2019s most droolworthy cars
To some, a car is just a collection of bits and pieces with a price tag. Nothing more, nothing less. Just like a fridge.
But people don’t wear fridge-branded casual apparel and children don’t put posters of fridges on their walls or play with toy versions of them. Movie directors don’t make fridge movies.
That kind of barren fate isn’t likely to ever befall this quintet of new automotive entries. Drop-dead gorgeous, capable of bending time, endowed with a price more akin to a small country’s GDP or just capable of making you go ‘wow’ in some way, they’re all headed for Australian roads in 2019. Dream on.
Audi R8 Coupé and Spyder
Audi’s coupé/convertible supercars have undergone a revamp for 2019. On top of styling changes to bring them into line with newer-model Audis, they feature revised steering, suspension and other chassis advancements to sharpen an already hard-core and thrilling drive. And, contrary to expectations they might feature a more ‘green’ engine, a hairy-chested V10 remains the prime source of motivation. Look out for them before the year’s end. Price TBA.
Bentley Continental GT Convertible
A drop-top version of Bentley’s eye-wateringly expensive but lovely new coupé, the GT, is set to hit Australian roads in the second quarter. It shares its gorgeous exterior (most of it), stupendously lavish cabin and iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove W12 twin-turbo drivetrain with the hard-top but has a folding fabric roof that drops in just 19 seconds and is claimed to deliver coupé-like quietness when raised. From $462,240.50.
The very first SUV to wear the famous Spirit of Ecstasy atop its grille is due to arrive on local shores in the first quarter of 2019. The Cullinan has all the qualities you’d expect from a Rolls – an opulent cabin, sky-high toy count, every personalisation possible and the silent, hand-of-God urge of a 6.75-litre V12 drivetrain – but it can crawl up muddy slopes and ford rivers. You’ll just need $685,000 (driveaway).
BMW 8 Series Coupé and Convertible
BMW used to have an 8 Series but then stopped building grand tourers. Then, when it had another go at the concept, it called them the 6 Series. Now the 6 Series is making way for the ... 8 Series. The nomenclature might be complicated, but this new Beemer GT is fairly easy to understand – it’s a big, beautiful all-wheel-drive coupé or convertible powered by a hard-working twin-turbo V8 and stacked with a generous array of luxuries and technology. It’s scheduled for a March arrival. From $272,900 and $281,900 respectively.
Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé
This spirited new model from Mercedes Benz’s high-performance division is made for hardcore drivers who want four-door practicality. Based on the E-Class sedan but altogether more racy-looking and featuring a raft of race-inspired technology, it can, apparently, tear up racetracks with the same intensity as two-door Mercedes-AMGs. Turbo six-cylinder and twin-turbo V8 models will be on the menu when it arrives in the second quarter. Price TBA.
This all-new version of the world’s most famous sports car might look just like its many predecessors but it’s a whole new animal, from the all-aluminum body, ultra-modern cabin treatment and wholesale in-car, safety and chassis-technology upgrade to its heavily revised twin-turbo flat six engine (and future hybrid compatibility). And there are plenty of styling advances if you stare long enough. Which you undoubtedly will. Look out for it in the second quarter. From $265,000.
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