from our chart, the 2023 Toyota Prius Prime will be quicker from 0-60 MPH than classic V8 muscle cars, classic V8 sports cars (with fiberglass bodies), Honda Civic Si cars with VTEC engines, Mazda Miatas with turbochargers, Supras with turbos, and even a modern rear-wheel drive Subaru sports car equipped with a boxer engine.
Speed is relative. There have been quick Camry V6 cars for generations. A modern RAV4 Prime SUV is faster to 60 MPH than most classic muscle cars. There is no magic or trickery involved. Speed is related to torque, power, weight, gearing, and traction. The modern Prius Prime just has a better combination than cars that we all thought were fast in their era.
With 220 hp and ample torque, the new 2023 Prius Prime is poised to be a fun stoplight racer.
Image of 2023 Prius Prime courtesy of Toyota Europe.
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