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.