David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/4/17 10:09 a.m.


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Sometimes you just want to click off laps–like, a lot of laps–without worrying that the brakes will fall off, the tires will combust, or the car will simply slow to a halt mid-corner.

Not every track machine is up to the task, though. Some are wicked fast but a bit fragile. Others have a robust appetite for tires and brakes. Wacky homebuilt specials may generate buzz, but they’re also more likely to be dragged home on a hook.

The right track cars–like the ones on this list–can reliably deliver rewarding, pain-free laps. We included options for a wide range of budgets, too. These aren’t just our personal favorites, though, as each pick is also backed by practical advice from an expert on that marque.

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smokindav
smokindav Reader
12/4/17 11:44 a.m.

I love lists! For me, the criteria I like to start with is what's the easiest car to get on the track with the least amount of prep. The list is pretty short. You need to add 911, Boxster, Camaro and Corvette. Don't forget the GTI and Civic Si/Type-R. 370Z also. And since you put the unobtanium Cayman GT4 you might as well include the Nissan GT-R.

StuntmanMike
StuntmanMike New Reader
12/4/17 12:28 p.m.
smokindav said:

I love lists! For me, the criteria I like to start with is what's the easiest car to get on the track with the least amount of prep. The list is pretty short. You need to add 911, Boxster, Camaro and Corvette. Don't forget the GTI and Civic Si/Type-R. 370Z also. And since you put the unobtanium Cayman GT4 you might as well include the Nissan GT-R.

^^^YES! They definitely missed those, but that makes the list complete. Any given autox/track day consists of all of the above.

APEowner
APEowner HalfDork
12/4/17 12:39 p.m.

Having driven them on track, the GT-R would not be on my list of favorite track day cars regardless of price.  Were price no problem and if the car also needed to be streetable my addition to the high price end of the list would be the Porsche GT3.

jimbbski
jimbbski Dork
12/4/17 12:41 p.m.

I can't argue with any of the selections on that list but  what I would like to see is a list of cars that one would consider both a DD and track day capable?

I instruct at track days and while I see many a Corvette, BMW, or Porsche I also see Camerys,  Jettas, & Focus being tracked.   Some of these can make good dual purpose cars and for quite a bit less than most of the cars listed in the story.  Only the Miata would be hard to beat on cost to track.  

Vigo
Vigo UltimaDork
12/4/17 9:31 p.m.

failure of third gear. “But Porsche, as always, is standing by the failures and replacing them for all cars having issues

I wonder how many 996 2nd gears got fixed for free? I have to spend my own money on mine! 

Cool article. And i actually appreciate the broad 2k-100k spectrum.  

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