And The Title Of UK’s Best Sports Car For 2017 Goes To…

As 2017 bids us adieu, Autocar has gathered an eclectic team of the best sports cars this year had to offer in order to crown this year’s champion.

The best of the best list for those past 12 months includes cars like the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Aston Martin DB11 V8, BMW M4 CS, Caterham Seven 420R Donington Edition, Honda Civic Type-R, McLaren 720S, Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon, Mercedes-AMG GT-R and Porsche 911 GT3.

Being the fastest around a track isn’t what this is all about, with the journos instead trying to find out which one does the best job at being a sports car both on the road and on a circuit.

Therefore, things like chassis balance, grip, power delivery, steering and damping quality are all taken into consideration before deciding which one performs the best as a driver’s car.

It will be certainly interesting to see how cars like the Honda Civic Type R and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio compare against the McLaren 720S and the latest Porsche 911 GT3, don’t you agree?

If the answer is ‘yes’, get yourself comfortable and prepare for 40 minutes of high-speed driving, along with the usual insights, on the video linked below.

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  • AxlRock

    To the ones not bothered to watch the video, DB11, 720s and the 911 GT3 take the third, second and first spots.

    • Bo Hanan

      Spoiler Alerting is alway appreciated for those who like to watch videos- bitch!

      • AxlRock

        Always glad to ruin things for the likes of you

        • Bo Hanan

          You actually did a fantastic job of ruining it for everyone, in every country that is following this blog and read the article after you.
          You’re a magnificent-jerk.

          • ace_9

            yeah, everyone is deeply ruined 😀 He in fact saved my time that I would spent skipping through the unnecessarily long video full of cuts and boring comments to find out what actually are the results. And I guess when someone is in the mood for such a video, this kind of small spoiler is not the deal breaker. It’s not like people would patiently watch the full video just to know the end… You either enjoy such videos or you just want to get to the point…

          • AxlRock

            Comments are below the 40 minute video. If you see them first you’re asking for spoilers.

          • LWOAP

            Which is why I didn’t bother clicking on the video. Thanks for saving me 40 minutes 🙂

  • MPAMPIS

    forza Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio !!!!

    • giorgos alfa75 america

      Αυτος ο mother russia που οταν ηταν στο Κομμουνιστικο καθεστως επι Σταλιν και ετρωγε κονσερβες σκυλων,λεει πως εχει και αυτοκινητιστικη κουλτουρα και καθεται και αποκαλει την Giulia φακλανα και κοκκινο βατραχι.Εκλαψα απ τα γελια με τον γραφικο. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8981b0d3587a2544a76ee2427a7ec7e5155d4b8de0dba4532aa4e852e5158ced.gif

      • MPAMPIS

        Χχχχαα γελάω με την πάρτη τους Γιώργο!

        • giorgos alfa75 america

          Ρε Μπαμπη να ερχεσαι και απ το DRIVE να τα λεμε.Βεβαια καλα κανεις και πηγαινεις και απο κει για να απανταει καποιος στις παπατζες που γραφουν 😉

  • Six Thousand Times

    Not surprising- the winner and still champion.

    • ace_9

      I think Porsche is a little bit over-hyped. Styling is almost the same across very wide price range, engine in the back can still be tricky (but surely not under normal circumstances) compared to middle/front engine configuration and it is really not that innovative/special when compared to competitors.

      • exeptor

        You are probably right about all you say, but imagine if they actually give Porsche the first place because it is just the only right thing to do. Then you can imagine how good this car is and what a legend it is … and will always be.

