A sports car embodies high-performance and luxury. Such a car is not the fastest out on the roads, but it is a million miles ahead of regular road cars in terms of performance and looks. Sports cars usually slot below hypercars and supercars, which means they are a bit more affordable than the other two.
Here we will list the five best sports cars that have taken the world by storm. These vehicles deserve a mention for the impressive feats they have achieved in the automobile world.
1. Jaguar F-Type
The British auto manufacturer Jaguar has been in the business for nearly a century, and during their time in the industry, they have manufactured outstanding vehicles that have minted their name in the history books. Jaguar has plenty of motorsport experience, which shows in their road cars. The Jaguar F-Type is one example that stands out.
The F-Type has been out since 2013. For many years, the sports car was overshadowed by more capable opponents like Porsche. Jaguar unfortunately wasn’t moving in the right direction at the right time. Fortunately, the company’s management decided to revive its image by giving the F-Type a much-needed upgrade. As a result, the car got beautiful looks, a potent engine, and super handling.
At first glance, the Jaguar F-Type looks like a modern Aston Martin, with a bulky rear-end the latter is known for. However, on close inspection, you will find that the unique taillights, the sloping down roof, and the expansive front grille make the F-Type inherently a Jaguar. The coupe with its large wheels maneuvers the corners and straights effortlessly well. The nimble suspension plays an important role in providing such driving comfort.
However, it is the engine that deserves the most praise. Hiding inside the Jaguar F-Type is a 3L V6 engine that makes a whopping 380 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, which is good enough to take the sports car from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with the manual gearbox not being available anymore.
Moreover, the F-Type gets a host of luxurious features, including leather seats and steering wheel. A clean-looking dashboard, and an infotainment screen to listen to your favorite tunes while you drive. All such exciting features are only £46,223 ($61,600) away.
2. Lotus Evora 400
If you are an avid motorsport fan, you must have heard of Lotus. The British automaker has been a part of the car world since 1948, with most of their time being spent taking part in multiple motorsport ventures, including F1. At present you can count their entire line-up, on one hand, it is that small. The Elise, Exige, Evora and Evija make up those cars. However we like this as it keeps the the British manufacturer more exclusive. However, when the British company makes a car, The handling and styling of it become a worldwide hit. The latest sports car coming from Lotus is the Evora GT.
To the untrained eye the Evora is a small mid engined sports car similar to that of the Elise and Exige. To those in the know it is a complete different animal. The Evora has the signature rear Lotus headlights and diffuser, with a lip spoiler completing the look. The front-end is where you will notice how aggressive looking the car is. The air intakes are bigger, and the lights are slightly angular.
Inside the Lotus Evora GT is a 3.5l supercharged V6 that makes an impressive 416 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. The best part is that the engine is teamed up with a 6-speed manual transmission so, you can play around with the sports car at will. The 0-60 mph acceleration is achieved in 3.8 seconds, while top speed is governed at 188 mph.
The Lotus brand-name is synonymous with excellent handling. There has never been a Lotus that handled poorly, and the Evora GT wasn’t about to break that trend. The Evora handles like a dream, and with responsive power delivery from its engine, it becomes a treat to drive.
The Lotus Evora is a bit pricey at £74,245 ($98,945), but we think that such a price is justified looking at the features this car offers.
3. Mercedes-AMG GTR
Some say there is arguably nothing more superior in the automobile world than German engineering. The Mercedes-AMG GTR embodies that statement, with its mind-numbing acceleration and beyond the spectrum performance.
The AMG GTR has a futuristic design with a long hood, a grille that looks like the gills on a fish, and a roof that slopes down into the rear in classic coupe style. The back-end of the car has beautiful tail lights with a dual exhaust system completing the aesthetics. The Mercedes AMG GTR came out in 2014, and since then, the sports car has had multiple facelifts, with the latest one being the best of the lot.
However, it is not its looks but rather its performance on the road that has given the AMG GTR such a high status in the auto world. Under the massive hood of the Mercedes GTR is a 4L twin-turbocharged V8 that produces a whopping 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The engine is joined with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that takes power to the rear wheels giving a 0-60 acceleration time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph.
Inside the cabin of the Mercedes-AMG GTR are two seats that are bathed in the highest quality leather. The steering and dashboard are ergonomically designed to be practical. There is hardly anything you can find to complain about in this car. It is perfect from top to bottom, but all this perfection comes at a cost.
The Mercedes-AMG GTR costs £122,236 ($162,900). That is a price you have to pay for top-notch German engineering.
4. Ford Mustang GT
The Ford Mustang has been a long-standing favorite of car enthusiasts all over the world. The muscle car has a rich history, and it is one of the most easily recognizable vehicles in the industry. The Mustang GT has a bulky design with a dominant front-end. The aggressive headlights, hood slits, and lines complete the front fascia, whereas the rear gets sporty dual exhausts, and signature slit-like Mustang taillights.
The secret for the Mustang’s success lies in the throaty 5L V8 engine that roars under its hood. This engine produces 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque to take the car from a standstill to 60 mph in around 4 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
The Mustang GT is crafted for power-hungry individuals who want the most out of their car at all times. The GT has such high torque available at all times, that daily driving, as well as racing in it, becomes easy. Fortunately, the Ford Mustang GT starts at a paltry £26,735 ($35,630). No other car on our list is so cheap yet gives maximum performance. The Mustang GT wins in the price department.
5. Porsche 911 GT3 RS
We are fortunate enough to be living in a time when cars are getting faster and safer with each passing day. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a prime example. The German manufacturer Porsche has made an exciting coupe that has further improved the 911’s legacy. The GT3 RS looks exactly like its predecessors with the famous oval headlights and slit-like taillights. There are only minor changes made to the sports car because more focus has been made towards weight reduction and improving downforce. The GT3 RS gets a rear spoiler and front lips right off the bat along with bigger air intakes and larger tires to facilitate performance.
The small coupe gets a potent 4L 6-cylinder engine that makes 520 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque while being mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The vehicle can move from zero to sixty mph in 3.0 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is track-ready and performs exceptionally well. When it first came out, the sports car broke several records for its class, which is not surprising given the hard work Porsche has put into developing this car.
If you fancy a Porsche GT3 RS yourself, you must empty your bank account by £140,695 ($187,500). The German manufacturer won’t be producing too many units as it likes to keep its top variants a bit exclusive. If you do manage to get your hands on one, you won’t ever regret buying it as it is simply a work of art.
There are so many contenders that deserve a place on this list that it can often be difficult to choose one over the other. Keeping that in mind, be assured that the cars that did score a place on this list are some of the most worthy automobiles on the market today.
Posted by Aaron Scott