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Cars & Coffee is the most exciting development in the world of car shows in my lifetime, and the big Sydney events somehow manage to gather some of the world’s most beautiful and cutting-edge machinery. The Newport show on Sydney’s northern beaches last weekend was no exception to that, showing off almost hundreds of very high-dollar metal. The sun was out with views of the cars with the water in the background, and it was a genuinely perfect Sunday. Here are my highlights:
The Classico Motori stand was without a doubt the highlight of the show. Offering cars that most Australians will have never seen before. The cars consisted of a 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S, 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4, 2005 Maserati MC12, 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder and the 2006 Porsche Carrera GT.
The Lamborghini Miura was one of the first mid-engined cars the world had seen and the first supercar in the traditional mid-engine rear wheel drive format commonly seen today.
The Bugatti Veyron was the fastest production car the world had ever seen - a real Concorde moment for the automotive world. Capable of 2.46-second 0-100km/h sprint, the Veyron was a more luxurious car than all the other cars capable of hitting 400+km/h, which makes its speed achievement even more impressive.
The Maserati MC12, based off the Ferrari Enzo with the gorgeous Maserati bodywork with blue and white colour scheme, is a truly special car. Only 50 MC12s were ever made with 25 built in 2004 and a further 25 in 2005.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is Porsche’s latest hypercar. With its hybrid powertrain and four-wheel drive system, the 918 is one of the most well-rounded cars money can buy. The dual-personality of the 918 Spyder shocked as is a comfortable cruiser capable of Prius-beating fuel economy, yet also a track weapon. The car that featured at Cars & Coffee was painted in Acid Green and had the optional Weissach Package fitted as well, making it even rarer.
The Porsche Carrera GT was also a big surprise at Cars & Coffee. Many in the industry say the Carrera GT was the last proper analogue hyper car with a Le Mans-inspired 5.7-litre V10 engine, a six-speed manual gearbox and the swooping curves Porsche are known for.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS and 911 R
These weren't even officially part of the event as the streets around Newport were scattered with all sorts of interesting and cool cars. The bright Riviera Blue paint work of the GT2 RS caught my eye straight away. The big wing and exposed carbon fibre bonnet differentiate the GT2 RS from the rest of the 911 range, while the twin-turbo flat six engine lays behind the big side vents ready to pounce.
The 911 R was more of a subtle spot as it’s definitely not as visually loud as the GT2 RS parked in front of it. Painted in GT Silver with a lack of big rear wing - an active wing raises out of the back at speed - the 911 R is my choice of 911 thanks to its retro feel and driver focus with its six-speed manual and naturally aspirated flat six.
Audi R8 V10 Plus with Audi Sport parts
Another street spot was the Audi R8 V10 Plus with Audi Sport’s Aero Kit 1 (three are available) body kit with the special 10-spoke 20-inch wheels fitted, as well as a carbon fibre front splitter, front louvers, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear side blades. Meant to make the standard R8 appear more like the R8 DTM racer, this one was special, especially painted in Dynamite Red. The cost of the kit? Well, if you have to ask…
2005 Ford GT
With the recent hype of the new Ford GT, it was great to see a previous-generation model, especially an even rarer (converted) right-hand drive example. This lovely Mark IV Red paint colour combo is also my favourite, and suits the supercharged 5.4-litre V8 nicely. The GT was tucked away in the corner and not drawing too much attention to itself, though I think it was one of the top few cars of the show thanks to its rarity and subtlety.
McLaren 675LT coupe
The 675LT coupe is one of my all-time favourite cars so seeing this Chicane Grey coupe made my draw drop. The swooping curves, aggressive louvers and large rear wing/air brake of the 675LT really set it apart from its 650S sister car. With the 720S being McLaren’s current flagship Sports Series car, the 675LT has been shunned into the shadows - a big shame for me, as I think it looks a lot better.
Named after legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna, the McLaren Senna is the brand’s second Ultimate Series car (after the P1 hypercar). Yet the Senna offers a different experience to the P1 because it’s a rawer track car with more active aero and lightweight materials - the carbon fibre is seriously everywhere. The car on display at Cars & Coffee was a Vision Victory Grey car with McLaren Orange highlights.
Overall, Cars & Coffee Newport was a great event and one I would certainly attend again. It was well organised, provided a nice variety of cars & provided enough bedroom wall poster material for the younger generations attending. The exotic cars, pretty scenery and energetic overall atmosphere made it one to remember.