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Picking the 2016 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car!

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(electronic music)
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– Hi, I’m Jason Cammisa.
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That is Johnny Lieberman.
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And we are senior features editors at Motor Trend.
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And that is Randy Pobst.
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(engine revving)
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And he’s going to help us figure out the 2016 Motor Trend
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best driver’s car.
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Let’s take a look at the contenders.
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Last year’s champion, the AMG GTS.
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– The all new Jaguar S-Type SVR,
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the most powerful Jaguar ever.
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The grooviest car in the whole world,
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the Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
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– And the Porsche 911 Carrera S in amazing blue.
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– Speaking of amazing colors, the McLaren 570S.
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– Speaking of mid engine in super cars,
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the Audi R8 V10 Plus.
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– And still speaking of mid engine in super cars,
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the all new Acura NSX.
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– But who needs a mid engine super car,
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when you have a Chevy Camera 1LE?
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– Who wants that when you can have the Nissan GTR?
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My Godzilla.
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– So many choices including the BMW M4 GTS.
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– Or the Shelby GT 350R.
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– Which won’t be as fast as the Dodge Viper ACR,
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because that is the fastest car around any track ever.
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– Including this one.
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– Except for maybe this thing.
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– Oh, yeah, the all new Mazda CX0.
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– Yeah. You know what I love about it?
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Unassisted steering.
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– No turbo lag.
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– No turbo lag.
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It’s just a wonderful pure experience.
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(upbeat music)
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– Good morning Johnny.
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– Good morning Jason.
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– How you doing?
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– Until I finish this, I really can’t say.
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– What?
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– Just another day at Motor Trend.
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1.8 million dollars worth of drivers cars from countries.
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– Forget about the money. Think about the power.
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We have 6,484 horse power.
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The average car here makes 540 horse power.
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The average.
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– Good thing we have those cops right down the road.
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– That’s right.
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Of course, we’re professional idiots.
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– Speaking of sanctioned stupidity.
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– Yeah.
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– Micro wing.
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– Yeah, I love this thing.
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In fact, I think all cars should kind of start out
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with a wing this size, and then get bigger.
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– Huh?
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– Yeah.
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– You’re funny.
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– You said I was an idiot.
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– So, you’re a four year old idiot?
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– Uh.
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– Let’s go.
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– Okay.
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– Oh (laughs).
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Oh, I just got my annual proctology exam (coughs).
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God.
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– Well, you know, if best driver’s car
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were only about the race track, this would be the winner.
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If it’s only about lap times, we know this is
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going to destroy the entire field.
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In fact, this is the production car record holder
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at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
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However, best driver’s car is about more than that.
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It’s about how a car is on the road.
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So, are you ready?
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(rock music)
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(laughing)
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Punch it.
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– [Jason] Already did.
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– [Johnny] Wow, what an extreme, woo.
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– My ass hurts (laughs).
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(groove music)
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– I also feel like everything that’s been said about a Viper
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except for this, I think the pressure level
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is different here to here.
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I think that this ear’s popping, and this one’s
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like inflating.
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– Yeah.
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(laughing)
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I almost hit my head.
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You know what, I love how this car though is,
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the original Viper were terrible.
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They were scary.
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This thing isn’t.
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It’s scary, until you actually get to its limits.
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And then, it’s a really easy car to drive.
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It’s just that you never think it’s going to be easy.
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You’re really just scared.
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And there’s something to be said for that.
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A car like this should frighten you bit.
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– I think what you said is they bred all the fear
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out of the Viper with the ACR.
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– What (laughs)?
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– [Johnny] They defanged it a little bit.
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– I mean, this really is a race car for the street though.
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This is not the kind of car I’d want to spend,
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well, I don’t even want to get in it.
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I think I have a bruise.
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You know, they burn you, it smells.
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It’s loud, it smells like a garbage truck.
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– It is warm in here.
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– Yeah, right, and it’s only 70 degrees outside.
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– What’s crazy to me is they’ve set every record
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in the universe with this car.
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It’s so impressive right now,
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and it’s going out of production in like six months.
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– Yeah.
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You know, I never thought I would get an opportunity
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to find out what it’s really like to ride
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a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
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– I know.
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They should stick this thing in the ark
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at the creation museum.
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– I got to get out of here.
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Oh that sound.
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Somebody get me out of here.
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(laughing)
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– Alright, alright.
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Let’s park this dinosaur and hop into those
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two robotechs over there.
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– Yeah, get me out of here. Please.
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– Alright, come out, we’re out.
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(laughing)
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– Ouh, that’s hot.
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– I am shvitzing.
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Five minutes in this car and we’re complaining.
