Valvoline MOTOR Hot Tuner Challenge

MOTOR's Hot Tuner Challenge is the longest-running event of its type in the country, and the only truly independent review of aftermarket performance-enhanced, late-model vehicles in the world.

Set up in 2009 as a way to support the talented Australian performance tuning aftermarket, the event thoroughly tests and reviews tuned cars by putting them through their paces on the drag strip, the circuit and the chassis dyno.

It awards well-rounded vehicles that excel in all disciplines, and tuners that can formulate refined enhancement packages to their customers that deliver awesome performance without compromising drivability.


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Hot Tuner 2016: Behind The Scenes

Fickle mistress that she is, Mother Nature rained on the Hot Tuner 2016 parade

Hot Tuner 2016: Best Bang For Your Bucks

What about best bang for buck?

Hot Tuner 2016 1st place: Hi-Torque Nissan GT-R

The turbo-spool noise you get when you tickle the throttle is manic, evil and lovely

Hot Tuner 2016 2nd place: Harding Performance VW Golf R

It felt like there were two engines, such was the mid-range oomph from just two litres

Hot Tuner 2016 3rd place: Herrod Performance Ford Mustang

The Herrod package really does move the Ford Mustang into another league

Hot Tuner 2016 4th place: BWA Auto VW Golf R

The BWA Golf R manages 11sec quarters in perfect comfort and with perfect manners

Hot Tuner 2016 5th place: Hennessey Streetfighter Ford Mustang

It’s difficult to convey the sheer amount of top-end rush these modern, blown V8s have

Hot Tuner 2016 6th place: VCM Performance Mercedes-AMG C63

The VCM Performance boys have built a grand tourer with manners, grace and pace

Hot Tuner 2016 7th place: Hi-Torque Performance HSV Senator

Make no mistake, the Hi-Torque Senator is much more than a straight-line warrior

Hot Tuner 2016 8th place: Harding Performance Audi S1

Despite driving up the equivalent of a flooded river, the S1 felt predictable

Hot Tuner 2016 9th place: Tunehouse Mazda MX-5 ND

With the car only running a handful of psi, Tunehouse admits there is plenty more to come

Harding Performance Volkswagen Golf R: Hot Tuner 2016

The same as last year’s winner, only very different

Hennessey Streetfighter Ford Mustang GT: Hot Tuner 2016

Think twice before taking on this pony car

Hi-Torque Performance HSV Senator: Hot Tuner 2016

More power than in all of Canberra

Tunehouse Mazda MX-5 ND: Hot Tuner 2016

ND MX-5 with a turbocharger? Go on, we’re listening