The challengers

Our 11-11 strong eclectic line-up

BMW i8

266kW, 1485kg, $301,250 Does a hybrid actually stand a chance at PCOTY? In fairness, this ainít no Prius.

PEUGEOT 208 GTI 30TH

153kW, 1185kg, $35,990 This anniversary edition is a mighty chance if itís anything like the original 205 GTi.

MERCEDES-AMG C63 S

375kW, 1655kg, $165,610 The less racy of the two AMGs, but that mightnít stop it launching to the pointy end.

JAGUAR F-TYPE R AWD

404kW, 1730kg, $256,660 Powerful kitty returns from a strong showing at PCOTY í14, now with all-claw traction.

PORSCHE 911 GT3

350kW, 1430kg, $320,420 Porsche hoping to nab its 12th PCOTY win (from 20) with this track-focused weapon.

MAZDA MX-5 1.5

96kW, 1009kg, $37,990 Bit down in the grunt stakes, but Mazdaís droptop is hoping for an underdog fairytale.

LEXUS RC F

351kW, 1860kg, $133,110 Itís got the snot to keep up with the best of them, but will its weight hurt its chances?

MERCEDES-AMG GT S

375kW, 1540kg, $334,110 The turbocharged future is bright thanks to Merc-AMGís attention-stealing V8 GT S.

FORD FALCON XR8

335kW, 1858kg, $54,690 Drag rocket and fan favourite.

Can it keep touch with this company, though?

HOLDEN VF II REDLINE

304kW, 1793kg, $53,990 New LS3 SS the best chance Holden will ever have at winning PCOTY. (Sob.)

RENAULT TROPHY-R

201kW, 1284kg, $61,990 íRing king and a proven track star. Gave BFYB a real crack, but more suited to PCOTY.