Miscellaneous

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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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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$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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$0-50K | Holden Astra GTC #9

Haven’t I seen your face before? Oh yeah, that’s right; last time you were badged as an Opel. But it seems the car-buying public didn’t understand and now you’re back with a Holden badge and a slashed price-tag. This, apparently,

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$50-100K | Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG #5

It may look more like a high-riding A-Class but technically the GLA45 AMG is the lone SUV in this year’s Bang. A couple of things make it stand tall in other ways: brash wings and body parts that make it

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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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