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Four Sports Cars To Watch In 2012: Video

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The economy is finally rebounding and people are spending money again. Well, a little.

Just in time, a new batch of sportscars are coming to market. In this video, we're taking a look at four sports car to keep an eye on in 2012, in case you're one of the lucky ones to see a bounce in your paycheck that's not a bad dollar sign.

First up, we look at the 2012 Porsche 911. This all-new generation Carrera has been dubbed the 991. Featuring flat-six engines and either a seven-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission, this is the most technologically advanced 911 ever. So far Porsche has shown the base Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera Cabriolet, and Carrera Cabriolet S. The turbo model and a long list of other variants are sure to be in the works over the next couple of years.

Next up, the 2013 Subaru BRZ. A kissing cousin to the Scion FR-S, the BRZ will have a higher sticker price than the Scion and more standard equipment. Powered by a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder, the BRZ has 200 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque sent to the rear wheels. Both a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission are available. Subaru fans might be disappointed the BRZ isn't all-wheel drive, but once they're behind the wheel, they might forgive the decision.

We then move to the refreshed 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. With a new 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder in the base model and a more powerful direct-injection V-6 available, the Genesis has received an all-around power bump in all trim levels. A six-speed manual is still available, but opt for the automatic and you now have an eight-speed automatic. With a better power-to-weight ratio than the BMW 335i, the 2013 Genesis Coupe is sure to make enthusiasts happy.

Last up we discuss the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG. With a 5.5-liter V-8 under the hood, this 415-horsepower two-seater will hit 60 mph in an estimated 4.5 seconds. If you hit the track, you'll be stopped at 155 mph by the electronic limiter. Lightweight alloy wheels and a full body kit finish off the SLK55 AMG nicely.

Let us know which one you're most excited to see and drive by posting in the comments below.

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  1. Porsche 911, of that there is no doubt. beautiful iteration of the classic and jsut another reason to pine for the marque. Also they continue to make the 911 as the most user friendly sportscar in the world. from doing a few hot laps at the local speedway to drving off the course to the local shops and picking up some milk and bread for the journey home !
     
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  2. Forget it! The sports car to watch is the 2013 Porsche Boxster S. Porsche should have been the sports car company to establish the superior mid-engine configuration but they dropped the ball. Sadly now, Porsche has to dumb-down the performance of the Boxster so as not to overshadow the flagship 911 which is still compromised by having its engine hung out behind the rear axle.
     
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