Vauxhall Astra VXR: With a storming 276bhp from its turbocharged 2-litre engine Vauxhall’s VXR Astra doesn’t often stand still long enough for folk to admire its racy styling. The body comes from the attractive GTC Coupe but if that’s too subtle you can jazz things up with a big rear wing and huge 20in wheels. A clever limited slip differential helps the front tyres cope with the grin inducing power (Vauxhall)
Top Ten Cars of 2012
•1 January 1970
Here is writer Russell Bray's pick of the glitziest and most glamorous cars this year.