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Here’s a look at what happened on February 27 over the past few years. Warning: may contain traces of Volkswagen Group.
Rewind two years ago, and today was the first time we saw the production version of the Toyota C-HR.
It was and still is a game-changer for the Japanese automotive giant, moving away from its whitegoods-on-wheels exterior and interior designs and filling the little crossover with enough technology and soft-touch materials to rival a Lexus.
The C-HR arrived in Australia early in 2017 and, despite limited stock, has become a sales hit – 6330 found homes last year, making it the sixth most popular small SUV in the country.
It’s now been three years since the second-generation Audi R8 made its debut. Oh, and it still looks as good as ever.
Packing the same 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 as the Lamborghini Huracan, the R8 has show and plenty of go.
In top-spec V10 Plus guise, the German supercar can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 3.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 330km/h.
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With the third-generation Continental on the way, it’s interesting to look back at when the previous GT Speed was revealed.
Fitted with the company’s signature 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12, the GT Speed developed a meaty 467kW of power and 820Nm of torque, for a 4.2-second 100km/h sprint a 331km/h top speed – not bad for a 2.3-tonne luxury coupe and convertible.
It was the fastest production Bentley in the company’s history at the time, but that’s no longer the case.
The V8-engined Flying Spur sedan (above) was also revealed on this day, making 373kW and 660Nm. That’s hardly ‘basic’ given it became the entry-level model.
Despite the lower outputs than the W12, the Flying Spur V8 managed to dash from 0-100km/h in a respectable 4.9 seconds – 0.3 seconds slower than its more powerful stablemate.
The iconic German hatch has since been comprehensively updated, but the Mk7.5 car isn’t too different from the Mk7 version revealed in 2013.
A 162kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo lived under the bonnet of the Mk7 GTI, boosted to 169kW/350Nm in GTI Performance trim – though the latter got a limited-slip differential up front.
The 0-100km/h benchmark was dispatched with in 6.5 seconds in standard form, on its way to a top speed of 246km/h.