At present, the sports car market may not be the healthiest, but there are more choices than you might expect. We offer fast, specially manufactured coupes of various shapes and sizes, which we believe are the top ten best.
The menu has cars with a front and middle engine, and the number of cylinders is from four to eight. Meanwhile, prices start comfortably below £ 30,000, reaching over £ 100,000.
Which one will it be for you?
1. Alpine A110
The Alps are not praised because they are faster or stronger than their peers. In fact, this is one of the slowest cars here.
No, the Alpine A110 is the best new sports car you can buy today because it disrupts the trend of an increasingly powerful, heavier and overused coupe. It provides you with what you need, nothing more. Therefore, it is a very lightweight and joyous thing.
It is like a very modern, more fascinating Lotus Elise. And if you need more power, there is the A110 S, which adds more strength and skill without completely spoiling the recipe.
2. Porsche 911 Carrera
As the Porsche 911 Carrera is getting bigger, heavier and more sophisticated, some accuse him of wandering around the territory of great tourists. But drive one hard and you will soon find out that it is still a clean sports car. Not only that, but it’s pretty cool to play supercars.
Changing the power to turbocharging in the 991.2 generation car could irritate the purists, but Porsche made the 9A2 3.0-liter engine even better for the 992. The unit is unbelievably responsive to the turbocharged engine and sounds great in the upper part.
No matter which version of 992 you choose, you will not be disappointed. If it were us, we would choose the rear wheel Carrera 2 of the coupe. The powerful features of Carrera S are attractive, but you do n’t need it on the go.
3. Mazda MX-5
We were already big fans of the ND MX-5 when Mazda upgraded it in 2018. What the Japanese company did with the car, however, went beyond the usual jerk – instead it went the way of a good, old-fashioned N / Tuning for the 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine.
New pistons, connecting rods, valve springs and others have raised the speed limit to 7,500 rpm – 700 rpm more than before – and power from 168 to 181 hp.
Even with the extra grunt, the MX-5 remains – as the A110 – a low-powered, lightweight riposte to the class, and although the cheapest variants have been discontinued for 2020, it is still very affordable.
4. Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman
Once upon a time, the Porsche Cayman / Boxster twins could have been placed before 911, not a few seats behind. The problem is the rough and uninspiring flat four, with which 718 Boxman has been filled.
Previously, the only way to avoid this was to choose the Cayman GT4 or Boxster Spyder, both of which are equipped with the same naturally aspirated flat six. Fortunately, Porsche has put it in the updated 4-liter versions of the GTS 718, although the price is high – the cheapest is Cayman, and it’s over 64,000 pounds, which is similar to the original GT4.
If you choose one of the four, you’ll notice that the engine is powerful enough and the chassis in which the engine lives is probably the best on the market. Apart from the Alpine, nothing in this corner of the market comes close to Polish dynamics 718.
5. Aston Martin Vantage
The new Aston Martin Vantage can be priced more like a supercar, but because it is to be a rival of the Porsche 911, it is suitable as a sports car. The only problem is that in most cases it’s not as good as 992.
There is a lot to like, however. This is probably the best-looking contemporary Aston Martin, sounds massively enough and is a commotion on both the road and the track.
The eight-speed automatic transmission does not quite suit the direct competition with the double clutch, but soon the manual option will appear in the Vantage configurator.
6. Toyota GT86
One of only two naturally aspirated vehicles here, the Toyota GT86 is probably probably the most popular sports car on the market today. It is light (ish), has reasonable power from an unusual flat quadrangle, looks good and is not so expensive.
However, the car, which is perfect for enthusiasts, will not be a great sales success – the GT86 has always been a slow Toyota seller, despite a number of limited models keeping it in the press. Fortunately, the Japanese producer persevered and the discussion continues.
As for the current version, the unique updated MX-5, mentioned later on the site, slightly weakened its attractiveness, but if the body and the charming look of the ND are not for you, the GT86 is worth a look. They are a rare sight on the road, but if you want even more exclusivity, you can always choose a Subaru BRZ sister car.
7. Toyota GR Supra
You can’t escape it – GR Supra is not the car we hoped. The “A90” is heavy, its engine sounds uninspiring, and is much more BMW than initially expected – Toyota’s contribution seems small compared to its German partners.
But it’s a great-looking, fast, brand-new sports car worth around £ 50,000 at a time when interest in such vehicles is growing. There will always be the annoying impression that the 4th generation Supra is a missed opportunity, but we are happy to be here, and there is no doubt if this is possible, nor does he like deceitful fooling around.
What’s more, the latest Supra already turns out to be an excellent platform for modification, and various well-known companies already offer updates.
Unlike the Toyota GT86 / Subaru BRZ siblings, we have divided GR Supra and BMW Z4 into separate points, simply because there are so different ownership perspectives. Yes, Z4 and Supra drive very similarly when you compare them, but because it is a convertible and one coupe, and because they look so different from each other, they are chalk and cheese.
Going further, the Z4 is available with a 2.0-liter in-line four in two melody levels – the Supra is not available from the I4 in the UK, and the lower power version has not reached Europe at all. It’s a pity, because the lighter Z4 “30i” is a range selection.
9. Jaguar F-Type
In the past, we were wondering if the Jaguar F-Type can really be described as a sports car – it’s too heavy and not as sharp to drive as we originally expected.
But there are the right ingredients there, it looks like business, and versions with V8 recharges make noise, which can only be described as “clean dirt”.
It’s getting better because Jaguar has just presented a comprehensively updated version, which we will soon be conducting. Many chassis improvements have been received that can simply end the debate “Is the F-Type a sports car?” For good.
10. Lotus Evora
With Elise and Exige firmly grasping the field of orbital weapons, we believe that the (slightly) softer Evora is the Lotus best suited for sports car billing. It is easily the most attractive car on this list and one of the most exciting vehicles. Therefore, you may wonder why it continues.
This is because it is outdated. It turns out that Evora has been in one form or another for more than ten years, especially internally. This is a problem when some exquisite versions are sold at six-digit prices.
As such, the Evora is a particular choice. But if you rate driver engagement above all else, this is the sports car to look for.