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    Road and Track 2015 Performance Car of the Year test figures - Lap Times, 1/4 mile, curb weight, etc.

    Road and Track completed their 2015 Performance Car of the Year testing and the data is all below for you to sample. The field features 14 cars which are all broken down below. Road and Track includes a small data panel for each car showing the curb weight, power, and acceleration figures.

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    One thing to take away from the acceleration figures is some are estimates and they were not all completed on the same day. So before anyone gets hung up on what time is slow or what time is fast keep in mind the data is all pooled together from their road tests in different conditions. Not exactly as scientific as it could be.

    Additionally, the track they use is the Motown Mile pictured here:

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    It is a makeshift track at the Coleman A. Young airport. They shut down a portion of the runway and make this 5969 foot 'track' if you want to call it that. This is not the level of testing these cars at something like Laguna Seca. It amounts to basically shutting down a runway and creating an oval. Seriously Road and Track? How good can the quality of the tarmac really be? You couldn't rent out a dedicated roadcourse?

    From this picture we dug up, it seriously looks like garbage when you're running over grass exposed from cracked concrete:

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    Let's go over the list of the 14 competitors:

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    Here they are ordered by their curb weight from lightest to heaviest:

    1. Alfa Romeo 4C - 2455 lbs
    2. Volkswagen GTI - Estimated 3150 lbs
    3. Ferrari 458 Speciale - 3199 lbs
    4. Porsche 911 (991) GT3 - 3269 lbs
    5. Dodge Viper SRT TA - 3364 lbs
    6. Subaru WRX STI - 3375 lbs
    7. BMW M235i - 3511 lbs
    8. BMW M3 - 3540 lbs
    9. Ford Mustang GT - 3540 lbs
    10. Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - 3856 lbs
    11. Nissan GTR - 3880 lbs
    12. Jaguar F-Type R Coupe - 3929 lbs
    13. Lexus RC F - 4038 lbs
    14. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat - 4458 lbs

    In order of 1/4 mile trap speed:

    1. Dodge Viper SRT TA - 11.6 @ 126.7
    2. Nissan GTR - 11.0 @ 126.6
    3. Ferrari 458 Speciale - 11.1 @ 125.7
    4. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat - 12.0 @ 124.8
    5. Porsche 911 (991) GT3 - 11.3 @ 123.4
    6. Jaguar F-Type R Coupe - 11.9 @ 122.7
    7. Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - 12.2 @ 118.3
    8. BMW M3 - 12.3 @ 114.9
    9. Lexus RC F - 12.7 @ 113.0
    10. Ford Mustang GT - 13.0 @ 112.0
    11. Alfa Romeo 4C - 12.9 @ 107.8
    12. BMW M235i - Estimated 13.3 @ 106
    13. Subaru WRX STI - 13.3 @ 102.8
    14. Volkswagen GTI - 14.4 @ 98.7

    In order of lap time:

    THE LEADERBOARD
    1 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale 51.92 sec 142.1 mph
    2 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo 51.93 sec 141.7 mph
    3 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 52.18 sec 139.7 mph
    4 2015 Dodge Viper SRT TA 52.36 sec 137.2 mph
    5 2013 Ferrari F12Berlinetta 52.97 sec 144.4 mph
    6 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo 53.02 sec 140.5 mph
    7 2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series 53.66 sec 135.8 mph
    8 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition 53.76 sec 135.6 mph
    9 2013 SRT Viper 54.55 sec 138.9 mph
    10 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 54.66 sec 131.2 mph
    11 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 54.80 sec 135.5 mph
    12 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 55.03 sec 133.5 mph
    13 2014 Audi R8 V10 55.18 sec 135.9 mph
    14 2012 Lexus LFA 55.48 sec 130.6 mph
    15 2015 BMW M3 55.53 sec 132.3 mph
    16 2015 Jaguar F-Type V8 55.84 sec 134.4 mph
    17 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 55.86 sec 133.9 mph
    18 2013 BMW M6 Competition Pack 55.89 sec 133.8 mph
    19 2015 Lexus RC F 56.08 sec 128.8 mph
    20 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 56.19 sec 134.8 mph
    21 2013 Jaguar XFR-S 56.33 sec 131.6 mph
    22 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat 56.37 sec 131.5 mph
    23 2015 Jaguar F-Type R 56.37 sec 133.5 mph
    24 2014 Porsche Cayman S 56.73 sec 125.1 mph
    25 2015 Ford Mustang GT 56.81 sec 127.2 mph
    26 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE 56.83 sec 126.2 mph
    27 2013 Audi RS5 56.83 sec 126.0 mph
    28 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S 57.01 sec 130.7 mph
    29 2014 Chevrolet SS 57.43 sec 127.1 mph
    30 2015 BMW M4 57.47 sec 130.5 mph
    31 2014 M-B E63 AMG S-Model Wagon 57.76 sec 128.3 mph
    32 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe 57.85 sec 132.1 mph
    33 2014 Mercedes CLA45 AMG 57.90 sec 123.1 mph
    34 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 58.10 sec 127.1 mph
    35 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 58.39 sec 124.8 mph
    36 2015 BMW M235i 58.54 sec 122.5 mph
    37 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 58.68 sec 131.5 mph
    38 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C 58.72 sec 119.0 mph
    39 2014 Jaguar F-Type S V6 58.77 sec 122.0 mph
    40 2014 BMW 435i 59.27 sec 121.7 mph
    41 2015 Subaru WRX STI 59.46 sec 116.5 mph
    42 204 MINI John Cooper Work GP 59.98 sec 114.6 mph
    43 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI 60.35 sec 112.2 mph
    44 2014 Ford Fiesta ST 62.80 sec 111.3 mph
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    On a makeshift oval shaped course that is basically a straightline sprint until you hit a corner we would not put too much emphasis in chest beating over these laptimes. When a Cayenne Turbo S is beating a Mustang Boss 302 around the course something is really wrong. The times do show the general trend of how the cars perform but something like a Z28 would do much better on a course with a more varied variety of turns and elevation changes.

    There is some useful data to take away from this comparison but there are glaring holes. Using estimated performance times and weights? Using acceleration data from different locations and days? Using an airport tarmac with some turns thrown in to loop it around? Seriously Road and Track? Higher quality should be expected from you but people probably do not care for quality or context these days. You should be embarrassed but it's content and people click to it so who cares right? They also forget the '5' in the 58.72 of the Alfa Romeo 4C laptime on their own page so it feels as if this was hastily thrown up as well. Road and Track did not exactly set a high bar for quality here.

    Take away from this what you will. The Viper is the fastest car, the Ferrari 458 Speciale has the quickest laptime, and the Nissan GTR sets the quickest 1/4 mile time.

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    LMAO, what a joke R&T...

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    Sticky thanks for pointing out that track and it's conditions. Any car with R comps or AWD will be at a HUGE advantage

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    I can't even believe an outfit like Road and Track used this track. It's kind of sad.

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    A great bunch of cars i wish I was a test driver lol

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    Nismo beats GT-3?

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    Must be a sh*tty driver on m4. How the fsck a lighter car comparing w m3 finished way down the list?

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