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When all was said and done, 10 cars earned their stripes to be called 2015 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars. But thinning the herd was no cake walk–25 impressive contenders, from the Honda Fit and Kia Soul all the way to the BMW i8 and Lamborghini Huracán, arrived in South Haven, Michigan in hopes of charming us on public roads and GingerMan Raceway alike. If you’ve ever wondered how we do it, strap in and take an inside look at our week spent stomping throttles, squealing tires, and jawing with one another over our favorite cars of 2015.
Day One starts with road test editor Chris Nelson outlining the itinerary and mapping our three road routes.
The big board. An ‘O’ for when you take car, and an ‘X’ for when you bring it back. So if the Lambo goes missing, we know who to blame.
Now which to drive first…
Natural rivals, the RC F and the M3 are among the first pair to be snatched up for a ride.
Editor-in-chief Mike Floyd flexes the Lexus in his first AUTOMOBILE All-Stars testing.
The GTI, S3, and Range Rover Sport attempt to make a U-turn, but the dogs in this driveway have a thing or two to say about it.
Back at the race track, senior editor Joe Lorio points out some of the BMW i8’s more lovely lines.
After a long morning on the road, we sit down to let the adrenaline settle.
The BMW M235i rests up in South Haven after a tail-happy day sliding around back roads.
A Porsche crossover being loaded up with fancy red wine? Shocker.
When you need to air out a car, it might as well have scissor doors made of carbon fiber.
A full day of driving in the books, we sit down for some grub at Tello Italian Bistro in the heart of South Haven, Michigan. Before any final decisions are made, there’s still a high-octane track day ahead.
Gingerman Raceway staff details the finer points of the course, reminding us to take all of the necessary safety steps while out on the track.
Ready to rock out on the open track, drivers select their vehicles.
The Range Rover Sport might be built like a tank, but we’d still better wear our helmets.
Sliding around might not be the fastest way around the track in the Alfa 4C, but it might be the most fun.
The best of Britain and Germany duke it out for bragging rights.
New electronic differential in the Performance Pack for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI keeps us firmly planted around corners.
The softball-sized remnants of our burnout in the Hellcat.
It’s not without consequence, however. All of these Hellcat shenanigans burn a hell of a lot of fuel.
Everybody stops to gawk as the sexy Lamborghini Huracán breaks free of its trailer.
But the Lambo isn’t the only one with major track chops. The Camaro Z/28 sticks like glue around every corner thanks to these slick Trofeo R tires.
25 contenders come out to battle, but only 10 can be called All-Stars. Click here to read about this year’s winners, and be sure to look through the rest of our photos from the week of All-Stars testing.
Read about the 2015 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars:
- Alfa Romeo 4C
- BMW i8
- BMW 2 Series
- Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
- Ford Mustang
- Honda Fit
- Lamborghini Huracán
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- Subaru WRX/WRX STI
- Volkswagen Golf GTI