Road & Track recently staged its first annual Performance Car of the Year test, pitting 13 new and updated performance cars against each other on track, then graduating the top six to a road test before picking a winner. Additionally, the magazine staff picked the best automobiles of the year in eight categories.

But first, let's cover the PCotY segment. Here's the list of cars brought to the comparison test: Audi R8 V10 Plus; BMW 435i; BMW M6 Competition Package; Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51; Ferrari F12 Berlinetta; Ford Fiesta ST; Jaguar F-Type V8 S; Jaguar XFR-S; Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model Wagon; Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series; Mini John Cooper Works GP; Nissan GT-R Track Edition; and Porsche Cayman S.

To find out the results of the comparison, head over to Road & Track's website or check the press release below, where you'll also find the magazine's top-rated vehicles in eight categories. Want more? Head over to the 2013 PCotY hub. But before you do that, take a stab at guessing the winner of PCotY (we'll give you one hint: it isn't a Porsche).
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ROAD & TRACK NAMES THE BEST CARS OF 2013

PERFORMANCE CAR OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES TO THE CHEVROLET CORVETTE

NEW YORK, NY (November 14, 2013) – Road & Track today announced its first-ever "Best Cars" list, distinguishing the best new automobiles and trucks of the year. The honorees will be recognized in the December 2013/January 2014 issue, on newsstands November 19. Among the winners, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette has been named Road & Track's Performance Car of the Year.

To select the Corvette, the editors tested 13 of the world's hottest sports cars on challenging mountain roads and on The Motown Mile, Road & Track's private circuit. A knockout formula whittled the field down to six from which one winner prevailed.

"We selected the Corvette because it represents an incredible achievement: Not only is it wickedly fast, it's now also a delight to drive on the challenging, twisty roads that used to be the car's nemesis," said Larry Webster, editor-in-chief of Road & Track. "Plus, it's a real bargain and looks fantastic."

In addition to the Corvette, eight other vehicles were selected as "Best Cars" in the following categories:

The Road & Track Best Cars of 2013

Best Luxury Sedan: 2014 Cadillac CTS – With its 420-hp twin-turbo V-6, locking rear diff (technology borrowed from the C7 Corvette), and magnetorheological shocks, the CTS Vsport is the surprise performer of the class.

Best Family Sedan: 2014 Mazda 6 – This car is as close to perfect as you can get for the money. The steering and chassis make other sedans feel ordinary.

Best SUV: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport – A new lightweight aluminum structure dramatically increases efficiency. But mostly, the Sport is a little louder, a little more locked-down, a little more our speed.

Best Pickup: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado – A better interior, infotainment that isn't ancient or tacked-on, and a fresh take on clean, no-nonsense styling. Plus, a comfortable ride that nearly rivals the best in class.

Best Wagon: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class – Our pick is for the E-class, the only true wagon sold here that offers rear-facing third-row seats. And a 577-hp twin-turbo AMG V-8.

Best Economy Car: 2014 Mazda 3 – The $17,740 3 is light-2800 pounds for the one you want, the 2.0-liter, manual version-and stiff in the chassis where it counts. You can drive it all day with a grin on your face. And you'll want to.

Best Diesel: 2014 Audi A8 – The A8's TDI V-6 renders the old diesel tropes null and void. The only difference between a diesel A8 and a gasoline-fueled version, in practical terms, is what fuel goes in and what economy numbers come out.

Best Electric: 2014 Fiat 500e – The people at Fiat's electric-vehicle division must like having big fun on the clock, because this thing will chirp its tires and lay elevens all day.

Full coverage of the Best Cars of 2013 and Road & Track's Performance Car of the Year can be found in the December 2013/January 2014 issue, on newsstands now, and online at roadandtrack.com.


