Several potential car owners look at the handling performance of a vehicle before they make a purchase. Not only is this one of the most important variables for safety, it’s always nice to enjoy a smooth ride around town. After thinking about this for a little while, we decided it was important to find (what we thought) was the best performance handling vehicle in a variety of categories. Even though this is our opinion, we spent the entire time thinking of you; the consumer.
Dodge Viper TA 2.0
What better place to start than the Dodge Viper TA 2.0; the 2015 Performance Car of the Year. In order for a vehicle to win this award, the car must be new (in this case 2015) or provide proof of substantial functional changes. 2015’s Dodge Viper started with 5 other competitors, taking their wheels to Ohio’s Hocking Hills, which is full of winding roads through the forest.
The Dodge Viper TA 2.0 offers an ultra-low center of gravity, and thanks to its 50/50 weight distribution, it pretty much sticks to the pavement. It also comes with a single mode high performance suspension, which is complemented by DampTronic Select shock absorbers. If you’re not familiar with DampTronic Select, it’s a quality shock absorber that comes with street and track settings.
Long story short; if you want a sporty vehicle with unbelievable handling, the Dodge Viper TA 2.0 is the best choice.
2015 Audi R8
Thanks to all-wheel drive handling and a dual-clutch transmission, the Audi R8 is one of the most popular performance handling vehicles to date. Rated a 10 out of 10, the R8 is considered a supercar choice. In fact, there are a few parts that come from the Lamborghini Gallardo, but with a few conservative mannerisms.
It’s also extremely fast, reaching 60mph in just over 4 seconds (4.3 to be exact), and a top speed of 197mph. Audi was able to create a faster vehicle by simply “trimming the fat” as they say; to the tune of 110lbs lighter than the Coupe. However, there is a concern that the R8 lacks low-end torque, which is why we don’t believe it’s better than the Dodge Viper, but still an ideal choice.
Honda Prelude SH
While we picked a couple of sporty vehicles, our last choice is the Honda Prelude SH. We realize most people won’t be purchasing the Dodge Viper TA 2.0 or Audi R8, so we wanted to find something that was a little more affordable. This is definitely the Honda Prelude SH coming in at less than $30,000.
Another care we’ve been able to test out, the Honda Prelude SH holds a Ph.D. when it comes to precision. Anytime you’re steering, each turn is smooth and sharp at just about every speed. After asking a few questions we found out the suspension absorbs any irregularities, while still being able to keep all four tires on the road. The point is; you won’t feel a lot of shaky or bouncing due to traction loss.
Even though we believe these three cars offer some of the best handling performance on the road, the technology of the next 5 years will probably make them obsolete. However, we can’t wait to see what’s next!