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Motor Trend tested 12 cars (mostly high-end models) to determine which was the Best Driver's Car for 2017.

Here are the results, in order of finish:

1. 2016 Ferrari 488 GTM (661 hp/561 lb-ft, 2.7 sec. 0-60 mph, 10.6 sec. @135.2 mph, $249,150)

2. 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S (350 hp/309 lb-ft, 3.6 sec. 0-60 mph, 12.0 sec. @114.9 mph, $67,350)

3. 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S (580 hp/516 lb-ft, 2.5 sec. 0-60 mph, 10.6 sec. @129.6 mph, $189,150)

4. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (650 hp/650 lb-ft, 3.6 sec. 0-60 mph, 11.7 sec. @123.0 mph, $71,295)

5. 2018 Mercedes AMG GT R (577 hp/516 lb-ft, 3.4 sec. 0-60 mph, 11.4 sec. @127.6 mph, $157,995)

6. 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (505 hp/443 lb-ft, 3.9 sec. 0-60 mph, 12.1 sec. @119.8 mph, $73,595)

7. 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (460 hp/465 lb-ft, 3.9 sec. 0-60 mph, 12.2 sec. @116.1 mph, $67,350)

8. 2018 Lexus LC 500 (471 hp/398 lb-ft, 4.7 sec. 0-60 mph, 13.0 sec. @109.8 mph, $92,995)

9. 2017 McLaren 570GT (562 hp/443 lb-ft, 2.8 sec. 0-60 mph, 10.7 sec. @131.9 mph, $201,450)

10. 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata (155 hp/148 lb-ft, 6.4 sec. 0-60 mph, 14.9 sec. @92.4 mph, $32,430)

11. 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO (600 hp/481 lb-ft, 2.9 sec. 0-60 mph, 11.0 sec. @126.8 mph, $176,685)

12. 2017 Aston Martin DB11 (600 hp/516 lb-ft, 3.8 sec. 0-60 mph, 11.9 sec. @124.7 mph, $214,820)

In the same November 2017, they also conducted the "World's Great Drag Race,"in which these car lined up side-by-side to race on the Vandenberg Air Force Base runway. Included in the race was a Tesla Model SA P10D. Here were the top three finishers, in order (no times were given):

1. Tesla Model SA P100D
2. Ferrari 488 GTB (very close 2nd)
3. Porsche 911 Turbo S
 

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I read the article. It's hard for me to generate much interest in most of those cars simply because I cannot afford them. I found myself more interested n the MX-5 because it is relatively speaking so much more affordable.

There is a lot of validity to the statement that it is more fun driving a slow car fast than a fast car slow. My hat is off to Mazda for building a well balanced, entertaining to drive, affordable car that is worthy of consideration in the company of significantly more expensive competition.

I recently test drove an MX-5 RF. That car is a hoot.
 

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I read the article. It's hard for me to generate much interest in most of those cars simply because I cannot afford them. I found myself more interested n the MX-5 because it is relatively speaking so much more affordable.
I agree, but what about the $67K Camaro and the $71K Corvette? They are real performance bargains.
 
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