Cars abandoned in 2021 will be missed the most
The Australian market lost a large number of vehicles in 2021, and perhaps the losses that stung the most were from the various scrapped enthusiast vehicles.
The Alpine A110? Faded away. Audi r8? Auf wiedersehen. Lexus RC F and Nissan GT-R? Sayonara!
So it’s no surprise to see the team here at CarExpert expressing a loving farewell to these vehicles – and a few others.
the Audi r8. It’s still one of my favorite cars. In the world of hybrids and forced induction, the fact that a naturally aspirated V10 exists is remarkable. Especially the one that sounds as good as the Audi R8.
The next one will most likely be fully electric which is great, I’m a fan of electric cars (especially the faster ones), but it just won’t be the same. And if you’re a speculator, this might be a good time to catch one given how much they’re selling for in the second-hand market (you can thank me later!).
the Audi r8. One of the best balanced cars ever made. An icon that is coming to an end for our market.
Unfortunately, it is a little known fact that the Alpine A110 is one of the best driving cars ever made. It is unrecognized not because it was too expensive (it is cheaper and more exotic than almost all of its rivals), but because so few have been imported.
It’s a car that can make a Porsche Cayman feel like a truck around the corners, and it’s such an easy car to drive that your mom would feel comfortable behind the wheel. It’s a classic in the making and perhaps one of the most rewarding sports cars I’ve driven in the past 15 years, right up there with a new Porsche 911 GT3 in my honest opinion.
Read my review if you want to see what I’m talking about.
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the Nissan GT-R isn’t a high volume, and it’s not a particularly relevant car for the majority of Australians.
It’s an icon though, and one that doesn’t need to die Down Under. The R35 is still available in Japan and New Zealand, and it is not known when production will end. This violates Australian design rules for structural integrity in a side impact collision, meaning Nissan Australia cannot legally sell it locally.
As cars become more homogenous, the angular GT-R is something different. We are worse off not having it on our shores.
New Australian design rules brought forward the death of the Lexus IS, CT and RC. The last nameplate is the one I’ll miss.
I pinched the keys of a cherry red Lexus RC F months ago, and I revived its glorious 351kW naturally aspirated V8 – not particularly fast considering the weight of the car, but that exhaust note would wake the dead.
It’s always sad to say goodbye to a majestic dinosaur. Maybe I’ll take a used one one day.
I had to think long and hard about this as we have seen so many models pulled from our market in the last year or so. the Ford focus the ad really stings, however.
Yes, we’ll continue to get the Focus ST in 2022 and beyond, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Focus – as a journalist and former member of the company’s communications team – and the current iteration has always been criminally underestimated.
The Focus was one of those cars that had its work cut out for it from the start. We never had the wide array of features and options available in the UK and Europe, and the Australian public had been burned by the brand’s Powershift saga that plagued the previous generation Focus and Fiesta models. .
I’ve always considered the Generation SA Focus to be one of the best small cars on the market, so much so that I got my younger brother to buy one as my first car.
With brands like Ford really pushing the SUV movement, it’s always sad to see great products being killed locally. TEAR.
I’m sad to see the Chrysler 300 go for two reasons. First, it signals the end of the Chrysler brand, a brand that has seen its model lineup shrink over the years but is ready to get new electrified products. Second, it marks the end of another, relatively affordable rear-wheel drive sedan – and one with a V8 available too!
Chrysler could have done more to keep the 300 fresh, with only a small facelift in 2015 since the second-gen model debuted in 2011.
But despite his age, he still looks slick and he still fights back with that sonic SRT-8. After all, the Ford Mustang GT’s backseat is better for bags than humans, and a Kia Stinger GT doesn’t sound as good …
the Toyota Camry V6 is the classic everyday V6 sedan. Do I have to say more?
I grew up with my family owning a 1998 Mitsubishi Magna V6 and it was the easiest passenger car to make, so V6 sedans are dear to my heart.
It’s sad to see the Camry V6, with its juicy, naturally aspirated, 224kW / 362Nm 3.5-liter six-cylinder, leave us.
Now that it’s gone, it feels like the end of an era. Toyota is doubling down on hybrid technology and exploring plug-in hybrid (PHEV), battery-electric (BEV) and hydrogen vehicles.
For now, if you want your six-cylinder sedan solution, you’ll have to look to the Kia Stinger or the Genesis G70, or consider other more expensive luxury offerings like the BMW M340i xDrive or the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG. .
Almost anything that got the ax because of the new side impact rules. Despite the fact that this is not the best in its class, I have a weakness for the new Lexus IS. The brand seems to have nailed its specifications, just before the switch to a new language and the era of electric vehicles.
Oddly, I don’t have the same feelings about the Mitsubishi Mirage, though.