THE VOTING WITH NO RUSSIAN MEDDLING, PROMISE
In the inal reckoning the surgical Civic Type R wins out over the pumped-up, crushingly quick Focus RS. The Honda’s more delicate, better resolved and more balanced, though the Ford’s power and traction advantages aren’t without their fans – if you’re allergic to front-wheel drive, you’ll love the Focus RS. Ultimately, though, both are out-gunned here.
Next to fall are the BMW M4 CS, the intoxicating but lawed GTR Nissan and the Audi RS5. This might be the best M4 yet (the GTS has its fans but they’re as mad as they are wealthy) but still that turbo six leaves us cold, and the car’s traction-limited to the point of distraction. The RS5 is a supremely capable machine, and impressive in the way it puts you at such ease with so much performance, but it’s too rounded to succeed in this company. The RP1, by contrast, isn’t rounded enough.
Thanks in no small part to their engines, the R8 and AMG E63 S nearly pull o the unthinkable and gatecrash the inal three. But ultimately it’s McLaren’s supercar, AMG’s very special GT and the oh-soPorsche GT3 911 that go on to battle for glory.