A few months ago, MotorTrend’s 2016 Best Driver’s Car test took place and they had to make the tough decision to leave some cars behind for various reasons. Only 12 cars were chosen for the test and those left behind are finally getting their own shootout a few months later.
The so called “leftovers” lineup consists of the 2016 Ford Focus RS, Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, BMW M2, Toyota 86, 2017 Chevrolet Camaro (2LT) 1LE V-6, and the Porsche 718 Boxster S. By no means are these models “minor leaguers” as all of them are backed by plenty of performance and their prices tags are below six figures.
Now their time has come and the location of this shootout is the Streets of Willow circuit.
Leading the pack and taking first place was the 124 Spider Abarth. It may have the least powerful engine out of the lineup, but the sporty convertible brought a grin to Jason Cammisa’s face. Its 164 ponies had no problems keeping up with the 365-hp M2 through 30 miles of tight, twisty road. The M2 just couldn’t lose the Fiat because its reduced body roll, chassis balance, brakes, steering, and precise shifter instills trust in the driver.
As for the remaining cars; the 718 Boxster S took second place, Toyota 86 in third followed by the Camaro and then the M2 with the Focus RS coming in last.