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(laughing)
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I think that means we’re getting old.
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Hey, look at these two.
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– Look.
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And you know, look at that car in white.
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Acura’s press colors were blue and black.
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And they just look so much better in white.
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– That’s gorgeous. It’s got like pewter in it.
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– Yeah, great color.
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– You know what’s really cool?
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Do you remember back in the mid 90s when Japan
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kind of ruled the world, and every sports car
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they made had all these super powers like,
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all wheel drive, turbo charge, four wheel steering,
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and bam, Japan is back.
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– Ish.
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– Huh?
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– That’s really American.
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I mean, it was designed by Americans.
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It was engineered by Americans. Built in America.
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– Alright, fair enough.
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Japan is half back.
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– Japan’s half back.
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And this time, America makes Japan look big and fat.
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That thing looks like a Murano.
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– Yeah, it’s the same color too.
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Now, what’s crazy to me is though, is that as big
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as the Nissan looks, it’s only about 50 pounds
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heavier than that.
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– That’s because the future of light weighting
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is heavy batteries and motor.
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– Fair enough. Alright, let’s drive them.
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(cars driving by)
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(engines revving)
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– You know, when this car came out,
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it was what, eight, nine, 10 year ago.
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It was a complete spaceship.
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It was a twin turbo V6 when every thing else had a V8,
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four wheel drive and twin clutch.
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Now, it’s just, getting so old.
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– Yeah, twin turbo V6, I mean this has that,
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plus three other motors, plus my duel clutch
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has three more gears than you.
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– And yet, your NSX is no faster than a straight line.
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– Okay, mister numbers don’t matter.
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Who cares about straight lines?
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The NSX has always been about how it feels.
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– Alright. So how does your laptop feel?
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– Really good. Shockingly good actually.
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– Well, I’ve always said that there’s no car
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that’s faster down any give stretch of road
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than the GTR.
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So, let’s find out if you can keep up with me.
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– [Johnny] I’m currently back on your back bumper.
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(engine revving)
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– Not for long.
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(upbeat music)
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(laughing)
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Oh, ah.
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My video game is faster than your video game, la la la.
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– So, I think the risk reward ratio here
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is a little bit high.
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Maybe this is one we could settle on the track.
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– Yeah, probably a good idea given the 500 foot cliffs
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on the other sides of these roads.
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But I got to ask.
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Is there a happy medium between like Tyrannosaurus Rex Viper
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and these transformers?
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– Oh, I think there is.
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(engine revving)
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– Ah. Let’s take the McLaren.
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The thing drives like a million bucks.
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– McLaren?
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This thing’s basically a hyper car.
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Plus it looks like Lady Gaga’s pumpkin.
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– What?
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– Let’s take the Audi.
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– [Jason] What’s Medium about the Audi?
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– It’s naturally aspirated.
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– Yeah, naturally aspirated V10 that’s mounted
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in the middle with computer controlled all wheel drive
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and a duel clutch.
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That I think just means we need to take my baby,
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the Aston Martin.
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– The Aston is just a weird British knockoff of the Viper.
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– Uh, you’re an evil man.
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And you’re wrong.
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Although it does kind of look like it’s been
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kissing the McLaren.
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And I think we’re out of options,
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so might keep it British.
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– Hey, the Jaguar SVR, that’s a happy medium.
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(car starting) (beeping)
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(engine revving)
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– Is it absolutely necessary, for oh my God,
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for you to hit every
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speed enhancing thing.
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Jesus,
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the last thing the thing needed was more power.
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– Hundred miles an hour (laughing)
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– What ever happened to British restraint?
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– Brexit.
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(laughing)
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I mean, this is an animal.
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I mean, say what you want about it.
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– [Jason] It’s an animal.
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– But wow.
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– The very last thing this car needed was more power.
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(engine revving)
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– But this is the SVR and it does have more power.
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Taking the knowledge they gained from the Project Seven.
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(engine revving)
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It’s now, instead of 550, it make 575 horse power.
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– Thank God.
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– Tort is up from 502 to 516.
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– Thank God.
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– [Johnny] The all wheel drive software is revised,
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the computer was revised, the suspension has been changed.
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– And yet, it drives exactly the same.
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(laughing)
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– Actually, I thin it’s a little bit worse (laughs).
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But boy is it fun every time you turn into a corner.
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– Now, because of the softer rear row bar,
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the back heaves over, and then, it changes tow,
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it just goes into adrift, in a straight line.
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What was that?
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– That’s exacerbated by the stiffer front sway bar.
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– Oh God (laughs).
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– It’s just crazy.
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But yeah, they built the GTR without the steering
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and confidence.
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It’s incredibly violent and crazy.
