Hello, fellow Drivetribers! You might remember the post regarding Second Gear announcing that we will be announcing the DT Creators' Award. Finally, you can now vote for Drivetribe Creators' Performance Car of the Year.
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The 8 contenders for DT Creators' Performance Car of the Year have been nominated by 8 most prominent DT Creators here, meaning it is not chosen all by one person, but rather a good representation of automotive experts with diverse experience, opinions, and backgrounds! Then, without further ado, let me introduce the 8 contenders that will be competing for the Car of the Year!
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The McLaren Speedtail carries the ethos of the legendary McLaren F1. Although the BMW V12 is gone, it is now powered by a 4.0L V8 from the 720S and a parallel hybrid system that produces a jaw-dropping 1,035hp. Thanks to this ludicrous powertrain, the Speedtail can top 402km/h, making it McLaren’s fastest production car. However, it is not the numbers itself that matter, but the fact that the Speedtail faithfully recreates the sensation one would have felt in the F1, throwing the driver into the endless ecstasy. Therefore, the Speedtail not only deserves to be a worthy successor of the legendary F1, but also a spot in the Performance Car of the Year.
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Porsche 718 Cayman GT4
Despite having the least horsepower in the lineup, the Cayman GT4 can walk into this “Hall of tire killers” with aplomb. The flat-six unique to the GT4 and the Spyder produces 414hp and is mated to an old-school 6-speed manual. Of course, the PDK is lightning quick and turbocharged engine has more grunt. However, performance is about how it is delivered, not how much you have. The GT4 feels alive whenever you throw it into a corner, and as you press the throttle out of the corner, you’ll have a big smile on your face.
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Porsche 992 Carrera 4S
Since its birth, the 911 has always been a benchmark icon for performance vehicles. Despite having an engine in the wrong place and looking like a Beetle, the 911 easily outpaced its rivals from Modena and Maranello. As expected, the new 992 Carrera 4S continues to set standards for the automotive industry. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0L flat-six, the engine is connected to the intelligent PDK system Porsche boasts. Despite getting older every year, the 911 continues to evolve, and the 992 Carrera 4S is definitely an iconic milestone of the year.
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Ferrari F8 Tributo
Obviously, the Ferrari is very proud of their turbocharged 3.9L V8, hence the name of their new mid-engined V8 supercar. Purists always have underrated the F154 engine, saying that they want their 4.5L naturally aspirated V8 from the 458 back. But let’s admit it, the F8 Tributo is a spine-tingling masterpiece. The meaty 710hp just keeps on pushing, and thanks to aerodynamic improvements, the car easily copes with the tightest corners. The F8 Tributo is not only a tribute for the amazing F154 itself, but an accolade for the Italian V8.
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De Tomaso P72
If this was a beauty pageant, then the De Tomaso P72 would have definitely crushed the other contenders. The P72 is simply breathtaking, the fluid lines and the lustrous wheel further accentuates the fact that this car is an homage to the racers of the 60s and 70s. Like the traditional De Tomaso tradition of having American V8s in an exotic bodywork, the P72 is powered by a supercharged 5.0L Ford Coyote engine tuned by Roush. Not much is known yet, but the P72 definitely deserves a spot on the list.
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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
If performance means how well you smoke tires to you, then the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the perfect performance vehicle of the year for you. Powered by a supercharged 5.2L V8, the GT500 churns out 760 American ponies effortlessly, achieving a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. The stats make one think that the GT500 is another muscle car built for burnouts that handle terribly. However, don’t let your perceptions fool you; the GT500 corners without hesitation and hunts the apex down like a hungry predator. Hence the Cobra badge, the GT500 is going to bite you, and the poison is so intoxicating that you would never want to step out of it.
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Porsche 991 Speedster
Why do we love performance cars? Of course, numbers are some part of it, but it is undeniable that the spine-tingling feeling that runs through your veins as you put your foot down is a huge factor. The 4.0L flat-six engine delivers music from God’s personal collection as it just keeps on pushing and pushing until the rev counter hits an eye-watering 9,000rpm where automotive heaven opens its gates. The Speedster will be the last old-school sports car that will able to imbue the driver with such elan and liveliness. With the manual gearbox and naturally aspirated engines going into extinction, the 911 Speedster is one of the few cars that still give you the unfiltered ecstatic sensation of driving a properly fast car and will be the ultimate swansong for the 991 generation.
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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
The DBS name has been passed down through generations, the original DBS, the DBS V8, the DBS V12, and finally the DBS Superleggera here today. The DBS name has always meant something faster and something better than the basic DB lineup. The DBS Superleggera sold its predecessor’s heavenly NA V12 voice, but in return earned a 5.2L twin-turbocharged V12 that punches hard as a Mike Tyson left hook. If you wanted, you could enjoy the smooth acceleration, but the DBS Superleggera was born to better things than ‘cruising around’. Shove this 1.7-ton coupe into a corner and you will hear the rear tires scream for mercy, but most of all, be dumbfounded at how the huge grand tourer manages to hold itself. The DBS Superleggera is no DB11 with steroids, it’s a whole new breed.