Now the weather is warmer you are probably seeing more sports cars on the roads. And, maybe you like the idea of cruising through the English countryside with the roof down in a sports car as well.
So maybe you are considering investing in a sports car. However, there are quite a few sports cars on the market now, ranging from affordable to less affordable. Which ones are best?
In this article, we look at some of the best sporty cars on the market, from the affordable to the high-end luxury sports cars.
The Mazda MX-5 is one of the most popular sports cars on the market and is a popular sight on British roads, particularly in the summer months.
The Mazda MX-5, now in its fourth generation, is smaller and lighter than ever before, as well as more powerful. There are two engines to choose from, a 1.5-litre engine with 129hp and a 2.0-engine with 158hp. Even the least powerful of the engines can do –62mph in 8.5 seconds.
The best thing about the Mazda MX-5 is the fact that it starts at just £18,495 making it one of the more affordable sports cars, even if you go for a top spec model.
Fiat 124 Spider
The Fiat 124 Spider is based on the same platform as the MX-5 and is almost identical inside the car. However, the Fiat 124 Spider places more emphasis on luxury than the Mazda and can come with options such as heated leather seats.
It also out-accelerates the MX-5. It’s 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine is from the Abarth 595. The Fiat 124 Spider also has softer suspension. If you are looking for a more relaxed drive, then the Fiat 124 Spider is the sports car for you.
Another very popular sports car, the Audi TT is stylish, quick and affordable. For under £30,000 you get an Audi that has a stylish interior and exterior that comes with optional extras such as the Virtual Cockpit.
If you want to stretch your budget beyond £30,000 then you can opt for the 2.0-litre engine with 230hp. However, even if you don’t want to spend more than £30,000 then you can still get the quick 1.8-litre engine with 180hp.
The Quattro four-wheel drive and DSG automatic gearbox come as optional extras and are amongst the best on the market.
The Toyota GT86 is also the Subaru BRZ, they just have different badges. But whichever badge you go for, this car is perfect for those who want a sports car that looks like a sports car. Its light weight means it can achieve 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds with its 200hp 2.0-litre engine.
It also starts at £22,705, and you get a lot of car for its asking price. This makes it a perfect sports car.
Another sports car that also looks like a sports car is the Lotus Elise and the Lotus Elise goes one step further than the Toyota GT86.
If you want a sports car that takes you back to basics then this is the car you want, it even comes with bucket seats. Optional extras include a stereo, a hard top and air conditioning. Really. The Lotus Elise is a classic sports car and is popular with many.
For such an iconic car, the Ford Mustang is surprisingly affordable. Starting at just under £30,000, the Ford Mustang looks the part, drives well and comes with solid handling. If you’re looking for something that is intimidating on the road and can do 0-62 in under five seconds, why would you consider anything else other than the Ford Mustang?
Admittedly, the interior isn’t as well built as some of its German competitors but if you’re getting a Ford Mustang, you’re getting it because it’s a Mustang.
If you’re looking for something more luxurious then the Jaguar F-Type is a great place to start. Strong performance, accurate steering and an optional active exhaust, the Jaguar F-Type holds its own against some of the younger competitors in this class
The fairly reasonable (for a luxury car) price tag puts it in between the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and the 718 Boxster. However, you will have to fork out over £100,000 if you want the 586bhp SVR. But, the other trims are just as good too.
Porsche Cayman Boxster
While it may not be the Porsche 911, the Cayman holds its own and makes a very impressive sports car. Regardless of what model you go for, performance on this Porsche is incredible. Team this with sharp handling and responsive steering and you get everything you could possible want in a sports car.
While it may not be at the forefront of your mind when looking at sports cars, it’s also pretty reliable, there are few problems that have been reported.
One of Mercedes’ flagship sports cars, the Mercedes-AMG GT has been designed entirely by their AMG team.
The twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine teamed with a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox means that the AMG drives well, looks like a sports car and gives the likes of the Audi R8 and the Aston Martin Vantage a run for its money.
The Porsche 911 is many people’s idea of a dream sports car. It can reach 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 183mph.
And, there’s no denying that the 911 looks the part, and is about as sporty as they come. Essentially, the Porsche 911 is the sports car for those who are willing to spend more money for style, speed and icon status.
Hopefully this has given you some idea of the best sporty cars on the market. Of course, these aren’t the only sports cars available to you and there are plenty more that you find may be better suited to your needs or desires. However, these are ones that we think are best and come in a variety of price ranges, styles and practicalities. You can use our search function below to find our whole range of sports cars.
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