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(engine revving)
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So, actually, that’s one of the cooler revisions
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for the SVR.
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On the regular R,
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it’s one exhaust pipe that splits into two.
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This is actually two pipes back from the headers.
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And they made the pipe thinner.
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You know how thick it is?
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.6 millimeters.
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– But it’s not the loudest car here.
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(engine revving)
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– Johnny.
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– Yes.
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– [Jason] What the hell are you doing?
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– I’m adding distilled water to the water tank.
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– What?
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– It’s got water injection.
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So, it adds 50 horsepower for a buck.
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– Oh my God.
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Is there a fluid on planet Earth that car doesn’t consume?
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– Urine.
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– Oh. Well, I guess yeah, it’s not a diesel.
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But, you’ve already lost the race.
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– [Johnny] Oh, just hold–
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– Come on.
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– Hold your horse there.
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(engine revving)
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– What?
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– Three, two, one.
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Go.
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(rock music)
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(laughing)
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– Whoa.
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Alright, DCT may have gotten me, but I’m looking at your ass
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and it is pretty.
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– It is a beautiful car.
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I always thought the M4 was great looking.
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And whatever they did to the GTS,
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lowered it, winged, oranged it, it all looks good.
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And I got to say, that Shelby,
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it’s no slouch in the aesthetics department either.
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– Yeah, but you know what’s funny?
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That both of these are based on cars
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that we’ve criticised in the past for not being
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great driver cars.
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– Well, said, I mean look, the new Camaro SS
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is a better driver’s car than the BMW M4
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or the Mustang GT.
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– Yeah, and this thing, I got a big smile on my face.
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– Oh, yeah, I’m smiling too man.
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I mean the M4 GTS is incredible.
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The headline story of this car is of course the water tank
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because it’s put water into the intake plenum.
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And it adds 50 more horsepower, which is awesome.
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But the real story of this car I think is the
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revised suspension.
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Criticized, rightly is the M4 for
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not being that great in handling.
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This thing is incredible.
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It also has down force now because of the splitter
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and the wing, and it’s a magic car.
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– Looking at how that thing is heaving around
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over all those bumps.
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I can tell it rides really stiff
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which is something this thing doesn’t,
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because it has magneto rheological shocks.
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Which is like unbelievable at this point.
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And a 5.2 liter flat plane crankshaft V8.
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This is like Ferrari engine building kind of stuff.
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And 526 horsepower.
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This is nuts.
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(rock music)
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– [Johnny] I think these cars are a
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little bit too much for this road.
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– Yeah, I’m going to agree.
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I’m going to say racetrack stat.
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Johnny, I just did stuff I haven’t done since college.
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– I think what we’re learning here is that as a group,
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these cars are too fast for public roads.
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– Closed public roads.
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– It’s insane.
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– Yeah.
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Closed public roads, by the way, that are too fast
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for an AMG, they killed it.
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– Last year’s winner.
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And now the king is dead, and it dead from
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a busted power steering coil.
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– And by the way, we’re talking about a 911 Carrera.
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Not a turbo.
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And a Camaro.
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– Yeah, yeah. Not a Corvette, a Camaro.
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So, I think we need to take all these guys
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to a racetrack.
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– Call Randy Post.
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– Hey Randy!
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– Man, he’s fast.
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(electronic music)
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(engines revving)
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– Silly boys.
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Thinking you need 500 plus horsepower
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in a closed mountain road to have some fun.
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You don’t need either.
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I’m at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,
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preparing to lap all those high performance cars,
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and doing it in a real race car.
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The Mazda Miata.
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(engine revving)
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Some macho lunkheads give the Miata a hard time.
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But that small size and light weight
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makes it a great race car,
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and the most raced car in history.
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In a typical spec Miata race,
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there’ll be 50 to a hundred cars on track.
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And what you need is situational awareness.
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You’ve got to be constantly alert to everything
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going on around, or it could be very dangerous.
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(car zooming by)
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(downtempo music)
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– What is wrong with you?
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– There’s a Charizard like right there.
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– Your brain is charred. You’re 41 years old.
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There’s a blue snake right on the Miata.
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– If he takes this long to get out of all these 12 cars
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we just have, we’re going to be here for six months.
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– And you’re going to be quickly grey by then.
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– Ouch.
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You know, sometimes I don’t really want to be
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your friend anymore.
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– Ouh, that hurt.
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– Seriously, I think we need to call for a wheelchair.
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This is getting ridiculous.
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– Hey guys.
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– You know, Randy. I’m thinking.
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I don’t think I can be your friend.
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– What? I thought we were like this.
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What did I do?
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– You are paid to drive really fast cars.
