With 2012 just days away from ending, we can only hope that 2013 will have as many exciting new cars as this year did. Here is a gallery of 22 cars that made a good first impression. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
One of the most anticipated cars from Mercedes Benz AMG has finally shown itself, the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series.
The SLS AMG Coupe Black Series is now the ultimate car AMG has to offer, coming armed with a high-revving 6.2-litre V8 producing 631hp at 7,400 rpm and 635Nm (468 lb ft) of torque at 5,500 rpm. Thanks to its new high-revving nature, the Black Series produces slightly less torque than in the standard SLS. However, acceleration from 0-100km/h is faster, getting there in 3.6 seconds and maxing out at 315km/h.
The Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake has been officially revealed, and it looks set to carry on with the AMG V8 madness.
As with most of the AMG range these days, it comes with the twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 producing 525hp and 700 Nm (516 lb/ft) of torque, while customers opting for the Edition 1 package get 557hp and 800 Nm (590 lb ft) of torque. Acceleration times from 0-62mph are 4.4 and 4.3 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
McLaren MP4-12C Spider
This is without question the Ferrari 458 Spider’s arch rival, and with 625hp it is 55hp more powerful than the Italian drop-top.
The McLaren MP4-12C Spider also comes with a retractable hard top, and may be operated at speeds of up to 30km/h (19mph). The twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine sends its power and 600 Nm of torque through a seven-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, enabling the 1,474kg (DIN weight) Spider to get from 0-62mph in 3.1 sec (the same as the 12C coupe) and reach a top speed of 204mph (329km/h) – 3mph less than its coupe sibling.
Here's the latest addition to the long line of German hotrod sedans, the Mercedes Benz E63 AMG. AMG enthusiast will be happy to learn that the new E63 gets a slight increase in horsepower, bringing the total to 518bhp while torque is 465lb ft. But according to the good people at autocar.co.uk, the big 6.2l V8 manages to use 12% less fuel, returning a figure of 22.4mpg.