Motor Trend has released a video chronicling their search for the best driver’s car of 2014. It’s an epic, hour-long odyssey to find the ultimate ride in a stacked field of top performers, and it’s filled to the brim with gorgeous footage of the latest and greatest sports cars at the limit. Contenders for this year’s title include: the Alfa Romeo 4C, the BMW i8, the BMW M4, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the Ford Fiesta ST, the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, the Nissan GT-R Nismo, the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the Subaru WRX STI, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The review is broken into two parts, as each car is put through its paces on twisty bits of California Highway 198 and flung down the corkscrew at the world-famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Hosted by Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago and touring car champion Randy Pobst, the finer points of driving each on the road and track is thoroughly dissected and examined. This isn’t a numbers game; winners and losers are determined by traits like ride stability, steering feel, power delivery, balance, and driver engagement. It’s really all about that ultimate intangible for a car: how it makes the driver feel behind the wheel.

Did Motor Trend nail it? Miss the mark? Which car do you think deserves the win? We want to read your thoughts in the comments below.

Click past the jump to see a list of the participants.

Alfa Romeo 4C

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C High Resolution Exterior
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BMW i8

2015 BMW i8 High Resolution Exterior
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2015 BMW M4 Coupe Exterior
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Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Ford Fiesta ST

2014 - 2015 Ford Fiesta ST High Resolution Exterior
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Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Nissan GT-R Nismo

2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Porsche 911 Turbo S

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo High Resolution Exterior
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Subaru WRX STI

2015 - 2016 Subaru WRX STI High Resolution Exterior
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Volkswagen Golf GTI

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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What do you think?
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