A year on the executive express
Luxuriate in Gover’s top prestige picks of 2012
IT’S been an extraordinary year for prestige and luxury car buyers.
The action has covered every size and price class, with everything from a totally new brand, Infiniti, through to this week’s update of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, one so thorough it amounts to a new model.
We’ve seen huge price cuts on the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the local debut of the landmark McLaren MP4-12C to rival Ferrari, and the introduction of an all-new 3 Series BMW, which is softer than ever before.
I have spent time at the wheel of everything from the outrageous Lamborghini Aventador to an Audi A1 prototype that points to a range-extender hybrid future.
There was even the disguised prototype of the Lexus IS that will hit the road in 2014. Not to mention the all-electric Smart car built by Benz and the Active E fromBMWthat runs on the mechanical package for the coming i3 city car.
It’s been a lot to sample and a lot to digest, especially putting it into context and bringing it back to the Carsguide mantra— real cars, on real roads, for real people— when the pricetags are out of the reach of most ordinary Australians.
But there are people who can afford these cars and a lot more who like to read about them.
Here are my five (plus one) favourites from 2012. A new 911 doesn’t come along every day, or even every decade, which makes the new car a landmark. But it’s the way it drives and features such as the extra cabin space and kidcarrying capacity that make it