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In uncertain times, we have the world of new performance cars to get our good news fix

Dylan Campbell

THANK GOD for fast, new cars. Every morning, since about the middle of January, I have checked international news sites just to make sure my morning chores don’t include rushing down to Coles to buy a trolley’s worth of water bottles and tinned food. I consider myself lucky to be interested in cars. I might have gone mad with fear by now, if I wasn’t.

The world of new performance cars, at current, has become my source of good news to balance out the bad. While my grieving for the end of Australian cars will never end, rather just change over time, many other corners in fast car land seem to be blossoming at present – as this issue of MOTOR will attest. Toyota is mum, but we’ve managed to dig up enough dirt on the next Supra for our exclusive cover story. And you wouldn’t be wrong to imagine a car with sublime steering and handling like an 86, but with a twin-turbo V6, 300kW and rear-drive – sub-$100K. Please and thank you.

Renault, meanwhile, has confirmed the next Megane RS will come with a manual gearbox, which is an enormous relief as it was sounding like this car was going to be a four-door, scaled-up clone of the current Clio RS. Not to talk ill of the little Clio, but that would have been bad. Instead, the Megane sounds like it’ll continue going for the Golf GTI Performance’s jugular.

And if it isn’t, the Hyundai i30 N will be. As you’ll read from p88, this issue MOTOR got a rare first drive of this car – and it’s going to be a worthy option for people who love a lively and entertaining hot hatch. We don’t know yet but it sounds like it’s going to be very competitively priced, too.

For readers with a bit more coin, the next BMW M5 sounds like a proper animal – in the feature from p44, check out the screen where you can select between all- and rear-wheel drive... Traction, or sideways, on demand.

And lastly, this issue, in an Australian exclusive, we’ve spoken to new F1 honcho Ross Brawn on the future of grand prix racing. Bernie was a man of the big corporate sponsors, governments, celebrities and manufacturers.

Brawn is mindful of all these things, but sounds like a man for the fans. It will be very interesting to see the direction Formula One now takes.

The world of new performance cars: adaptive, optimistic, hopeful, confident. An unlikely example the rest of the world would do well to follow.