The Top 10 Cars of 2012
The Popular Science journal puts a tender on Best of What`s New award. Here are the results of the 25th tender in the category “Auto”.
So the Grand award goes to … the electric sedan Tesla Model S! As the redactor of the journal says it is a sample which all the future electric cars must copy. Tesla Model S is faster than all the cars presented in the segment. Its Performance version has a motor with 416 hp output. It reveals 0-60 mph like Porsche within 4,4 seconds. Its top speed is 209 km/h. It is the best result ever.
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S specs are incomparable. But its price for a standard model is too high - $59000.
The rest 9 cars didn’t get a grand award, but were marked for any achievement.
BMW 328i – was marked for its engine. The stricter the ecological standards, the smaller in size the engine. This could mean less power, though 2.0L 4-cylinders BMW 328i engine with turbocharger (the first 4-cylinders engine for 3 Series since 1999) reveals 10 hp more than the previous 6-cylinder engine did. The output in 240 hp is enough to hit 0-60 mph by 5.7 seconds.
2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta was awarded by Popular Science for being the fastest in Ferrari history ever. Well the Ferrari engineer installed there 6.3L engine V12 in 730 hp and ultralight and ultrastrong shassis. It’s not strange that it hits 0-60 mph by 3,0 seconds and top speed in 340 km/h.
2013 Toyota RAV4 EV
2013 Toyota RAV4 EV is marked as the first electric SUV since 1990. This crossover has an engine with 152 hp output and 370 Nm torque. The top speed is 163 km/h. 0-60 mph gained within 7 seconds.
DeltaWing is awarded for its light weight. The street cars need engines with more than 600 hp output to reveal the speed in 322 km/h, but DeltaWing could do it with 300 hp engine. Have you seen the difference?
2013 Mercedes Benz SL Roadster
2013 Mercedes Benz SL Roadster gets an award for its Magic Vision Control system. It features windshield wipers with the hose integrated. The water is sprayed right from the wipers. Little water is used in summer. For a quick defrost of the windscreen in the winter there is a heating of the water and wiper is foreseen.
2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel is marked for its 3,0L engine V6 with turbocharger and electronically controlled fuel injection. Its power in 240 hp and 550 Nm of torque is enough to hit 0-60 mph period within 7,2 seconds.
Chevy Spark is marked for its MyLink system. Now this system an work with iPhone and Android-based gadgets. It provides 3D navigation map and Internet-radio on its 7-inches touch screen. MyLink updates automatically when the driver gats a new app.
Infinity JX 35
Infinity JX 35 is awarded for its Back-Up Collision Intervention system, which provides the safety rear parking. The scanners send a signal if there is an obstacle behind. In the case the driver didn’t reacted the system activates brakes.
2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion was marked for its three models – standard, hybrid and plug-in hybrid. These three models are the most efficient in its class.