Not many people know that the first working steam-powered vehicle was designed by Ferdinand Verbiest around 1672. In 1769 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot created the first self-propelled mechanical vehicle. Ever since, we’ve aimed to go faster and faster, creating the most ingenious designs and power engines. Huge producers like Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, Ford, Ferrari, and so on had always pushed the limits of technology, and today some of the fastest cars around can go up to 267 mph or 431 km/h. Our list is going to include top 10 new cars of 2012.
10. Bentley Mulsanne
Bentley Motors Ltd. is one of Great Britain’s most prominent car producers. The Mulsanne is a powerful grand touring sedan, the latest in a series of refined cars that are more than an icon in England. It has a 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, 505 bhp @ 4,200 rpm, and more. The base price is $185.000.
9. Volvo S60
Volvo’s S60 slick body is hiding a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine under its hood, ready to create 300 hp @ 5.600 rpm. The car features several safety precautions, such as Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Stop, making it not only fast but safe as well. The price starts with $37.000.
8. Ford Focus ST
During this year America’s Ford Motor Company will release their ultimate weapon – Ford Focus ST. The high-performance model is expected to answer any demands a driver could have in the 21st century – it promises a 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine along with a six-speed manual gearbox, high-tech performance and handling, and unprecedented level of smart technologies, among others.
7. Range Rover Evoque Coupe
Our number seven in the top 10 new cars of 2012 is Range Rover’s Evoque Coupe. Merging design features from a crossover and a coupe, the new Evoque is Range Rover’s smallest, sportiest SUV till now. It is available in either a three-door or five-door model and comes with some serious horsepower for its size – 240-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder. The price starts at $44,145.
Founded in 1947 by Chung Ju-yung Hyundai felt a serious drop-down in both sales and production after its founder died in 2001. This tragedy, combined with the 1997 East Asian financial crisis, reduced the company’s business to container shipping services. But Hyundai is back with this all new Veloster that pops up a 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing and direct injection, and 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm. You can purchase it at a base price of $17.300.
5. Audi A7 Quattro
Taking the fifth place in our top 10 new cars of 2012 is Audi’s A7 Quattro, a masterpiece on four wheels. This 4-doors sports car combines outstanding looks with the quick handling of a sports coupe and the huge space of a luxury sedan. Equipped with quattro all-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter supercharged TFSI V6 engine the car’s weight will be no problem. Price: starting with $59.250.
4. Chevrolet Sonic
After the not so popular Chevy Aveo, Chevrolet (also known as Chevy in the States) released Sonic, a great addition to the subcompact segment. The car’s engine – a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder – delivers 135 hp @ 6,300 rpm, and starts with a price of $14.000.It takes the fourth place in our top.
3. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
This is Chevy’s meanest and most powerful Camaro yet. The supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine propels the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while the top speed (manual gearbox) is registered at 180 mph The car’s price starts with $54.995 It can be purchased with an automatic gearbox, and optional sunroof.
2. Volkswagen Beetle
The revamped VW Beetle keeps on having the same old retro look that we love. This Beetle’s body is well built, giving it a slick slash business look. Under the hood we find a 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine that can produce up to 170 hp @ 5,700 rpm. How much? Starting with $24.095.
1. Ford Fiesta Sedan
A stylish sedan from Ford that will keep money in your wallet as the engine is economically built to save fuel. The car is packed with impressive safety features, while the engine is a 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder, 119 hp @ 6,000 rpm. The car starts at a price of $16.320 and can reach up to $20.000.