Each year, a panel of automotive journalists compiles a list of the best new cars, drives and rates the cars, and decides on what is the year’s World Performance Car of the Year. In last year’s WPOCTY awards, the only General Motors product to make an appearance was the C7 Corvette Z06, however this year the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V as well as the sixth-generation Camaro are all present, giving the General a better shot at finishing in the top three.
It won’t be easy to stand out among the competition in this year’s WPCOTY awards. There’s some pretty serious performance offerings on the ballot, including the new Audi R8, Honda Civic Type R, C63 AMG Coupe and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR. The Cadillacs should have no problem playing bat with those cars on the performance front, and the Camaro’s affordability should give it a good chance when it comes time for the jury to vote.
Last year’s WPCOTY was the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, which scored points for its on-road presence, powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, good seven-speed dual cutch transmission and more. It was also one of the few cars on the ballot that was all new and not just a performance variation of another car, an advantage the Audi R8 has this year.
WPCOTY jurors will cut the list down to three cars before announcing the winner at the 2016 New York Auto Show in March.