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And I like fun cars.
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And I’ve decided that most cars that are really fast,
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aren’t fun, like the Viper.
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Except for maybe the Mazda Miata.
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I love it. It’s bold.
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– Jason, the Miata is not fast.
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– Really?
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Tell that to all the guys in Ferraris in race tracks
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getting past on both sides by Miatas.
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– Boys, boy. You’re friends.
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Let’s get along. We have a lot of work to do here.
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We have 12 cars, some of which are potentially
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both fast and fun.
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And the one that we like the best,
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we’re going to call the 2016 Best Driver’s Car.
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Let’s fill this board up.
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– Sweet.
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– Bye buddy.
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We’re still friends.
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(electronic music)
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(engine revving)
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– This engine just revs, and revs, and revs.
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(engine revving)
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The grip is good.
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And the balance is good.
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I’ve actually driven a couple of nervous
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oversteering cars, and this is kind of a nice change.
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(electronic music)
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I like the way the car handles a lot.
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It’s got a fair amount of understeer surprisingly.
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A mid corner understeer, which makes it nice and stable.
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(electronic music)
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Lean that way, the corner came out.
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Nissan GTR, an updated model.
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High wheel drive does an incredible job
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of putting the power to the ground.
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It is softer than it was.
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I noticed more roll.
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This car is built for the racetrack.
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– Man, that looks fast.
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– It felt fast too.
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– Hey, Randy.
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– Hey.
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– It was fast.
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That was a 1:31:58.
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– 31? Last year I ran a 30.
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– The thing is though, a minute 31 around this track.
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The only cars we’ve ever seen faster than that
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is that Viper, and then two
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literal million dollar hyper cars.
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So, that’s a helluva time.
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– I mean, really, you don’t have anything to complain about.
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But I’m actually more curious about one of the
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muscle car comparisons, which is the BMW M4 GTS,
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and the Shelby GT 350R.
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Right, we don’t think of BMW as making muscle cars.
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But these cars are really similar in their philosophies.
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And I wasn’t sure which one’s faster.
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So, let’s start with the BMW.
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– Hang on a second.
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The BMW better be faster because
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I’ve got money riding on this.
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– Really?
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– Yeah, a whole dollar.
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You know where I work (laughs).
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– I think it looks faster.
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– It does look a lot faster.
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– I like that, flat flak of evil.
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– Alright, it ran a 1:37.66.
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– Respectable.
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I can’t tell you right now for sure which one was faster.
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– Hunch.
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– Man, you all are tough.
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I’m going with the Shelby.
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Because it just sounded so cool.
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– Hah, you just cost him his whole paycheck.
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1:36.11.
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– Alright, here’s your dollar.
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– Oh, thank you.
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– Yeah, yeah.
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However, we have another bet going
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on the Japanese super cars.
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So, I took the Acura, Jason took Godzilla.
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Which one of these do you think is quicker?
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– Well, let’s see.
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That Godzilla is quicker than ever.
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It had great power.
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The NSX was a nightmarish car.
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It was so quick if I got it right.
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I think maybe the new hyper technology.
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– We’ll go with Godzilla first.
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And this is actually one of the slowest GTRs
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we’ve ever tested here.
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So, it was bringing a 1:37.08.
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And the Acura up here at the top actually was quicker.
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So, I get the dollar, or my dollar back.
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It was a 1:36.36.
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Yeah, the car with all the electric motors
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was faster than Godzilla.
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– Go figure.
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A mid engine torque vectoring twin turbo charged V6
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super car is faster than Godzilla.
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– Nine year old former super car.
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– And I’m out my entire life savings thanks to you.
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That.
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Um, Jaguar.
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Here’s the interesting thing.
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On the road, it was all over the place.
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– Scary.
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– Right.
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We should have been scared.
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As it turns out, one of the rear suspension links
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was loose, they took it away to Jaguar,
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they brought it back, and they fixed it.
20:33
– Love the car.
20:34
I’m so pleased.
20:36
It just worked.
20:38
– Right.
20:39
– But.
20:40
– Here’s the problem.
20:42
This is 1:38.75.
20:45
This car is in really, really fast company.
20:48
– Yeah.
20:49
– Also, where did you learn to write?
20:52
Did you stop at kindergarten?
20:53
– I should have been a doctor.
20:55
(electronic music)
21:10
(door closing)
21:13
– Ah.
21:14
– Hey, Randy.
21:15
– What the hey?
21:16
– Hey man, we’re just back here.
21:17
We’re doing the MTBDC BBST.
21:19
– The what?
21:20
– Duh.
21:21
The Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Best Back Seat Test.
