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Performance Perfect (10 best driver’s cars)

Performance perfect (10 best driver’s cars)
The folks at Motor Trend Magazine have upped the ante on their annual “Best Handling Cars” and are now awarding the “Best Driver’s Cars” specifically for the true enthusiast who is still willing to dream of getting behind the wheel of the best car for their favorite pastime – driving. At their test track, Motor Trend got behind the wheel of 10 of today’s top-rated performance cars and ranked them based on acceleration, braking, handling, ride and lap-time. They also included their expert subjectivity to conclude a winner.

1st Place: 2009 Porsche Cayman S PDK (Porsche)

2nd Place: 2009 Audi R8 (AUDI)

3rd Place: 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata (Mazda)

4th Place: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V (GM)

5th Place: 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 (Ford)

6th Place: 2009 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.”

7th Place: 2010 Nissan NISMO 370Z (Nissan)

8th Place: 2010 Jaguar XFR (Jaguar)

9th Place: 2009 BMW 135I (BMW)

10th Place: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS (GM)

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First Drive: 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster

UPDATE: READ MATT’S COMPLETE 2010 NISSAN 370Z ROADSTER DRIVE BY CLICKING HEREDATELINE: AUGUST 3, 2010, 10:01 PM, MY DRIVEWAY  The folks at Nissan dropped off a brilliant red, sparkly new, ready-to-rip 370Z Roadster this afternoon, and asked that we not say anything about our driving impressions until after 10:00 tonight (well, thanks for all the time, guys!). But it’s after 10:00 now, so why wait?We’ll have a full story and lots more photos for you within hours, but I gotta tell you, this thing rocks. In brief, you get 26 more horsepower than last year’s 350Z roadster in a package that weighs about 150 pounds less. What? A new car that’s lighter than the one it replaces? Believe it. The 370Z is also a few inches shorter overall, yet wider. The chassis is structurally stiffer than that of the car it replaces, which always means more precise handling and less squeaks, rattles, and cowl shake. Interior quality is way up, including standard heated and cooled seats, a glass windblocker, and suede door panels for a more upscale look and feel. Style? See for yourself. This writer was never a fan of the previous design. It attempted to mimic the ethos of the original Audi TT Roadster, but never pulled it off. The rump was too round, the top looked like a bubble-shaped afterthought, and the detailing was clunky. This one has curves in mostly all the right places, and the top is longer and sleeker. Speaking of the top, it’s much nicer than the old one, fully lined, and now of rich cloth instead of the previous canvas/vinyl stuff. Don’t make fun of the radio antenna; it has to be this high to meet Nissan’s radio reception requirements (hint: Nissan’s aftermarket accessories group will offer a shorter one for those who wish to sacrifice a little AM reception in the name of style). The tall, squarish rump gives more substance to the rear end design, and adds to a useful trunk area. What fun to drive: faster, quieter, stickier, flatter, stiffer, grippier, nicer riding, and just all around better than before. We’d still vote for a little more exhaust note, and the affectacious fuel/temp/computer gauge is annoying. The engine has plenty of punch, but is grainier sounding than the old 3.5 and 3.0-liter VQ family V-6s. How much is all this improvement? $100. That’s correct: a measly C-Note. The 2009 350Z Roadster (Enthusiast 6MT spec) was $36,870. The 2010 370Z, similarly equipped, bases for $36,970. If you liked the old one, you’ll love this new one. If you were not a fan of the 350Z roadster, give the 370Z a fresh look. It’s that much of an improvement. Stay tuned for more details and full specs. Photography by Kirk Gerbracht and the author
Source : blogs.motortrend.com/6569567/editorial/first-drive-2010-nissan-370z-roadster/index.html