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Motor Trend Names the Porsche 911 Carrera S its 2012 Best Driver's Car

Judges unanimously agree: Porsche takes the crown for driving excellence.

By Joshua Condon Aug 23, 2012 10:01AM
Any car enthusiast will tell you that the way a car drives is of paramount importance. But most of us have to make compromises. After all, budget, kids to cart around, trunk space for groceries or family car trips, the inability to have, say, nine specialized cars in the garage serving every occasion -- all of these factors mean that, for many of us, how a car drives is only part of the overall vehicle-buying equation.

Of course, the automotive media tend to think of little else, which is why Motor Trend each year names its Best Driver's Car. This year, despite stiff competition from the Lamborghini Aventador, Jaguar XKR-S, Ford Shelby GT500, Chevy Camaro ZL1, McLaren MP4-12C, Subaru BRZ, Nissan GT-R and Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG Black Edition -- ranked ninth through second, in that order and, yes, the Aventador finished dead last -- the Porsche took top honors. It got seven first-place votes from seven judges, plus another first-place vote from race car driver Randy Pobst, who is in charge of testing the vehicles around the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Read more after the jump.

Motor Trend editor-at-large Angus McKenzie says the Carrera S "just flows down the road like quicksilver" and credits the incredible driving experience to "elastic thrust, seamless shifts and effortless transitions." MT technical director Frank Markus says, concisely, that the 400-horsepower, $123,840 sport coupe "does nothing wrong and a whole lot right." But there's plenty more to read (and watch) about that car and each of the other contenders, which you can do here. Meanwhile, we've embedded both the hot lap video for the winning Porsche 911 Carrera S, as well as Motor Trend's full-length choosing-of video.

(Note: Passing on some information from the article, if you're wondering why there's no Pagani Huayra or a Koenigsegg it's because those cars aren't yet sold in the U.S. and are therefore not eligible. If you're wondering why there's no Corvette ZR-1 it's because the car underperformed when it was last in the running, in 2009, and hasn't been substantially upgraded since. If you're wondering why there's no Ferrari, it's because the automaker wouldn't send a model -- any model -- for the competition.)

The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S. Photo by Porsche.
631Comments
Aug 23, 2012 11:22AM
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"Dikheds" didn't even have the vette in the lineup---what a bunch of BS!!!!!
Aug 23, 2012 11:22AM
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at 123000 they can shove it.  Im happy with my 30k Camaro ,, and my Harley Road King, and a nice house,, and a nice gym membership,, and food..,, And Im not stealing from any one or making money from stealing and pay offs.
Aug 23, 2012 11:22AM
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 Who cares about the most exxpensive ,the rich! what about the midle class,oh its going down the drain . well i can only afford an American musle car,they are fast i can work on them and they have good looks.im passionate about Challenger and Camaro.
Aug 23, 2012 11:22AM
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The Aventador can leave the Porsche in it's sound-barrier wake. This contest was about the standard driver wanting a higher performance experience and still be somewhat practical. Ferrari of course didn't participate, and even most people- literally- cannot drive the Aventador without losing control, spinning out, and crashing. The Porsche is a nice tight little coupe- decidedly feminine, and is not a surprise in this category. LOL at the Caprice comment...this little coupe could lose that pile of junk and every Chevy made- the Corvette wasn't even allowed, FANBOI.
Aug 23, 2012 11:21AM
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displayname12 you are a truly miserable little man
Aug 23, 2012 11:20AM
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I guess Price is not figured in the results How many average people can afford $123,000??
Aug 23, 2012 11:20AM
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Dan Mills - can you figure out that no one cares about your little scam - go get an education and leave the forums to people that want to talk about the article - better yet - go read the dating spams....
Aug 23, 2012 11:18AM
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Dont tell Michelle Obama this!!  She use taxpayers money to buy one for herself!!  I hate republicans views and stands but this spending of tax payers money on expensive crap is ridiculous!! She is a spouse not holding any position or office, hell she doesnt even work!!  Michelle  USE YOUR OWN MONEY if you want to buy 7000$ outfits!!!!
Aug 23, 2012 11:17AM
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Now i know why i don't buy motor trend they know nothing about cars!!!!!
Aug 23, 2012 11:15AM
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Does  MT have any credibility left with the sports car enthusiasts'?  MT putting Camaro among the list as a "Driver's Car" says it all.  
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