Performance Car of the Year 2019 revealed

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Performance Car of the Year 2019 revealed

The Australian Motoring Awards for 2019 have come and gone, held in Melbourne on Wednesday January 30, 2019, and that means the Performance Car of the Year for 2019 has been officially announced.

With several weeks now passed since the testing, undergone both in the Adelaide Hills and at The Bend Motorsport Park, we’ve had time to crunch the data and declare a winner. In front of an audience of industry VIPs, MOTOR Editor Dylan Campbell was pleased to announce the winner of the Performance Car of the Year trophy for 2019 as…

…the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Performance Car Of The Year 2019 Porsche 911 GT 2 RS Front Jpg

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the fastest of the 991.2 911 generation has deservingly taken Australia’s top performance car award, with our judges astonished by its capability both on and off the racetrack.

Topping other cars tipped to be contenders, the GT2 RS subdued its rivals with ease, with our racing driver and guest judge Rick Kelly calling it one of the closest-feeling road cars to his work car – the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar – he’s ever driven.

Take a look at the list of competitors below, and keep an eye out for the February 2019 issue of MOTOR Magazine, on sale Feb 7, for the full PCOTY feature and final rankings.

Alpine A110

2019 Alpine A 110 Jpg

2018 Alpine A110 specs:
Engine: 1798cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, turbocharged
Power: 185kW at 6000rpm
Torque: 320Nm at 2000-5000rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Weight: 1103kg
Price: $106,500 (Australian Premiere Edition)

Audi R8 RWS

2019 Audi R 8 RWS Jpg

2018 Audi R8 RWS specs:
Engine: 5204cc V10, DOHC, 40v
Power: 397kW @ 7800rpm
Torque: 540Nm @ 6500rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Weight: 1590kg
Price: $299,500

Audi RS4 Avant

2019 Audi RS 4 Avant Jpg

2018 Audi RS4 Avant specs:
Engine: 2894cc V6, DOHC, 24v, twin-turbo
Power: 331kW @ 5700-6700rpm
Torque: 600Nm @ 1900-5000rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Weight: 1715kg
Price: $152,900

BMW M2 Competition

2019 BMW M 2 Competition Jpg

2018 BMW M2 Competition specs:
Engine: 2979cc inline-6, DOHC, 24v, twin-turbo
Power: 302kW @ 5250-7000rpm
Torque: 550Nm @ 2350-5200rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Weight: 1550kg
Price: $99,900

BMW M5 Competition

2019 BMW M 5 Competition Jpg

2018 BMW M5 Competition specs:
Engine: 4395cc V8, DOHC, 32v, twin-turbo
Power: 460kW @ 6000rpm
Torque: 750Nm @ 1800-5800rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Weight: 1865kg
Price: $229,900

Chevrolet Camaro SS

2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS Jpg

2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS specs:
Engine: 6162cc V8, OHV, 16v 
Power: 339kW @ 6000rpm
Torque: 617Nm @ 4600rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Weight: 1710kg
Price: $85,990

Ford Mustang GT

2019 Ford Mustang GT Jpg

2018 Ford Mustang GT specs:
Engine: 5038cc V8, DOHC, 32v
Power: 339kW @ 7000rpm
Torque: 556Nm @ 4600rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Weight: 1732kg
Price: $62,990

Hyundai i30 N

2019 Hyundai I 30 N Jpg

2018 Hyundai i30 N specs:
Engine: 1998cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, turbo
Power: 202kW @ 6000rpm
Torque: 353Nm @ 1450-4700rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Weight: 1509kg
Price: $39,990

Mercedes-AMG GT C

2019 Mercedes AMG GT C Jpg

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C specs:
Engine: 3982cc V8, DOHC, 32v, twin-turbo
Power: 410kW @ 5750-6750rpm
Torque: 680Nm @ 1900-5500rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Weight: 1625kg
Price: $316,500

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Performance Car Of The Year 2019 Porsche 911 GT 2 RS Rear Jpg

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS specs:
Engine: 3800cc flat-six, DOHC, 24v, twin-turbo
Power: 515kW @ 7000rpm
Torque: 750Nm @ 2500-4500rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Weight: 1470kg
Price: $645,400

Renault Megane RS

2019 Renault Megane RS Jpg

2018 Renault Megane RS 280 Cup specs:
Engine: 1798cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, turbo
Power: 205kW @ 6000rpm  
Torque: 390Nm @ 2400-4800rpm 
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Weight: 1430kg
Price: $44,990


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