Autocar has honoured its five-star road test cars at its annual awards celebration in London this evening.
The Porsche 918, Ferrari 458 Speciale and Range Rover Sport SVR have all received coveted five-star road test verdicts in the past 12 months and were honoured as part of the annual Autocar Stars evening. The manufacturers of those vehicles receive a trophy commemorating their acheivements.
Describing the three newest road test champions, Autocar editor Jim Holder said: "Quite rightly, this is a rare and hard-earned accolade - and tonight we have just three to add to the distinguished list."
Autocar's verdicts on the three winners are as follows:
Porsche 918 Spyder - This is a Porsche and Porsche is rarely caught out. Accelerating in gears, through gears, on the road and on a circuit, the 918 Spyder has nothing to fear from any other car in its class.
Ferrari 458 Speciale - Like all great performance cars, it feels over-provisioned for the sheer grip and agility, it communicates effusively and challenges you to get on its level or find the limit of your own in the process. It's sensational in its handling and extravagant in its commitment to the pursuit of speed and thrills.
Range Rover Sport SVR - No rival better mixes handling prowess, off-road talent and an SUV sense of functional plsuhness. But, more importantly, none comes close to capturing the perfect savagery and lewd sense of fun it keeps so amply on tap.
In 2014, cars which were honoured for receiving top marks in our road test include the Toyota GT86, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 320d Sport, Porsche Cayman, Morgan 3 Wheeler, Ferrari 458 Italia, Jaguar XFR and McLaren P1.