Performance car of the year 2022 Introduction: back with a bang!
Performance car of the year is back! And we’d like to think that’s with a bang, too. Sidelined like just about everything else in the world over the last two years, the 2022 edition is our 21st annual supercar shootout.
Finding SA’s finest performance car of 2022
How does it work? Plain and simple, we pick what we consider to be the best performance cars launched in South Africa over the past 12 months. Um, make that 24. Because lockdown. Rules are simple – any new driver-oriented or performance car launched into the South African market in the past two years qualifies. It’s normally been a year, but…
Then our fun began. We gathered our finalists together, drove them, tested them, evaluate them, and deliberated on them. Then we ran them against their obvious Pcoty ’22 rivals in three shootouts of three cars each. To really determine which is the most thrilling and rewarding to drive.
Two glorious days of driving, shooting and evaluation later, we then chose the best car from each of the groups. And from them, we have chosen the car that impressed us most of all, as Performance car of the year 2022, as we have now done since the advent of the new millennium.
Now it’s your turn!
It was an interesting one with some rather different front, rear and all-wheel drive cars to consider. Never mind the quantum shift that stares motoring in the face. Which is why we have electric cars in Pcoty for the first time this year. We must keep up with the times, no? Get used to it!
So, for us Performance car of the year 2022 may be done and dusted. But now it’s your turn. So, from 8am Sunday and every day thereafter, Auto will publish one Pcoty Finalist a day, followed by a trio of shootout over three more days. And finally, as ever, we will trot our winner out on Christmas morning 25 September. Just in case you thought you’d have nothing to do on holiday. Enjoy!
Performance car of the year The Class of 2022 Audi RS 6 Avant BMW M5 Competition Ford Ranger Raptor SE Jaguar I-Pace Mercedes-AMG A45 S Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Mini Cooper SE Toyota GR Yaris Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI
Performance car of the year Roll of Honour 2000 Audi RS 6 Avant 2001 BMW M3 SMG 2002 Subaru Impreza STi 2003 Mitsubishi Lacer Evolution 9 2004 BMW M3 CSL 2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG 2006 BMW M5 2007 Audi RS 4 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2009 Chevrolet Lumina Ute 2010 Porsche 911 GT2 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 2012 Jaguar XKR-S 2013 BMW M5 2014 Porsche Cayman S 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C 2016 Jaguar F Type R AWD 2017 Audi R8 V10 plus 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV 2019 BMW M5 Competition
Performance car of the year 2022 Program Pcoty ‘22 Introduction Audi RS 6 Avant BMW M5 Competition Ford Ranger Raptor SE Jaguar I-Pace Mercedes-AMG A45 S Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Mini Cooper SE Toyota GR Yaris Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI Pcoty ‘22 Electric Shootout Pcoty ‘22 Super Hatch Shootout Pcoty ‘22 Super Saloon Shootout Pcoty '22 Top Three Pcoty ‘22 Winner