The data behind the 2022 Sports Car of the Year

VSLinear data acquisition is an integral part of Performance Car of the Year testing, with each competitor running the gauntlet to see how it compares to its manufacturer’s claims and providing various data points for comparison.

Testing for 2022 was carried out on the Phillip Island main straight, with all cars being measured on the same 400m stretch. Conditions were clear and sunny with temperatures around 20-25 degrees. Bass Strait sent strong gusts of wind our way, with some cars battling a headwind while others gained a tailwind.

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The most notable stat from the SCOTY tests was the Yaris’ jaw-dropping 0-60 mph time of 4.49s, more than half a second faster than ever. Enright’s former long term was clearly well-honed. Amazingly, the BRZ’s 14.24s 0-400m time was the same as the facelifted 3.2-liter Honda NSX that Morley tested for us in 2002. That’s progress for you.

0-400m

Drivers: Andy Enright, Louis Cordony

The front runners are split between the mighty 345kW Mustang Mach 1 and Toyota’s tiny GR Yaris Rallye, with just 0.08 seconds between them.

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0-400m V-Max

Drivers: Andy Enright, Louis Cordony

Again, the Mustang Mach 1 leads the pack, able to stretch its legs further 400m than the three-cylinder GR Yaris. In both disciplines, the BRZ impresses by sprinting ahead of a number of more powerful turbocharged rivals such as the Golf GTI, BMW 128ti and Skoda Octavia RS.

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0-100km/h

Drivers: Andy Enright, Louis Cordony

We could hardly believe the time we squeezed out of the GR Yaris Rallye, significantly faster than any of our previous tests. Again, BRZ makes an admirable effort as the i20 N proves difficult to launch.

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stopwatch

Driver: Warren Luff

A sprawling island of Phillip Island proves the perfect playground for the Mustang Mach 1. More impressive than the lap time itself is the fact that it survived two days of testing with the lame mode without ever looking up once. A first in ENGINE the story.

Ford Mustang Mach 1 1:48.32
Toyota GR Yaris Rallye 1:51.20
Hyundai i30 Sedan N 1:52.29
Ford Focus ST 1:53.42
Volkswagen Golf GTI 1:53.76
Skoda Octavia RS 1:53.93
Subaru BRZ 1:54.41
Hyundai i20N 1:55.79
BMW 128ti 1:56.16
Mazda MX-5 GT RS 1:58.02
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V-Max Tower

Driver: Warren Luff

Ranking third in all other disciplines except braking, the speedy i30 Sedan N snatched the second fastest lap in the overall V-Max standings at an impressive 220.8 km/h. Skoda Octavia RS also defied expectations.

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100-0km/h

Drivers: Andy Enright, Louis Cordony

At 1500kg the Focus ST isn’t exactly a lightweight, and its 330mm front brakes aren’t the monstrous 356mm or 340mm units of the lighter GR Yaris Rallye and Golf GTI models. Which makes its best-in-class stopping distance of 33.9m all the more impressive.

