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Autoblog Canada's Best of 2012

Posted Jan 1st 2013 10:57AM

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We've been doing this Autoblog thing for a while, so we know that our bread and butter is obsessively covering the news that happens across the entire automotive spectrum, day in and day out. But that doesn't mean we haven't published a whole lot of other great stuff throughout the year – we bring you new vehicle reviews, exclusive features, viral videos and other compelling original content, to go along with the steady diet of news. So as we finally tie a bow on 2012, we're looking back to reflect on some of our best original stuff from the year. Consider this our Greatest Hits catalog for the past 365 days.

We had a hard time narrowing this list down, but what we've collected for you below are indeed some of our best features from 2012 (listed in no particular order, by the way). We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed putting them together; we look forward be bringing you more of the same in 2013, and beyond. Be sure to tell us some of your other favorite Autoblog Canada content in the comments.

Life with the only Street-Legal Ariel Atom in Canada



When we got a random email from an Ariel Atom owner right here in Canada, our interest level was quickly brought to a boil. Yes, we had been in Atoms before at the track but all of them were plated in the States since strict Canadian laws would not allow the vehicle to be registered here. With no crash testing and well, a host of requirements for a motor vehicle missing altogether, the Atom was nothing more than a pipe dream for Canadians... That is until this particular owner and Autoblog Canada fan tossed us the keys to his baby and let us loose behind the wheel for a detailed article that quickly turned into one of our most memorable expieriences of 2012.

Click here to read the full story.



Subaru BRZ at the Isle of Man

Subaru BRZ at the Isle of Man

Autoblog took its first trip to the legendary Isle of Man this year, and the experience made for one heck of a tale. We flogged a 2013 Subaru BRZ around the infamous 60 kilometre road course through the fog, wind and rain, with the only instructions being, "Don't lose the taillamps in front of you." The whole encounter was nothing short of treacherous and exhilarating, and the well-written experience is indeed one of our favorite tales of the year.

Click here to read the full story.



First Drive: 2013 SRT Viper

2013 SRT Viper

The launch of the 2013 SRT Viper was no doubt one of the most highly anticipated events of the 2012 season, and when it came time to finally put the Snake through its paces. Accompanying our in-depth first drive of the 640-horsepower supercar was a gallery of stunning photos, showing just how menacing this thing looks on the track – and in the wet, no less.

Click here to read the full story.



Gumball 3000 from NYC to LA



The Gumball 3000 event draws its fair share of international millionaires, celebrities and gearheads from around the world to recklessly speed through countries around the world. While there have been some very exotic locales in years past, we gladly signed ourselves up to cover the 2012 route from New York to LA, as we hitched a ride with the pack of stickered up supercars and covered every moment of mayhem along the way.

Click here to read the full story (and don't forget about Gumball Garage and the other stops we made along the way found here and at the finish line in LA).



Battle of the Hot Hatches

Hot Hatch Comparison Test

It's not often that we conduct comparison tests here at Autoblog, but when we do 'em, we do 'em well. Case in point: our head-to-head battle between the 2013 Ford Focus ST and 2012 Volkswagen GTI. Our team had an absolute blast tossing these two turbocharged hatchbacks back and forth through southeast Michigan, and that whole experience comes through in this feature story.

Click here to read the full story.



First Drive: 2012 Tesla Model S



When Tesla launched the Model S earlier this year, members of the media were only being given very, very short drive opportunities with the really-big-deal electric sedan. But we went another route: Ring up Autoblog's founder and former owner and borrow his personal Model S – one of the first cars to be delivered to customers – for an extended drive. That experience, combined with a truly stunning set of photos made for one of our best reviews of the year.

Click here to read the full story.



Best Crazy Crash Videos of 2012



Selecting the best crazy crash videos of 2012 sure wasn't easy. This year's crop of dangerous drivers and freak accidents could easily be one of our best yet, as it took us a while to whittle down the list of our most memorable crashes of 2012. From distracted driving to outrageous stunts gone wrong, these viral videos range from cow tipping mayhem in Russia to the world's most expensive car crash.

Click here to watch them for yourself



Top 10 Things Women Notice About Your Car



As if the battle of the sexes wasn't complicated enough, our unscientific study on the Top 10 things women notice about your car proved to be one of the hottest topics in 2012. Based on a mix of personal expierience and some friendly female advice, we set out to share a few tips on obvious things about your car that will make or break your next hot date... even before she steps into your car.

Click here to read the full story.



First Drive: 2013 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible



Our first drive of the 2013 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible makes its way onto our Best Of list for one simple reason: It's a truly entertaining, enjoyable experience. (And the car is simply stunning in its Morrocan Blue paint.) Starting at $339,240 (plus freight and let's not forget around $44,000 in HST alone) for the cost of membership, the Supersports Convertible club is not for everyone but Bentley has constructed a car that is truly a masterpiece.

Click here to read the full story.



Top 10 Supercar Reviews of the Year



The hectic life of an automotive journalist sure ain't easy, but we can't complain about getting the keys to many of the world's most exotic supercars. And when it comes to picking one as your personal favourite, it's often as hard as asking a parent to choose the one child they love most. We took this chance to recap the time spent with several of our favourite supercars driven in 2012.

Click here to read the full story.



2012 Auto Show Season



When it comes to complete, obsessive coverage of every major international auto show, we have to pat ourselves on the back. We've got this auto show thing down to a science now, and some of our highest traffic days happen when we're rocking the show coverage. We can't pick just one show to highlight that we're proud of here, but be sure to go back and revisit the hundreds upon hundreds of posts that made up this year's auto show coverage.

Click here to peruse this season's auto show coverage.



Honorable Mentions

While rounding up this Best Of 2012 list, there were plenty more that were nominated, and we think they're worth mentioning. Click the links below to check out some of our other favourites from 2012.

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