Performance Car of the Year 2012
Which is the best driver's car of 2012? We count them down from 10 to one
Welcome to Britain’s best Performance Car of the Year contest. Over the past 12 months, a bumper crop of fast cars has gone on sale, ranging from great-value pocket rockets to mid-engined exotics. In celebration, we’ve gathered together 10 of the best for our annual high-octane shoot-out.
We’ve rated each contender for handling on the road, performance, desirability and price, before going against the clock at the challenging Anglesey circuit in Wales.
We've also been in search of cheap thrills with eight performance bargains and gone for a drive on the wild side in a pair of crazy racers for the road. Buckle up...
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingWhich is the best driver's car of 2012? We count them down from 10 to one
- 21st Toyota GT 86
- 32nd Porsche Boxster
- 43rd Ford Focus STThe new Focus ST earned its spot in our top 10 by winning one of the toughest hot hatch shoot-outs we’ve staged.
- 54th Porsche 911
- 65th Suzuki Swift SportAs is so often the case in our Performance Car of the Year test, the smallest car isn’t always the poorest performer – and the Suzuki Swift Sport is no exception
- 76th Audi RS4 Avant
- 87th Mercedes SL 63 AMG
- 98th Lotus Exige S
- 109th MINI JCW Roadster
- 1110th Morgan Plus 8Morgan has been building sports cars for well over a century now, but underneath the evocative thirties bodywork of the new Plus 8 roadster is some seriously modern hardware.