        • ace_9

          Well, for me it’s not the right thing. I would place GT3 on second or third place. Certainly after 720S which is really pushing the limits in mclaren range. GT3 is the same old… take standard current generation 911, stiffen the suspension, make it a little bit lighter, add power, some small aerodynamic tweaking and voila… a classic sports car of the year winner. I’m just saying that these kind of car contests tend to be maybe a little bit conservative. It’s like when Golf always wins similar contests. Golf might be the best all rounder, but who buys a car just because it is good in everything and really excels in nothing ? 911 for me is the kind of car which is very good in everything, but not really unique or characteristic enough in any way to appeal to me considering its competitors. It is almost stereotypical example of how German supercar should look like (especially in that grey color 🙂 ). Let’s say I would like to have a supercar with more flare to it… But I’m very biased and a little bit angry that there is no Aventador SV or at least some performance version of Huracan and therefore the whole contest for me is just a pretentious show with some random cars that Autocar happend to have in the car lot at the time 😀

          • exeptor

            I guess I was near Porsches much more than any other supercar brand, so I might be a bit biased :). I agree about Lambo especially Huracan Performante. This car sound like The One.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Nope. Too many years of track dominance say otherwise.

        • ace_9

          I know they are excellent on track, BUT that kind of performance requires also good drivers. It’s not like common people in Porsche are better than in other equivalent cars. And this contest also should not be about heritage or motorsport background.

          • Six Thousand Times

            This test, like so many others have proved for the past 50 years, there isn’t an “equivalent” car. Sorry but you’re just wrong.

          • ace_9

            Even if the handling would be a little bit better than competitors. That is not enough for me (and for almost any buyer of GT3), because I would not be able to squeeze that kind of performance out of it anyway and even if I did, there are a lot of other things besides handling to consider. But the problem is that I don’t even believe that it handles that superbly that it blows away all competition just by driving so well. That is why I think it is over-hyped. Sports car is not only about shaving of the seconds on circuit.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Everything that comes up against the 911 is always hyped as the final “911 killer” and then the 911 is still better. Your lack of ability doesn’t alter that at all. The 911 remains the Daddy. It just does. Feel free to keep trying to argue otherwise though, you’re not the first, you won’t be the last.

          • ace_9

            Ok, I will put it differently. Let’s say you’re right and 911 GT3 really handles noticeably better than other similar cars in the hands of experienced driver. I’m just saying that there are also other factors that should be considered for sports car of the year besides the driving feel. For me and many other people, it is not that important if the handling and overall driving feeling would be 100 % in 911 or 92 % in 720S. It simply is just one of the criteria and I can’t see many other things that are better on Porsche compared to competitors. I for example don’t find the looks too attractive and there are also not that many unique features. It is simply an excellent handling VW Golf in sports car disguise (of course I’m exaggerating).

          • Six Thousand Times

            I’ll go so far as to grant you that looks are subjective. I don’t know what “unique features” you are talking about.

          • ace_9

            I mean that it does not really stand out between others in any way besides handling. 720S for example has very modern interior with futuristic instrument panel, it also has an unusual doors and roof windows, the headlights with integrated air intakes are also interesting. It is technically very innovative overall. DB11 has a sharpened and modernized new look, it also is a very nice GT cruiser and it also offers many new features that stand out. GT R is unusually extrovert design wise for an AMG car and it does not perform like brute force AMG cars are usually handling. Civic is one of the best FWD hot hatches and it stands out with it’s aggressive design and the styling is different than standard european or american production. However, 911 GT3 stands out only by its famously conservative design, engine configuration and it has somewhat appealing handling for experienced drivers (but 90 % of buyers would find it more difficult to drive fast). I think that is not enough to mark it as the best.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Yeah, “somewhat appealing handling.” Also the best traction off the line, a low center of gravity, very low kerb weight-particularly for not being made entirely of carbonfibre, and styling that survives every fad. Look, I’m sure the Brits at Autocar would’ve loved to pick the McLaren if they could have done but the Force is just too strong with the 911.

          • ace_9

            Autocar seems to be full of wanna be race drivers. Most people would find 911 too tricky and exhausting to drive fast. And it also is not forgiving much. I just don’t find this to be so desirable. Read this review if you have time to understand my point of view a little bit better (and keep in mind, it was compared “only” to GT S). http://www.caradvice.com.au/373948/mercedes-amg-gt-s-v-porsche-911-gt3-comparison-review/

          • Six Thousand Times

            Cool, you’re a crap driver and couldn’t manage a 911. I guess it’s like Dirty Harry used to say: “A man’s gotta know his limitations.”

