Another year has come to a close and with that arrives the D’Marge pick of the ten best cars of 2015.
To say that this year was huge in the world of luxury cars is an understatement. Luxury cars seemingly aren’t content with just driving exquisitely at moderate speeds anymore – they want to lay claim to lap times and speed trap records as well. We’re certainly not complaining, but it’s important to note that this fusion of performance and luxury is driving up premium car sales in Australia. And this is good news.
Showing global manufacturers that Australia is a viable market for exotic vehicles will open the gates to even more exclusive marques to set up camp locally. Think names like Pagani and TVR.
We can’t wait for what 2016 has to offer but for now, these are the ten cars that grabbed our hearts and attention in 2015.
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Jaguar F-Type R
Powered by a singing 5.0-litre supercharged V8 whilst the S version gets a 380hp from a V6, the Jaguar F-Type R is the pinnacle of the British sportscar resurrected.
Audi RS3 Sportback
Freshly debuted in the country this year, the RS3 is Audi's answer to the hatchback performance car segment featuring the iconic Quattro AWD and a beastly 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine from the DNA of a Lamborghini V10. As such, the all-weather conquering car screams to 100km/h in just 4.3 seconds.
Alfa Romeo 4C
The Italian marquee’s Lotus fighter goes as hard as it looks. Carbon construction, mid-engined rear wheel drive and manic 1.7 litre turbo punching out 237hp.
Rolls Royce Dawn
The Dawn follows the maker’s core principles of taking the best that exists in their line and making it better. In this case, a drop-top Wraith wrapped in brand new bodywork. Speed for the big 2+2 is not an issue with a 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V12 putting down 563hp which gets the car to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds. Let’s not forget it also weighs 2.5 tonnes.
McLaren have delivered a car the devil would be proud of in 2015. 666hp is derived from the car’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 alongside 700Nm of tyre-smoking torque. The car also hits 0-100km/h in a blistering 2.9 seconds, aided mostly by its 1,230kg dry weight. Such is the desire for McLaren to save weight that they’ve even re-engineered the wheels on the 675LT – it is now 800 grams lighter than those of the P1.
Japan's hero car built to slay European supercars may look odd, but there's absolutely nothing odd about its speed. A Twin-turbocharged V6 squeezes out an eye-watering 595hp to drive all four wheels. 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds? It's little wonder why it's one of the most feared cars on the Nurburgring.
Porsche 911 GT3RS
Going all natural doesn't mean boring. Not for Porsche at least. Their 911 GT3RS broke cover in 2015 and set hearts on fire with its wild performance honed for the race track. A 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six motor puts out 500hp to the rear wheels for the true driving purist.
Taking the F12 Berlinetta’s screaming 6.3-litre V12 and bumping the power to an insane 780hp is one of Ferrari's bolder ideas. It works though, for a tyre smoking good time and wild front engined, rear wheel drive performance. Only 799 examples of the Ferrari F12TDF will be built.
Land Rover Defender 2,000,000th Edition
In 2015 the British company delivered a one-of-a-kind collectors edition featuring an array of bespoke touches to celebrate the huge milestone. Specially etched emblems can be found on the front quarter panel of the car and printed across the driver and passenger seats. It also receives special badging all round.
Tesla Model S P85D
You can't argue with innovation. Or 691hp from an all electric car which can comfortably transport an entire family and your groceries. The P85D set records when it broke cover in 2015, scaring the shit out of drivers who dared try its "Insane" drive mode.