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      downwithlaser
      • 1 Year Ago
      First, MotorTrend Awards the Cadillac CTS, and now Road & Track does this. GM is on a roll.
      Bernie Kressner
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am not surprised about the 'Vette win. Tadge Juechter and his team certainly deserve this one. They had been working their tail's off, initially under conditions of bankruptcy, then under an uncertain future about whether their was even going to BE a Corvette. Yes, I have some styling reservations (but who doesn't?), yet the only thing I can say now is: Way to go, Tadge! ----------------------
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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time for James May and Jeremy Clarkson to come here and review the new CTS and Corvette. Hammond can go off play with whatever new muscle car he fancies.
        Ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        There seems to be some confusion between automobile journalist/drivers and entertainers. Sorry to report that May, Clarkson, and Hammond are just entertainers...
          safasdsafasfsa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ron
          I forget. Do you need to go to automotive journalist school to be an automotive journalist? Oh no, that's right, you just need to know how to write and drive a lot of cars. The Top Gear hosts are not journalists by any means, but they've probably been driving cars for a living twice as long as these journalists have had careers. They have the scope, the experience and the frame of reference to understand what makes a car good. You don't need a special degree or some idiotic job title. Now if you want to talk about being UNBIASED that is another story..
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ron
          Clarkson does both. He writes a review column for The Times (I think it's The Times). I wouldn't take Top Gear TV seriously. It isn't even designed to be accurate. For example, Clarkson ridiculed the last Corvette frequently on Top Gear TV while he said in his Sunday Times review he would buy one himself if he didn't already have enough cars of that sort that his wife wasn't interested in more.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        I want Chris Harris to drive it.
        Dane Grant
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        they will hate it...
          Bandit5317
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dane Grant
          @Rotation Funnily enough, he did. I think it was in one of his DVDs, though, and not Top Gear. That would explain why few people know that. He has a tendency to change his opinions on Corvettes, though. He initially loved the Z06 and ZR1, too. But with the C7, there really isn't anything he can use against it, other than his untrue and often-used stereotypes about America.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dane Grant
          Clarkson recommended the last Corvette. He said if his wife wouldn't cause him trouble he'd buy one.
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      duck_hunt_pro
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the Fiesta ST coming in THIRD PLACE among such cars? That's wild! I say this as a guy who plans to pick one up next year, but even if I wasn't, that's still pretty impressive.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      AWESOME! I'm glad the Vette won. Well done Chevy!
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since the only thing on the list that I can afford is the Fiesta ST, this just makes me want it even more. It's faster than a [broken] Ferrari!
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet test. All of those cars are sweet. Too bad most of the market dont buy cars based on only performance
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      Z51Rocks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny.. Audi, Ferrari, Mini and Cayman are common to this AND Evo's Car of the Year awards but this is missing the Evo champ, Porsche GT3 and Evo missed the Corvette.. Shame those cars weren't on BOTH comparisons. Being partial to Porsche I would have enjoyed seeing the GT3 matched up against this bunch.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Z51Rocks
        That would have been good to see. I think also if the Ferrari didn't break in this comparo it would have opened a huge can of worms about value versus just plain performance.
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a joke, some straight line trash that will lose to Mazda3 2.5 after a few corners is the car of the year? Please, all the cars pictured there are far far better.
        Patrick Schultz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        You are an idiot. There's really nothing else to say to you, mainly because you couldn't be more wrong.
        Stang70Fastback
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        For my reply to your insightful comment, please visit the following URL: instantostrich.com
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stang70Fastback
          You know you deep and insightful when a spammer responds to you while promoting his website.
        tool0117
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        please share your drugs/alcohol
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tool0117
          Actually i just had two nice persimmons.
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          @tool0117
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      theblackporsche
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great performance for the money, I'll give them that...but the car is hideous. I was thoroughly unimpressed with the interior, too. Fit and finish is not good on the cars I've seen. I would choose a lot of cars on the list over the vette.
        Firefly
        • 1 Year Ago
        @theblackporsche
        Beauty is subjective. Your significant other may look like a piece of $#!+ to someone other than you...so please, grow up and stop bashing based on your infinitesimally puerile view of the world...
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Firefly
          Shh. It's AB where everyone's opinions are actually fact.
          edward.stallings
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Firefly
          "Beauty is subjective" That's what ugly people like to think. Not too many of them on magazine covers. With cars, it is more subjective.
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