Eleven of this year's most exciting new cars go head to head on road and track
On road or track, the MP4-12C likes to take its own route
Getting the tail to wag on the 911 GT3 RS was never a problem
Sublime Evora lapped the quickest of the three
CLS went about things differently, if you get our drift...
The Seven is as thrilling to drive on the road as it is on track
Vauxhall's agile Interloper stole the Renault's thunder
When the GT3 RS and MP4-12C did battle, we were surprised that the orange car won by a clear second
Porsche was better on the brakes, but McLaren's superior grunt proved too much
The exquisitely balanced Cayman R was in a league of its own
The Porsche Cayman R has emerged triumphant in Autocar’s annual Britain’s Best Driver’s Car comparison for 2011. Of the 11 cars on test, it was the Cayman R’s completeness and ruthless efficiency, which stood out for the six judges, no mean feat considering that last year’s winner – the Porsche 911 GT3 RS - was also a contender.
The rigorous three-day test took place at Rockingham’s 1.7-mile long Motor Speedway, featuring a fine mix of second, third and fourth-gear corners as well as a plethora of changes in gradient and camber, sometimes mid-bend. To complete testing, we also took to some of the Midland’s most challenging B-roads.
In a well-deserved second place was the light-footed (and one of the cheapest) Caterham Seven Supersport, followed by the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S and the 911 GT3 RS.
Despite the McLaren MP4-12C’s technical brilliance and undoubted pace, speed does not necessarily equal fun, so sixth place was the best it could muster in our testing, one place below the Lotus Evora S.
Editor-at-large Steve Sutcliffe described the winning Cayman R’s steering as “about as sweet as it gets,” while its ride is “150 times better than it has any right to be considering how little body movement there is when you’re really going for it”.
For the full story, see the 12 October edition of Autocar magazine, on sale today.