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2012 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
“What I enjoy about the Mazdaspeed3 - aside from its exquisite road manners - is the inclusion of great manual seats with very good lumbar and lateral support, necessary in such a sporting machine. ” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2012 Dodge Challenger
“Unlike the original Challenger, which had a shapely "fuselage" body that wrapped under at the rocker panels, the new car is slightly more slab-sided. But that's a good thing because it makes this muscular car, with its 20-in. wheels and tires, look as if it is firmly planted to the tarmac. ” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
2012 MINI Roadster
“[The optional SMG transmission] swaps gears as quickly as any dual-clutch gearbox and even matches revs when we call for a downshift. ” —   See More Reviews
2012 Nissan 370Z
“You'll like the Nissan 370Z if you want a fast, fun and approachably priced sports coupe. Buyers eyeing the offerings from Porsche and BMW will find the 370Z offers similar thrills at a much lower price.” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
2012 Audi TT
“The [Audi TT's] brakes did not fade in the face of aggressive driving and maintained a consistent feel. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK250
“It carved through the corners like an Olympic slalom skier and had just the right amount of power to sprint from one turn to the next.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2012 Audi S4
“Even the sound it makes when we lift off the accelerator while barreling into a tight one at the end of a straight is great music.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
2012 Audi TTS
“Even in sport mode, the [2009 Audi TTS'] magnetic shocks offer the best combination of ride and handling: always firm and never harsh. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2012 Ford Shelby GT500
“...0-to-60 sprint of 3.5 seconds.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2012 BMW Z4
“...available with Adaptive M Sport suspension, consisting of computer-controlled adjustable dampers that constantly vary their firmness based on road surface inputs, steering angle and lateral acceleration data. ” —   See More Reviews
2012 Audi TT RS
“A great engine is nothing unless it's hooked up to a great transmission, and the TT RS comes equipped with a slick 6-speed manual that's as easy to operate as an automatic, with a light, responsive clutch and short shift throws.” — Forbes   See More Reviews
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350
“It carved through the corners like an Olympic slalom skier and had just the right amount of power to sprint from one turn to the next.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2012 Lexus IS F
“The Lexus just kept putting a smile on my face, generating huge lateral grip, demonstrating its remarkable balance, and showing off its big underhood muscle. ” — Automobile   See More Reviews
2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
2012 Cadillac CTS-V
“That supercharged V-8 drinks from such deep reserves of power and torque that it hardly feels like it's breaking a sweat.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2012 Audi S5
“The S5 not only looks good; it's quite good to drive. It rockets down the road snuffing out bumps big and small while still giving the driver plenty of feedback.... ” — Automobile   See More Reviews
2012 BMW M3
“The engine is powerful and willing and revs to the moon. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
2012 BMW 640
“The 6 Series is a sporting car that can also cruise the boulevard.” —   See More Reviews
2012 Jaguar XK
“Out in the hills the XK continued to impress. The car tackles the twisties with real poise yet never seems to stiffen its ride or responses to the point of severity. The paddle-directed fast upshifts and blipped-throttle downshifts lend real sporting character, and on several occasions we found ourselves drawing to a stop and pulling on both paddles to find neutral, the way it's done in Ferraris and Lamborghinis. That's how authentic the experience is.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2012 BMW 650
“It is easy to find a comfortable seating position, at least up front.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
“I do love the steering, however, and the perfectly shaped, Alcantara-covered steering wheel is bliss. Mercedes' Comand system has evolved into one of the best multimedia interfaces, and the dash layout and logic are pretty commendable all around.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
2012 Nissan GT-R
“Just a quick look at the GT-R's spec sheet is enough to qualify it as a supercar.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2012 Mercedes-Benz SL550
“Seductive style, quick-folding retractable hardtop, powerful V8 and V12 engines, impressive handling doesn't come at the detriment of ride quality.” —   See More Reviews
2012 BMW M6
“Unlike regular 6ers, the M6 is equipped with hydraulic assist for the power steering.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2012 Chevrolet Corvette
“The invigorating roar of an American V-8, with the smooth refinement of a high-tech European engine.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2012 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
“One of our favorite compact Uber-sedans of the modern age returns with a fresh, yet still thoroughly irascible demeanor based off the updated 2012 C-Class. More significantly, though, is that it'll be offered in both "practical" 4-door form or what will certainly be the highly desirable coupe. ” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
2012 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG
2012 Audi R8
“The R8 offers head-turning style, pulse-quickening performance, and superb build quality, yet is quiet and comfortable enough for daily commuting. ” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
“To drive this new Gullwing coupe is to enjoy automotive performance at the very highest level. It has incredibly quick throttle response, immense power and torque available....” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2012 Ferrari 458 Italia
2012 Ferrari 458 Spider
2012 Lamborghini Gallardo
“Quick, responsive and highly desirable.” — The Auto Channel   See More Reviews
2012 Lamborghini Aventador
2012 Porsche Cayman
“Brakes are a confidence booster, as they respond quickly without being grabby and have a firm, solid feel underfoot.” —   See More Reviews
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2012 Porsche Boxster
“God's own steering response, glorious engine note, excellent transmission.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
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2012 Porsche 911
“Yes, the engine still sounds funny at low revs and the interior isn't perfect...but it delivers one of the purest driving experiences in the world.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
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2012 McLaren MP4-12C
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2012 Maserati GranTurismo
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2012 Lotus Evora
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2012 Lexus LFA
“Take the suspension, which offers the best of both worlds: a little understeer to warn the timid, a little oversteer to reward the brave. Take the steering, which is as genuine as your best friend's handshake. Take the reassuring brakes, which are perfectly easy to modulate. ” — Automobile   See More Reviews
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2012 Ferrari FF
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2012 Ferrari California
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2012 Aston Martin Virage
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2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S
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2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
“While it doesn't float over the obstacles, it soaks them up with skill, surefootedness, and self-assurance. ” — Automobile   See More Reviews
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2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
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2012 Aston Martin DBS
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2012 Aston Martin DB9
“Handling is where the DB9 truly excels, hanging on with passion through swift curves and delivering a civilized experience.” —   See More Reviews
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