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PRIZE TIME I SHOULD have been working when I wrote this, but I instead spent the time reading PCOTY 2018. Anyway, the answer to caption three on page 113 is ďJudges ScoresĒ should read ďJudgesí ScoresĒ because there is more than one judge. I assume you donít have a subeditorís job going, so I guess you can send me one of those nice MOTOR T-shirts, or a hoodie or something similar. Iíll wear it to Cars & Coffee, or when Iím hassling my mint E92 335i LCI on the back roads around here. Alternatively, I notice Damo (your Art Director) and Morley were giving the HSV a little bit of a tidy up with what appears to be some Meguiarís Quik Detailer (p85). If the budget doesnít stretch to a T-shirt or a hoodie, send me whatever is left in that bottle so I can keep the shine on my showroom filler (see attached, and take notice of the large collections of MOTOR and Wheels mags on the display shelf at rear). Iím a big fan guys Ė keep up the good work. Also, I like your Performance Car Podcast Ė keep doing that! Andrew Stewart, via email MOTOR reserves the right to edit letters for brevity, accuracy, and consistency. Win This! ➥ NEW HOT HATCH Iíve decided that itís time to upgrade my 2014 Ford Fiesta ST. It will see a track, but track performance is low on the agenda. Spirited real-world driving is key, as is a manual transmission. Iím hoping to retain as much fun factor from the Fiesta as possible whilst gaining interior space and somewhere that is a nice place to sit. I love the Fiestaís Recaros, even if they could be just a tad wider to accommodate my truck driverís arse, but Iím over the cheap plastics and in case Morley is still wondering, the gloss black panel for the infotainment controls still looks just as glossy as it did four years ago. I havenít test driven anything yet. I have thus far looked at a Focus ST, but by the time Iím ready to buy in a couple months there probably wonít be any available and the interior (key factor) is a bit gaudy with the body-coloured trim inserts. I also looked at a WRX, but hated the seats. I was impressed with a Skoda Octavia RS, looked at a Golf, and a Polo GTI isnít out of the question, but I want that little bit of extra interior space. I am particularly interested in the new Golf GTI ĎOriginalí ícos I really like a three-door and itís cheaper. Iíll miss a proximity key, but are the lack of adaptive dampers the deal breaker? Otherwise, do you think the Hyundai i30 N will be worth the wait or is there anything else to recommend? I would also like to retain a hatch or liftback style ícos that way, I can leave the back seats folded down and clip the dogís harness to the Ďloopí that clips the seat backrest into place in itsí upright position Ė extraordinarily rare for there to be any more than two humans in my car. Greg Broderick, via email An enviable position to be in, Greg, as the hot-hatch (or wagon) market is swamped with stellar choices. Yes, the i30 N is a car worth waiting for. We have not driven it on local roads yet, but we have driven it on average surfaces and it proved to be liveable and capable, with a cracking manual transmission. The interior wonít keep Volkswagen up at night, but itís certainly polite and functional, while the infotainment graphics look modern enough. The seats arenít too fitted, either. Its point of difference would be its exhaust note, which is proper mongrel in Race, but can be switched off. You donít need adaptive dampers for both handling and ride comfort, but the i30 Nís adaptive modes have a great duality. On the other hand, you canít go wrong with a Skoda Octavia RS. Weíre big fans. And thereís a reason the Golf GTI is a benchmark. Stay tuned for a review on the Original. STOP THE CLICHES! I realise you have to cater to an audience ranging from complete bogans to effete dilettantes, but that is no reason to consistently pander to the lowest common denominator in your writing. These are suggestions for improvement. Never again use the following: All paw (it was cute in the days of the first WRX, but itís now lazy), weapon, fang, tranny, donk, grunt, snot, slusher, bent eight, Commodore, Falcon, mongrel, hero, family hauler, rev-hungry, stilts, fighter, Fezza, Macca, Subie, poke, track-day hero, and so on. Lastly, no more paeans (look it up, bogans) of praise for clutch pedals. Brian Colton, via email A sign titled ĎCliches that trigger Brian Coltoní now hangs on our office wall. PCOTY OFF POINT As a long time reader and fan of this great magazine, I was a little disappointed and perplexed at the results of this yearís Performance Car of the Year. You are turning PCOTY into a Bang For Your Bucks. Anybody buying a performance car, a Ferrari, Lambo or McLaren, does not give a toss about accessibility, liveability, value or X-factor. They buy these cars for their performance alone. The judges, while all very experienced, got it wrong. On performance criteria alone, the results should have been, Nissan first, AMG E63 second (correct), TT RS third and Holden GTRS W1 fourth. Hell, I would have given the HSV first place just for how good it looks and goes. Sadly itís the last ever. I wish I could buy two! Jose Sanchez, via email Do you really buy a car