There's only so much you can tell about a car's performance from specific parameters. 0-60, 1/4-mile, top speed, slalom... these are all parts, but what testers try to do is form a picture of a car's capabilities as a whole. For many, that means testing at the Nurburgring
, but for Car and Driver, that means Virginia International Raceway. That's where C/D performs its Lightning Lap group test, comparing the best year's best performance machines in price-categorized groups to see which offer the best overall package for its price.