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10款最快的美国车

Alex Taylor III 2011年06月16日

体验速度与激情!

A dying breed

濒临灭绝的烧油机器

    除了作为车主炫耀的资本之外,它们从来没有多少实际的用处。不过它们像麦当劳的“足三两”汉堡,是标准美国货的象征。如今,它们应该同濒临灭绝东部美洲狮和肯氏龟一起列入濒危物种的名录。

    没错,我指的就是那些速度快、马力足的车型。它们速度惊人,时速往往能达到法定限速的三倍。它们就是电影《上天下地大追击》(Smokey and the Bandit)和《双车道柏油路》(Two-Lane Blacktop)里让你钟情的汽车——地道的底特律货。

    这些V8引擎怪兽的末日已经不远了。现在油价高得令人心惊胆战,气候变暖也让人心惊肉跳,而美国这个保姆式国家又想彻底剥夺普通人飙车的乐趣。车主们已经开始改弦更张。现在福特F150皮卡的V6车型的销量已经超过了V8车型。

    最近美国或将重拾55英里限速规定的传言比比皆是。这个所谓的“双五”规定于1974年生效,但受到了人们的广泛抨击和无视,最终在1993年被废止。美国动画片《辛普森一家》的男主角霍默•辛普森曾在剧中评价道:“的确它挽救了一些人的生命,但是数百万人会因此迟到。”受限速令的波及,上世纪70年代成了汽车业最灰暗的10年。还记那些写着大大的“55”两个字、设计限速为每小时85英里的车速表吗?

    以下谨为大家列出几款美国最快的汽车以及几款替代车型。愿你们安息。

A dying breed

    They've never had much practical use for anything besides bragging rights, but they were as American as a quarter pounder with cheese. Now they ought to be listed with other endangered species like the Eastern cougar and Kemp's Ridley turtle.

    I'm talking about fast high-horsepower cars. Really fast cars, like in three times the legal speed limit. The kind you loved in Smokey and the Bandit and Two-Lane Blacktop. Traditional Detroit iron.

    The handwriting is on the wall for these V-8-powered monsters. Gas prices are getting scarily high, the climate is getting scarily warm, and the nanny state wants to take all our fun away. Truck owners are already making the switch. Ford is selling more F-150s with sixes than V-8s.

    Any day now, you expect to hear rumblings about bringing back the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit. Signed into law in 1974, the so-called "Double Nickel" was widely reviled and widely ignored before it was finally repealed in 1993. As Homer Simpson observed about the 55 mph limit: "Sure, it'll save a few lives, but millions will be late." It helped make the 1970s perhaps the worst decade ever for cars. Remember those speedometers with the big "55" that maxed out at 85 mph?

    Herewith, America's fastest cars and a few sensible alternatives. R.I.P.

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