Every red-blooded American has to love checking out sporty cars, those vehicles that get your heart pumping and cause you to dream about owning one, right? Even if you’re not in the market for one, and especially if you are, you should find the following list of the 10 Best High-Performance Cars for 2012 interesting.
The ranking comes from Total Car Score, a comprehensive automotive ranking and comparison website. And the shocker is that they’re not all considered sports cars – there’s even an SUV and a pickup truck in the bunch.
A word about how these vehicles are ranked: the Total Car Score (or TCS) is based on the website’s aggregate scoring model that incorporates car reviews and rankings of top third-party automotive authorities – including Edmunds, Consumer Guide, MSN Autos, The Car Connection, U.S. News & World Report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
2012– The first-place finish, literally, of the 2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe is quite a feat, considering its competition in the Luxury High Performance segment includes the , and the and Boxster models. The compact, four-seat coupe is powered by a 348-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. Everything else is standard equipment.
version of the E-Class premium midsize sedan, coupe and wagon, is a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine.
What sets the CTS-V apart is its powerful 556-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine and sophisticated chassis hardware.
2012SHO – Admired for many qualities, the performance-oriented version of the Taurus sedan boasts firmer suspension tuned for more confident handling and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine.
V-8 engine, the Chrysler 300 SRT8 also deserves to be on the list for improvements to suspension, steering and brakes – all of which contribute to handling uncommon in full-size sedans.
2012SRT8 – Distinguished by its aggressive styling – and the powerful 470-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 gains acclaim as a family car and street-capable performance car at the same time.
2012SRT8 –What’s an SUV doing in the list of 10 best high-performance cars? Consider the acceleration of the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, along with the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8’s sporty handling, and enough said.
2012ZL1 – With 580 horsepower blasting from a supercharged V-8 engine, plus sophisticated traction control, magnetic ride suspension system and one of the most smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmissions available in the market today – all reasons why the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 deserves to be on the list of this year’s best high-performance cars.
2012– Long acclaimed as a “true American sports car,” the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette, in both coupe or convertible style and the 430-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 engine under the hood, offers affordable value and sex appeal in a performance car. Of course, you can go for the high-performance Z06 with its 505-horsepower 7.0-liter V-8 or the ZR1 with its fire-breathing 638-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 – but that’s overkill.
2012SVT Raptor – Powerful V-8 engine, long travel suspension with advanced shock absorbers, and sophisticated electronic traction controls that are optimized for a variety of terrain types are proof plenty why the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor made it into the list of 10 best high-performance cars for 2012.