Speed Week: victory parade
After much discussion, several heated debates and more than a few veiled threats, 11 have been whittled down to three. Meet the best of the best
Posted: 19 Aug 2013
The Fiesta's neatest tricks are to be clever, but not intimidating; fast, but not scary; fun, but not lethal. The steering is lively, the engine willing, the brakes confident, the laughter genuine. And there is a lot of laughter with this little hatch, meaning that it totally embodies the spirit of Speed Week. There's also a not-inconsiderable amount of change from £20k, which makes it - for us - the performance-car bargain of the year.
Which leaves us with the car that caused the most fuss when it came to the decision-making: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series. The Yellow Peril. Now, it's fair to say that three cars entered into the argument, with the Aventador and McLaren also presenting persuasive cases. But the SLS won through by being the biggest surprise. We were expecting the drama, both visual and aural... the trepidation the first time you lift those gullwing doors, strap yourself in facing the gun-slit windscreen and stare out over the eleventy feet of bonnet. We were expecting it to be fast and lairy and all the other things that make driving a supercar an event. What we weren't expecting, what made the Black so exciting, was that not just had it become infinitely more aggressive than the standard SLS, it had also become a better car.