It’s official: we’re exhausted. Tired. Depleted. Our energy reserves have been pillaged and consequently, we’ve been looking for salvation at the bottom of a biscuit tin and cheese board. The cream crackers never stood a chance.
Why so tired? Because this, more so than perhaps any other year, has proved to be quite a fine one for new metal. We’ve felt the fury of a more than a thousand splendid horsepowers and sampled some of the most intoxicating, exciting and downright thrilling machines 2012 has thrown at us. And it’s thrown a lot.
But rather than hide behind the sofa, we’ve stood in the face of this onslaught, armed only with a leaden right foot and fists of ham, to bring you the definitive verdicts on these fighty new machines. And you lot - that’s you lot on this Internet - have responded in your droves.
So here, as a little Christmas gift, is a Very Big List of your favourite reviews of 2012, counting down from 20 to 1. There are many exciting machines included within. There are some diesels. And we’ve also slotted in a pair of wildcards; not strictly road-tests, but ridealongs in machines so audacious and mad we’d be foolish not to include them in here. You’re a funny bunch, The Internet.
Somebody pass the digestives please…