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BMW M135i: Okay, it’s visually challenged from some angles despite a subtle bodykit, but this ‘junior’ M car is such fun to drive and one of the surprises of 2012. It always feels fast thanks to a 316bhp six-cylinder turbocharged engine and the rear-wheel drive handling balance is blissful. At £29,995 this pocket rocket is £10,000 less than Audi’s all-wheel drive RS3 (BMW)

Top Ten Cars of 2012

Here is writer Russell Bray's pick of the glitziest and most glamorous cars this year.