Presenting The CarKnack IMPA Test Days Awards

Mustang GT at IMPA Test Days 2018

For Blog Honda Hyundai lineup at IMPA-2As I’ve done just about every autumn for the past 30 years, I attended the annual International Motor Press Association “Test Days” event this year, and drove a virtual cornucopia of cars. The sometimes wild, wet and windy weather didn’t dampen my enthusiasm as I test-drove 19 cars in two days, with two familial guests as sounding boards.

Ranging from a $23k economy car to a $140k SUV, and including plug-in hybrids and twin-turbo sedans, the selection of vehicles was as wide as a California freeway.

After digesting the sensory overload from all these vehicles, a few key impressions rose to the top. With that, I present the CarKnack IMPA Test Days Awards:


Loudest Luxury: Range Rover SVR

For the well-to-do who don’t mind making a little noise.


Most Understated Performance: Volkswagen Golf R

Can someone please add some color to this impressive car?


Most OMG Moments: BMW M5BMW M5 at speed IMPA 2018

0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Amen.


Very Nice But Who Will Buy It Award: Buick Regal TourX

Handsome, quiet, commodious. Is anyone paying attention?


 Most Smile-Inducing: Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Performance Pkg 2

Who can resist a hot red Mustang?


The Hype Is True Award: Honda Civic Type RDodge Challenger at IMPA 2018

And you can’t see the ugly exterior while driving it.


Fastest Road Hog: Dodge Challenger R/T Wide Body

Loud and fast but it easily takes up 1-1/2 lanes.


Most Communicative: Subaru BRZ tSFor blog Subaru BRZ tS at IMPA-2

Most fun per dollar and fun per mile. Can I take one home?


Photography: Zoran Szigethy



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