Driving The Shit Out Of The Best Performance Cars You Can BuyTravis Okulski9/24/13 3:21pmFiled to: Test DriveJalopnik ReviewsRoad & Track2877EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkYou have 13 of the hottest cars you can buy today sitting in front of you. You also have a bunch of airport runways that were closed off to make a road course. What do you do? You drive the shit out of all of them.Advertisement(Full Disclosure: Road & Track invited me to Detroit to help them out with their Performance Car of the Year test. We covered the airfare, they put me up in a Holiday Inn Express. I got to flog a bunch of cars on a closed section of Detroit's Coleman A. Young Airport. It was wonderful.)In order to name their first ever Performance Car of the Year, R&T gathered up 13 of the most highly lauded performance cars you can buy today and gave us the chance to run laps around the track in some sort of wonderful motoring rapid fire round robin. The full plan was to test all 13 on the track, then choose five and take them on a road trip to Ohio to determine the favorite driver's car of the year. Since I could only stay for the track portion of the drive, I don't know which car won their overall award.AdvertisementI do know what cars were chosen for the trip to Ohio, but I've been sworn to secrecy on what they were or I risk a number of papercuts from magazine pages and possible decapitation.So what were the cars? Indulge me, because here are all of them: Audi R8 V10 Plus, BMW 435i, BMW M6, Chevrolet Corvette Z51 (yes, a C7), Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Ford Fiesta ST, Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar XFR-S, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Wagon, Mercedes-Benz SLS Black, Mini John Cooper Works GP, Nissan GT-R Track Edition, and the Porsche Cayman S.Yeah. That's quite the selection. I know. I hate me too. The R&T editors asked me to come to give them notes on the cars that were tested to help them make their decision. Now, for your reading pleasure, I present my very lightly edited notes on each car:Audi R8 V10 PlusAmazing gearbox. Shifts are telepathic. Car is much more nervous in corners than I remember with a tendency towards oversteer, but perhaps that's because the airport runways are rutted and bumpy and the last time I drove one it was on a smooth race track. Strong ass brakes.