NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — In testing the most expensive group of cars the magazine has ever purchased, Consumer Reports rated the Porsche 911 as the top high-performance sports car.
The 911 was tested against the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the Dodge Viper and 11 other performance vehicles in a competitive test of luxury sports cars.
The prices of the cars ranged from $45,545 for a Lotus Elise to $105,855 for a Mercedes-Benz SL550.
Consumer Reports, published by the non-profit Consumer’s Union, purchases all the vehicles it tests for the magazine. The vehicles are bought anonymously from retail auto dealers.
Cars are tested on public roads as well as at the magazine’s test track facility in Connecticut. Cars are put through a variety of tests, including high-speed maneuvering, braking and cornering.
The scoring system used for these cars was different from that generally used by the magazine for minivans and sedans, said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center.
While the scoring was still heavily weighted toward safety, including emergency handling, factors like acceleration were given more importance than, for instance, trunk space, Champion said.
Comfort, convenience and day-to-day drivability were still factors in the rankings, though.
“The 911 wowed us enough with its acceleration, handling, and braking for us to rate it our top sports car,” said Champion. “The 911 is also easy to drive, but its much less expensive Boxster sibling performed almost as well.”
The 911 cost about $87,500 as tested. The Corvette Z06’s price was about $77,000.
The Corvette impressed the magazine’s test drivers with its powerful acceleration and stable feel. The magazine called its handling “less precise” than the 911’s, though.
The magazine called the Corvette Z06’s predicted reliability “Poor,” which prevented them from actually recommending the car in spite of high scores for performance and comfort.
The V-10-powered Viper ranked as the fastest car ever tested by the magazine with a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds. But it was only a tenth-of-a-second quicker than the Corvette Z06 and beat the 6-cylinder 911 by just two-tenths.
What can I say. I’d be happy to own and drive any one of these cars. Actually, the truth is that I figured out a while ago that if I didn’t send my kids to school I might be able to afford to drive one of these, for a couple of months or so.