Performance car performers

Last updated 07:07 23/10/2012
The Porsche 911.

PERFORMANCE: The Porsche 911.

Toyota GT86.
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It was another sizzling year on the performance-car category of the AMI Insurance NZ Autocar Car of the Year - across a range of price points.

Honda surprised early on with its fun hybrid (yes, truly), the CR-Z, a little dart of a thing.

But Toyota kind of trumped everyone with its much hyped 86. The most exciting thing from Toyota in recent memory, the front-engined, rear-drive sportster redefined inexpensive sporting fun.

Also small and strictly twoseat only, Mini's kart-like Coupé scalded.

Heading upscale a little, BMW added a hot 2.0-litre turbo variant to the 1 Series lineup for Golf GTI money, and also debuted the tech-fest that is the new M5. It quickly became the fastest rear-drive car we'd ever tested, posting a 4.3-second 0-100 kmh run, only to be upstaged by the new 911 Carrera, which quite literally has us stunned – and then the much cheaper new Boxster proved equally impressive, if not better.

Also updated for 2012 were the Mercedes C63 AMG, Renault Mégane RS265 and a new SLK55 AMG from Mercedes.

Though we haven't yet driven it, the Focus ST will just make the cut-off date, and our breath is bated.

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