A year ago, Motor Trend magazine gathered nine of the tastiest morsels it could beg, borrow or steal from the press fleet to bring you “The World’s Greatest Drag Race.” It was something of a mismatch, since cars like the BMW 1 Series M and the Lotus Evora S never stood a chance against the victorious Nissan GT-R.
Still, we watched the footage, because who doesn’t like seeing nine cars go head to head on an airport runway? This year, Motor Trend decided to repeat the exercise, using the nine cars it selected to compete in its “Best Driver’s Car” competition.
As you’d guess, that makes for some strange bedfellows this year, too. In the never-stood-a-chance category is the Subaru BRZ, whose forte is strafing apexes on tight racetracks, not throwing down against the likes of the Ford Shelby GT500 and the Camaro ZL1 in the quarter mile.
Other contestants include the Jaguar XKR-S, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the Nissan GT-R Black Edition, the McLaren MP4-12C, the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe.
We won’t tell you who wins, except to say that the Nissan GT-R doesn’t repeat last year’s victory. We’re also surprised at the second place finisher, and at how close a Porsche 911 Carrera S is in straight-line performance to a Chevy Camaro ZL1.
Quarter-mile times and speeds, there isn’t a loser in this crop of cars, and we’d be more than happy to park any of them in our own garages.