Fresh out of the local lunatic asylum, you need only do the maths to get an idea of the ‘fastest Caterham road car ever’: 231kW plus 545kg equals 0-97km/h in 2.8sec. Six-speed sequential ’box needed to tame the 2.0-litre blown four-pot.
Why is this car not made in right-hand drive? That is the question. In SS guise, Chevy’s new Mustang-mauler scores the 6.2-litre LT1 V8, with 339kW, and in auto trim does 0-97km/h in 4.0sec. It looks tough and costs $52K in the States.
Remember the Toyota MR2? This could be its successor of sorts, if it ever leaves Japan. Honda’s tiny S660 cops a midmounted 660cc turbo 3-cyl, belting out – you sitting down? – 47kW and 104Nm. But it weighs 830kg. Would be a laugh.
We’re in denial this car is even on this list, still reeling from the news Honda Australia isn’t bringing its 228kW, 400Nm turbocharged, ’Ring-slaying hot hatch to Oz. A shame, but here’s hoping they consider the next model come 2018.
Almost defi nitely the coolest Toyota you’ve never heard of, the manual, rear-drive, LSD-equipped Gazoo Racing-tuned Mark X GRMN takes its 236kW and 380Nm from a 3.5-litre V6, and turns rear tyres to smoke.
Sadly, only 100 will be built, zero for Oz.
Thanks to Falcon, the Blue Oval has a special place in the heart of many Aussies.
But with sadly no right-hand drive version planned, they’ll never get to hear the 450- odd kW twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 of Ford’s new supercar in anger, at least locally.
Rumours still abound that a Corvette will come to Oz at some stage, but for now, we can only salivate over such things as the C7 Z06. Sporting 484kW from its LT4 6.2-litre blown V8, the Z06 does 0-97km/h in 2.95sec (!) and, in the USA, costs $105K...
Yes, each day we thank the car gods the Mustang is even coming to Oz, but we still can’t help but want the hero versions like the GT350R. Its 5.2-litre fl atplane-crank V8 revs to a peaky, for a Yank V8, 8250rpm and makes 392kW. No right-hand drive.
The angriest WRX ever from the factory is bedecked in STI-branded goodies and comes with a 2.0-litre turbo fl at-four (found only in Japanese STIs) but now with 241kW and 431Nm. Unfortunately the entire car is to be found only in Japan, too.