Performance Car of The Year 2009

Published: 14 October 2009

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It’s the annual performance test that makes the Stig wish for a transfer! Hot hatches, supercars, fast saloons and more, the year’s 30 best performance cars do battle in the new, special issue of CAR magazine out now.

Can a Mitsubishi Evo beat a Porsche Panamera Turbo around our track? Is it the Ferrari, Aston Martin or Lamborghini that’s our favourite supercar? And would we pick a Golf GTI or Ford’s crazy Focus RS after blasting across the North Yorkshire moors? 

Find out in the new Performance Car of the Year 2009 issue of CAR magazine, on sale in all good newsagents. Now vote for YOUR favourite performance car in our poll below and enjoy some behind-the-scenes photos, plus videos of all 30 cars racing against the clock at the Rockingham circuit.

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Performance car of the year 2009

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Performance Car of the Year
Supercars Super saloons Hot hatches Sports cars Super minis
- Ferrari California
- Noble M600
- Lamborghini
  Murcielago SV
- Corvette ZR1
- Audi R8 V10
- Aston Martin V12

- Lamborghini
  Gallardo Balboni
Jaguar XFR
Porsche Panamera 

- Audi S4
- Vauxhall Insignia

- Mercedes E63 AMG
- Cadillac CTS-V
- Ford Focus RS
- Honda Civic
  Type R Mugen

- VW Golf GTI
- Subaru Impreza

- Mazda 3 MPS
- Mazda MX-5
- Porsche Cayman S
- Audi TT RS
- BMW Z4 35i
- Lotus Evora
- Infiniti G37
- Nissan 370Z
- Renaultsport
  Twingo Cup

- Seat Ibiza Cupra
- Fiat 500 Abarth SS
- Renaultsport
  Clio Cup



Performance Car of the Year 2009 7 Supercars 7 Super saloons 5 Hot hatches 7 Sports cars 4 Superminis

By Phil McNamara

Editor-in-chief of CAR magazine