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    • Sit back and enjoy 28+ minutes of Evo picking their 2015 car of the year

      2015 is winding down and it is that time of the year where major publications do their 'best of the year' pieces. Evo's work tends to be a bit better quality than the rest especially when put against their British peers. Their production quality is simply at a very high standard.


      You will see great cinematography combined with the very British narration style about the field of cars. Speaking of which, the field of finalists for the car of the year is as follows:

      - Peugeot 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport
      - Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV
      - SEAT Leon Cupra Sub8
      - McLaren 675LT
      - Porsche 991 GT3 RS
      - Porsche Cayman GT4
      - Honda Civic Type R
      - Ferrari 488 GTB
      - Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
      - Lotus Evora 400
      - Mercedes-AMG GT S

      An interesting field with the Lotus included likely due to some British bias. It would be great to have a Corvette or Viper in this mix. If you do not want to read any spoilers stop now and go watch the video.

      The 488 GTB is obviously the new mid-engine V8 Ferrari and with its twin turbocharged engine it is much stronger than the outgoing 458. However, Evo prefers the 458 to the 488. Why? The 488 GTB is said to be more of a car for an engineer instead of a driver. The character of the motor is just not as exciting. While offering more torque the sensation and useable power is not the same.

      The 991 GT3 RS of course is praised. They state the new direct injected motor is not a detriment and that they actually do not miss the previous generation Mezger GT1 based flat-6. The steering is criticized as not being quite as good as the 997 however.

      Interestingly, the AMG GT S is said to not meet expectations. It is capable, good looking, and a great engine but yet something is missing from the experience. Maybe the AMG GT S is a bit too much of a touring car when cars like the GT3 RS and 488 GTB are in the lineup?

      The Aventador is said to not be an enjoyable drive. It's styling stands out and it certainly screams attention from the looks to the engine note but it just did not drive well. It is surprising to hear it is a letdown in the driving dynamics department.

      So what wins? The Porsche Cayman GT4. They love the manual, they love that it is about the driving experience, and they just love how it handles. To Evo it is the perfect car because it is not about new technology and gadgets but it is built for driver interaction.

      Evo does not go by what is the most powerful and they do not factor in test times but they boil it all down to the driving experience. To them, the Cayman GT4 does the best job at being the best driver's car. It is difficult to disagree with their conclusion.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: Sit back and enjoy 28+ minutes of Evo picking their 2015 car of the year started by Sticky View original post
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      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        Great video. Production quality for these youtube videos are getting quite good. Chris's video of the P1/918/LaFerarri was also done very well.
      1. MSIZZLE's Avatar
        MSIZZLE -
        great vid!
      1. Alpina_B3_Lux's Avatar
        Alpina_B3_Lux -
        The video is really excellent. The articles in the magazine itself too - I enjoyed reading them a lot a few weeks back when they came out.

        And the Cayman GT4 is a fantastic car. Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, natural aspirated, manual transmission - truly a car for purists.

        If they installed better seats in the Aventador and gave it the double clutch transmission from the Huracan it would fare much better. Unfortunately we'll have to wait for the next generation until that happens.
      1. FRD135i's Avatar
        FRD135i -
        Outstanding video. Need to book a vacation.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Alpina_B3_Lux Click here to enlarge
        The video is really excellent. The articles in the magazine itself too - I enjoyed reading them a lot a few weeks back when they came out.

        And the Cayman GT4 is a fantastic car. Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, natural aspirated, manual transmission - truly a car for purists.

        If they installed better seats in the Aventador and gave it the double clutch transmission from the Huracan it would fare much better. Unfortunately we'll have to wait for the next generation until that happens.
        Probably one of the few times we have agreed on something <g>

        I can honestly say that if they sold this car with a double-clutch gearbox, it would be in my garage right now. I love this car - everything about it - it's an outstanding piece of engineering. Kinda reminds me what an M3 would be if they kept going with NA.

        Never got to sit in it though - seats are that bad?
      1. Alpina_B3_Lux's Avatar
        Alpina_B3_Lux -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        I can honestly say that if they sold this car with a double-clutch gearbox, it would be in my garage right now. I love this car - everything about it - it's an outstanding piece of engineering. Kinda reminds me what an M3 would be if they kept going with NA.

        Never got to sit in it though - seats are that bad?
        Yes, very uncomfortable and the sitting position is not ideal. It's not as bad as with the older generation Lambos which were really bizarre in how you sat in them (kind of like a frog with legs turned to one side), but still not ideal.

        The old sequential gearbox really is a no-go, it even upsets the car when you drive it hard. I can only imagine that the engineering costs for putting the DCT box in there were too great; I know that it took Audi about 3 years to engineer the DCT into the facelift R8, and for a low-volume car as the Aventador it may not have been worth it. I'm sure they'll rectify this in the next generation though, but that'll be a while to come out...