09-30-2014, 12:30 PM
Let's not spoil the winner just yet. You probably already saw the contenders from MotorTrend's World's Greatest Drag Race 4. MotorTrend takes the same vehicles from their driver's car competition and drag races them as well which is fine of course although the best driver's car likely is not the best drag racing car.
The list of cars in the competition is the Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW i8, BMW M4, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Ford Fiesta ST, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Subaru STI, and Volkswagen GTI. These cars run a spread from $25,000 to close to $200,00.00.
It is nice that there is something here as representation that can fit almost everyone's pocketbook but the performance spread is pretty large. It would be more useful to compare more cars of the same class than picking a couple from the lower end and a couple from the higher end. No Mustang? No Challenger Hellcat? No Viper? No Huracan? No GT3? No AMG? Come on guys, what is this?
Here are the results in the order of how the cars finished from worst to first based on driving impressions (not just the raw laptime). Randy Pobst is again doing the driving at Laguna Seca.
10. Volkswagen Golf GTI
9. Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
8. BMW i8
7. Subaru WRX STI
6. Ford Fiesta ST
5. BMW M4
4. Nissan GT-R Nismo
3. Porsche 911 Turbo S
2. Alfa Romeo 4C
1. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
If you were to order the cars in order of laptimes, the result would be:
10. Ford Fiesta ST - 1:51.25
9. Volkswagen GTI - 1:50.11
8. Subaru WRX STI - 1:47.16
7. BMW i8 - 1:44.29
6. Alfa Romeo 4C - 1:43.78
5. Jaguar F-Type Coupe R - 1:42.01
4. BMW M4 - 1:39.69
3. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - 1:37.82
2. Porsche 911 Turbo S - 1:35.62
1. Nissan GTR Nismo - 1:35.51
The Camaro Z/28 takes the title as the best driver's car and from this group. You have a 7.0 liter LS7 V8 revving to 7000 rpm offering glorious response under the hood, a manual transmission, huge 305mm wide tires at all four corners, and a car built around cornering and not just horsepower or acceleration. It is the car you would want to drive on an empty canyon road and the most rewarding of the group. It is the best driver's car.