List: Ten Cars To Be Excited For In 2012

By Brandon Turkus

December 30, 2011


BMW i8/i3: These two models will launch BMW’s i sub-brand, which is designed to deliver the whole Ultimate Driving Machine experience, while being environmentally friendly and fuel efficient. The i3 starts as an all-electric, although it can be optioned with a range-extending setup similar to the Chevy Volt. The i8 is a proper hybrid, boasting a turbocharged three-pot and a version of the i3’s electric motor.


Acura NSX: We’ve been teased with this one for the better part of decade, and at this point, we just want it to arrive. Thankfully, we’ll be seeing an NSX at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit (albeit in concept form).


Ferrari Enzo Successor: We’ve been waiting since 2004 for a follow-up to Ferrari’s insane F60 Enzo, and while the FXX, 599 GTO, and 599XX have been awesome in their own right, we’re ready for a new, mid-engined flagship model from Maranello.


Ferrari 599 Replacement: Ferrari’s replacement for the 599 should hopefully arrive this year, boasting a V-12 that should best the Ferrari 599 GTO’s 670 horsepower. So it’ll be fast, real fast. As with the FF, expect a 458 style front end, although it’ll likely retain a conventional silhouette (we can’t imagine Ferrari building two hatchbacks).


Porsche Cajun: The Cajun will be based off the Audi Q5’s platform when it arrives in production form in late 2012. We’re expecting the Cajun to be cross-shopped with the new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, as a sort of sporty, small, luxury CUV.


Mercedes-Benz B-Class AMG: If what we’ve heard about this small hatch/MPV is true, it’ll boast a turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive, and a dual-clutch transmission. That’s right, Mercedes is building an Evo-killer. The only question now is, when will it arrive in the States.


Dodge Viper: This one is coming in April at the New York Auto Show, and we couldn’t be happier about it. V-10 power, and engine displacement that is bordering on the absurd are Viper qualities that should carryover to this new model, destined to be built in Detroit.


BMW M3: The newest iteration of one of our favorite sports sedans has had spy photos floating around the interwebs for some time. Rumors have been all over about the powertrain, which could return to a six-cylinder setup. Also up in the air is whether it’ll make use of forced induction or remain naturally aspirated like all previous M3s. We should find out for certain before the end of the 2012.


Cadillac ATS: We won’t have a long wait for this one, as it’ll arrive at the Detroit Auto Show in January. With a rear-wheel-drive layout, the ATS (if that’s the final name) should be Cadillac’s first true competitor for the BMW 3-Series. As if that’s not exciting enough, we could see an ATS-V before the end of 2012.


Subaru Impreza WRX/STI: Subaru’s legendary road-legal rally cars have been in the States for almost a decade now, and considering their better-than-cult status, it’s unlikely that Subaru would build an Impreza but not produce a WRX or STI variant. Expect turbocharged engines, all-wheel-drive, and assorted drivetrain technologies to make the Impreza corner faster and accelerate harder.

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2012 is right around the corner, and by most accounts, it looks like it’s going to be a great year for the automotive industry, with a new wave of Greenformance cars, the revival of some classic nameplates, and a raft of performance autos from legendary marques. Countdown with us as we get ready for the cars of 2012.

Also, keep an eye open for the next issue of Winding Road, where we’ll be counting down the best cars of the year.