Each year, Motor Trend gathers up some of the hottest performance cars and hands one the title of Best Driver’s Car. This year, Chevrolet and General Motors were represented by just one vehicle: the 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1.
After wringing out 12 different performance machines spanning a variety of powertrains, price points and more, the publication named a winner: the Lamborghini Huracán Performante. Yes, the 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1 failed to capture the title.
But, judging by some of the panel’s impressions of the Corvette, it was never bound to win. During the testing, judges found the Corvette ZR1 was a downright beast of a car, but it failed to deliver power to the rear wheels appropriately and testers never quite trusted the 755-horsepower machine.
One judge commented, “I never, ever, trust the rear.” Another called it a “nerve-wracking ride.” Others lamented a slow-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Racing driver Randy Pobst said he probably could have shaved another second off of the ZR1’s posted lap time with 10 sets of tires and another five days, but the competition doesn’t quite have that kind of time.
The Huracán Performante, though, drew incredible praise for being a Lamborghini that finally drives as well as it looks. The car’s all-wheel-drive system and mid-mounted V10 engine were a winning combination that pushed judges to drive faster than they were capable of. The car simply turned any amateur driver into someone greater than their former selves.
Pobst said the Lamborghini turns anyone into a “god,” and “you just get in and you drive like Ayrton Senna.” The same kind words weren’t found for the Corvette ZR1. And we have a feeling the Corvette team is well aware of its downfalls, even if it has no problem spanking the Ford GT around the track.
We’ll be watching for a Best Driver’s Car competition when the mid-engine C8 Corvette is ready to rumble.