Here's a test of nine cars (see above), only two of which make less than 500 horsepower. Three of these nine cars recorded 0-60 times of less than three seconds, and all the rest but one (the Subaru BRZ), did it in 4.2 or less. Those are impressive stats, to be sure, but huge horsepower figures and stupid-quick acceleration, while certainly amazing in its own way, doesn't necessarily mean the car is a blast to drive – as Motor Trend says, if it were, they'd be testing a bunch of Top Fuel dragsters.

No, the point of throwing together these nine cars was to find out which is the magazine's Best Driver's Car of 2012. As you might imagine, a lot of instrumented testing goes into the equation, but perhaps the most important pieces of information come from the pilots behind the wheel. Again, to quote Motor Trend, "picking the Best Driver's Car, while fun, takes a great deal of time, thought, sweat, and vicious arguing."

Sound like fun? Instead of spoiling the results, we'll direct you to the video pasted below and the accompanying article here.


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      inthelv
      • 2 Years Ago
      I finally actually SAW a BRZ thought it might have been the Toyota. It's a very cool looking car in person, very cool. Just a stupid name. When will car companies realize that Gen X or whomever they're marketing to with MKXYTZ don't matter anymore? Give cars names.
      MetalNerd
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was on a motorcycle trip with a friend and happened to stop by Laguna Seca while they were testing these cars. The guys were awesome, they let me sit in the Aventador and the MP4-12C! The ZL1 sounds like a beast, and the C63 looks great up close...pictures don't do it justice. They also had a McLaren F1 race car there for a photo shoot. Best day ever.
      ianw33
      • 2 Years Ago
      First off, all of you asking why they dont have certain cars in the test: If you have read the full article at motortrend, or have watched thier previous best driving cars, they only test cars that are new for this year. Secondly, i like that this list has hyper and super cars in the competition. I wouldnt have spent the last 30 mins watching that video if it was full of cars i see on my way to work everyday. Thirdly, the purist in me feels weird that the there was not a manual transmission to be found in the final 3 cars.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ianw33
        The transmission plays a small role compared to how the rest of the car behaves. Sure, if it's a pig to shift (either by hand or computer) then it seriously dings a car's chances of success. But while a very good manual will have more involvement with the driver than a paddleshift or full automatic, it isnt the end all of driver's cars. I mean look at the cars that did have manuals: BRZ, and 2 oversized, overpowered ponycars. The former did very well because of the chassis and tactility and lightness, and the latter were hampered by being too cumbersome and numb. An automatic wouldnt have changed that all too much. Of the top 3 only the 911 has the option of a manual, but somehow that seems too far a step back in terms of refinement and suiting the car, which still flaunts a great degree of luxury GT as well as sublime driving.
          ianw33
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          agree. I am just one of those old (28) timers that just loves rowing through the gears. nothing like a great manual transmission matched up to a great handling car. P.S. metal gated shifters ftw
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fast forward to 34:30 for the reveal...
      stumpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      haven't both the Miata/MX-5 and the Boxter been on this list for the past decade?? maybe i'm delusional
      Commentotron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait. Computer in McLaren makes it not the driver, but the computer. Yet robozilla makes the final cut. Whut?
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Commentotron
        Exactly. You wanna talk about the car that does all the driving FOR you... GTR is the very definition of that.
          bhtooefr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @QCRamAir
          I would guess that Robozilla, having been around longer, has been tuned to slide around a touch more so that you think you're in more control.
        Ron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Commentotron
        Only people that say crap like this are people that have never owned a GTR. Like most modern sports cars if you leave the traction and stability control in it's default start up position, it will shut you down the second the car breaks a tire free or begin's to slide. Set everything to R-mode or off, and it is a different animal, it does not do the driving for you, and if you go out on a track and do something stupid like get on the gas too soon, or too hard it WILL get away from you..... It is a very well engineered car, with incredible levels of grip, braking, and aero-downforce. Yes the all-wheel drive system works amazingly well and will dig out of a corner with the best of them, but it is hardly "robozilla"... that sounds like something I would hear at a track to justify slow lap times... "yeah but your robozilla does all the driving for you...".
      JDam4131
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really dont get the big joke about what McLaren calls their cars, they are bloody fast..call it whatever you want.
      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn't know that the BRZ (and I'm assuming this transfers to the FRS/86) brakes were so bad. I've done tons of laps in my car (stock econo-brand brakes) and obviously I've had to replace the pads and rotors, but not after JUST 3 LAPS! I'd like some more info on that. Was it a used demo car before hand that had seen a lot track days?
