Faced with compiling a list of 2012’s Coolest sports cars, one must first contemplate the question perplexing kids in their early teens, (and many fully grown adults besides). Just what, exactly, is cool? One of (if not the) most subjective questions anyone can attempt to answer; the fact is cool is pretty much self-defining because cool means something different to different people.
After all, cool—like style—resides in the eye of the beholder.
With that said, when it comes to sports cars, we’re going to define cool as a car that goes its own path—but is universally accepted to possess exceptional capabilities although it may not necessarily be universally loved. While some people may like a given car on this list of coolest sports cars and some people may not—everyone who knows anything about cars will respect each sports car on the list.
In other words, we fully expect a significant polarization effect. When it comes to each individual sports car on our list of the coolest sports cars for 2012, whether you may love each of them, or you may hate each of them, the odds are strong you will have some sort of an emotional response to them.
And yes, many of you will be upset to find sports cars you think are very cool have been omitted from the list. For example, we know right off the bat many of you will question why the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Supersport—the world’s fastest production sports car—is not on the list of the coolest sports cars. The hot new Lamborghini Aventador, the company’s meanest rampaging bull, was left in the garage as well.
Well, just being the best at something doesn’t automatically make you cool.
It gives you notoriety—sure.
That’s something else altogether.
What follows is our list of the coolest sports cars for 2012.