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Luxury lifestyle magazine names top cars


Alpine A110 sports car

Luxury lifestyle magazine hands out awards to performance and prestige car models

The Robb Report, a luxury lifestyle magazine, has given awards to the best cars in categories ranging from Model of the Year to Top Luxury SUV. The accolades were handed out after evaluating each car's performance over two days of extensive assessments carried out on roads around New South Wales' Blue Mountains region.

Best Track Day Toy

The lowest priced car on the awards sheet was the Alpine A110. Judges from the publication named this car the Best Track Day Toy of 2019. The journal's editor, Michael Stahl, detailed how the judges were stirred by the plucky mid-engined sports car.

"It's the complete Alpine package that so enthralled our Car of the Year judging panel, from those who showed wide-eyed surprise at its stirring acceleration and hard-edged exhaust rasp, to supercar owners who relished the fantastic agility of a well-sorted, mid-engined chassis, with the welcoming 'chuckability' of a high-powered hatchback," Stahl explained.

An Alpine spokesperson said the title was a celebration of automotive excellence. In a Grand Tour review, James May said the sports car was pure and no-nonsense.

Car of the Year, GT Supercar of the Year

The Ferrari 812 Superfast actually received two awards, Car of the Year and the best GT Supercar. The car has a manufacturer's recommended retail price of $609,888 in Australia. This prancing horse was labelled as the fastest and most powerful Ferrari yet, at least until the legendary sports car maker's SF90 hybrid is launched next year. The Superfast has a 6.5-litre V12 engine that summons 588kW at 8,500rpm and 718Nm around 7,000RPM. That translates to a car that can propel from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and continue onwards to 340km/h!

Other winners

The Aston Martin Vantage was given the best Sports GT car moniker, while Robb Report judges labelled the BMW M850i the monarch of GT Coupés. Also making the list was Lexus' LS 500h as the pinnacle of the Hybrid Limousine category, and McLaren's 600LT Mid-engine Supercar. Finally, the best Sports Sedan was said to be the Audi A7 Sportback and two SUVs made the list, the outrageous Lamborghini Urus and the slightly more subdued Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

Track Day ToyAlpine A110$106,500 RRP
Car of the YearFerrari 812 Superfast$609,888 MSRP
Sports GTAston Martin Vantage$299,950 MSRP
Sports SedanAudi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI$131,900 MSRP
Luxury Grand Touring CoupeBMW M850i xDrive Coupe$272,900 MSRP
GT SupercarFerrari 812 Superfast$609,888 MSRP
Super SUVLamborghini Urus$390,000 MSRP
Hybrid LimousineLexus LS 500h$190,500 MSRP
Mid-engine SupercarMcLaren 600LT$496,000 MSRP
Luxury SUVPorsche Cayenne Turbo$239,000 MSRP

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