This year we have 57 cars vying for top honours in 13 different categories and a special bonus category.
Having driven numerous cars in our road tests this year, our editorial team has their work cut out to pick the best of each category.


Performance Car Of The Year 2012

Porsche 911 Carrera S 3.8 PDK (A)

The looks are strikingly familiar 911 but this new generation 991 model is much improved in many areas

BMW M Series M5 saloon

BMWs iconic M5 downsizes to a turbocharged motor.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG (A)

The Mercedes CLS gets the AMG treatment, which means sheer brute force from a big burly V8 as well as other enhancements.