An image of the 2013 Infiniti IPL G Coupe from the brand's official public site.

Infiniti leads the top 10 high performance vehicles for 2012

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Few of us drive high performance vehicles, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to know what tops the list in a compendium of authoritative ratings and reviews.

A relative newcomer to the auto rating game, has just released their idea of what the top 10 high performance cars for this year are. Some of the entries are a bit questionable to even be on this list, others would seem to imply a hidden agenda,

The winners come from a wide array of street-ready muscle cars, high-performance sports sedans, and even a super pickup truck. Such cars continue to be a vital part of manufacturer product plans, despite the growing clamor for lower emissions and more efficient use of natural resources.

That’s partly because such vehicles frequently blaze a technological trail other cars soon follow. The move to turbo-charging is one such legacy of high performance technology, except it is now used on four-cylinder engines like Ford’s EcoBoost to increase economy. Turbos were originally used to make great hulks of metal into to 9-second cars.

Total Car Score has given point values to various aspects of performance and coupled it to an average of authoritative ratings and reviews to arrive at the following list. We are simply reporting their findings and invite your comments below.

1. 2012 Infiniti IPL G CoupeTotal Car Score: 85.21, 20.5-mpg combined
The 2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe outdid the BMW M3 plus the Porsche Boxster and Cayman for the top spot in the Luxury High-Performance segment. The IPL G Coupe sports a 348-hp, 3.7-liter V6 engine and a base price of roughly $50K.

2. 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMGTotal Car Score: 84.45, 19-mpg combined
Not only high-performance, but also high-tech and high-class describes this new version of the premium sedan, coupe and wagon known as the E-Class. The AMG version radically redefined the line and it now features a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 with a base price of approximately $90K.

3. 2012 Cadillac CTS-VTotal Car Score: 83.65, 15-mpg combined
The Cadillac CTS-V, combining sophisticated chassis hardware with a bodacious V8 engine, comes as either an increasingly attractive sedan or a wagon that outdoes the Euro-wagons at their own game. Though you’ll pay the Federal gas-guzzler tax, the Cadillac has a base price around $60K.

4. 2012 Ford Taurus SHOTotal Car Score: 83.22, 20-mpg combined
This highly respected performance-oriented version of the Taurus sedan gets its street credit from the remarkable performance of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and firmer suspension tuning. The bright sport here is the Taurus SHO is priced under $40K and is second on to the Infiniti for fuel economy.


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What an awful list. The Infiniti is slower in pretty much every way than every other car on the list - and maybe the Raptor as well. A gussied up 370z shouldnt be mentioned anywhere int he discussion of the best performance cars on the market today.
Wow, I am surprised by this list. Looks like someone was paid by the SRT team when scoring. This is not a good list at all.
I know. Not surprised by all the cars on the list but baffled by the order they put them in. Can't imagine what the criteria they were using could be...
Again please note this is not Torque News compilation but that of a relative newcomer in the automotive ratings game.