Did a GTech Pro Comp meter run today, just to 60 or so as I didn't have a road, (ahem, make that test track) long enough.
I compared it to some runs my friend Greg sent me. One of his runs from his last modifieed RX7, his 2003 ZO6 vette, and a friend of his in his car clubs Gallardo.
Here is a screen shot of the speed graphs overlayed. The times in the chart on the right are actual, although the graphs themselves represent a 12" roll-out, which is what the magazines use. With the roll-out, the STI ran a 3.712 0-60 mph time.
(Roll-Out is a term for giving the car a 12 inch headstart so as to duplicate the times at a dragstrip. At a dragstrip you can do what is known as "Deep-staging" This is when you barely break the second set of staging lights, so as to remain 12" away from the third light, which is the one that starts the clock on the run. This esentially allows the car to move 12" before the time starts counting. Most quicker cars will hit 5 mph by this distance.
Magazines also correct to sea level. They correct further to 70 degrees ambient and something like 30 or 35% relative humidity. These 2 corrections (4 really) are why buyers of these cars rarely ever come close to the magazine editors times.
My run was done at 650 feet above sea level and with higher humidity,...but it was only 65 degrees,...so it should be comparable to the magazine times. Consider that the new ZO6 Vette did a 3.5 sec 0-60 acording to MotorTrend, which was probably a 3.87 sec run without the 12" rollout.
Notice how long it takes for the Gallardos' autopmatic transmission to shift (OOPS! I meant super-cool E-Gear Paddle Shift trans). NICE! Only takes twice as long as the human it replaces, and for only $10,000.00 more. WOW, what a bargain!