27 July 2004

Autocar pits the best handling cars on the market against each other this week, in a bid to find out which is the most talented driver's choice available in the UK. Out and out supercars of the likes of Lamborghini's Gallardo and Porsche's 911 GT3 RS meet with track-honed machinery such as the Lotus Exige and Caterham R500 Evolution, as well as more everyday cars like Peugeot's 407, the Mazda MX-5 and Mercedes' new SLK 350, with one thing in mind; to establish which of them supplies the necessary thrills, both on the road and the track, to be Britain's best driver's car.

'Handling is a difficult characteristic to define,' our feature reads. 'It's about more than raw power, huge grip or fast lap times. It's about feel; about the fundamental pleasure of driving.'

'The numbers are meaningless on their own,' it goes on, 'as the MX-5 proved last year when it nudged the 911 GT3 into second place. It's interaction we're looking for above all else: a level of control, usability and fluency that sets one car apart from the others.'

Want to know what the best steer in the country is? Find out in Autocar this week.

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