Porsche's lightweight special beats 10 rivals to become Autocar's Britain's Best Driver's Car 2010

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS has emerged victorious in Autocar’s annual Britain’s Best Driver’s Car comparison for 2010.

All seven of Autocar's judges placed Porsche's latest lightweight special at the top of their list, beating off stiff competition from nine other brilliant driver's cars launched during the past year, as well as last year's winner, the Lotus Evora.

See all the cars in action at Autocar's Britain's Best Driver's Car 2010 contest

The three-day test took place at the recently re-opened Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire, as well as some of Britain’s best B-roads that surround Castle Donington.

The 911 GT3 RS took victory ahead of the Noble M600 and, surprisingly, the Ferrari 458 Italia. The Ferrari may have been the quickest around Donington, but its quick steering and transition from understeer to oversteer wasn’t to all of the judges’ tastes.

The Evora finished in fourth place ahead of the Renaultsport Megane 250 Cup, Lotus Elise, Mercedes SLS AMG, Audi RS5, Jaguar XJ Supersport, VW Scirocco and Alpina B5 S.

Video: Watch how the judges reached their verdict

Editor-at-large Steve Sutcliffe described the 911 GT3 RS as “very possibly the best road car any of us has ever driven around a circuit”.

Chief road tester Matt Prior said of the Porsche: “It’s the most frenetic on-road experience here but, when you’re in the mood, absolutely one of the finest.”

For the full story, see the 13 October edition of Autocar magazine, on sale today.

Steve Sutcliffe blog: Why the GT3 RS wonRichard Bremner blog: The class of 1985 rememberedColin Goodwin blog: Are cars getting too fast to be fun?

Read the full story on Britian's Best Driver's Car 2009, where the Lotus Evora emerged victorious

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13 October 2010

458 CS/Scuderia may have something to say about it next time. Not really fair comparing a stripped out racer 911 to the non-race version 458.

13 October 2010

I think the GT3 RS costs less than a std 458.

So did I win my subscription???

I was surprised to see a GT3 RS beats a 458 around the Anglesey circuit o_O

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13 October 2010

Reading Autocar's past review of the Noble, i was realy surprised that the GT3RS wins!

13 October 2010

[quote The Special One]458 CS/Scuderia may have something to say about it next time. Not really fair comparing a stripped out racer 911 to the non-race version 458.[/quote] On the other hand the 911 is basically a run-out model, while the 458 is brand new.

13 October 2010

[quote The Special One]458 CS/Scuderia may have something to say about it next time. Not really fair comparing a stripped out racer 911 to the non-race version 458.[/quote]

As such car does not actually exist (yet), that's rather an invalid statement. I may aswell say the Porsche 999.2 RSR of 2021 will elclipse them all.

On another note, the gallery photographs are excellent!

13 October 2010

The GT3 did not beat the 458 around Donington. As a matter of fact, the Ferrari was the fastest car.

Also, the GT3 RS is a track day car, not a proper road car. The 458 is a complete road car.

13 October 2010

[quote goodhand]As such car does not actually exist (yet), that's rather an invalid statement.[/quote] Not invalid. It's irrelevant if a 458 CS/Scuderia exists. Therefore, can we compare a Nissan 370Z against a 911 GT3 RS because there is no 370Z race version? Don't be silly, Brains.

13 October 2010

[quote optimal_909][quote The Special One]458 CS/Scuderia may have something to say about it next time. Not really fair comparing a stripped out racer 911 to the non-race version 458.[/quote] On the other hand the 911 is basically a run-out model, while the 458 is brand new.[/quote] That has nothing to do with it, lol. Both are available right now, why not take it off the market if is has an unfair disadvantage due to its age? My original statement is valid and hold true: racer vs road car is an unfair comparison.

13 October 2010

[quote Autocar]The Ferrari may have been the quickest around Donington[/quote][quote TheOmegaMan]I was surprised to see a GT3 RS beats a 458 around the Anglesey circuit o_O[/quote] This is Autocar, not Auto Express. Poor bass is lost.

13 October 2010

Totally agree with The Special One. How can you compare a stripped out almost "race" car with a standard 458. I don't really understand how the 911 wins this contest unless you purely look at how they are on a track. Shouldn't the best driver's car be a little bit of an all rounder as well? I would not like to be in this 911 with those tyres when it rains or in winter to be honest... Stick some cup tyres on the 458 and then compare them again!

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