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Technical data

128ti ST focus Mustang Mach 1 i20N i30 Saloon N MX-5 GT RS Octavia RS BRZ GR Yaris Rallye Golf GTI
Body 5-door, 5-seat saloon 5-door, 5-seat saloon 2-door 4-seater coupé 5-door, 5-seat saloon 4-door, 5-seater sedan Convertible 2 doors, 2 seats 5-door, 5-seater station wagon 2-door 4-seater coupé 3-door, 4-seater sedan 5-door, 5-seat saloon
Conduct Front-wheel Drive Front-wheel Drive rear-wheel drive Front-wheel Drive Front-wheel Drive rear-wheel drive Front-wheel Drive rear-wheel drive all wheel drive Front-wheel Drive
Engine 1998cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, turbocharged 2261cc Inline 4 Cylinder, DOHC, 16V, Turbocharged 5038cc V8, DOHC, 32v 1591cc 4 cylinder in line, DOHC, 16v, turbocharged 1998cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, turbocharged 1998c inline-4, DOHC, 16v 1984cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, turbocharged 2387cc boxer-4, DOHC, 16v 1618cc inline-3, DOHC, 12v, turbocharged 1984cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, turbocharged
bore/stroke 82.0mm x 94.6mm 87.5mm x 94.0mm 93.0mm x 92.7mm 75.6mm x 89.0mm 86.0mm x 86.0mm 83.5mm x 91.2mm 82.5mm x 92.8mm 94.0mm x 86.0mm 87.5mm x 89.7mm 82.5mm x 92.8mm
Compression 11.0:1 9.7:1 12.0:1 10.0:1 9.5:1 13.0:1 9.6:1 12.5:1 10.5:1 9.6:1
Able 180 kW at 6,500 rpm 206 kW at 5,500 rpm 345 kW at 7,500 rpm 150kW @ 5500-6000rpm 206 kW at 5,500-6,000 rpm 135 kW at 7000 rpm 180kW @ 5250-6500rpm 174 kW at 7000 rpm 200 kW at 6,500 rpm 180kW @ 5000-6200rpm
Couple 380Nm @ 1500-4400rpm 420Nm at 3000rpm 556 Nm at 4600 rpm 275 Nm at 1750-4500 rpm 392Nm @ 2100-4700rpm 205 Nm at 4000 rpm 370Nm @ 1600-4300rpm 250 Nm at 3700 rpm 370Nm @ 3000-4600rpm 370Nm @ 1600-4300rpm
Power/Weight 125kW/ton 137kW/ton 194kW/ton 126kW/ton 143kW/ton 131kW/ton 125kW/ton 135kW/ton 156kW/ton 138kW/ton
Transmission 8-speed automatic 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 8-speed dual clutch 6-speed manual 7-speed dual clutch 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 7-speed dual clutch
Mass 1445kg 1500kg 1779kg 1190kg 1445kg 1033kg 1445kg 1286kg 1280kg 1409kg
Suspension MacPherson strut, anti-roll bar (f); multi-link anti-roll bar (r) MacPherson strut, anti-roll bar (f); multi-link anti-roll bar (r) MacPherson strut, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar (f); multi-link, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar (r) MacPherson strut, anti-roll bar (f); torsion bar, anti-roll bar (r) MacPherson strut, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar (f); multi-link, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar (r) Double wishbone, anti-roll bar (f); multi-link anti-roll bar (r) MacPherson strut, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar (f); multi-link anti-roll bar (r) MacPherson strut, anti-roll bar (f); double wishbone, anti-roll bar (r) MacPherson strut, anti-roll bar (f); double wishbone, anti-roll bar (r) MacPherson strut, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar (f); multi-link, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar (r)
Brakes 360 mm ventilated discs, 4-piston calipers (f); 330mm discs, 1-piston calipers (r) 330 mm ventilated discs, 4-piston calipers (f); 302mm discs, 1-piston calipers (r) 380 mm ventilated discs, 6-piston calipers (f); 330mm ventilated discs, 1-piston calipers (r) 320mm ventilated discs, 1-piston calipers (f); 262mm discs, 1-piston(r) calipers 360 mm ventilated discs, 1-piston calipers (f); 314mm discs, 1-piston(r) calipers 280 mm ventilated discs, 4-piston calipers (f); 280mm discs, 1-piston calipers (r) 312mm discs, 1-piston calipers (f); 272mm discs, 1-piston calipers (r) 294 mm ventilated discs, 2-piston calipers (f); 290mm discs, 1-piston calipers (r) 356 mm ventilated discs, 4 pistons (f); 297mm ventilated discs, 2-piston calipers (r) 340 mm ventilated discs, 1-piston calipers (f); 310mm ventilated discs, 1-piston calipers (r)
wheels 18.0 x 8.0 (f/r) 19.0 x 8.0 inches (front/rear) 19.0 x 9.5 inches (w); 18.0 x 7.5 inches (front/rear) 19.0 x 8.0 inches (front/rear) 17.0 x 7.0 inches (front/rear) 19.0 x 7.5 inches (front/rear) 18.0 x 7.5 inches (front/rear) 18.0 x 8.0 inches (front/rear) 18.0 x 7.5 inches (front/rear)
Tires 225/40 R18 (front/rear) 235/35 ZR19 (front/rear) 255/40 ZR19 (f); 275/40 ZR19(r) Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 215/40 R18 (front/rear) 245/35 ZR19 (front/rear) 205/45 R17 (front/rear) 225/40 R19 (front/rear) 215/40 R18 (front) 245/40 R18 (rear) Michelin Pilot Sport 4 225/40 ZR18 (front/rear) 225/40 R18 (front/rear)
Price $56,900 $44,890 $83,241 $32,490 $49,000 $47,020 $48,290 $38,990 $54,500 $53,300