Best to the test

The BMW M4 Coupe, pictured in Stanley earlier this month, was one of 15 cars being tested on roads across Tasmania for a motoring.com.au promotion looking to find Australia’s Best Driver’s Car. Pictures courtesy of Jonathan Marshall. 

Motoring. Stanley played host to a convoy of high-profile machines and professional drivers earlier this month in a promotion to find the country’s smoothest ride.

Organised by Car Sales Network’s news and reviews website motoring.com.au, the search for ‘Australia’s Best Driver’s Car’ took a fleet of 15 cars – totalling more than a million dollars in value – and drivers across Tasmanian roads for a series of tests.

The site’s editor-in-chief, Mike Sinclair, was one of the drivers involved in the inaugural test run in a mixed group of professionals, which also included V8 Supercar driver Luke Youlden.

“We thought we should do something that’s targeted at enthusiasts,” Sinclair said of the award category.

“It’s a great experience – the logistics are substantial. Australia’s Best Driver’s Car needs to be driven on Australia’s best roads, and we think Tassie certainly has those.”

Arriving in Devonport and making stops at Hobart, Tullah and the Baskerville Raceway, Stanley was one of the final destinations for the convoy which included photographers, support crew, a paramedic and a mechanic.

Drivers looked to rate the cars on a number of performance-based criterion, as well as their ability to tackle a range of terrains and weather situations.

Cars ranged in price from $25,000 to $250,000 and included models from Audi, BMW, Ford, Holden, Jaguar, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Renault, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Sinclair said he hoped the award would be re-contested on Tasmanian roads each year, complementing other awards and reviews listed on the network’s website.

A final decision on the winner is set to be announced in the coming weeks.

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