Why your favorite car wasn’t included in the Performance Car of the Year

Never Fail: Every year after giving us Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, and SUV of the Year award, we’re flooded with messages asking to know why your favorite car isn’t included. While many reader theories limit the conspiracy, the simplest explanation is that if the car wasn’t in top condition for the year, you could blame one of three reasons: it wasn’t qualified, it wasn’t available, or on rare occasions the manufacturer wasn’t interested. by competition. Expect many of the same messages about our opening MotorTrend Performance Car of the Year competition. In the spirit of transparency, we open the curtains to let you know all the vehicles we invited and why they lost them this time.

Before we dive into it, let’s review the eligibility requirements for this year’s performance vehicle. Like the Car, Truck, and SUV of the Year, all competitors must be new or substantially updated and available for sale in all 50 states by January 1 of the award year (2022, in this case) to receive an invitation. Manufacturers must lend their cars to us unsupervised for two weeks. But then our criteria for inclusion in Car of the Year started to differ from our older awards of the year.

For starters, we had to define the “performance car”. In our case, that means a vehicle that’s on the road with an emphasis on speed, handling, and capability over everything else. That means no off-roaders this year (although we’ll keep the door open on that in the future). Then, the question of which of the manufacturer’s performance cars should be invited when the model range included several. To keep things simple, when there are so many new performance variants (as in the case of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and R), we’ve chosen to invite the sportiest variants available. Finally, our price cap – $150,000 for a car, truck, and SUV for the year has been canceled.

2022 Acura NSX Type S.

Aston Martin DBX 2022, Aston Martin Valkyrie 2022

We’ve invited Aston’s new SUV and supercar, but the company declined to participate for undisclosed reasons. Production of the Valkyrie began with the launch of PVOTY in November 2021.

2022 Audi RS E-Tron GT, 2022 Audi RS3

2022 BMW i4 M50

The BMW i4 M50 was not ready in time for our programme. We’ll extend BMW’s first electric sports sedan invitation for 2023.

2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat

2022 Ferrari 296 GTB, 2022 Ferrari 812 GTS, 2022 Ferrari SF90

Ferrari said it didn’t have any cars, like the SF90 we tested earlier, to send to this year’s performance car. See you next year.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N, 2022 Hyundai Kona N

2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4

2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition P

Despite winning the Car of the Year award, Lucid declined to participate in this year’s Performance Car program for undisclosed reasons.

2022 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo, 2022 Maserati MC20, 2022 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo

2021 McLaren 765LT Spyder, McLaren Artura 2022

2023 Mercedes-AMG GT73e 4-Door

The long-rumored AMG GT73e 4-Door hybrid is sure to make its debut ahead of this year’s performance car competition, but it hasn’t been revealed as of press time.

2022 Pininfarina Battista

2022 Porsche Panamera Turbo SE Hybrid

Rimac refrigerator 2022

Rimac showed a keen interest in participating but claimed that all of its pre-production and engineering vehicles were tied up in the final production approval process. The Croatian electric supercar will remain on the shortlist for next year.

2022 Subaru WRX

The new WRX wasn’t ready in time for our PVOTY competition. The first media drives didn’t happen until about a month after our program ended, but we’re looking forward to testing them in next year’s program.

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid, 2022 Tesla Model X Plaid

Although the popular Tesla no longer has an official PR department, the company representative answered our call with “Pass. Thanks.” It’s a shame really, especially considering how the Model S Plaid performed in our previous testing.

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