21:24
(laughing)
21:25
Are you knew?
21:26
– And why are we doing this test again?
21:27
– Because I thought it would be important.
21:29
Also, the car with the worst backseat
21:31
has got to be best driver’s car.
21:33
– Oh, that’s a good point. Okay.
21:36
– Alright, kids.
21:38
Sit down, hold on, strap in.
21:39
And shut, oh way, you can’t shut up.
21:41
Let’s go.
21:43
Ready.
21:44
(rock music)
21:49
– This is the new 911, but it ain’t that base car.
21:52
It’s a Carrera S.
21:53
It’s got two turbo chargers, amazing blue,
21:55
full wheel steering, it’s got PDK,
21:58
PDCC, PASM, PSM, PDT Plus, and PDCC.
22:04
– Yeah.
22:05
– PCCB.
22:06
– And I got to pee pee.
22:09
(laughing)
22:10
Hang on, going through.
22:15
– Oh, that was different.
22:17
That was really different.
22:22
– Hang on man.
22:25
(laughing)
22:29
(engine revving)
22:31
You know, the 911’s got plenty of weight
22:33
in the back already.
22:34
You guys have got to go.
22:36
(electronic music)
22:48
(car zooming by)
22:50
(engine revving)
22:54
I have been a big fan of every new Camaro
22:57
I’ve tried so far, so I hope for this Camaro 1LE.
23:04
It’s got a big fat V8 in it.
23:07
It’s got a manual transmission.
23:12
Old school driver involvement, three pedal, stick shift.
23:17
That steering response, even in the middle of the corner,
23:20
very impressive.
23:22
Oh yeah, love the manly V8 rumble of this Camaro V8.
23:31
Really great front end on this Camaro.
23:34
It’s got a little bit of oversteer.
23:37
But it’s very controlled oversteer.
23:40
At least so far.
23:42
(electronic music) (engine revving)
23:47
– You know, what Randy doesn’t know is that that
23:49
Camaro 1LE just ran a 1:37.77, which is amazing
23:54
because the Z28 Best Driver’s car winner
23:58
ran a 1:37.82.
24:02
The 1LE is 45,000 bucks.
24:04
That Z28 was a 75,000 exotic.
24:08
It had a hand built seven liter V8,
24:11
it had humongous sticky racing compound tires.
24:14
And it had spool valve shocks.
24:17
So, those are the kind of things you find on F1 cars.
24:19
– And it road like an F1 car too.
24:21
That’s the thing about the 1LE.
24:23
It has all the performance of that Z28,
24:25
but it rides well.
24:27
It’s quiet.
24:27
It doesn’t scrape it’s chin spoiler everywhere.
24:29
This is an actual fun car, with tremendous capability.
24:33
– Yeah, I mean, I like it better than that Aston.
24:35
– I like nothing better than that Aston.
24:37
But I am concerned it’s going to be the slowest car here.
24:40
– I’m certain it’ll be the slowest car here.
24:43
(electronic music) (engine revving)
24:51
– I keep getting the wrong gear.
24:52
I need a little bit better lock on it.
24:57
The ABS slides a lot.
24:59
It’s making me think that the ABS is not working.
25:02
It’s just the slide.
25:04
It has a very classic feel.
25:07
(tires screeching)
25:10
Kind of enjoyable balance.
25:12
Big fat power band in the V12.
25:17
Really feels like a wheel driver in a good way.
25:20
(groove music)
25:29
– What do you think Randy makes of that?
25:32
– I think he’s going to come back in,
25:34
and he’s going to like it.
25:35
He’s going to complain about the express a little bit,
25:37
there’s some understeering, but he’s going to be
25:39
very impressed by its capabilities.
25:40
– Capabilities for sure.
25:41
Driving on the road, I kept thinking if I had to
25:43
rob a bank and escape, that’s the car.
25:46
It’s so fast, it’s so easy. It’s deceiving.
25:48
– And part of that speed is that engine.
25:51
Big part.
25:52
I mean, you’re talking over 600 horsepower
25:53
from a naturally aspirated V10, screaming in both ears,
25:57
Revs to hell and back.
25:58
I mean, I just love that engine.
26:00
– Epic engine attached to an epic transmission.
26:03
It may be the best automatic transmission
26:05
I’ve ever experienced in any car ever.
26:07
– Yeah.
26:07
– Which is all the more impressive.
26:09
Because Audi usually struggles to get that
26:11
last couple of percent right.
26:12
– Which is weird because Audi keeps winning Le Mans
26:14
all the damn time.
26:16
But speaking of manufacturers that can’t get
26:17
that last one to two percent right.
26:21
McLaren.