for performance alone, Jose? You may as well just go buy a KTM X-Bow or a Caterham, and then youíll quickly see why we pay attention to things like usability and liveability (and value in the case of these cars, which are very expensive for what they are). The true engineering challenge with performance cars is making something thatís sublime to drive fast, or on a track, but then one you can drive to the track without going nuts. When a car company nails this, it deserves to be shouted from the rooftops. Itís far easier and lazier for a car marker to build a car at the far end of the performance spectrum if they pay little or no regard to comfort or usability. Thatís a racecar. PCOTY ON POINT The 2018 PCOTY was a surprise winner, especially considering some of the heavy hitters it was up against. I traded my 14-month old Mercedes-AMG A45 to get one of the first Civic Type Rs to arrive in Oz as I knew it was going to be an excellent driverís car. I was not wrong. We just returned from a decent road trip (about 2400km) through Mansfield, Jamieson, Marysville, Lake Mountain, Reefton and Warburton. We also drove Mount Donna Buang and Baw Baw. On the highway it averaged 7.2L/100km and 7.5 litres on the mountains. As for its looks, I reckon it is a winner. You either like it or not. Age has nothing to do with it as I am approaching 70. Of all the fabulous cars I have owned along the way this one is right up there. Just to clear up some confusion in the article the tyre size is 245/30 R20 and they are rippers. A bit bonejarring on corrugations in my opinion, as you would expect from a 30-series tyre. John Balson, via email WORTH THE DOUGH? Regarding the current Toyota 86, could you tell me if you think the Dynamic Performance Pack of 17-inch wheels, dampers and brakes are worth the extra dollars on a 2018 86 GT. If it helps I live in Oberon, NSW, amongst some brilliant roads Iím sure youíre familiar with. I donít commute so the car will be used for enjoyment here, regular track days and hill climbs at Mount Panorama. By the way, Iím still a very happy subscriber. Mike Law, via email Our hunch is it will be money well spent if you intend to drive the car properly. Toyota really built the base 86 GT to a price point, including the brakes and tyres in particular, which the pack addresses. MIXED MESSAGES Iím clearly missing something. As a nation (and certainly here in NSW and down in Victoria), we are bombarded with the ĎSpeed Killsí message. In NSW, itís ďTowards ZeroĒ, which is certainly a worthwhile, if unrealistic, goal. However, itís Victoria that amazes me. In what I would regard as the biggest nanny state of them all, with more speed cameras than McDonaldís and perhaps the biggest push for road safety in the country, why donít they have annual car inspections? Itís my understanding the only time youíre likely to get inspected is for speeding or (obviously) something else that attracts plodís attention. Really? So citizens cannot be trusted to travel at a Ďsafe speedí (weíll save that argument for another time), but they are trusted to have tread on their tyres, operative brakes, working seatbelts, and no structural rust (hello Queenslanders). This seems incongruous with the road safety message. Annual inspections wonít raise money for the government, but this cannot be the reason (tongue wedged in cheek). What am I missing? Brett Pember, via email NEW AUSSIE MUSCLE Australians have had a thirst for Factory OEM Performance for decades. Both Ford and Holden have ignited the passion for driving with entry-level XR/SS type products, which lead to aspirational products from FPV or HSV. With the demise of the local donor products enthusiasts have been left seeking aftermarket solutions for the Ford Mustang. How HSV deals with that given the price hike for the RHD conversion will be interesting, but if the GTSR project has taught us anything, enthusiasts have deep pockets if the product is right. I wonder how the demonisation of the performance culture and ever tightening road law enforcement has altered consumer purchase decisions. Will Ford recognise the demand for a hotter Mustang and offer a solution, and will Holden take the lead when they eventually get a factory RHD Camaro, allowing HSV to be the aspirational brand again? Interesting times. Norm Ackland, via Facebook CIRCLE LOGIC Iím at the point where I need to replace the tyres on our Audi SQ5. It currently has 21-inch Pirellis, but I was considering various options in your 2016 and 2017 tyre tests. I noticed a big variance in the performance for the Dunlop Sport Maxx RT from one year to the next. The second, third, and fourth places in 2016 go up one position in 2017 but the Dunlop drops from first to sixth. Why? Duane, via email Dunlop changed the compound and tread design on the RT between 2016 to 2017, to its obvious detriment. It was also renamed the RT2, but the price remained largely the same, so we understand your confusion. I was perplexed at the Performance Car of the Year results, the judges got it wrong Chat with us online Sometimes our letters are comments from our Facebook fans. Join 44,000 MOTOR fans at fb.com/ motorofficial. Weíre also on Twitter (@motor_mag) and for piccies, Instagram (@motorofficial).