53. September 2012: Toyota GT86
No turbo , no double-clutch gearbox, no active suspension; just pure, undiluted driving fun. That’s the idea behind Toyota’s new sports car. But just because it drips with retro cool, doesn’t meant the GT86 isn’t revving some bleeding cut edge. Delivering 197bhp from a two litre engine and a top speed of 140 mph, an extra £750 will get you Toyota’s Touch & Go infotainment system that amongst other things includes access to Google Search.
Price: £24,995 | Toyota.co.uk
54. September 2012: Aspid GT-21 Invictus
This limited edition supercar has an ultra-lightweight, 80kg “spaceframe” chassis, which can be bulleted to 62mph in under three seconds, and thence to 189mph, like a Batmobile being dropped off a cliff. All that’s required is a powerful-but-not-massively-so, 4.4-litre, 450 bhp, BMW V8 engine. Invictuses will be handmade at the rate of just 250 per year, so you’d better move with equal rapidity.
Price: £TBC | ifrautomotive.com/aspidcars | Out 2014
55. August 2012: BMW 640d Gran Coupe
It might have the air of a sensible family car, but the 640d is actually purpose built for grinding out motorway miles with ruthless efficiency. Under the bonnet you’ll find BMW’s latest six cylinder twin turbo to serve up a hint of a V8-esque rumble, whilst inside the slick driving domain there's Google’s Send to Car which puts Google Maps on your dash and the deftly integrated heads-up display. Quite simply, it’s the perfect mix of a high-performance diesel engine with luxury styling and the latest in-car tech.
Price: £63,900 | BMW.co.uk
56. August 2012: Renault Twizy
The outlandishly styled, lithium-powered, electric lunar buggy has finally rolled itself into the UK. Designed for 'urban driving' and sporting ‘slides’ for doors, the Twizy boasts a top speed of 50mph and can deliver 17bhp. Thanks to the electrical engine under the hood, you can also dodge paying road tax or congestion charges.
Price: £6,645 | Renault.co.uk
57. August 2012: Ford Focus ST
Now available in estate form and in a dazzling yellow, the 247bhp turbocharged Ecoboost engine sets the standard for hot hatches. If you are after some tech as well, the Sport Steering System will help you effortlessly negotiate around roundabouts and take corners, while the sporty Recaro seats will give you that racing feeling as you plough your way through traffic.
Price: £21,995 | Ford.co.uk
58. August 2012: Ducati 1199 Panigale
Okay, so it’s a two-wheeler, but we think it’s worthy of a mention this month. It’s Italian. It’s impossibly sexy. It’s red. Still resisting? If that's not enough to convince you, Ducati has also graced the Panigale with a frameless chassis and 192bhp courtesy of the new Super L-Twin engine.
Price: £19,750 | Ducatiuk.com
59. July 2012: Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet
Volkswagen's little cabriolet has a 1.2 litre petrol engine, and does 0-60 in 11.7 seconds. Not the quickest, you may think, but the Golf Cabriolet can be upgraded to include much more powerful engines, and Volkswagen's emissions-reducing 'BlueMotion' technology. "Zero to sunshine in just 9.5 seconds" says Volkswagen of the golf's retractable roof, so you'll only miss 19 seconds of the five minutes of sunshine we get this summer.
Price: £20,890 | Volkswagen.co.uk