It's been a long while since the guys at Motor Trend went through the trouble of picking the best driver's car, and for good reason. In order to pull off an actual test with any merit, the publication would need to wrangle some of the most impressive pieces of automotive engineering together on the same track on the same day. When we're talking about vehicles like the Lexus LFA, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Lotus Evora, Ferrari 458 Italia and the like, that can be a daunting feat, even for a rag of MT's swagger.

The stars aligned, however, and the crew managed to collect the hardware above as well as heathens like the Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Porsche Cayman R, Audi R8 GT, Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Z07 and the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca. All told, the collection was worth more than $1.5 million, and Motor Trend took the time to put them all through a battery of grueling performance tests before handing over the keys to a pro driver for a few quick laps at Laguna Seca. Rough times, guys.

The decision-making process has been split into three parts, and Part 1 is after the jump. Enjoy.



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      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too much talk, not enough car
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @diffrunt
        agree could care less what guys think about the cars because everyone likes different things... more driving please
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      let's re-do this with a reasonable budget, say $30k and $40k and $50k or something, far more interesting to the masses than high priced wheels
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 2 Years Ago
      No Smart Fortwo?
      Dan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This video is 3 days old guys, chill. Even if you know the results, it's still cooler to watch the video than read someone's description.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Plus one for Ford as the cheapest option and two for mags to us that car to compare to exotics. Makes me feel good about my 2012. I would take all of them home
      g2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      best moment was at 7:42
      shalebrook
      • 2 Years Ago
      These cars all have great styling perfomrnace and distinct personalities. This is a matter of preferring chocolate marshmallow ice cream over Chunky Monkey. They are all great. I have the ZO6 but can appreciate the tastes of others who run to different styling or performance cues.
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @shalebrook
        you da man!, as they say!,...we have a 2008 911 turbo,..manual,..which we love!,..but we too love and respect others choices and passions in their cars!,...we love ALL things fast and sleek,..and cool,...which is ALL of these cars!,...i admire and drool over many other cars,...it's ALL good, as they say!
      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Porsche 997 GT3 RS for me.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just personal preference, but I'd take either the Porsche GT3 or the Corvette. Altough, it would've been awsome to see a GT2 RS in the mix. Closest thing you can get to a street-legal Porsche 935.
      It's me!!!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      the Lexus is a straight out fugly pos tarted up toyota.........nothing more.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        You? Picking a GT-R over the other cars? While providing false information? Yup, Fried_Troll is still here...
      It's me!!!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      yeah,like any one who likes performance & looks will take a honda.............lol.
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