The results of the second-round are in!
The editors and the readers differed almost 40 percent of the time. Some harder choices as we move to choose the final four. You pick yours; we pick ours. The editors’ choice is ultimately the winner in each matchup and clearly, even in some cases, a point of contention amongst ourselves.
Here’s how they fared, and our explanations and reader polls are below …
Matchup #17: Ford Mustang Fox Body vs. Ferrari 599
Tom Stahler: As previously mentioned, the Fox Body never really jibed with me, but a front-engine Ferrari? Well, yes. That’s a winner!
Larry Edsall: Ferrari 599 — I actually hop-scotched around the bracket for this round’s selections. I voted for the Ferrari primarily because I thought at least one Prancing Horse should win this round.
Bob Golfen: Awesome front-engine Ferrari easily runs away from Fox-body Mustang.
Ferrari 599 (67.83%) vs. Ford Mustang Fox Body (32.17%)
Matchup #18: Porsche 964 vs. Ford Taurus SHO
Tom Stahler: When this car was new, I was working in Detroit doing PR work for Special Vehicle Operations at Ford – Remember Michael Kranefuss? I loved driving that car.
Larry Edsall: Taurus SHO — Since I didn’t pick the Fox Body Mustang in Matchup #17, and already had picked a Porsche in Matchup #22, I took the SHO here.
Bob Golfen: The last of the air-cooled 911s stands as the pinnacle refinement of the original.
Porsche 964 (62.28%) vs. Ford Taurus SHO (37.72%)
Ford Taurus SHO
Matchup #19: Dodge Demon vs. R35 GTR
Tom Stahler: When I pulled the Demon back into the pits after a few laps at Willow Springs International Raceway, I commented to the Chrysler PR guy, “This is the most well-mannered Can-Am car I have ever driven.”
Larry Edsall: GTR — Sorry, but I’ll take handling over horsepower almost every time.
Bob Golfen: The top-drawer Japanese production muscle car. GTR.
Dodge Demon (61.74%) vs. R35 GTR (38.26%)
Matchup #20: Ferrari 458 vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata
Tom Stahler: Once again, going back to the first generation of the Miata, is there possibly a purer sports car?
Larry Edsall: See my answer for Matchup #17, and as I said in my first-round selections, pound-for-pound, dollar-for-dollar, the Mazda roadster is about as good as it’s ever gotten.
Bob Golfen: The roadster that revived classic sports cars continues its historic run.
Ferrari 458 (67.26%) vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata (32.74%)
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Matchup #21: Mazda RX-7 vs. Porsche GT2 RS
Tom Stahler: the 993 with the GT2 package continues to make it one of the best 911s ever!
Larry Edsall: Porsche GT2 RS — When I used to speak to school groups — or to Detroit engineers — the first question from the audience was always about my favorite cars. I usually offered 3 favorites — any Porsche, the Mazda Miata, and 3 Series BMWs. I had to have a Porsche advancing to the next round in my brackets.
Bob Golfen: The Porsche GT2 RS is a terrific supercar and a high-tech gem.
Porsche GT2 RS (71.68%) vs. Mazda RX-7 (28.32%)
Porsche GT2 RS
Matchup #22: Porsche GT3 RS vs. McLaren 620R
Tom Stahler: This was a tough one. But opted for the McLaren.
Larry Edsall: McLaren 620R — I’d already voted for the GT2 RS and opted for the McLaren to balance my ballot.
Bob Golfen: The limited-edition McLaren 620R track car is a dynamic masterpiece.
McLaren 620R (50.44%) vs. Porsche GT3 RS (49.56%)
Matchup #23: Corvette ZR-1 vs. Porsche Carrera GT
Tom Stahler: The 1990 ZR-1 was the first genuine supercar I got to drive – at over 150 mph no less — at the grand old age of 22. When I got out of the car, my legs felt like rubber. Despite being a C4, it still was just amazing!
Larry Edsall: ZR-1 — Again, I’d already picked a Porsche, and this Corvette is fabulous.
Bob Golfen: The insanely fast Porsche Carrera GT is like a Le Mans racer for the street.
Corvette ZR-1 (64.35%) vs. Porsche Carrera GT (35.65%)
Matchup #24: Cadillac CTS-V vs. Nissan R34 Skyline
Tom Stahler: Driven both. After a few laps at Willow Springs in the Caddy with a six-speed manual, I decided that it was perhaps one of the finest sports sedans ever created.
Larry Edsall: CTS-V — My vote came down to my experiences in both cars, and while the Skyline was fun on the track, the CTS-V wagon I drove was pure highway happiness.
Bob Golfen: The classic Japanese Nissan R34 Skyline performance coupe boasts a strong cadre of fans.
Cadillac CTS-V (64.96%) vs. Nissan R34 Skyline (35.04%)
Here are your third-round matchups …
Check back on Monday, March 23rd, for the results of the third-round!