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Roadshow’s favorites (Part I of II)

For all you gear-heads, we don’t need to tell you much about Roadshow from CNET. Started with the premise of providing reporting and buying advise on nearly everything motorized in the larger car and bike segments, Roadshow employs veteran auto journalists, crack video producers and tech gurus who churn out some incredible content on a weekly basis.

Roadshow tests out a ton of cars on a yearly basis and the company boasts that close to every car on the road today has rolled through their garage at some point in time. We are coming to the close of the 2010s (2010 – 2020) which promoted Roadshow to put on their reflective hats and ponder the favorite cars that have passed through over the last 10 years.

McLaren 570S (2016 – Present)

Supercars are super for a reason. They aren’t anything like you’ve ever seen nor driven, and as a result are owned by a select few. And while Roadshow has driven their fair share of supercars, staff are still buzzing over the 570S. Insanely nimble, this car can spit out 560 horsepower coming directly off a 3.8-liter V8. Ergonomically, the seating configuration gives you the feeling of being in a small aircraft and hitting 100 mph is not only effortless (and illegal in most places), but it’s almost as if the car expects you to hit it. Anything less would be undignified!

The 570S starts at $192,500 and is frequently compared to the Porsche 911 Turbo S. While the Turbo S can outrun the 570S on the track, most agree that the 570S is both unique and preferred. But let’s face it, either one would be awesome to own!

Lexus LFA (2011 – 2012)

For a while (painfully so), Lexus teased the arrival of the LFA. The early 2000s were particularly painful, with sketches of this car emerging, but then being rebuked by Lexus higher-ups as “wacky ideas” rather than a model they were seriously considering. Yet, by the time 2010 rolled around, the world could sniff a scent of the LFA in action. Another supercar, the LFA counts on a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body and a 4.8-liter, naturally aspirated V10. This was the predecessor of the Lexus F and paved the way for some innovative design tweaks across multiple brands and models throughout the 2010s.

Roadshow staff really like the LFA however, principally because it was a Toyota, through and through. It didn’t pretend to take the Lexus brand and become more niche or nuanced. Lexus is Toyota, and the LFA followed suit.

In Part II some real players rise to the surface.

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