And the 2012 Motor Trend Best Driver's Car Is...

By Keith Buglewicz | August 23, 2012
"What's the best car?" If you write about cars for a living, and word gets out, it's a question you're going to hear a lot. It's also easiest to answer with another question: The best car for what? After all, what makes the best minivan is going to be a lot different than what makes the best family sedan, or the best sports car. Of course, if the person asking the question is wearing a World Rally Championship T-shirt, you already know what they mean: What is the best driver's car.
In a way, that's an even tougher question. There are lots of sporty cars out there, lots of fast cars, lots of fun cars, and so on. Some cost hundreds of thousands, some cost a lot less. But which of those is the most rewarding for those select few for whom the drive, and not the destination, is the reason to get behind the wheel? Wow. That's a toughie. To answer the burning question, our colleagues at Motor Trend have for the fourth time assembled a group of the world's best driver-focused cars, turned them loose on a track and a country road, checked the times, sussed the differences, and picked a winner. The contestants were:
  • Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
  • Ford Shelby GT500
  • Jaguar XKR-S
  • Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
  • McLaren MP4-12C
  • Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe
  • Nissan GT-R Black Edition
  • Porsche 911 Carrera S
  • Subaru BRZ
The prices ranged from a mere $25,495 for the Subaru to a whopping $387,000 for the Lamborghini, and there was a nearly 500-horsepower gap between the least and most powerful vehicles (also the Subaru and Lamborghini). Yet don't let those numbers fool you. this is not a contest of outright speed, but which car is the most rewarding to at drive Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and on the nearby country roads. Sheer speed, copious technology, and outrageous styling are not always the key to success.
So which car won? Don't ask the video to find out (it's well worth your 36 minutes). If you don't have the time, fine, you can skip to the end of Jonny Lieberman's story. We will tell you this: The winner is simultaneously surprising, and no surprise at all.

Source: Motor Trend