Many brilliant cars have gone on sale this year. We count down the top twenty hottest cars of 2013.
What a year 2013 has been. A royal baby was born, Miley Cyrus did some um, strange things, Katy Perry officially became the world’s most popular Twitterist beating a chap called Justin Bieber – he sings all of those nauseating songs. Sadly, the world also lost petrol head hero, Paul Walker, and of course, the great Nelson Mandela.
In the world of cars a certain Clarkson decided that a new Ferrari had too much power and Mercedes built a six-wheel-drive G-Wagon. Quite controversially, Porsche decided the new 911 GT3 shouldn’t have a manual gearbox putting another nail in the manual gearbox’s coffin, and Jaguar finally built a successor to the legendary E-Type. It’s been a brilliant and fascinating year for cars, the motor industry has surprised us countless times with its creativity and ability, ensuring that there were no dull moments.
Many fantastic cars have gone on sale this year, so picking out the best twenty wasn’t easy. In fact, this was supposed to be a top ten story, but we knew we’d have to leave out many fantastic cars and have several brutal office fights debating over what should and shouldn’t make the list, so we stretched it a little bit. OK a lot…
How did we pick the top twenty? Well, each car on the list delivers something special – speed, precision, involvement, style, fun and well, just specialness really.
These are the cars we’ve lusted after most during 2013.
20. Volkswagen Golf GTI
Not the fastest or most showy hot hatch, but one that’s incredibly composed and easy to live with. The best GTI there’s been? Could be, if VW would let you turn the damn stability control OFF COMPLETELY.
19. Alfa Romeo 4C
It’s the car we’ve wanted Alfa Romeo to build for years. A lightweight, rear drive sports car. Being Italian it isn’t perfect – the engine is a bit wheezy – but it’s fast, it handles, it’s made from exotic materials, and it is absolutely gorgeous.
18. Audi RS6
What sort of person wouldn’t want a practical family estate car capable of running from zero to 62mph in 3.9 seconds and onto 189mph?
Answer: an eco-mentalist.
17. Range Rover Sport
Finally the ‘Sport’ part of the Range Rover Sport name has some genuine meaning. It’s still a big heavy car, but the suspension can now keep that weight under control both on and off the road. And it’s a proper luxury cruiser too.
16. Rolls Royce Wraith
The Wraith is enormous. It is a stupendously vast car, and it’s got serious presence. It’s also Rolls Royce’s fastest car ever, and it’s designed to be – whisper it – sporty… Even still, this is the most luxurious GT car that there’s probably ever been, I’d buy one for the wood paneling in the doors alone…
15. Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
Madly hinged doors, cartoonish looks, loud 690hp V12 engine which shoots flames out of the exhaust, 217mph top speed and no roof. The Aventador Roadster is the supercar of the moment. It also looks even cooler than its hard-topped sibling, is just as fast and has lost none of the coupe’s chassis rigidity.
14. Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
The best Aston Martin there’s ever been? It’s that big engine in a small car formula that we love. Aston has crammed a 565hp 5.9liter V12 engine into the smallest chassis that the firm has, and the results are pretty spectacular.
13. Jaguar XFR-S
The above image pretty much sums up exactly why the XFR-S is on the list. It isn’t subtle. It’s painted bright blue, there’s a big rear spoiler tacked onto the boot, and there’s smoke pouring off the rear tyres. This is a car with a good sense of humor.
12. Jaguar F-Type
It’s STUNNING, sounds out-of-this-world good, will drift for days and, did we mention it is really, really good looking?
11. Porsche Cayman
Better than a 911? That’s what we’ve heard. The Cayman mightn’t have the pace or icon-status of the bigger 911 but as a driving tool, it’s difficult to fault.
10. Mercedes G63 6X6
The fact that this car even exists is something that needs to be celebrated. The fact that Mercedes will sell you one to drive on the street is a damn miracle. What a machine.
9. C7 Corvette
The C7 Corvette is a revelation. After years of building good sports cars, Chevrolet has finally built a truly great one.
8. BMW i8
Those hybrid hypercars – the McLaren P1, and LaFerrari -, they aren’t important. THIS is the important car because it proves that a fuel-efficient sports car with enough performance to keep most happy can exist and can be fun and sellable to normal sort of people rather than multi-millionaires.
7. Ford Fiesta ST
The recipe for the Fiesta ST is so simple. Add some power and poise to the standard Fiesta, then chuck a set of Recaros inside, dust off your hands and sit back and accept the praise. They haven’t fluffed about with fancy double clutch gearboxes or launch control systems, just good old-fashioned tuning. And it’s worked brilliantly.
6. Audi R8 V10 Plus
The R8 finally gets a smooth, fast, dual clutch gearbox! The R8 package is now pretty much perfect, especially when you option matte blue paint.
5. Mercedes S-Class
The only thing stopping the all-new Mercedes S-Class from being a completely autonomous vehicle is the legislation. The technology, luxury and comfort that the new S-Class delivers is unmatched by any other car in the world. It’s from the future.
4. Mercedes SLS Black Series
This is what happens when you let the AMG engineers go mad. They take the SLS AMG road car and the SLS AMG GT3 racing car, then make them have babies. The outcome is a car with the usability and reliability of any Mercedes product, mixed with the speed, precision and styling of a mental track-eating monster.
3. Ferrari F12
This is a 730hp, V12, tyre-eating, luxury grand tourer. There’s simply nothing else like it. It’s awesome.
2. Porsche 911 GT3
It’s got a dual clutch gearbox, an electric power steering system, and an engine that shares very few components with Porsche’s racecar power plants. Porsche purists were deeply saddened when this new GT3 was revealed. But, it still feels like a GT3 should – darty, responsive, grippy, savagely fast, and focused on lap times.
1. Ferrari 458 Speciale
The Ferrari 458 Speciale has this special electronic device called ‘Side Slip Control’ fitted to its chassis. And what this does, essentially, is make the car easier to drift… How brilliant is that!? The Speciale is also lighter, more powerful, stiffer, and more focused than the standard 458 Italia, and that car isn’t exactly slow or clumsy.
Remember how we mentioned that one of our criteria was ‘specialness’ for this top twenty? Well, the 458 Speciale is, as the slightly daft name suggests, really rather special.
So then, do you agree with our list? Tell us your thoughts in the comments box below!