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        The Mustang's brakes were gone after only ONE lap, right? So I would think these guys are pushing the cars VERY hard. When a magazine says their brakes lasted 3 laps, that probably makes 6 or 7 for the "average" driver that isn't going to beat the living sh!t out of a car that he paid good money for.
        James
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        The article only mentions "mild brake fade" in the BRZ.
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        Can't put track pads on a $27,000 street car. Buyers would think something was wrong with the brakes!
      lordedardstark1
      • 2 Years Ago
      No Boss or BMW. Why would they use the gt 500, the Boss is lighter!
        James
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lordedardstark1
        Because that's what Ford gave them for the article.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lordedardstark1
        They only consider cars that were significantly (mechanically) updated for this model year if they already tested the prior version. Unless the car won the last BDC competition and is a defending champ. The Boss is the same as last year, and came a respectable 5th place. The GT500 is all new and people are anxious to see how it does. That and Ford gave them one.
      superchan7
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're only testing new-or-major-update 2012 cars, so I really would have liked to see the new Boxster here. It should be a better driver's car than the Carrera S.
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        Lol, it's funny the GTR gets in these tests every year. They're smart over there in Japan; "hey.. lets update the front end this year. Next year, we'll add 20 hp and a new trim level. After that, a sport package and 10 more hp..."
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Pope Digg VIII
        • 2 Years Ago
        Looks like the armchair Jeremy Clarksons are coming
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pope Digg VIII
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          @Pope Digg VIII
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        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        Sure, the GT500 did pretty lousy at this test. But I can guarantee that if you asked them 3 things that were wrong with it, it would be: too much body roll, too big feeling, and most importantly, brake FADE (in CAPS LOCK). The live axle isnt really the true culprit, in fact last year the Boss 302 gathered no such complaints at all.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Deslock
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's brakes, not breaks. The BRZ had mild fade after 3 laps (while the Mustang's brakes were toast after one lap). If you read the article (or better yet drove the car instead of benchracing), you'd understand why so many like the BRZ, despite its paltry amount of engine output. Some quotes: "Our hats are off to Subaru (and Toyota)." "If price were a factor, the BRZ would win this competition hands-down." ""Man, this little thing is good. Chassis control is fantastic. Pedals are perfect for heel and toe. Great, super-precise steering. The throttle feels like it has a cable. Just so good." "The important stuff -- the steering wheel, the shifter, the pedals -- all feel as good, if not better, than the other cars in this test." "The sense of control you get is astonishing." " the BRZ slides so nicely. It's so composed that you barely have to correct a slide." "Such great balance. Makes you feel so totally connected to the car." "Mr. Pobst picked the BRZ as his second car overall." Yep, the guy who raced all the cars picked the BRZ above everything except the Porsche.
          Deslock
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Deslock
          > Bassracerx wrote: > what do you mean mild fade? From the write-up about the BRZ: "Aside from mild on-track brake fade, the real culprit was lack of power". For purposes of comparison, here's what the wrote about the Lambo: "Then there was the little issue of complete and total brake fade on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Randy did his usual three fast laps, pulled into the pits, and got out of the car saying, "Jonny, there are no brakes left at all. You're going to have to pump the pedal three times to get any stop." I turned and looked at poor Jessi Lang -- she'd just volunteered to be my passenger. And yes, the fluid was completely boiled and I ran Jessi around Laguna Seca in a $400,000 Italian exotic with boiled carbon-ceramic brakes. " And the Mustang: "The GT500's brakes simply aren't up to the job at hand. Randy experienced fade after half a lap and by the time I got into the car, the brakes were all but gone. " To be fair to "John Blaze", it's also true that they said in the results video that the BRZ rotors were scored and the pads were gone after about 3 laps, and that they can't crown something the best drivers car if you go to track day and after 10 laps you're out $1k for new rotors. But that doesn't justify comments like, "Why do you guys glorify this car? I don't get it. No power, no breaks (sic)." when the article was gushing with praise about the BRZ (and it ranked above 5 other much more powerful and much more expensive cars). Haters gonna hate, I guess.
          Bassracerx
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Deslock
          what do you mean mild fade? they said the rotors were shot and the pads were gone. personally i would have a hard time chosing between the porsche and the gtr. but i think MT had a point when they said hey this is the best car here and you know what they have better ones coming!
        rsholland
        • 2 Years Ago
        Uh... the word is "brakes," not "breaks."
        NICE FOCKING CAR
        • 2 Years Ago
        Brakes
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        "Why do you guys glorify this car?" How about you actually WATCH the video, or READ the article, and then ask that question.
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