• Sep 17, 2009
Click above to watch the video after the jump

Over the years, our favorite magazines have had some spectacular comparison tests, with scores of test data and page after page of subjective text. Motor Trend has practically made a living with comparisons, and its newest feature pits 10 hot rides against one another to see which is the best driver's car. MT used tons of data, added subjective feedback from staff members and included track time at Laguna Seca with pro driver Randy Pobst.

If you receive Motor Trend at home or you check in over at its website, you've probably read the extensive article, but the magazine also produced a 14 minute video hosted by Editor at Large Arthur St. Antoine. Hit the jump to watch the video for yourself. It's chock full of beautiful footage, 638 horsepower supercars drifting around and tire-ripping burnouts. How much more can you ask for?

[Source: YouTube via Motor Trend]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Idk how a 370z is a "drivers car" when it has automatic rev matching..in fact most of these cars have extra computer controlled features that some would say make them far from a driver's car....it's more to the tune of "hey here's a list of the most popular sports cars"
        • 5 Years Ago
        As the hardcore enthusiast that you think you are, I'm sure you are aware that the 370Z rev-matching faeture has an OFF BUTTON right? If you don't want to use it you don't have to. It's optional, you can heel and toe all you want with the system turned off. In fact most of the "extra computer controlled features" on these cars have off buttons and are fully defeatable. But don't let facts get in the way of your subjective bias.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank goodness my subscription is almost out, it won't be renewed, this rag picks Cadillacs over Camaros.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Motor Trend's definition of "driver's car" is very different from mine...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will be dropping a LS7 based engine in a Cayman when the time is right.


      I LOVE my C6, and I think it's the best performance platform on the planet.....bar none.
      But, I've never been crazy about the steering feel and I always wanted a mid engine car.
      After driving the Cayman, it feels like a toy with scalpel like precision.
      It just has ZERO power.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. I have the Cayman S and i want more power.... but there is nothing short of a GT3 in the Porsche dealership that is more fun to drive... although I haven't tried the new 500 bhp 911 turbo.

        I might send my Cayman to RUF for a little tune up when the time is right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        thanks for the tip. I might just check out turbo charging the Cayman :o)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm gonna have to call bull$hit on you, Sparks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nunya - has anyone managed to stick a LSx into a Cayman platform? I'd love to see this if it's been done. I imagine it would be an engineering nightmare though.

        N - RUF is awesome no doubt, but TPC Racing in Maryland also offers an excellent turbo kit for the Cayman that's very well sorted and a good deal cheaper than anything from RUF:

        http://www.tpcracing.us/turbos/turbos/cayman_turbo,_available_now.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not in the financial position. But, if I was, I would do a LSx conversion in your Cayman before I would do a rear engine 911.

        You can make 600 rear wheel with a hand built LSx and I believe the Cayman is a better platform than the 911.

        Check out some "hybrid and conversion forums" and see what you think.
        http://ls1tech.com/forums/conversions-hybrids-28/


        http://www.renegadehybrids.com/
        (have not dealt with above)
        • 5 Years Ago
        the problem with putting a V8 in a 911 or Boxster/Cayman is with the center of gravity , a flat 6 has a lower center of gravity making the car more stable , that's why Porsches handle so good without the need of a wide body. putting a V8 in a 911/Boxster would make it unstable. better slap some turbos on the flat 6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe Renegade has done a LS7 Bosxter......or are in the process.

        N-
        I think you would be best served doing a LSx rather than doing FI on the stock engine.

        If you there was a Eaton TVS style positive displacement supercharger readily available for the Cayman, it would be a good move for it's reliability and low end torque.
        But, nothing is cheap or readily available for modding a Porsche.
        I would avoid a custom turbo system on the Porsche.

        I would just do a hand built LSx between 427-447 ci (all LSx have same external dimnesions from 5.7Lto 7L) and be done with it.
        You could build a hand built LS3 based 418ci that makes 600rwhp for CHEAP. Those engines are bulletproof and would last a LONG time while providing all the power you would ever need for a road course.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just don't understand why the Camaro is being put against these cars. The SS is nice but it is not built to the performance level of even the Mustang GT500 and I'm a Chevy guy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awwwww, that liddle Miata is so CUTE! I just wanna pinch its cheek.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, there's more to driving than your right foot. Once you drive a Miata through a twisty, you'll get it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, and it has the AWESOME benefit of the driver not needing to not use judgment with throttle. It placed highly because it's underpowered? 99% throttle, 99% of the time? The 'vette drops because, if you punch it, you could lose control? Yes, it handles like it's on rails, but to up the rating because any schmoe can drive it all out, well, that's not a qualification for being a drivers car in my book. Same thing goes for the automanual transmissions - yes, they're faster than I am, but I enjoy actually driving the car.
      • 5 Years Ago

      • 5 Years Ago
      Im not a fanboy, but where are the sport compacts; the STi, Evo, MS3?
        • 5 Years Ago
        And the Cobalt SS, right? Golf GTI?
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also....no M3, RS4 or IS-F ??
        • 5 Years Ago
        None of those 3 were new for the 09 model year. The 09 WRX might have made the cut had it not been beaten in other group tests.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        If the M3 is not the best. Its very good car but not the best.

        IMO i would rather have a RS4 or IS-F over it. Thats just me. IDC how many times it won whateva it won. I dont buy a car because its the best. I buy it if i like it and its different. The RS4 and IS-F pass with flying colors. Both stand out and draw attention. Saw a IS-F in sliver the other day...sound very mean and looked sexy and the fact you dont see them everywhere makes it more desirable in my book. Saw a RS4 also and it look really good and it stand out. The M3 is very bland imo.


        Dont get me wrong if i could have a M3 i would take it in a heart beat. But I would not buy one for may reasons.
      • 5 Years Ago
      tough test, but MT collected a ton of data,and very ellaborate data too.

      i think they picked a good winner. while i may disagree, i also agree in a sense. i would have picked the CTS-V.

      good test MT. probably the most difficult test ever done, and they executed it pretty well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The host reminds me of Tim Allen as Santa Claus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      where is the lotus?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it sounds like I'm a BMW hater, I'm not.
      I just hate Euro snobs and their fan bois.

      If BMW took the 4.4 turbo and AWD system from the M SUV and put in into the new 3 series with the M-DCT transmission, it would be the ultimate daily driver in my opinion.

      Light, 4 doors, all weather capability, with decent utility and world class performance.
      That's a BMW I would buy.

      Until then, I'd still do a RS4, GTR, or CTS-V over the M3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I said he "sounded" like a Euro snob.
        Regardless, I appreciate his educated point of view.


        I'll choose the best performing, most reliable, and least expensive engine.
        It just happens to be an American engine right now.
        If you can find better than the LSx engine platform, please post about it.
        Unfortunately, I don't think there is better available right now.

        Besides, why would I want to work with something that is more expensive, more complicated, heavier, and offers no more power or reliability than the LSx platform ????
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