Joy riders: testing the best driver's cars on the market

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As any keen driver will tell you, there is a vast difference between a fast car and a driver's car. The very best of the breed are defined not by their performance credentials, but by the intangible idiosyncrasies that allow a driver to (for want of a less cringe-worthy description) 'become one' with the machine.

In this arena 0-60mph times are something of an irrelevance, with the only real measurable facet being the size of the grin a car can put on its pilot's face.

We've gathered together the cream of the crop of the current selection of driver's thrill machines and assembled them in the ultimate car testing ground: North Wales.

Click through the gallery below where three AOL Cars contributors argue it out to crown the best driver's car of the moment...

Joy riders: testing the best driver's cars on the market

Joy riders: testing the best driver's cars on the market


The knowledge

Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale Auto Coupe

Price: £110,110
Engine: 4.7-litre, V8 petrol
Power: 442bhp, 509Nm
Max speed: 188mph
0-60mph: 4.3s
MPG (comb'd): 19.5
Emissions: 337g/km

BMW 1M Coupe

Price: £40,020 (2011 price)
Engine: 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, twin-turbocharged petrol
Power: 335bhp, 500Nm
Max speed: 155mph
0-60mph: 4.9s
MPG (comb'd): 29.5
Emissions: 224g/km

Porsche 911 Carrera S 3.8 PDK

Price: £85,835
Engine: 3.8-litre, six-cylinder petrol
Power: 400bhp, 439Nm
Max speed: 187mph
0-60mph: 4.1s
MPG (comb'd): 32.5
Emissions: 205g/km

Jaguar XFR-S Saloon

Price: £79,995
Engine: 5.0-litre, supercharged petrol
Power: 542bhp, 680Nm
Max speed: 186mph
0-60mph: 4.4s
MPG (comb'd): 24.4
Emissions: 270g/km

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 585

Price: £84,110
Engine: 5.5-litre, V8 twin-turbocharged petrol
Power: 577bhp, 800Nm
Max speed: 155mph
0-60mph: 3.9s
MPG (comb'd): 28.5
Emissions: 232g/km