As race car driver Randy Pobst said when he saw the crop of contenders we assembled for this yearís Best Driverís Car, ďThis is really the stuff of car guy dreams.Ē Darn tootiní. Only two of the nine cars make fewer than 500 hp. Seven of them placed in the top 20 of our Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca lap times, and six of them were in the top 15. The slowest car from 0 to 60 mph took 6.4 seconds. The next slowest took 4.2 seconds. Even more amazing, the rest ran under 4 seconds, with three of them doing the deed in fewer than 3 seconds. And how can you not love a group of cars with the names Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, AMG, Shelby, and Jaguar? You simply must! These are all supercars. Well, eight of Ďem are supercars, and one is the Subaru BRZ. But donít count the little Japanese featherweight out just because it doesnít have the pedigree, performance, and price tag of the others.
After all, this is Best Driverís Car. Itís not about numbers and straight-line performance. If it were, to paraphrase editor-at-large Angus MacKenzie, weíd just rent a top fuel dragster and call it a day.