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While the world’s mobility shifts to electrification, sports cars are still holding onto a little bit of the old world, with manual gearboxes and high-output petrol engines still on the cards.
Accessible pricing remains for the most part, too, with cars like the Ford Mustang and Honda Civic Type R offering impressive performance for relatively little cost.
There are certainly some sporty electric cars out there, but the Kia EV6 and Audi e-tron GT snuck into the tailend of 2022, while other electric sports car are expected in 2023, just not yet fully confirmed.
Bavaria is finally taking the fight to the Audi RS4 Avant with a wagon of its own, the all-wheel drive BMW M3 touring, set to arrive in the first quarter of 2023.
Offered only in Competition trim, thus the all-wheel drive, the M3 Touring will run with BMW’s 375kW/650Nm turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine, as is tradition for the Munich brand. 
With an eight-speed automatic gearbox, no manual for the Touring, the wagon is claimed to be able to hit 100km/h in 3.6 seconds, only a tenth off the sedan. Slower, that is.
With pricing and exact specifications to be announced later this year, keep an ear to the ground, but expect the Touring to wear a slightly increased price tag over its sedan sibling. The price difference between another pair of 3 Series, the 330i sedan and 330i Touring, is $4000, but there’s likely to be a wider gap between the $166,500 BMW M3 Competition and the long-roof Touring.
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Despite much rumour, the next generation Ford Mustang returns with the familiar formula it’s championed for decades: a high-powered V8, a manual gearbox, and rear-wheel drive.
The first ingredient is Ford’s 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 good for more than 350kW. Though the brand hasn’t confirmed outputs, it says this will be the most powerful naturally aspirated engine it has ever fitted to a Mustang, and it’s got the 350kW Mustang Mach 1 to beat.
A six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic transmission are the two options available, while a more powerful ‘Dark Horse’ version of the iconic Pony Car will follow later.
Inside, tech has been given a boost with an updated screen layout and nicer materials, but expect things like this to boost the price north of the mid-$60k starting point currently on offer for a V8.
2023 Ford Mustang detailed including V8 engine, design and more!
Honda’s hot hatch hero is back to fight the Volkswagen Golf (R and GTI!) as well as the Hyundai i30 N and newcomers like the Toyota GR Corolla for hatchback supremacy.
The 235kW/420Nm Honda Civic Type R makes its power from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four, driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
Inside, the Type R’s cabin has been given a facelift over the old version, much like the standard Civic, but with a touch more red material.
While the last generation launched it was priced in the low-$50k range, but like others in its segment could climb closer to $60k for its Australian launch.
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If you’ve got a spare half-million and a penchant for traditional sports cars and track days, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is hard to look past as an engaging proposition.
With no turbos in sight of the 4.0-litre flat six nestled in the 911’s rear, not only will the GT3 sound excellent, but it’ll be somewhat brisk. An output of 386kW allows a 3.2-second sprint to 100km/h and a 285km/h top speed. Not bad for a 1450kg car.
If that’s not enough, the rear wing is literally taller than the car’s roofline, and it comes with a DRS (drag reduction system) function so you can live your Formula 1 dreams, albeit without the open-wheel thing going on.
The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is Stuttgart’s latest street-legal track weapon, but you won’t believe the price!
Coming to Australia only as a sedan for now, as no Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe or cabriolet body styles have been revealed for the current generation, the AMG C43 will arrive with a few changes from its predecessor.
For a start, it now wields the same wicked turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder engine (M139L is its internal code at AMG) as the current-gen A45S, but with 300kW and 500Nm. The engines will also be built by an individual each, as per AMG’s ‘one man (or person), one engine’ process.
When it comes to Australia in early 2023, it’ll feature the C-Class’ ‘trickle-down’ tech-focused interior which borrows much from the E- and S-Class, but also likely raises the price significantly. Don’t be surprised if it lands in the $120,000-$130,000 range.
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Though Toyota’s flagship Corolla was set to land in 2022 originally, plans have changed and the hot hatch has been delayed until the first quarter of 2023.
Set to arrive in limited numbers in its first year, only 500 examples will be on offer powered by a 220kW/370Nm 1.6-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine.
Paired to the engine is a six-speed manual and drive is sent to all four wheels to take the fight right to rivals like the Volkswagen Golf R and Honda Civic Type R.
Confirmed! Limited run of 2023 Toyota GR Corolla heading to Australia to fight the VW Golf R, Honda Civic Type R, and Hyundai i30 N
Want to know what other new models are due in 2023? Check out our rolling coverage by clicking on the links below.
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– Best small SUVs and crossovers arriving in 2023
– Best 4×4, off-roaders and light-commercial vehicles arriving in 2023
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