About 12-14 years ago whilst waiting for my barber of the day to cut my hair (yes it was that long ago and I did have some) I picked up a copy of the Robb Report.
One thing the Robb Report does focus well on is cars. And I’m not talking about your Holden’s Hyundai’s and Mazda’s. I’m talking about super luxury passenger cars such as Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Mercedes- Benz, Ferrari, Pagani, Bentley, and cars that most of us can only dream about.
I often wondered what it would be like to be a journalist with the Robb Report. Flying or being flown here there and everywhere – I’m going a bit green with envy, just like the Huracan pictured below. So, I’ve just taken the latest edition from my letterbox and emblazoned on the front cover is a mural and a headline with CAR OF THE YEAR – The World’s Most Amazing Machines Go Head to Head.
Here’s the list of the top ten contenders in their finishing order and their prices in both US dollars and Australian dollars too
- Lamborghini Huracan Performante $336,385 $483,866
- McLaren 720s. $331,355 $489,900
- Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante $345,771 $521,995
- Audi R8 V10 Spyder. $191,350 $388,500
- Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster. $176, 395 $338,711
- Bentley Continental Supersports. $317,175 $485,200
- BMW M760Li xDrive. $171,895 $424,710
- Ferrari GT4Lusso. $377,222 $578,888
- Mercedes-AMG S65. $241,295 $501,426
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio $87,095 $143,900
- Lexus LC500 $102,890 $190,000
- Cadillac CTS-V $100,435 N/A
- Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody $75,585 N/A
The full suite of cars was tested by 202 participants – not all motoring scribes mind you, but influential people all. Each driver answered questions with a grade of A through F rating aspects such as performance, design, suitability as a daily driver, perceived value and more.
The event was held at the Meadowood Napa Valley Resort in St. Helena, California and Florida’s Boca Raton Resort and Club. Some people do it tough! Of the thirteen cars, only two aren’t available in Australia as yet. (I know that Fiat Chrysler and GMH are working on making some of their US cars available here, but when is the question.)
Some of the vehicles may be superior models that aren’t available on the Australian market, so I’ve priced the closest model we have here just for comparison sakes.
One aspect of this comparison that did make me shudder was the comparative value our friends in the United States get versus what we pay. I’m struggling to justify the Alfa Romeo at $147k compared to the same car in the USA at $116,700 (conversion from Dollar US to Dollar AU done)
Does that difference really go in GST and Luxury Car Tax? OMG! How much does the Auto industry contribute to the Federal Government’s revenue?
The Robb Report (US Edition) is available by subscription for about $145 for three years. There is an Australian version which costs $99 for 6 editions a year. My suggestion is that, unless you only want to read about Australian centric articles, get the US version. Or why not get both?
Bob Aldons is the owner and founder of The Car Guy, reviewing cars, reporting on Car Industry Matters, Car Tech and the world at large. He’s spent the last forty years immersed in the automotive industry from salesman to the owner of a 7 brand multi-franchise dealership. Bob knows cars.
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