Most races are between vehicles in the same segment, but this one may seem like an oddity to most. The guys from Drive took at 2017 Type R, Golf R, Focus RS, and Stinger 330Si to the track for a "Best Performance Car Under $60,000" showdown. The winner will be crowned "2017 Drive Car of the Year".
Three of the contenders are hot hatches and very well known ones at that. Last year's winner was the focus RS and for good reason, especially with its 350 horsepower turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and infamous drift mode. Then we have this year's newsworthy Civic Type with its turbo 2.0-liter inline-four delivering 306 hp to the front wheels. Last but not least is the Volkswagen Golf R and its 292-hp turbo 2.0-liter four and all-wheel drive.
Joining the lineup is the new Kia Stinger 330Si sedan and it stands out in this group. A twin turbo v6 cranks out an impressive 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic sending power to its rear wheel, the Stinger provides drivers with a refined ride.
In the end, only one car can lead the pack. Watch the full video below and let us know what you think of the outcome.