THE VOT­ING WITH NO RUS­SIAN MED­DLING, PROM­ISE

CAR (UK) - - Sports Car Giant Test -

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 GTŽR 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.

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