          • ace_9

            That just showed how desperate you are to make a case for 911 🙂 I don’t really know how good I am with such cars because I’ve never owned something similar. But the main point is that it is not about me. If experienced people are saying that 911 can bite and is harder to drive fast, especially in non ideal conditions, then I believe them, because it is logical considering the engine layout. And having a car that is harder to drive is not really an advantage for most people.

          • Six Thousand Times

            You can yap on, can’t you?

      • Well you just need to drive one to said it for yourself. I only been in passenger ride on 996 GT3 and it’s tad different than 991 Carrera. They may look the same but they all drive differently.

        • ace_9

          I think I would be impressed as a passenger and also driver in any of the car in the contest. I don’t even think that it really handles better than competitors. It is just different kind handling (because of the engine configuration) and in the right hands, it can be very impressive. But it’s not like it is ultimately better than everyone else.

          • Well in the end the only way you can feel it is drive all the car yourself, As a reader of Evo, Autocar and Car They do struggle to explain why Porsche remained the top of sports car. But what I sense is that the connection from the driver to the road. But that doesn’t mean everyone else is bad or that Porsche is always the best. There are times when others can beat Porsche.

          • ace_9

            Sure, I agree. But for me (and most people I think), it would be amazing to drive any sports car in that price range and I would choose my car also based on other criteria, not just by having the ultimate handling (which i would not be able to feel myself anyway). The car reviewers are in contact with such cars on daily bases and they are not afraid to push the car to the limit on the circuit. But handling is not that important for the average owner of these cars. And I think Porsche is a little bit bland sports car. Just a very little. It does not have much else besides handling and hopefully german quality, that’s all.

          • That’s true and in the end it depends on what you actually prefer, Magazines just give recommendation on what the car feels like, it’s like my mate who has RC F, he loves it because of the N/A engine and that it doesn’t matter if AMG or M4 is much faster, it’s about what you prefer to drive.

          • ace_9

            You’re right, it is very subjective. Maybe that is why the Porsche usually is among the to top (or at the top) of similar car contests. Because it simply is the best default choice for everyone 😀 And if somebody really wants to have something that stands out a little bit more, than there are plenty to choose from.

      • Kagan

        It is still the most beautiful in this gang.

        • ace_9

          It is subjective. For me, it is not aggressive enough for what it is. I would prefer cheaper and slower, but also smoother and more elegant standard 911 Carrera if I had to buy Porsche. But I would not buy Porsche normally, because I like more aggressive cars, that’s why I would choose 720S or GT R from that selection. And if it would have to be more down to earth, then I would grab the Civic without even looking at other hot hatches 🙂 (In fact I would probably buy Civic even if I suddenly had the money for cars five times as expensive…)

    • nauticalone

      Agreed. From the track to the roads, there is a Porsche to satisfy. It’s the sports car benchmark for so many years for many reasons.

  • What’s the point of putting in a Honda Civic in the list when the competitors are Merc GT, 911 GT3, Aston Martin, and McLaren??

    • Kagan

      It is and you heard in the end that it has same cornering speed as the others. Why pay 10 times more for others if you have same cornering speed!

      • ace_9

        Exactly ! If you like the aggressive design, don’t need to brag about more prestigious car brand and you actually want to have fun on normal roads without sacrificing any practicality, then Civic is fantastic and there is no point in spending much more money on something else.

  • Kagan

    What is the point if you don’t test them in same conditions!

  • Kagan

    McLaren still needs looks improvement.

    • Six_Tymes

      a lot.

  • Kagan

    Most fun for the money would be between Civic and Caterham.

    Civic of course is a more complete car.

  • Some ol’ bloke

    Skip to 36:06 for the results

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