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BEST HANDLING US CAR

  • Mitsubishi EVO 8

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Suburu WRX sti

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Mazda RX7/8

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Mazda Miata

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Lotus Esprit

    Votes: 1 3.3%
  • Lotus Elise

    Votes: 16 53.3%
  • Ferrari 360CS

    Votes: 1 3.3%
  • Ferrari Enzo

    Votes: 5 16.7%
  • McLaren F1

    Votes: 1 3.3%
  • Mercedes SLR

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Porsche GT3

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Porsche GT

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Acura NSX Zanardi

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Lamborghini Murcielago

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Corvette ZO6

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Dodge Viper

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Toyota MR2

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Noble M12

    Votes: 6 20.0%
  • BMW M3

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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Criteria:

1)Must be available in the US
2)Most recent version of the listed car
3)Pertaining to handling overall(track/street/twisties/etc..)
4)If you choose "Other" please state the car model (I'm sure I've missed some)
 

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You didn't list the best handling car, it's the Caterham 7, and all the comparison atricles agree, it's just not much of a touring car!
 

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I like the spirit of this poll, but I think few of us are in any position to make a qualified, educated vote on which is really the best handling car!
 

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I have a deposit down and build orders in on my Enzo, MERCY-a-LAGO and several others. I'll give you my vote once I get them from the port where they are putting on the clear bras as we speak. I'm holding my breath right now as I write this. Should have all these cars before my Elise.:D
 

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Ok, I headed out to my air conditioned garage, because I had to refresh my memory. Took the McLaren, Noble, and 360CS out for a few laps each on my private testing track. Elise it is!
 

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Corvette - Viper?

HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAH

rotfl

HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHA

Sorry. They are great cars in their own genre but they don't really belong on this list. The newer versions of both are getting to be MUCH better but, well, yeah - HAHAHAHHAHAHA

I'm for the Enzo. But that's just becuase I think that the Enzo, Mac F1 & possibly the Noble are in a different class. Handling wise the Elise is damn close but a big engine allows you some extra ability to oversteer and slide with more control and at different revs.

Not that it matters - I'ld wreck pretty much any car on this list if I had one - at least until I get more driver training.
 

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For that matter Steve, most people haven't driven an Elise! LOL.
 

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I forgot the Caterham 7 and the 340R were available in the US... I've been blown away by how different forums view "Automobile Handling"... It was on this forum that several members considered the Viper as one of the best handling cars in the world
http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4727&perpage=20&pagenumber=2.

So I had to do a poll just for fun and info too... Even though we haven't driven some of these cars, we have read much and have seen much in mags and videos.. We're not experts but damn good consultants.
 

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Esprit said:
I forgot the Caterham 7 and the 340R were available in the US... I've been blown away by how different forums view "Automobile Handling"... It was on this forum that several members considered the Viper as one of the best handling cars in the world
http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4727&perpage=20&pagenumber=2.

So I had to do a poll just for fun and info too... Even though we haven't driven some of these cars, we have read much and have seen much in mags and videos.. We're not experts but damn good consultants.
Maybe the Viper in one of the best if not the best handling car in the US, but in the world, that's pushing it...

Neil
 

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Maybe the Viper in one of the best if not the best handling car in the US, but in the world, that's pushing it...

Neil
Unless there are many modifications, the Viper will never be a great handling car. It's a car that relies specifically on its tires for grip unlike the Elise, Noble, etc... that rely on chassis, weight, suspension, etc.. to do more of the work.

A BMW 325i handles better than a new Viper. I know this because my co-worker who owns both a 2003 (beautiful) Viper and a BMW will tell you.
 

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Unless there are many modifications, the Viper will never be a great handling car. It's a car that relies specifically on its tires for grip unlike the Elise, Noble, etc... that rely on chassis, weight, suspension, etc.. to do more of the work.

A BMW 325i handles better than a new Viper. I know this because my co-worker who owns both a 2003 (beautiful) Viper and a BMW will tell you.
I'd have to drive one (new Viper) to totally agree with you... I just know it pulls over a 1g on the skid pad, if that count for anything. I know the old one was a bit tricky to drive. Seems like you are more qualified than me on this subject... but for an American sports car, it doesn't do too bad, I agree, you couldn't put it in the same league as the Noble or the Elise, but I've seen Vipers do some amazing things in the hands of a skilled pilot.

Neil
 
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