2021 Car Of The Year Winners

More than $3 million of automotive finery, 4000bhp, 1000 kilometres and life being
lived as it should – introducing the winners of the 2021 Car Of The Year.

By Robb Report Staff 10/12/2021

Set across two days and over more than 1000 kilometres of some of NSW’s finest roads, the 2021 Car Of The Year program proved a peerless celebration of automotive engineering.

Held in collaboration with exemplary Swiss manufacture Chopard, the select set of RR1 members and friends of Robb Report, alongside automotive editor Stephen Corby and editor in chief Richard Clune, tested a heady suite of class-leading vehicles delivering something new to Australian roads the past 12 months.

Comprising the Lamborghini Huracan Evo Fluo Capsule, Ferrari SF90 Spider, Porsche Taycan Turbo S, Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition, Audi RS7 Sportback, Mercedes AMG E63 S and BMW M4 Competition – the impressive fleet meant testing more than $3 million dollars worth of machinery and dabbling with more than 4000bhp

As further detailed in the associated Car Of The Year issue – available on select newsstands December 16 – it’s with excitement we announce the following winners for 2021.

2021 Robb Report Car Of The Year: Ferrari SF90 Spider

A technological tour de force that redefines the supercar, the Ferrari SF90 Spider combines the best of electric and combustion propulsion.

The Spider selected for COTY was fitted with the track-focused Assetto Fiorano package and a host of extras — think titanium exhausts, springs, carbon fibre outside and in and — plus a list of options taking the total value to $1.4 million.

It’s a lot of money, but it’s also a lot of car with the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 Ferrari (good for 546 kW and 800 Nm) with a very serious electric sports car mashed into it (three electric motors, one between the eight-speed gearbox and the engine and a pair on the front axle, which can produce 360 kW on their own) to create the most potent plug-in hybrid on the planet.

If you’re quick with maths it comes to an unimaginable 746kW that takes the SF90 from a standstill to 100km/h in 2.5 seconds and 200km/h in 6.7 seconds. And while Ferraris often have great steering—sharp, instantaneous, and blessed with a rich feel through the wheel—the SF90 engineers have come close to perfecting the art. It seems to be a matter of just thinking where you’d like your Ferrari to be positioned in a corner, looking at it, and you’re there.

Read the full article in the 2021 Car Of The Year Issue, available December 16 on select newsstands or purchase now via the Robb Report shop.

2nd Place: Lamborghini Huracan Evo Fluo Capsule

Unapologetically loud on all levels, the Lamborghini Huracan in new Evo Fluo Capsule guise fought hard against the Ferrari for first place.

A raucous, festival of noise that won the hearts and minds of many judges over the course of the two-day event, the V10 delivers 470kW, 600Nm and a zero-200km/h sprint time of nine seconds flat.

The price tag of $571,475 is in part due to the ‘Fluo Capsule’ which offers the choice of a number of vibrant colours and interior details — our test vehicle painted in ‘Verde Shock’, a similar colour to the drivers as they exited the Huracan after tracking it at Pheasant Wood Circuit.

Read the full article in the 2021 Car Of The Year Issue, available December 16 on select newsstands or purchase now via the Robb Report shop.

3rd Place & ‘Car I’d Actually Buy’: BMW M4 Competition

The unlikely hero of Car Of The Year is the BMW M4 Competition – driving away with two gongs in both third place overall and as the inaugural recipient of the ‘Car I’d Actually Buy’ award.

Even with that updated grille, judges were raving about how much they loved driving this car and what an absolute performance bargain it is at just $159,900.

With its twin-turbo six-cylinder pumping out 375 kW and 650 Nm—enough for a zero-to-100 km/h sprint of 3.9 seconds—this M4 is far from slow. And the model driven by the COTY judges came with a Competition badge and lashings of carbon fibre, super racy seats and an entirely track-worthy look and feel.

It is hard to overstate just how impressive the steering in the M4 Competition is. When coupled with its entirely rear-wheel drive drivetrain, paddle shifters and racy settings it left the other all-wheel-drive beasts like Audi’s RS7 for dead.

With the Porsche Taycan unfortunately sidelined by charging issues, this left the M4 Competition as the clear and unanimous third-place getter in this year’s Robb Report COTY.

Further, with the competitive price-point the BMW M4 also wins the hotly debated award for ‘Car I’d Actually Buy’.

Read the full article in the 2021 Car Of The Year Issue, available December 16 on select newsstands or purchase now via the Robb Report shop.


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