3 FAC­TORY-BRED MO­TOR­SPORT VARI­ANTS

Track-fo­cused and di­rect from VW, Mazda and Subaru

Motor (Australia) - - COMPARISON TEST. POLO GTI V BRZ TS V MX-5 2.0 -

1. VOLK­SWA­GEN POLO GTI R5

The bad­dest Polo of them all is the rally-spec R5. Built by VW Mo­tor­sport in Spain for cus­tomer rac­ing, it fea­tures all-wheel drive, a 200kW/400Nm turbo 1.6-litre four and a se­quen­tial trans­mis­sion. It’s good for 0-100km/h in 4.1 sec­onds and has all the req­ui­site safety mod­i­fi­ca­tions and body­work for ral­ly­ing, along with ZF dampers and two clutch LSDs. It’s also ex­pen­sive at €190,000 (AUD$298,000).

2. MAZDA MX-5 CUP CAR

Keen to carve out a name for your­self in USA’s one­make series cir­cles? Mazda’s MX-5 Cup car would be for you, then. Built in Amer­ica for a ‘global’ series, they’re left-hand drive, use a sealed 2.0-litre en­gine and ex­ten­sive chas­sis up­grades. DSSV dampers hold BF Goodrich slicks on the road. Cost is USD$58,000 for the 2018 car (AUD$80,000), but the new ver­sion with a 7500rpm en­gine bumps that to USD$65K (AUD$89K).

3. SUBARU BRZ RA

Okay, so not all of us want to dive straight into com­pe­ti­tion mo­tor­sport. Then what about track days? The Ja­pan-only BRZ RA junks items that add un­nec­es­sary cost – note those steel­ies that Subaru as­sume you’ll throw out any­way – and its price con­verts to AUD$26,000. Or you can go for the RA Rac­ing ver­sion that adds a six-point roll cage, oil cooler, har­nesses and brake cool­ing ducts for about AUD$38K.

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