Motor (Australia) SPORTS CAR OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS
Big strong sub-$100k field. BMW missed the cut with a couple of contenders. We suspect the M240i would have done well and the M2 CS would have been teetering on the cusp of the two categories. Audi’s S3 just missed out timewise, as did the Cupra Leon so look for ‘em in 2023.
SKODA OCTAVIA RS
Turbo I4, front engine, FWD, 7dc, 180kW/370Nm, 1445kg, $48,290 We knew the Golf GTI was good, but would the mechanically similar Skoda wagon live up to billing?
FORD MUSTANG MACH 1
V8, front engine, RWD, 6m, 345kW/556Nm, 1732kg, $83,241
The outlier. Powerful enough for PCOTY, is the Mach 1 the Mustang that can last more than a lap or two?
VW GOLF GTI
Turbo I4, front engine, FWD, 7dc, 180kW/370Nm, 1309kg, $53,300
Still the benchmark against which all other hot hatches are measured but increasingly dancing to its own tune
HYUNDAI i20 N
Turbo I4, front engine, FWD, 6m, 150kW/275Nm, 1190kg, $32,490 Everything we love about small performance cars looks to be distilled into the Korean tot
FORD FOCUS ST
Turbo I4, front engine, FWD, 6m, 206kW/420Nm, 1500kg, $44,890 Ford’s recently refreshed hatch aims to exorcise the ghost of the mighty RS. That’s quite some assignment
TOYOTA GR YARIS RALLYE
Turbo I3, front engine, AWD, 6m, 200kW/370Nm, 1280kg, $54,500 The only AWD car in the SCOTY field aims to atone for its lesser sibling’s so-so showing last time out
Flat 4, front engine, RWD, 6m, 174kW/250Nm, 1286kg, $38,990 Second-gen BRZ looks a bargain. Now we need to establish whether an extra 22kW and 38Nm is enough
MAZDA MX-5 GT RS
I4, front engine, RWD, 6m, 135kW/205Nm, 1033kg, $47,420 The MX-5 has been hitting the gym for summer. A firmer and fiercer version of the classic lightweight
HYUNDAI i30 SEDAN N
Turbo I4, front engine, FWD, 8dc, 206kW/392Nm, 1445kg, $49,000 A bigger platform than the brilliant i30 N hatch but can it retain the infectious personality and talent?
Turbo I4, front engine, FWD, 8a, 180kW/380Nm, 1445kg, $56,900 Could Munich’s first stab at the front-drive hot hatch genre come good straight out the gate?