There’s a small group of cars that are as at home on the track as on the daily commute and they won’t break the bank. Our goal here was to test three of them against each other — on the street and on the track — and find out which one carried the day. The BMW is an established contender, but the other two are new.
- 2015 BMW M4
- 2016 Cadillac ATS-V
- 2015 Lexus RC F
We put the three coupes through a week’s worth of testing:
- We drove them on a 162-mile real-world mileage course.
- We had our judges drive them back-to-back-to-back on the same pavement to evaluate ride, handling, comfort, acceleration and more.
- We brought in an in-market shopper to test for street manners and more.
- We took them to the Byron Dragway in Byron, Ill., for zero-to-60-mph testing, quarter-mile time and speed testing, and 60-to-zero-mph braking distance tests.
- We took them to the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill., for a day on a road course, so our experts could feel how they handled under pressure.
From all of that, we found our winner. Our judges were:
- Joe Bruzek, road test editor for Cars.com
- Mike Hanley, senior editor for Cars.com
- Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor for Cars.com
- Brian Robinson, producer for PBS’ “MotorWeek”
- And Tim May, our in-market shopper, who is 40 and an equipment operator from Naperville, Ill.
The scoring broke down this way:
- 60 percent from the judges’ scoring
- 30 percent from the quantitative tests on the drag strip
- 10 percent from the mileage drive
Here’s how they finished:
2015 BMW M4
2016 Cadillac ATS-V
2015 Lexus RC F