The 10 entrants - plus last year's winner, the Lotus Evora - line up at Donington
The first cars leave the pits at the start of the three-day test
Plenty of sideways action is compulsory at Handling Day
One of the sub-tests saw Modena's finest up against the SLS and the Evora
The Evora was still good enough 12 months on to beat newer - and more expensive - rivals
No-one placed the 458 lower than fifth in the overall standings
The old-school approach of the SLS split opinion among the judges
The Evora's faults weren't enough to deny it victory in 2009, but they cost it a podium in 2010
Ferrari made some Herculean efforts to ensure the 458 put its best foot forward
The Ferrari's sharp steering issues were less of an issue on the road
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.
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.
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.