The Jaguar XFR was first tested in May 2009
The Ferrari 458 was road tested in August 2010
The Morgan 3 Wheeler was tested in June 2012
BMW's 320d was first put through its paces in February 2012
The Toyota GT86 was tested in July 2012
Porsche's Cayman earnt its five-star rating in April 2013
The Mercedes-Benz S-class attained a five-star rating in October 2013
McLaren's latest hypercar, the P1, is the most recent five-star car
Autocar has honoured the cars that have achieved its maximum five-star road test rating at a new awards ceremony in London this evening.
To mark the fact that Autocar's road test process is far more thorough than any competitor's, manufacturers whose cars achieve a five-star road test verdict will now receive a trophy commemorating their achievement.
In this inaugural year of the Autocar Star awards, eight award winners have been revealed – the three cars that have achieved five-star ratings in the past 12 months and five other five-star models still in production.
The Autocar Stars award goes to the following cars:
Also awarded at the Autocar Stars ceremony was the Sturmey Award for innovation and achievement and the Issigonis Trophy, which goes to the individual who has contributed most to the health, excellence and world competitiveness of the industry.