Plus, video special on Evora, Porsche GT3 and Panamera, Audi R8 V10, Nissan GT-R

The Lotus Evora has won Autocar’s annual Britain’s Best Driver’s Car comparison for 2009.

Lotus’s new 2+2 coupe beat last year’s winning car, the Nissan GT-R, plus nine performance cars launched within the past 12 months, to seal a victory after three days of driving on roads and at Goodwood Motor Circuit in Sussex.

Video - What makes the Lotus Evora great? Steve Sutcliffe explains

Video - Steve Sutcliffe samples the Porsche Panamera

Video - Nissan GT-R versus Porsche GT3

Video - Audi R8 V10 v Lotus Evora

Nine out of ten Autocar judges placed the Evora first when voting for their favourite from this year’s assembled cars.

Second place went to another British car, Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage, with the new Porsche 911 GT3 in third and the Nissan GT-R in fourth overall.

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Watch Autocar's Britain's Best Driver's Car test on video

Watch Autocar's test team discussing what makes a great handling car

Autocar Editor Chas Hallett said the Evora was “the best handling car here.”

Editor-in-Chief Steve Cropley called the Lotus a “totally brilliant Handling Day car; stable, adjustable, quick, forgiving, flattering.”

For the full story, see the 12 August edition of Autocar magazine, on sale today.

Matt Prior blog: Why the Lotus Evora won

Matt Saunders blog: What price good handling

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Our Verdict

The Evora uses a heavily tweaked version of Toyota's all-alloy 3.5-litre V6 engine

Lotus moves upmarket with a 2+2 GT, but is the Lotus Evora an everyday car?

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