26:22
(engine revving)
26:28
– McLaren 570S. I love the doors.
26:31
570 is for the horsepower.
26:35
This car is fast.
26:38
Really accelerates hard.
26:42
(dramatic music)
26:45
It also has one of my favorite tenancies.
26:47
It’s a two wheel drive that puts down power
26:49
like a four wheel drive.
26:50
It has such good traction.
26:55
McLaren’s done a terrific job of that aspect
26:58
of the car’s handling.
27:00
I would just like the rear to be a little
27:02
more tied down in the entry phase.
27:03
Especially going down hill.
27:10
It’s a car that’s rewarding in that it feels so fast.
27:14
Especially under power, that’s where McLaren’s at its best.
27:17
(engine revving)
27:19
(dramatic music)
27:24
– I have a question for you.
27:25
McLaren.
27:26
Did they nail that last couple percent?
27:29
– 95% yeah.
27:31
– 5% no?
27:32
– Yeah.
27:33
– Wow, was it a handful? Scary?
27:35
– It was just a little to loose on entry.
27:38
I had to be careful.
27:39
– Keeping it British.
27:41
Jason’s love object here.
27:43
This Aston Martin.
27:44
There’s something different about this number
27:46
than all the other numbers.
27:47
– It has a heart.
27:48
– Get out of there.
27:50
No, it’s got a four.
27:51
Everything else ran under 1:30.
27:53
Slow old Aston Martin V12, 1:41,
27:54
which is why they’re replacing it next year.
27:56
– It’s a classic time.
27:57
– It’s a classic time.
27:58
– It’s a fun time.
28:00
– Fun time, yeah.
28:01
– Speaking of a car that was a good time,
28:03
but wasn’t necessarily fun, Audi.
28:06
– The Audi was a handful on track.
28:07
– [Jason] Second fastest car here though.
28:09
– It made the time, but it was work.
28:11
It was understeering some, it was oversteering
28:13
a lot sometimes.
28:15
– Speaking of a car that’s both fast and fun,
28:18
and handles okay, check out this Camaro.
28:20
1:37.77
28:23
– The pony cars are back.
28:24
– 45,000 bucks, it’s amazing.
28:25
– Yeah, it’s a value
28:27
– Also, both fast and fun, the amazingly fix by magic,
28:30
AMG GTS.
28:31
– Yes.
28:32
– Laid down a helluva time.
28:34
– We probably should explain that.
28:36
That there was a gnome that showed up last night,
28:38
while we were sleeping.
28:39
And that’s why you’re able to do that>
28:41
– I still love it.
28:42
– I love that car.
28:43
– Macho German.
28:44
– I also love the Porsche 911.
28:45
I mean, what a time for a car with not a lot of horsepower,
28:48
but a trustworthy car, even in the backseat.
28:50
– On street tires.
28:52
– Alright, alright, alright.
28:54
We’ve got a lot of cars here
28:55
that are both fast and fun.
28:56
But now comes the tough part of the competition.
28:59
We’ve narrowed the field down.
29:01
– Oh, man, that’s going to be touch.
29:03
– Well all know which one I’m going to pick.
29:07
(upbeat music)
29:20
– [Jason] Holy shit, we went through a lot of tires.
29:24
– To make almonds, you’ve got to break eggs.
29:25
So, I suppose I’m going to sit here and listen to you
29:27
make some sort of impassioned plea
29:29
as to why your Aston Martin is our Best Driver’s Car?
29:32
– Nope.
29:33
– What?
29:34
– No. It’s my favorite car.
29:36
It’s not the Best Driver’s Car here.
29:38
– Your sudden random burst of logic is freaking me out man.
29:42
– Good.
29:43
But let’s bring my logic back into this.
29:45
Let’s do this in alphabetical order.
29:47
Let’s go through the list of cars and decide
29:49
which shouldn’t make it to the next round.
29:51
And luckily, the next one in alphabetical order
29:54
is the Acura NSX, which is the most logical super car ever.
29:57
– Yeah, and that’s the problem, because it just happens
30:01
to be named NSX.
30:02
There’s nothing about that car that lets me know
30:05
it’s the successor to one of the most important sports cars
30:08
of all time.
30:09
– Right.
30:10
And it doesn’t really move the bar or raise the needle,
30:13
or either one of them.
30:14
And it’s not really all that much fast than a GTR.
30:16
And it doesn’t drive all that well.
30:19
But unfortunately, I think it doesn’t make the cut.
30:21
– Yeah.
30:22
And that leads us alphabetically to the Audi.
30:23
And that’s actually another ding against the Acura,
30:25
because now we have another $200,000 mid engine super car
30:29
that kills the NSX in terms of performance.
