27 "Car" magazine's "Performance car of the year 2008"

Cover for "Car" magazine's "Performance car of the year 2008"

Car Magazine just published a massive track test with 28 cars compared against the stopwatch at Anglesey National circuit.

The cars participating in this track test ranged from compact hot hatches like BMW 123 turbodiesel and Renault Clio Cup to fastest road cars we know - Gumpert Apollo, Lamborghini Gallardo LP540-4 and Nissan GT-R.

Wanna know how they stack up? I bet you do. Click here to see the chart. If you want to see those cars in action you can also check out this video on streetfire.net and in addition to that here are scans of Car magazine's latest chart. (Thanks to Wads)

14y ago by FastestLaps
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supercharger  13y ago

Renault megane R26.R should so be the car of the year its a horible shame we dont have the Megane R26.R in the states we dont even have Renault you people in the UK are luckey that you get all the sporty buck banging hatchbacks we got allot of good ones in the USA but not as many good ones as you have in the UK and europe.

'SIGH' If only cars in the USA werent so expensive these days LOL Roffle mayo.

They are cheaper just jokeing.

very pointless Joke.


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Anonymous  13y ago

i dont think a $99,000 car (NSX-R) that did a 7:56 at the Ring was overpriced. but i get what yer saying.


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Anonymous  13y ago

Well according to honda they cannot afford to stay in the F1? Although their sales have been steady in the world market, i do wonder about their ability to build anything to do with racing as you are correct that their F1 performance could not even come close to the big boys. Can NISSAN prove its worth in F1??


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Anonymous  13y ago

The old nsx was way overpriced even though it was a decent car,but with the price and performance of the GTR if the NSX doesnt come close to all that Honda will definitly come second in the japanese performance game,especially when in F1 Honda won one race in five years.


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Anonymous  13y ago

the reports say the new NSX will have a V10 TT engine with power being between 500 and 600bhp. and considering the NSX will be doublee the R35's price it better beat it. so i wouldnt be too proud if i were you bout having the nsx beat a 3908lb 480bhp car round the ring when it will have much more power an d weigh a lot less AND being double the price.


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Anonymous  13y ago

last time i checked the NSX was canceled!!


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NSX1  13y ago

History will be made when the 2010 NSX comes out and does circles around the GTR. You will remember this, i guarantee it!! Acura way more racing experience.


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username  13y ago

@Andrew - Id go with the GTR, but maybe wait a year or 2. Let them work the bugs out of it. In the long the the GTR should have way more potential then a WRX. Plus the GTR is part of history!


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Andrew  13y ago

Whats the best choice for me?

1- Buy a GT-R ($70)
2- Tune-Up my WRX 07' ($50)


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yield  14y ago

The problem with any driving test is who is driving, how was the car set up, weather conditions, low fuel, fulltank, we could only speculate but all of these cars are great cars we can appreciate.


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viper  14y ago

Can you beleive the fast lap time of the new vette at nurburgring considering it was driven by a geeky engineer.I would put it ai sub 720 time with a real driver.


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viper  14y ago

If all wheel drive is all that why do no open wheel racers use it and did you see the dodge viper do a 722. at nurburgring , oh yah.


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rbdett  14y ago

listen men both porsche and GTR ARE FANTASTIC CARS very close on tracks but my personal view is porsche does'nt like the fact that a nissan taxi making manufacture has made a advance motor whether its easier to drive or not you have to give credit where it belongs the legend is real GTR


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man1  14y ago

W0o0dy: the test in Vairano between gt2 and gt-r has been done under very close conditions if not in the same day and the driver was alain prost. the time gt2 did in that day is quite remarkable and totally unexpected (at least by me) considering that Prost couldn't drive a gt3rs faster than 1.18 in another (more favourable) circumstance. i would have expected a time about 1 second faster than the gt-r, rather.
i am afraid that would be more of less real difference between the two cars in dry conditions.
i agree than there are too many porsche supporters around the forums, maybe due to the fact that magazines like sportauto are too much credited for.


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Anonymous  14y ago

is there any advantages in having awd and or to rwd???


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w0o0dy  14y ago

@Fastestlaps: i meant a comparison where both cars were actually driven on the same circuit under exactly the same circumstances....

I hate to say it but it seems some people that are active on this site seem to have a bit too much love for Porsche and make no bones about favoritism.... too bad, the nature of the site is that it is really objective, but it seems its not.


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Anonymous  14y ago

puttin all dat aside the GT-R is (Pretty Much Unbeatable)..id take the GT2 tough..lol


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FastestLaps  14y ago

W0o0dy, clock on "Which is faster" on top right corner of the page and then select GT2 and GT-R. You will notice that in three tracks GT2 is faster. How straight or biased these test were? As straight and as biased as those were GT-R won.


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w0o0dy  14y ago

@fastestlaps: "Oh it did? What tests are that then?" Where did you see straight comparisons between the GT-R and the GT2, that the GT2 won?


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Wads  14y ago

There was an EXO X in the test but the car isn't in the Fastestlaps database.... I think it was the EVO X FQ360 which lapped in 1:06.40