2018 is going to see some exciting cars land in Australia. We’ve picked out five models we believe will make an impact.
Chevrolet Camaro (July)
The Chevrolet Camaro is about to make its way Down Under. Holden Special Vehicles will be undertaking the mission of converting each Camaro from LHD to RHD. Each Camaro is based on the 2SS, which features roughly 340kW and 615Nm from its GenV LT1 V8. HSV is expected to offer both six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic options.
Renault Megane RS (July)
The new Renault Megane RS will come exclusively as a four-door hatch, which is a step away from the two-door design we’ve seen over the years. The old 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder has been replaced by a 1.8-litre turbo unit with power expected to be around the 185kW/320Nm mark. Both six-speed manual and Renault’s dual-clutch EDC automatic transmission will be available.
VW Polo GTI (August)
2018 VW Polo GTI buyers will be happy to know the little German hot hatch will now come with the same 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder as the Golf GTI, albeit in a slightly detuned state. Buyers can expect 147kW and 320Nm. Unfortunately if you love manual transmissions that option has also gone out the window with the previous-gen 1.4-litre unit. Nonetheless we expect to see lots of these out on the road.
Ford Mustang (August)
2018 Ford Mustang GT features a revised 5.0-litre engine that will offer 343kW and 570Nm – that’s 37kW and 40Nm more than the outgoing model. The 2018 model also comes an all-new new active valve exhaust system which offers four modes: Normal, Quiet, Track and Sport. While looks are subjective, the 2018 Ford Mustang has a much sharper front end – we think this makes for a more menacing look.
Ford Ranger Raptor (September)
The Ford Ranger Raptor is probably the most anticipated 4×4 truck of the last decade. The large ute will come with a 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine and 10-speed automatic transmission (no manual option). Ford says the Ranger Raptor is a ‘factory-built performance truck’ that has been designed for off-road enthusiasts. The Ranger Raptor boasts approach, break-over and departure angles of 32.5, 24.0 and 24.0 degrees respectively. Don’t expect much change from $80k if you’re keen on one.
Lamborghini Urus (October)
We’re big fans of Lamborghinis. And with so many performance car owners trying to blend their daily drive in with sports car performance, what could be more impressive than a kid-carrying SUV with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that punches out 478kW and 850Nm. And it’s fast. Real fast. Lamborghini claims the Urus does 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds, and 0-200km/h in 9.2 seconds. It also comes family-friendly fuel consumption of just 12.3L/100km – we’re not sure it’d stay that low when driven hard.
2019 and beyond
Subaru WRX and WRX STI (next-generation)
Ford Fiesta ST (all-new 1.5 EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine)
Aston Martin DBX (Aston’s first SUV)
Mercedes-AMG Project One (F1 technology by the bucket load)
Hyundai i30 RN (AWD road-registered race car)