2015 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Winner is the Mercedes-Benz AMG® GTS
For many cars, being named Car of the Year, from any organization, is a great honor. These awards demonstrate that you have achieved the best all-around vehicle for the year, one that appeals to buyers across the world. For performance-oriented cars, they rarely garner these accolades – the sacrifices of comfort and economy that are needed to make a great performance car generally keep them out of the running. That’s why Motor Trend created the Best Driver’s Car award.
To judge the cars entered into the yearly competition, the Motor Trend team ran hot laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, road loops on the open roads, and a full range of performance tests. Data was collected using the latest in equipment, and analyzed and evaluated by the Motor Trend team. This team consists of 25 members of Motor Trend, including “The Rocket” Randy Pobst, a championship-winning driver with two class wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona; Ed Loh, Motor Trend’s editor-in-chief; and various editors, photographers, and video producers.
A variety of measurements are taken into consideration during the testing. This includes lateral g forces and braking g forces throughout various areas of the track at Laguna Seca, along with top speeds through sections. On a figure-eight test course, it looks at understeer turn angle, car slip angle, roll angle, and more. On the drag strip, acceleration to 60 miles per hour, quarter-mile elapsed times, and braking distance from 60 miles per hour are measured. Plus, there are always the subjective opinions – how does the car make the driver feel, how focused do they feel, and other emotions.
Ten cars were featured in this year’s competition, representing car makers from Europe, America, and Asia. These included some historic greats, past winner, and new entrants. The field of ten consisted of:
- 2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R
- 2016 Cadillac ATS-V
- 2016 Cadillac CTS-V
- 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Z07)
- 2015 Lexus RC F
- 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
- 2016 Mercedes-AMG® C 63 S
- 2016 Mercedes-AMG® GT S
- 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4
- 2015 Volkswagen Golf R
Many of these, including the Porsche and Corvette, have performed extremely well in previous Best Driver’s Car testing. Cars have to be less than a year old, must have received updating recently, and most importantly, the maker must be willing to let them be tested – hence the lack of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and other limited-run luxury models.
Mercedes AMG®-GT S Walks Away Victorious
In the end, the 2016 Mercedes-AMG® GT S drove away as the winner of the 2015 Best Driver’s Car Award, wowing the drivers and editors. Combining the powerful AMG® 4.0-liter biturbo engine and lightweight aluminum construction with improved weight distribution, the GT S provided great balance and performance. As Loh says, “The Mercedes-AMG® GT S has the sharpest, most precise steering we have ever felt on any Mercedes or AMG® vehicle.” Given the impressive steering in our past vehicles, this a major compliment, and Loh also goes on to say that, up against the high level of competition, “the newcomer Mercedes-AMG® GT S bested them all with its combination of breathtaking power, endless grip, and soul-stirring handling.”
Mercedes-Benz of Massapequa is proud to bring you the Mercedes-AMG® GT S, along with the many other high-performance luxury vehicles built by Mercedes-Benz. Located at 101 Sunrise Highway in Amityville, we are easy to reach from throughout Long Island, including towns such as Babylon and Hicksville. Stop in to see the GT S, or the “World Car of the Year” C-Class, or the “World Luxury Car 2015” winner, the S-Class Coupe. No matter where you look, you’ll find an award-winning automobile with the Mercedes-Benz badge on it.