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Buying a sports car? Here are 10 great models to consider

Andrew Sabourin
December 21, 2021
It pays to have a very good idea of your needs before setting foot in a showroom or beginning your online hunt.

Most sports cars will compromise on practicality, and limited load space and room for two may not quite match your lifestyle.

Similarly, larger performance machines will be more expensive to run, so there’s a balance to be found if you plan to use your sports car as your sole transport.

At the cheaper end of the market, it makes sense to decide whether or not you want a convertible.

Modern soft-tops are far more sophisticated than ever before – with the roof up or down – but at high speeds one with a cheaper fabric top will be less refined than the equivalent coupe.

Pay attention to the steering, gearshift, pedal-box, suspension and its performance through the gears; it’s likely you’ll be buying a sports car to have fun,

so make sure you feel able to enjoy yourself. Top 10 best sports cars :

(1) Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5 is one of the very best enthusiast’s cars on sale, regardless of price. Most of the MX-5’s rivals are front-drive hot hatchbacks.

Powered by a choice of a fizzy 1.5 or 2.0-litre petrol engines.

One of the very best manual gearboxes available provides a welcome dose of engagement, while light, direct steering gives feedback by the bucket load.

Speaking of buckets, the MX-5’s seats are supportive rather than incredibly figure-hugging, and the cabin is very snug.


(2) Porsche 911

Porsche is fast, sophisticated and entirely usable in everyday life.

There's now Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa versions of the 992-generation to choose from, with rear- and four-wheel drive-configurations

At the top the savage 641 bhp Turbo S variant, which manages the 0-62 mph sprint in just 2.7 seconds and a 205 mph maximum.

With 444 bhp on tap, it covers 0-62 mph in only 3.7 seconds while the standard PDK dual-clutch gearbox delivers lightning-fast shifts.


(3) Alpine A110

The latest Alpine A110 is styled to look and feel much like the French brand’s iconic sixties offering of the same name.

As they come though; a mid-mounted turbocharged four-cylinder, dual-clutch gearbox and perfectly judged chassis all sit beneath the A110’s pretty, retro-styled bodywork.

The A110 makes 249 bhp from its 1.8-litre Renault engine.

The Alpine is just over 300 kg lighter than an Audi TTS.


(4) Porsche 718 Boxster /Cayman

The Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman are the German manufacturer’s entry-level convertible and hard-topped sports cars respectively.

The standard car gets 296 bhp, but S models receive a boost to 345 bhp.

The six-speed manual and seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearboxes are great to use.

It’s more expensive than some rivals, but you won’t regret paying for Porsche’s sports car expertise.


(5) McLaren 570 S

The most popular McLaren model is a direct rival to the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT.

A turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 producing 562 bhp means performance is impressive, with 0-62 mph dispatched in only 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph.

It’s connected to a great seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox

Pin-sharp steering, huge reserves of grip and beautiful suspension action make it one of the very best sports cars available.


(6) Mercedes- AMG C 63 S

AMG products, the C 63 S offers up a muscular take on a popular formula.

A twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 pushes out 503 bhp, with 700 NM of torque available to provide brutish off-the-line performance.

AMG has transformed the standard C-Class into a sports saloon that proves more composed than an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and just as much fun as a BMW M3 or M4.

Unlike the C 43, there’s no four-wheel drive; a revised nine-stage traction-control system and a clever electronically controlled limited-slip diff help get power to the road.


(7) BMW M2 Competition

It has 365 bhp 3.0-litre turbo straight six, rear-wheel drive and an involving six-speed manual gearbox.

The old M2 handled brilliantly, but the new Comp’s body shell has been stiffened with carbon-fiber and the suspension has been strengthened but otherwise left untouched.

Given the responsive chassis and incredible performance on tap, it’s a small price to pay.

There’s also beefier brakes so you can have more fun for longer, too.


(8) Nissan GT-R

It’s engineered to use its 1,754 kg heft to its advantage; off-the-line acceleration is remarkable, as is outright speed.

Powered by a hand-built 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 developing 562 bhp

Smoother low-speed shifts, improved sound deadening and a more luxurious cabin help take the edge off without diluting the GT-R’s character.

It’s more usable everyday – but can still do 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds.


(9) Toyota GR Supra

The Supra holds its own in the handling department against the Alpine A 110 and Porsche 718 Cayman. 0-62 mph is dealt with in just 4.3 seconds.

The driving experience was clearly, and rightfully, prioritize.


(10) Ford Mustang

The Mustang GT has the same output as Porsche’s latest 911 Carrera S – 444bhp – but starts at just over £50,000 less.

The latest Mustang copes admirably.

The heavy yet accurate steering is good, while the six-speed manual box is much better in use than the slightly lethargic 10-speed auto.

Bonus points go to the Mustang for being the only car on this list with a ‘Drag’ mode.