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    • MotorTrend 2019 Best Driver's Car laptimes - F87 M2 Competition, 992 Carrera S, Urus, GT 63S 4Matic+, Senna, GT350, M850i, GR Supra, Hellcat Redeye, DBS, etc.

      MotorTrend's 2019 Best Driver's Car competition is taking place at Laguna Seca and it is interesting to see the results on a track that is a good mix of technical application and power. The lineup is good but does not have any high performance standouts.


      That is other than the McLaren Senna but that is not even a street car. It is nice to see what the Senna can do at Laguna Seca in this context but it is on an entirely different level.

      Where is the McLaren 720S? The Ferrari Pista? The C8 Corvette? The GT500 Mustang? An R8 or Huracan? The 992 Carrera S is really the sportiest car out there short of the Senna.

      Here is the lineup in order of least favorite to most favorite driver's car by Randy Pobst:

      12. Challenger SRT Hellcat
      11. Lamborghini Urus
      10. Bentley Continental GT V8
      9. Toyota GR Supra
      8. Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
      7. Jaguar XE SV Project 8
      6. Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4Matic+
      5. BMW M850i xDrive Coupe
      4. BMW F87 M2 Competition
      3. Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang
      2. McLaren Senna
      1. Porsche 992 Carrera S

      Now in order of laptime:

      12. Challenger SRT Hellcat - 1:42.70
      11. Bentley Continental GT V8 - 1:41.21
      10. Lamborghini Urus - 1:40.90
      9. BMW F87 M2 Competition - 1:40.83
      8. Toyota GR Supra - 1:40.57
      7. BMW M850i xDrive Coupe - 1:39.40
      6. Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - 1:38.27
      5. Jaguar XE SV Project 8 - 1:36.96
      4. Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang - 1:36.83
      3. Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4Matic+ - 1:36.26
      2. Porsche 992 Carrera S - 1:35.52
      1. McLaren Senna - 1:27.62

      It is rather incredible how well the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4Matic+ does. We keep saying it but Mercedes-AMG really worked some magic on that car. The BMW M850i xDrive does a fairly good job considering its heft and that it is not the M8 model which of course bodes well for the M derivative.

      Laguna Seca exposes the heft of the Urus. Power can not mask it here. The Supra also edges the M2 Competition although the M2 Competition is the preferred driver's car.

      The Hellcat Redeye is in the rear because someone took it off a dragstrip.

      The new Carrera S is the big winner here.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: MotorTrend 2019 Best Driver's Car laptimes - F87 M2 Competition, 992 Carrera S, Urus, GT 63S 4Matic+, Senna, GT350, M850i, GR Supra, Hellcat Redeye, DBS, etc. started by Sticky View original post
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      1. Zombie1's Avatar
        Zombie1 -
        The GT350 stands out to me. Wish ford would drop the new DCT in it or at least the 10spd auto(its an impressive auto).
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Zombie1 Click here to enlarge
        The GT350 stands out to me. Wish ford would drop the new DCT in it or at least the 10spd auto(its an impressive auto).
        That car is begging for the DCT.
      1. richpike's Avatar
        richpike -
        But, but, the Hellcat can handle! /sarcasm

        And agreed on the GT350. Maybe it will get the new GT500ís dual clutch. Might put it ahead of the GT 63ís lap time.

        -Rich
      1. Stevenh's Avatar
        Stevenh -
        Auto enthusiasts:. It's an atrocity that they don't offer ________ with a manual.

        Also auto enthusiasts: _________ should have an automatic.
      1. Zombie1's Avatar
        Zombie1 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stevenh Click here to enlarge
        Auto enthusiasts:. It's an atrocity that they don't offer ________ with a manual.

        Also auto enthusiasts: _________ should have an automatic.
        You’re definitely right about that my friend, but the performance gain from the DCTs and even autos nowadays cannot be denied. Look at the Porsche GT3 manual VS DCT numbers, and the new mustang GTs manual vs auto. Gaining a half second in the 1/4 mile is just absurd.
      1. richpike's Avatar
        richpike -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stevenh Click here to enlarge
        Auto enthusiasts:. It's an atrocity that they don't offer ________ with a manual.
        Those words have never come out of my mouth! .... I usually say ďridiculousĒ instead of ďatrocityĒ. Click here to enlarge

        Seriously though, most of my first cars were manuals. Iíve autocrossed manuals for multiple seasons back in the day. But if I only had one choice for a performance car, it would be a DCT (or really good automatic). The performance benefits, especially in the hands of 99.9999% of drivers, are just too great.

        -Rich
      1. quattr0's Avatar
        quattr0 -
        I will take engaging and *feel* it over a half second anytime of the day!!!
      1. s13viper's Avatar
        s13viper -
        Puts the tesla model s 1.36.55 into context pretty well
      1. richpike's Avatar
        richpike -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by s13viper Click here to enlarge
        Puts the tesla model s 1.36.55 into context pretty well
        Except that was a non-production Model S with a prototype drivetrain and who knows what tires/suspension/etc. I mean kudos to Tesla for creating a one off lap on a non-production model that didn’t melt down on that short track, but definitely not apples to apples.

        -Rich
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by richpike Click here to enlarge
        Except that was a non-production Model S with a prototype drivetrain and who knows what tires/suspension/etc. I mean kudos to Tesla for creating a one off lap on a non-production model that didn’t melt down on that short track, but definitely not apples to apples.

        -Rich
        Bingo.