Demons, duds & debutants
IT SEEMS the usual contenders in the top ten are nursing a hangover as they ease in to the working year. Morgan, Audi’s R8 and TT, McLaren, VW’s Scirocco, and Ferrari were frequently at the pointy end last year, but aren’t present this month.
Instead, Merc’s lovely S-Class Coupe and Alfa Romeo’s 4C have infiltrated – since they’ve been on sale for at least year and can register a YTD.
But there are surprises, too, like the ageing 370Z, GT-R and Z4, that have joined the top order.
CAR DEC JAN YTD YTD +/- Mazda MX-5 242 115 115 999% Lamborghini 0 22 22 214% Alfa Romeo 4C 4 5 5 150% Mercedes S-Class Coupe 4 9 9 125% BMW Z4 7 9 9 80% Porsche Cayman 8 35 35 67% Chrysler 300 42 55 55 49% Lexus RC 68 47 47 38% Nissan 370Z 40 36 36 33% Nissan GT-R 4 5 5 25%
CAR DEC JAN YTD YTD +/- Audi R8 2 0 0 -100% BMW i8 3 0 0 -100% Rolls-Royce 2 0 0 -100% Jaguar XF 1 2 2 -97% Subaru BRZ 35 39 39 -57% Lotus 0 4 4 -50% Renault-Sport Megane 27 19 19 -50% Bentley 0 0 0 -43% Citroen DS3 3 4 4 -43% Ford Falcon 333 235 235 -38%
WINNERS AND LOSERS OF JANUARY
IS PORSCHE offering attractive deals on the 981-series Cayman? Or are buyers clamouring to buy up the sweet flat-six ahead of the introduction of the turbocharged four-cylinder 718 model that will arrive later in 2016? Either way, the Cayman had a strong January with 35 cars finding new homes.
BAD NEWS on the face of it for Jaguar, its XF large sedan registering just a pair of sales in January, however with a slick new model having just arrived (see p28) it’s unlikely the situation will remain this way for long.
With the 5 Series ageing and the new E-Class still a while away, now’s the time for the leaping cat to strike in the premium large car sector.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Bentley Bentayga Bentley’s new off-roader arrives as Australia’s most expensive SUV.
Porsche 718 Boxster Now with turbo flat-four powerplants.
Porsche 911 Turbo (991.2)
Porsche revises the full stop at its now nearly-all-turbo 911 range.
Audi RS7 and RS6 performance Audi’s heavyweights beef up with more power.
Lotus Exige Sport 350 Lighter, faster Exige with aero tweaks set to attack local roads and circuits.
Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe Audi R8 Ingolstadt’s supercar drops V8 and picks up more power with the V10.
Subaru Levorg Destined to succeed the WRX hatchback.
BMW M4 GTS M4 beefs up with waterinjected powerplant.
BMW M3, M4 Competition Pack More power, revised suspension and GTS bits for turbo twins.
McLaren 570S/540C Woking’s 911 fighter promises class-leading performance.
Audi S4 Comes with a new 260kW turbo six-pot.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Alfa’s 3-Series fighting sedan debuts.
Jaguar F-Pace Rolls-Royce Dawn The brand’s new stunning two-door convertible.
Nissan NISMO range Nissan fuels Australia’s hunger for performance models. Frightening 441kW GT-R the highlight of the range.
Fiat 124 Spider Fiat and Mazda’s love child will bring an Italian touch to the classic Japanese roadster.
Abarth version tipped to follow.
Ferrari California T Speciale HS option ‘Handling Speciale’ option adds quicker shifts, sharper suspension.
Honda NSX Still on the cards for Oz, for now at least.
Tesla Model X P90D An all-electric SUV with supercar acceleration – no kidding.