Performance Car of the Year revealed tonight

By: Unique Cars magazine

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What's going to win?

From our friends at MOTOR mag:

Australia’s premier performance car award will be announced tonight at 19:30 AEDT. 

You can watch the stream live at or catch it on MOTOR’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

The most powerful PCOTY to date took place over four days on the roads of Victoria’s high country and at a favourite MOTOR venue, Winton Raceway, in December 2020. 

The shortlist of candidates was whittled down to ten contenders released in the 12 months prior to testing. The field for PCOTY delivered a lap record for a production car at Winton, the fastest car MOTOR has ever strapped timing gear to and also included the most powerful car ever submitted for PCOTY judging.

The 10 contenders: 

Audi R8 V10 Performance
Audi RS6 Avant
BMW M550i xDrive
Ford Fiesta ST
Herrod SM17
Mercedes-AMG A45 S
Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro
Porsche Cayman GTS
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Toyota Yaris GR

Five judges evaluated the cars against the PCOTY criteria of Performance, Dynamics, Accessibility, Liveability, Value and X-Factor. The cars were also timed on track, with hot laps driven by former V8 Supercar driver Karl Reindler. This is the 25th running of Performance Car of the Year with testing having taken place since 1996.

Only six manufacturers have ever claimed the PCOTY crown. Porsche has won 15 out of the prior 24 events, Nissan and Audi three, BMW with two victories, and one win each for Lamborghini and Honda. Those good at maths might have realised there was a tie for first, back in 2009 when the Nissan GT-R and Audi R8 shared the spoils.

Read the full 2021 Performance Car of the Year coverage at or grab the March 2021 issue, on-sale from March 11.


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