There are people who breathlessly dissect numbers, narrow the focus, or decide to revisit the same old models when contemplating what they believe to be the best car (or cars) of the year. That’s not us. Instead, during our annual All-Stars occasion, we set out to simply tell you which vehicles left us breathless and why.
Throughout each year, we’re constantly evaluating the very best in breed. Everything from mainstream models to the world’s most mind-blowing supercars can find the nod to join the All-Stars fray, and just being asked to be a part of the field is an accomplishment. This isn’t an all-inclusive group, but it’s a wildly varied one, meant to represent the most aspirational, attainable, and otherwise exceptional offerings of the last calendar year.
Though we attempt to secure for our evaluation a good illustration of everything we believe has All-Stars potential, it’s not always possible. Occasionally an automaker won’t let a car out to play (hello, Tesla Model 3) or time can hinder (we’ll see you next year, BMW Z4 and 8 Series). The ones that do show up are exposed to several days of driving, on track and off. For our 2019 occasion, we changed our venue from Las Vegas to the Streets of Willow road course at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park about an hour north of Los Angeles. Together with a tough new street route close to the facility, we put this year’s 24 contenders–you can see all the contenders here–through one of the most rigorous events in Automobile history.
Whittling down a stellar field to seven standouts was far from easy, and as always, there were some surprises. But it’s all part of the process, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Because in the end, it’s about the year’s greatest cars–and what makes them so unique.
Ferrari 812 Superfast’s sculpted hood–down the front straight. Light the fuse out of the last turn and unleash the 812’s prodigious power, and you’ll feel it wiggle back with each change. Whoa, big fella. [Read more]
McLaren 600LT. Far ahead. You sit incredibly low, laid back a little further than perhaps seems “normal” in the context of most road cars, and the view outside is as vibrant as an IMAX cinema display thanks to the low scuttle and slender A-pillars. You feel you could reach out and touch the street. Not that you will need to. McLaren has resisted the call of electrical power steering, and the simple Alcantara-covered wheel dances on your hands, placing you intimately in touch with the contact patch between tire and tarmac. [Read more]
2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, they change. Expressive faces freeze, talkers become mute, the silent bark like dogs. You doubt us? Then we suspect you harbor ’t driven you. [Read more]
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