So the cat’s out of the bag. The Lotus Evora is our Best Driver’s Car of 2009. What a deserved winner it is too. And a surprisingly good value one. If you average out the asking prices of all eleven new cars in this year’s test, you arrive at a notional cost of a new fast car in Britain, in 2009, of just over £82k. Which looks like quite a lot of wonga for an entertaining drive in the current climate – and makes the Evora look like a bit of snip at £49,875.

I think I can speak for the majority of Autocar readers when I say that, given the chance, we’d happily spend as little as we can get away with on a fine-handling sports car. That’s why we followed up this year’s handling day test with a secondhand equivalent.

All four cars that we pitted against each other were previous winners of our good handling gong: Lamborghini’s Murcielago, Lotus’ S2 Elise, Noble’s M400 and Porsche’s Cayman S. And, with the exception of the Noble, all of them can now be bought for around half of what they cost new.