(4) Ford Focus ST: Ford hasn’t had a hot hatch in the U.S. since the SVT Focus departed in 2004. The new ST, with a 252-hp turbo 2.0-liter, 18-inch alloys, available Recaros, and a $24,495 price tag rejuvenates the Blue Oval in a big hurry.
(5) Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Through May 2012, the funky three-door Veloster nearly outsold the entire Genesis lineup. A finalist in last year’s COTY program, the ’13 Veloster adds a turbo, whose 201 hp, $22,725 sticker, and 38-mpg highway rating make it a bargain banshee on paper, and, I hope, on the road.
(6) Subaru BRZ: Front engine, rear drive, light weight, low Cg. Oh, and it beat the Scion FR-S, Mazda Miata, Ford Mustang, VW GTI, and Hyundai Genesis Coupe in a recent MT comparison test.
(7) BMW M3: The M division’s icon is set to get its first turbocharged engine, a force-fed I-6 that will replace the high-revving outgoing V-8. With more power and torque than ever before, as well as an even quicker DCT, the M3 should be a sub-4.0-second car.