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The Top 10 Supercars of 2012!

From speed, looks, and cornering to straight-line raw power, meet our top 10 gas guzzlers.

Aston Martin Rapide


Tech Spec
Price: £139,950/$223,000*
Engine: 6.0L V12
Horse Power: 470bhp
0-60 mph: 5.0 seconds
Top Speed: 188mph

Best For…
A true sports car experience with the dignity and ease of four doors, meaning you and three other passengers can all enjoy luxury GT motoring.

Drives Us Crazy Because…
The Rapide is remarkable in that it actually drives and handles as well as (if not better than) some of Aston’s two-seaters. It’s no Vanquish, but it compares favourably to both the DBS and the DB9. It’s also an absolute beauty for such a long vehicle. Should the driver decide to hit the Sport button and shift into Lewis Hamilton mode, then the Aston’s rear seats are snug enough to hold you firmly in place. Up front, the centre column is a dazzling array of plush luxury. With a 6.0L V12 beating under the bonnet, it feels and sounds every inch a thoroughbred supercar. And if you do wind up in the back seat, don’t worry: All of the noise and thrill of being aboard an Aston Martin remains intact. That said, the back seats can be folded down quite easily if you prefer.

Killer Feature
The V12 engine and its noisy warble will have you smiling every time you shift gear. The Rapide’s interior is also luxury incarnate, and, while it’s a pricey piece of kit, you really do feel every penny of it.

Supercar Bar Trivia
The now-famous DB moniker stands for David Brown, the saviour of the company in the late 1940s. His first car was the DB2 in 1950, and the rest is history.

Celebrity Ride
Ex-Liverpool Football Club midfielder and Dutch International Dirk Kuyt got something right when he sprang for the Rapide.

Porsche Boxster S



Tech Spec
Price: £45.384/$72,500
Engine: 3.4L
Horse Power: 311bhp
0-60 mph: 5.1 seconds
Top Speed: 172mph

Best For…
Getting to 60mph in a smidgen over five seconds and then shooting to a top speed of over 170mph, all for a relatively reasonable price.

Drives Us Crazy Because…
Despite its brilliant mid-engine handling and more than decent performance, the Boxster used to get saddled with the “Poor man’s Porsche” moniker. Thankfully, Porsche’s third incarnation, the Boxster S, is no longer the spotty, pubescent, twitching sibling of the 911, but a full-blown porker in its own right.

Killer Feature
For a far raspier noise and explosive engine notes, we suggest having the sports exhaust plumbed onto the 2012 S.

Supercar Bar Trivia
The first Porsche, the 356, had just 35bhp and a top speed of just 86mph, meaning a Ford Fiesta could easily batter its ass. To be fair, though, that was in 1984.

Celebrity Ride
Lindsay Lohan burns a Boxster around the Hollywood Hills.

Ferrari 458


Tech Spec
Price: £178,461/$285,000
Engine: 4.5L V8
Horse Power: 570bhp
0-60 mph: 3.4 seconds
Top Speed: 202mph

Best For…
Impressing the ladies. There are slightly quicker cars out there, but few look as stunning as the prancing horse, and nothing will get you more attention than whipping around in the Ferrari 458.

Drives Us Crazy Because…
With a reputation for being temperamental and more high-maintenance than Paris Hilton, Ferrari really stuck a finger up at the doubters with the 458. If its stats make for a slack-jaw then ogling one in the flesh will have you seriously contemplating mechanophilia (that’s guys who are sexually attracted to cars – yes, seriously). But it’s not just about drop-dead gorgeous looks: the 458 is the most sensational and evolved car Ferrari has ever built. Oh, and any car that can get you to around 125mph in just over 10 seconds is officially mental.

Killer Feature
The F-1-style steering wheel hosts a wealth of controls—so many that at first, you’ll probably be adjusting the lights when you want to signal left.

Supercar Bar Trivia
Before becoming head honcho owner of Ferrari, founder Enzo shoed mules for the Italian army.

Celebrity Ride
Manchester City donut Mario Balotelli rides a 458... well, at least until he stoves it into someone’s front room!

Lotus Exige S V6


Tech Spec
Price: £52,900/$84,556
Engine: 3.5L Supercharged V6
Horse Power: 345bhp
0-60 mph: 3.8 seconds
Top Speed: 170mph

Best For…
Taking bends at breakneck speed and living to tell the tale – the Exige is the world’s fastest go-kart, grips like a needy girlfriend, and loves cornering.

Drives Us Crazy Because
Okay, so the Lotus takes bends better than almost any vehicle out there, but it does come at some cost. To get the car from 0-60mph in less than four seconds and achieve a belting 170mph top speed, the Lotus is stripped of any unnecessary weight, meaning equipment is basic and soundproofing all but non-existent. Don’t bother with the Lotus for that romantic break away with a ladylove either - there’s just too little space and refinement to keep your better half happy. But for balls-out, honest-to-goodness badass fun, the little Lotus is perfectly suited to strapping in a mate and ripping up some country lanes.

Killer Feature
It’s all about that supercharged engine with the Exige, and everything has been done to squeeze more performance out of the car. Equipment is on the light side of staggeringly minimal; even a cup holder is considered an extra.

Supercar Bar Trivia
Lotus was pivotal in the chassis design of Marty McFly’s DeLorean in Back to the Future.

Celebrity Ride
Top Gear pundit Jeremy Clarkson famously tried to evade the missile lock of an Apache Gunship helicopter in an Exige.

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