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BMW 135I (BMW)

BMW 135I (BMW)
The folks at Motor Trend say, “This pint-size 1 Series, which shares much of its platform and chassis components with its 3 Series brother — as in its bigger, heavier brother — is deceptively hefty. BMWs are known as great driving cars with excellent chassis clarity, but at the racetrack the 135i displayed massive understeer.”
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Jaguar XFR (Jaguar)

Jaguar XFR (Jaguar)
Motor Trend says, “XFR’s predictability was its unpredictability. Sure, a capricious personality can often make for a torrid love affair, but the Jag’s fickleness struggled to endear our judges completely.”

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Nissan NISMO 370Z (Nissan)

Nissan NISMO 370Z (Nissan)
Motor Trend testers say, “Perhaps this package was optimized for drifting? It had an unusual tendency to get loose. The tail would come out during the entry phase of the corner; as I was turning, I could feel the tail starting to move, and then it just stopped and that’s as far it went.”

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (GM)

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (GM)
Motor Trend says, “Quickest? Most powerful? Most awe-inspiring? Yes, yes, and yes. Most difficult to drive at the limit? That too.”

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Cadillac CTS-V (GM)

Cadillac CTS-V (GM)
Motor Trend says, “The CTS-V feels neat and tidy, not like a big four-door sedan. And it drives tidy. Amazing front-end bite, with tons of max g in corners and easy modulation of cornering attitude with the throttle.”

Cadillac CTS-V (GM)
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Chevrolet Camaro SS (GM)

Chevrolet Camaro SS (GM)
Motor Trend says, “We were expecting more from the Bow-Tie bunch’s all-new hot rod, what with it dismissing the Ford Mustang GT and the Dodge Challenger R/T in a June comparison. Alas, in this obnoxiously competitive field, the rear-drive, 426-horsepower Camaro SS could muster only…last place.”
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Mazda MX-5 Miata (Mazda)

Mazda MX-5 Miata (Mazda)
Motor Trend says, “The Miata, really in a league of its own in this contest, was rated more so in light of other roadsters (think Solstice, S2000) as opposed to, say, the ZR1.”

Mazda MX-5 Miata (Mazda)
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Audi R8 (AUDI)

2009 Audi R8 (AUDI)
Motor Trend says, “Therein lies the beauty of the R8: It’s exotic yet uncomplicated, high-tech but low maintenance, a dream car that can double as a daily driver, a boulevard cruiser that can switch to a track ace.”

2009 Audi R8 (AUDI)
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Ford Shelby GT500 (Ford)

Ford Shelby GT500 (Ford)
Motor Trend says, “Compared with archrival Camaro, the Shelby offers far and away the better-looking cabin. And by better looking, we mean it’s better for looking out. It’s amazing how visibility from the driver’s seat plays into making a good driver’s car.”
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Porsche Cayman S PDK (Porsche)

2009 Porsche Cayman S PDK (Porsche)
Motor Trend says, “Probably more than any other car here, including the R8, this one feels like an extension of your neural synapses.”
Porsche Cayman S PDK (Porsche)

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