Miscellaneous

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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Porsche 911 GT3: PCOTY '16 The Winner

Sebastien Loeb didn’t win nine straight WRC titles by chance. Nor is it luck that has secured Audi victory in 13 of the last 16 Le Mans 24 Hour races. Such dominance is the by-product of hard work, determination and

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PCOTY 2016: Mercedes-AMG C63 S #2

We knew from the moment the C63 rammed down the front straight at DECA that this would be a mighty hard year to pick a top three, let alone a winner. Of course, the two Mercs (or AMGs, if you

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PCOTY 2016: Mercedes-AMG GT S #3

Third place on the podium in any 11-car comparison is a pretty stout effort. But when it’s PCOTY we’re talking about and simply making the field is confirmation of legend status, then the bronze medal is an even bigger deal.

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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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$0-50K | Volkswagen Polo GTI #3

Big things were expected of VW’s new Polo GTI at this year’s Bang for your Bucks. After all, this is the updated version of the car that turned the BFYB formula on its head so comprehensively it called the future

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$0-50K | Holden Astra VXR #5

Jump straight form the Astra GTC to this car, the VXR, and you can immediately see, smell and feel where some of the extra money has gone. Okay, so 13-large is a fair old chunk of wedge, but even so,

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$0-50K | Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo #6

Speculation persists that some time down the track the XR6 Turbo will do the equivalent of the XR8 and grab the more powerful engine from its now-defunct FPV offshoot. In this case, it’s the F6 Typhoon rather than GT. But

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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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