Miscellaneous

PCOTY 2016: Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R #5

First impressions: can’t beat ’em sometimes. Like when you look inside the Megane Trophy-R and see the race seats with their adjustable aluminium runners and wild red harnesses. But look again, and second impressions start to kick in. This is

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PCOTY 2016: Holden Commodore SS V Redline #6

WE’VE been big fans of the Commodore SS V Redline since it broke cover in VE form back in 2010, but for various reasons it’s never made it to Performance Car of the Year. In the final selection process it’s

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PCOTY 2016: Lexus RC F #7

Somebody at Lexus gets it. From a brand that has served up its share of gridlock fodder over the years, the RC F owes more to the Lexus LFA supercar than it does any Camry with a sunroof. This is

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PCOTY 2016: Mazda MX-5 #8

YEAH, sure, look, all right. Showing up for a PCOTY packing less than 100kW in 2015 is like admitting you voted for Rudd and Abbott at the same time. Hell, the BMW i8’s second motor is almost more powerful than

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PCOTY 2016: BMW i8 #9

DO you remember that TV show Towards 2000? I think it had to change its name to Beyond 2000 once the date ticked over… anyway, it was a telly show that previewed clever, expensive items that we were likely to

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$0-50K | Hyundai Veloster Turbo #10

Hyundai’s sportiest car has been sporty rather than sports since it stepped onto the scene in 2012 as an asymmetrical anomaly in the hatchback universe. This is Series II of the car featuring one driver’s door and two passenger-side doors,

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$50-100K | BMW 228i #7

Luffy wasn’t mad about the feel and feedback offered by the 228i. I’m not going to mark it as hard as that. True, it’s not the absolute most talkative car of the bunch, but when it does what it does,

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$0-50K | Ford Falcon XR6 #11

Personally, I have a few issues with the XR6 in a bang-for-your-bucks sense. The first of these is the well documented driving position which, for somebody like me with a basketballer’s torso and a jockey’s legs, just does not work.

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$50-100K | Lexus RC350 F Sport #8

Numbers can be cruel. Especially so to Lexus, it seems. For the second year running Toyota’s premium arm occupies the bottom rung on the $50-100K ladder yet, just as with last year’s IS350 F Sport, in this case the numbers

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$0-50K | Peugeot 308 GT #12

My French is limited to just enough words to get me into trouble and not quite enough to get me back out again. Peugeot’s relationship with ergonomics seems to be ringing the same bell. Wouldn’t matter, for instance, how clear

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