While automakers are in trouble in the United States and Europe, in 2012 we have seen lots of interesting concepts and new models. The reason is simple: despite the economic hardships of the Old World, globally manufacturers could sell 80 million units, a new record. Below you can see our list of this year’s coolest cars.
The Acura NSX concept presented in 2012 is a mid-engine, all-drive coupe, built using lightweight materials. It will be powered by a V6 engine and an electric motor. The car will enter production most likely in 2015.
The BMW 4-Series will replace the coupe and convertible versions of the next-generation 3-Series. It is inspired from the 6-Series Coupe, and it will make its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is the latest super sports car replacing the Ferrari 599. The front mid engine, rear-wheel-drive grand tourer was introduced to the public at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
The Lamborghini Aventador J is the roofless and windowless roadster version of the Aventador. It uses the same V12 engine as the Aventador, but it is much lighter, and obviously faster.
The Lexus LF (Lexus Future) line is a series of concept cars with new design, hybrid and experimental power trains, advanced instrumentation, multiple driver-selected vehicle configurations, and unconventional driver interface designs.
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is an estate version of the new Panamera, introduced at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The Dodge Viper SRT is a more user-friendly, yet extremely powerful fifth generation of the American muscle car. It was introduced to the public at the New York Auto Show in April 2012.