30:32
– What an incredible piece of engineering.
30:35
To make a car that fast, that capable,
30:38
and that completely passionless.
30:41
– Yeah.
30:41
And the crazy part is they make a better version of the R8.
30:44
It’s called the Lamborghini Huracan.
30:46
– Burn.
30:47
Speaking of cars with $50,000 price premiums on them.
30:50
The BMW M4 GTS.
30:52
I think it’s the best looking car here.
30:54
But it just didn’t blow my mind.
30:56
Either on the road, or on the track.
30:58
– It’s a bit of a one trick pony, right.
31:00
It’s a track car, but it wasn’t great on the street.
31:04
– Orange wheels though.
31:05
– They’re gorgeous.
31:06
But speaking of ponies that were great.
31:07
On the street and on the track.
31:09
The Camaro 1LE. Mind blowing car.
31:14
It’s a little bit of a heart breaker though,
31:16
because there’s a better pony car here.
31:18
But don’t feel too bad for Chevy,
31:20
because next year they’re coming with a bigger,
31:22
better, badder Camaro.
31:23
– You know what isn’t coming back next year?
31:25
The Viper.
31:26
(trombone horn blowing)
31:30
Get him and the car out of here.
31:33
I mean, the Viper is conclusive proof that just because
31:35
is really fast around the racetrack,
31:37
it’s not necessarily enjoyable in anyway.
31:41
– Look, the Viper’s bandwidth is about that big.
31:44
– Say nothing about its owner.
31:45
– But what a bandwidth because look,
31:47
Randy was a second and half slower this time
31:51
out in the Viper than he was last time
31:53
we were at Laguna Seca with it.
31:54
Yet that thing is still three seconds faster a lap
31:57
than all these cars.
31:58
– Oh yeah.
31:59
– The ACR is an absolute monster.
32:01
– Yup.
32:02
– But the problem with is it’s an absolute monster.
32:05
– And there is, by the way, a way to have a
32:08
caged monster in a car in a good way.
32:10
And that’s the Shelby GT350R.
32:12
That thing is a really party on four wheels
32:15
with an absolute monster of an engine.
32:17
– Now the Shelby is covered in layer special sauce,
32:20
that makes it great to drive anywhere.
32:22
Bombing down the corkscrew or picking up your dry cleaning.
32:25
That thing could be our Best Driver’s Car.
32:28
– Absolutely.
32:29
And you know what could have been our Best Driver’s Car?
32:31
That Jaguar.
32:33
If hadn’t shown up broken like that.
32:34
Moments of absolute brilliance peppered by
32:37
broken suspension on it.
32:39
– I mean, look, it’s the curse of being British.
32:41
They build cars we love, and they don’t work all the time.
32:43
– But there is one British car, the McLaren
32:46
that showed up fully functional,
32:48
remained fully functional, and all the while, blew my mind.
32:51
– Yeah, but the thing is Jason,
32:53
I have never loved a McLaren.
32:55
– What?
32:56
– Until this car.
32:57
I love that thing. It is amazing.
33:00
That could be our Best Driver’s, easy.
33:02
– That thing, the AMG, was in fact our Best Driver’s Car.
33:06
And then it showed up this year, and no.
33:09
– It’s still great.
33:11
It didn’t make it in the cut this year.
33:12
However, it’s coming back next year
33:14
in a stronger form, the AMG GTR.
33:17
– Yes, and there’s a Nissan here with those same initials.
33:19
The Nissan GTR and it’s eight years old, and it feels it.
33:23
– Yeah, I mean, look, the big picture is,
33:25
they added power, it’s slower.
33:27
Godzilla’s going gray. See ya.
33:29
– [Jason] Goodbye.
33:30
And Porsche added power, and made their car even better.
33:34
Look, I never loved a nine in one chassis 911
33:36
since they came out.
33:38
They keep making all these improvements.
33:39
Man, they’re getting close to a perfect 911.
33:42
– I always loved the standard edge of 911.
33:44
This is the best one yet.
33:46
In fact, that thing could be be our Best Driver’s Car.
33:50
– Absolutely.
33:51
So, we have our three finalist.
33:53
– Let’s figure this out.
33:54
– Okay.
33:56
Hey, we’re idiots.
33:59
– This is known, but why do you say that now?
34:01
– Well, because we have three finalists,
34:03
and there are only two of us.
34:04
I think we need another host or something.
34:05
– Not, if we just call the Porsche third place.
34:08
Wala, and jump in the Shelby, come on.
34:10
(rock music)
34:13
(engine revving)
34:20
– I wish it could have been quiet ride for the same car,
34:22
what do you think?
34:22
– No.
