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TG24 2019

Seven of the coolest TG Speed Week winners

Before we get into 2019's TG24, let's look back at Speed Week's past

  • 2018: Alpine A110

    We said: "The new Alpine is part French philosopher, part Zinedane Zidane (and yet emphatically not Eric Cantona). It's a car with wonderful poise and balance, a deft touch and a loose, limber energy. It is pure driving, and it's our Performance Car of The Year 2018." 

    Highly commended: Ford Fiesta ST, Ferrari 488 Pista, McLaren 600LT, BMW M2 Competition

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  • 2017: McLaren 720S

    We said: "Factions formed around the table, arguments gusted through, people said things they didn't really mean, hurtful things. Then common ground was found around the McLaren's mighty engine, steering, its sharp yet supple manners; the Ford GT's immersive drama, chassis and sense of occasion. Democracy won through: we put the result to a secret ballot and by the merest sliver, the McLaren 720S is our Performance Car of The Year."

    Highly commended: Ford GT, Lamborghini Huracan Performante, Porsche 911 GT3, Honda Civic Type R, VW Up GTI, Mercedes-AMG E63 S

  • 2016: Porsche 911 R

    We said: "A vehicle so utterly brilliant that it almost becomes a living cliche. No it's not the ridiculously revelatory thing that the hype would have you believe (or second-hand values suggest), but if you imagine Porsche engineers picking every single good thing from the 911 parts bin and hanging them all together on one car, this is it. A beautiful Frankenstein. As a sports car, it's consummate."

    Highly commended: Ferrari 488, McLaren 675LT Spider, VW Golf GTI Clubsport S, Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

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  • 2015: Ariel Nomad

    We said: "A joy on road, track and field, this car transforms any landscape into a personal playground. A grassy, classy number."

    Highly commended: Ariel Nomad, Renault Megane Trophy-R 275, Mercedes-AMG C63 S, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Porsche Cayman GT4, Lamborghini Huracan, Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (no outright winner)

  • 2014: Porsche 918 Spyder

    We said: "The Porsche 918 is different gravy to the P1, because where the McLaren shreds your nerve endings and heightens your impression of speed, the 918 is much, much easier to drive at the kind of pace usually only experienced by far more talented people. The impression of fully lit aerodynamics is less pronounced, but the traction through corners simply cannot be denied. The all-wheel drive fills in the holes in your talent, mops up, lends a helping hand in situations where the P1 feels like it wants to bite everything off."

    Highly commended: Chevrolet Corvette, BMW M4, McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, VW Golf R (no outright winner)

  • 2013: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

    We said: " The truth here is that the SLS feels like some barely tamed GT racer on the road, wide and intimidating and nervously rear-wheel drive. Excellent exercise for the adrenal gland. But, on the track, going fast, being pushed, it got… easier. It came together in a way that the others didn’t, daring you deeper into corners with its infallible brakes, challenging you through them with its exceptional body control and micron-perfect steering. The engine bellowing away up front, the gearbox slamming each ratio like a punch to the guts. The SLS Black is a car  that makes you start to believe you have talent. Which is the only lie it ever tells. It’s literally awesome and earned its place with guts and conviction."

    Highly commended: Ford Fiesta ST, Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series, Porsche Cayman S (no outright winner)

  • 2012: Toyota GT86

    We said: "In a highly unscientific show of hands, our seven testers had the McLaren, 911 and Exige in a photo finish for second place, with the GT86 out in front. The Toyota isn’t big, it isn’t especially clever, but it’s fun. Good, honest, affordable fun."

    Highly commended: McLaren MP4-12C, Ford Focus ST, Lotus Exige, BMW M5, Porsche 911, Radical SR3

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