Miscellaneous

PCOTY 2016: Jaguar F-Type R AWD #4

It’s not often talent and drop-dead gorgeous looks go together, so forgive us for keeping reserved about the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R prior to driving it. Something that looks that good surely must also be a bit wobbly at its

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PCOTY 2016: Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary #10

The Peugeot 208 GTi is a good car, but it’s unlikely to rate a mention on future lists of the top hatches of all time. But the baboon-butted 30th Anniversary special edition version? It just might. The extra 6kW, 25Nm,

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PCOTY 2016: Ford Falcon XR8 #11

The XR8’s participation in this year’s Performance Car Of The Year had more than a whiff of the farewell tour about it. And, sadly, like many farewell tours, it quickly became clear that it might’ve been best if the fast

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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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2015 Outright Winner: Ford Fiesta ST

You could view Bang For Your Bucks as a microcosm of the global evolution of affordable performance cars. Through the 1990s and early 2000s, a period when Japan was the go-to nation for keen drivers on a tight budget, Mitsubishi

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$0-50K | Audi S1 Sportback | #7

As a big fan of the Audi S3, I was really expecting big things from the S1. I mean, it might be based on the A1, but look at the stuff Audi has thrown at the little guy: Namely a

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$50-100K | BMW M135i #1

A surprise victory, and almost one that didn’t happen. When BMW first offered us a facelifted M135i for this year’s Bang for your Bucks we initially declined. After all, for a facelifted car to be eligible for BFYB it must

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$0-50K | Renault Megane GT220 #8

If the RS275 Trophy R is a riot on the racetrack, the GT220 is more a civilised protest march – unfurling banners ‘shouting’: What do we want? Performance! How do we want it? Erm, not too hardcore. Renault’s stopover variant

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$50-100K | Volkswagen Golf R #4

God, this thing just gets better every year, doesn’t it. You drive a front-wheel-drive Golf GTi (even the Performance version with that tricky diff) and you wonder if you need the all-paw R in the first place. And then you

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