2012 Australian International Motor Show, Sydney
Nissan Pulsar SSS
Nissan have brought back the SSS. This time with a turbocharged motor.
This year, Jag was the only luxury/sports car manufacturer that allowed the public to do whatever they wanted in some of their most expensive cars. Unlike Porsche, Lexus, Mercedes & AMG, every door that was on a Jaguar was unlocked and everything you touched worked. Only thing you couldn't do was open the bonnet.
Ford fans would have been dissapointed this year. All the manufacturer had were three cars on display. A concept car, the new look Mondeo, and a new small soft roader.
Didn't take many of Porsche. Just one of my favourite Carrera 4S (the right colour too!), the yellow S which will be an 8 cylinder next year, and the RS Spyder.
Honda Jazz Rally Car
The Honda stand seemed quite dull to me although the beaten up rally car caught my eye.
Zerod - The Green Falcon
This Ford Falcon was completely built with a zero carbon footprint. Uses a V8 bio-diesel engine and produces 70% less emissions than a regular petrol V8. All parts of this car were also second hand or refurbished. Even the paint is made in an environmentally friendly way. The workshop the car was built in is powered by solar and wind power. Bond university oversaw and documented the whole thing to confirm it's creation. The only new parts are the windscreen and a few bits of rubber. Produces around 450bhp.
Lexus' latest creation for the supercar market. They are still unsure as to what kind of engine to put in. Environmentally friendly or just another fast one.
OPEL ASTRA OPC
This was the stand out car for me at the show. Clean lines, good looks and with performance figures that could match an EVO or WRX. The OPC was the star for me. Yet to come to Australia, prices will be around the $42,000 mark.
The Lambo's were on display, three of them. The silver one was used in the latest Batman movie. The three of them were just so insane looking that I had to get photos of all of them. Awesome cars.
Aston Martin One-77
The only Aston at the show. One car was still enough for the British manufacturer to draw a crowd. Love the plates!
Woods & Woods 14 16 Concept Car
This is a custom made vehicle from a small company on the Central Coast. Black Betty here has a massive 16 cylinder engine (Veyron territory you may say?), 24 x 10 wheels, and this particular model has an all steel body which weighs in at 2.3 tonnes. Future models will have an aluminium body which should take the weight down to around 1.5 tonnes. Still, looking at the size of the engine, you could argue that it would still have a decent power to weight ratio!
Mazda 6 Estate
I really liked the look of the new Mazda 6. As I am a family man now, I look at cars differently. This is a good looking car, for a family car that is! It stood out for me at the Mazda stand.
The new Corolla isn't much to look at in my opinion. However it does seem to have a more aggressive look and also a tinted black glass roof. Toyota also had the new 86 on display as well as a very nice looking classic 2000 GT.
AMG & Mercedes-Benz
The SLS AMG Roadster loses it's gullwing doors due to being a convertible, but you still drool over it. There was also an AMG CLS estate that featured a wooden cargo area and the new A-Class is a nice looking hatchback.
Just some random images that I took as I was going through the show. Basically what was left on the camera that I couldn't really put into a catergory. Before heading into the show there was a classic HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) display which was free. I got a shot of an old Peter Brock VP Commodore. Another shot is of the new Holden Volt, a fully electric vehicle. The vintage car is an Opel, the BBS wheel with Brembo caliper was taken from a Mitsubishi EVO and just a front shot of a Range Rover.