34:23
– Your voice is loud.
34:25
This thing may be the only car in the world
34:26
that is actually louder than you.
34:28
– Fair enough.
34:29
Anyways, this thing has a Shelby.
34:31
Totally reminds me of the Hellcat.
34:33
– What?
34:34
– Yeah.
34:35
As I said about the Hellcat previously, muscle cars suck.
34:39
They look super cool.
34:40
Everybody loves the way muscle cars look.
34:42
But the reality of them is they don’t stop,
34:45
they don’t turn, and they’re not nearly
34:46
as fast as advertised.
34:48
The Hellcat was the first one to come along.
34:50
It’s got rumble, it can actually go around
34:52
the auto cross, and it has all the power there is.
34:55
Likewise, when a 10 year old looks at a Mustang,
34:59
they don’t care what it is,
35:00
they just think it’s a killer sports car.
35:01
However, we know the truth.
35:03
They’re actually a meager $20,000 V6 renta cars.
35:06
(engine revving)
35:12
This is the first Mustang
35:13
that drives as good as a 10 year old imagines it to be.
35:16
– It’s a rare modern car, in that it’s special
35:19
when you’re nominating up.
35:21
It’s special by virtue of the way it sounds,
35:23
the way it looks, the way the engine revs,
35:25
the power delivery,
35:26
the shifter, these seats,
35:28
all of it is just special.
35:30
(rock music)
35:37
– I mean, this ain’t no consolation prize,
35:39
’cause I want to say something nice about Borg.
35:41
This thing has got BMW, you’ve got Audis,
35:44
you’ve got Aston, you’ve got GTR.
35:47
Look if McLaren had pulled a Lamborghini and Ferrari
35:51
and just chickened out, this would be the
35:53
Best Driver’s Car.
35:55
– Possibly.
35:56
– The only problem, I think that McLaren
35:58
might be a little bit better.
36:01
(engine revving)
36:08
(dramatic electronic music)
36:16
– So, what are you going to complain about now,
36:18
mister I hate sunshine, puppy dogs, and super cars?
36:21
– That is patently untrue Johnny.
36:24
I hate everything.
36:25
Especially super cars.
36:26
But while this thing may look like a super car,
36:29
it doesn’t drive like one.
36:32
This thing drives like a sports car.
36:34
This is me, I’m having fun.
36:36
And you notice that, the second you get in this car.
36:39
The seat has no padding whatsoever.
36:41
And yet, it’s completely comfortable,
36:43
and look, we’re not moving.
36:44
Notice that we’re not moving around.
36:46
Because the seat was designed to keep a human in place
36:48
while he’s operating the most impressive throttle
36:52
of the world, this light incredibly accurate
36:55
talkative steering, this is a riot.
36:58
(electronic music)
37:14
Every part of it, beautifully progressive.
37:17
This steering doesn’t have any tricks
37:19
to make it feel like it’s quick turning.
37:21
If you want to turn in quick, just turn the wheel.
37:24
Oh my gosh.
37:30
– It’s easy, it’s smooth, it’s progressive,
37:32
it’s predictable.
37:33
In fact, I would say it’s beautiful.
37:36
– You would say that.
37:38
– In fact, I would say, this is the 2016 Best Driver’s Car.
37:43
– You would say that.
37:45
– You wouldn’t?
37:46
– No, I would say it too.
37:47
– Yeah, I totally am.
37:49
– In fact, I’m going to.
37:50
– Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
37:52
– Whoa.
37:53
(engine revving)
37:59
(orchestral music)
38:01
– [Johnny] Well, there you have it.
38:02
The 2016 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car.
38:05
McLaren 570S.
38:08
This group is the definition of amazing.
38:10
We’d be happy to have each and everyone
38:13
of these cars in our personal garages.
38:15
And so would you.
38:16
– [Jason] Well, not me, not the Viper.
38:18
– [Johnny] Regardless, point still stands.
38:20
This is our most incredible collection
38:22
of contenders to date.
38:23
But, when you have a competition,
38:25
you’re going to have many losers, and only one winner.
38:30
The McLaren was fabulous on the road, ferocious
38:32
on the drag strip, and fantastic on the race track.
38:36
– [Jason] It’s easy to fall in love with a
38:39
$200,000 super car.
38:40
But that’s not why it won.
38:41
It’s because the McLaren, unlike any other car here,
38:44
becomes a perfect extension of its driver.
38:47
That’s the very definition of a Driver’s Car.
38:53
– [Johnny] That and fun.
38:55
Congratulations to McLaren.
38:57
(car zooming by)
39:03
(electronic music)
39:20
(engine revving)
39:26
(electronic music)

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