Dear Santa, we have been nice guys this year. Andrew didn’t break a car, Vernon no longer holds the title for lead foot…
5. Holden Gen F HSV
Ever since the news that GM is shutting down Holden came out, we couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to have a supercharged V8 at our right foot’s disposal. It is sad to us petrol heads that large capacity engines will be extinct one day as car manufacturers embark on the holy grail of fuel economy. We look at HSV’s Gen F as the last hurrah, before it is put down for good and for this reason alone, we want to have one.
4. Mercedes Benz A45 AMG
The Mercedes Benz A45 AMG is quite possibly the biggest surprise of the year, with Mercedes entering a hot hatch market largely dominated by the usual suspects- VW, BMW, Ford and so on. What makes this A45 AMG particularly hot? A 4 pot turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol putting out close to 360hp, with 450Nm of torque being channeled to all four wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. All this from the sensible Mercedes Benz A Class? We want one please.
3. Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk7
When one talks about hot hatches, by default it’s the Golf GTi. The GTi has gained weight as it matures but the Mk7 is sitting on the company’s new MQB platform which is significantly lighter than the previous version. Combine its lightweightedness with the 2.0-litre turbocharged 4 cylinder engine and you have driving dynamics not dissimilar to the original GTi. Of course we want one.
2. BMW M3 / M4
For the first time in history, the M3/M4 is force induced. The new 3.0-litre in-line-six, two, single scroll turbocharged engine makes 425hp and a maximum torque of 550Nm with 2 gearbox options available – a dual clutch transmission (DCT) and a 6-speed manual transmission. This translates to a 0 to 100 km/h time of between 3.9 s and 4.1 s depending on the body and gearbox variant. The M3 will be available in 2 body forms – the sedan (M3) and coupe (M4). We want one each for all of us.
1. Porsche 911 991 GT3
The video below summarizes why the GT3 is one helluva orgasmic machine and why we naturally fall for it.
With that, we wish you an Epic Christmas !