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Exige Race car for the road Blown Toyota V6 gives the Exige the performance to match its brilliant handling Not for claustrophobes, or conservatives, or anyone into the tactility of interior plastics • The Pick: Go the Roadster – it’s a proper sports car and getting in with the roof down is easier S $126,990 V6S 3.5 258 400 M6 1176 4.0 – 10.1 95 61 R S Roadster $126,990 V6S 3.5 258 400 M6 1166 4.0 – 10.1 95 — R Elise Fast and fun, but wildly impractical Cool looks; telepathic steering (at speed); suspension and brakes a joy (at speed) Cramped and noisy for day-to-day driving; definitely intended as a track-day weapon • The Pick: If you live next to a racetrack, the SC. If you want peace and quiet, look elsewhere $69,990 L4 1.6 100 160 M6 876 6.5 — 6.3 91 60 R Club Racer $68,990 L4 1.6 100 160 M6 852 6.5 — 6.3 91 60 R S $84,990 L4S 1.8 163 250 M6 880 4.6 — 7.5 95 61 R S Club Racer $83,250 L4S 1.8 163 250 M6 880 4.6 — 7.5 95 61 R Evora Chassis smarts now with blown brawn Exotic looks; individual appeal; one of the best chassis on the planet Start ticking options and price can soar to $200K. Toyota-sourced atmo V6 is average • The Pick: Brilliant dynamics, but $200K is second-hand Carrera S money… S $152,990 V6S 3.5 258 400 M6 1437 4.8 — 9.1 95 54 R S IPS $161,990 V6S 3.5 258 400 A6 1491 5.0 — 9.7 95 54 R 450h F-Sport $112,100 V6H 3.5 254 — C 1910 5.9 — 6.3 95 46 07/12 R 450h Sport Luxury $123,500 V6H 3.5 254 — C 1910 5.9 — 6.3 95 46 R LS Smooth-sailing flagship Mind-blowing tech; flawless fit and finish; eerily-quiet cabin; silky eight-speed auto Doesn’t sound like a V8 until you get stuck into it • The Pick: 600hL – uninspiring, but a 7 Series with this much kit would cost your first-born 460 F-Sport $189,900 V8 4.6 285 493 A8 2020 5.9 — 10.7 95 45 R 460 Sport Luxury $192,400 V8 4.6 285 493 A8 2080 5.9 — 10.7 95 45 R 600h F-Sport $217,230 V8H 5.0 290 520 A8 2340 5.7 — 8.6 95 42 R NX Goes better than it looks Eye-catching design; excellent interior; punchy turbo-petrol four on its way It's a 2005 RAV4 in drag, with a relatively uninspiring hybrid drivetrain and CVT 'box • The Pick: Wait for the new 2.0-litre turbo due in 2015 300h Luxury $55,000 L4H 2.5 145 210 C 1740 9.1 — 5.6 95 F 300h Luxury $59,500 L4H 2.5 145 210 C 1800 9.1 — 5.7 95 A 300h F-Sport $66,000 L4H 2.5 145 210 C 1800 9.1 — 5.7 95 A 300h Sports Luxury $75,000 L4H 2.5 145 210 C 1800 9.1 — 5.7 95 A RX Sharper nose, sharper F Sport variants Lovely cabin and six-pot engines; reduced prices, plus new F Sport variant It’s heavy and quite old; front-drive four-cylinder RX270 is bloody slow • The Pick: 450h is quick, yet sips like a hatchback, but the petrol V6s are better to drive 270 $69,400 L4 2.7 138 252 A6 1950 11.0 — 9.7 91 55 F 350 Luxury $77,400 V6 3.5 204 346 A6 2085 8.0 — 10.8 95 68 A 350 F Sport $85,400 V6 3.5 204 346 A6 2085 8.0 — 10.8 95 68 A 350 Sports Luxury $93,900 V6 3.5 204 346 A6 2085 8.0 — 10.8 95 70 A 450h Luxury $82,900 V6H 3.5 220 317 C 2205 7.8 — 6.3 95 56 A 450h F-Sport $89,900 V6H 3.5 220 317 C 2205 7.8 — 6.3 95 56 A 450h Sports Luxury $100,900 V6H 3.5 220 317 C 2205 7.8 — 6.3 95 56 A LX570 Taking luxury farther off track Clever suspension and crawl-control broaden LX’s skill set; bigger V8 and six-speed auto Massive, truck-like and nowhere near the Euro class leaders; no diesel option • The Pick: Hard to recommend this luxo Landcruiser. It’s great off-road but dubious value $139,595 V8 5.7 270 530 A6 2750 7.8 — 14.8 95 56 09/11 A Price Eng type Eng size Power Torque Trans.

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