In our car market we have an array of car brands and models for sale, filling up multiple segments ranging from SUVs to Bakkies to Sportscars to niche segments filled by a few models. Sales stats show which segment is popular, which carmaker is selling more vehicles and what model is most popular. But in this article we want to focus on what isn’t in our reach, meaning cars we do not have on offer for our market, specifically performance cars we’d love to have on our garage!
Here’s our Top 5 list:
5. Škoda Octavia vRS
Powered by a 2.0 TSI petrol engine producing 180kW and 370Nm of torque using a 7 Speed Autobox and can accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 6.6 seconds. This Skoda looks the part and is available as a Sedan and Wagon. We’d pick the Sedan and ‘run’ with it!
4. Peugeot 308 GTi
Bold design, interesting paint-job and one potent little engine! Employing a 1.6 Turbopetrol powerplant capable 200kW and 330N.m, this French hatchback can sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.0 seconds using a 6-Speed manual gearbox. The featured Red-Black colour scheme will do just fine in our garage! It brings the challenge to likes of Megane RS and Civic Type-R.
3. Seat Leon Cupra
Boasting 224kW and 380 N.m of torque, this Golf cousin is a sharp-styled little number, sprinting from Zero to One Hundred Kilometres per Hour in a claimed 5.8 seconds! It’s a pity we no longer have Seat offered in South Africa, having pulled out of the market in 2008. We are really missing out on some great vehicles from Seat.
2. Ford GT
Ford’s halo car is none other that the GT, and is powered by a 3.5 V6 twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine with power output of 482 kW and 746 N.m of torque. Low-lying and sleek design that makes look like it pierces through air, accelerating to 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds! Ford has one hell of an aerodynamically friendly supercar here, but the interior is a bit of a letdown for what the exterior looks like, and so it’s only second on our list.
At the top of our garage in this regard is Honda’s NSX hybrid supercar! This ‘green’ beast has a total output of 427kW of power and 550Nm of torque from its mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre petrol V6, helped by two electric motors driving the front wheels. Additionally, there is another electric motor behind the engine that supplements the drivetrain to propel the car to 100km/h in 3 seconds, how about that! It’s a technologically savvy machine that the Japanese honed and we’d certainly appreciate on our garage!