Sports cars are designed to deliver ultimate driving pleasure for those behind the wheel, but often aren’t designed for carrying more than two in comfort. A handful of models, however, can claim to be legitimately sporty cars while having space for four – even if it’s sometimes a bit of a squeeze.
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1. Audi TTS
The Audi TT is a stylish and relatively affordable premium coupe that’s fun to drive and easy to own. The TTS variant gets a turbocharged 310hp 2.0-litre engine that helps the Audi get from 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds – supercar pace just a few years ago. The firm’s quattro all-wheel drive is also standard to give you loads of grip through corners and on slippery roads.
In the back, there’s only really room for two children, but that’s more thanks to the TT’s rakish shape than a lack of headroom. Elsewhere, you’ll find Audi’s impressive Virtual Cockpit display as standard, helping you focus on the business of driving rather than being distracted by other screens.
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2. BMW M2
BMW has been trying to recapture the magic of the original M3 for many years, and the M2 is arguably the closest recreation yet. Behind the bulging bodywork lies a traditional BMW 3.0-litre straight-six producing 370hp – enough to reach 62mph from rest in just 4.3 seconds. Handling is sharp too, thanks to direct controls and a sure-footed feeling on the road.
Space in the back isn’t exactly generous, but you’d expect that given the M2’s diminutive size – BMW offers larger coupes should you want more space. There’s also the excellent M235i if you don’t think you need the all M2’s plentiful power, but we’re not sure we could pass up on the faster model.
3. Porsche 911
Porsche has been refining the 911 for years and the current model is still among the purest drivers cars available. A recent facelift means only turbocharged engines are in the standard lineup and even the base car has 370hp – enough to cover 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds. There are plenty of more powerful engines available, but even this should be more than enough for most people.
Again the rear seats are only really designed for small children – the 911’s rear-engined layout means there’s not a whole lot of space, but they’re very useful if you only have a little shopping to carry. Elsewhere, you’ll find the Porsche’s interior to be very high quality, if a little button-heavy, but watch out for the pricey options list.
4. Toyota GT86
The Toyota GT86 is a thoroughly entertaining car and a great return to form from Toyota who’s recent sporty output has left a lot to be desired. Its 200hp 2.0-litre engine propels it from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds – making it far from the fastest sports car, but one that requires you work it to get the best performance which immediately puts a smile on your face.
Like some other cars here, the rear seats aren’t really suited to anyone other than small children. Head and legroom is quite restricted, but they work just fine for very occasional use. There’s a reasonable 237-litre boot too, so you shouldn’t have to use the rear seats as extra storage too often.
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5. Mercedes-AMG C63
The standard Mercedes C-Class Coupe is a stunning model that takes styling cues from the larger S-Class Coupe. For the C63, AMG has added a throaty 4.0-litre V8 engine under the bonnet with 469hp as standard, and ‘S’ models upping this to a mighty 510hp – that’s enough for a 0-62mph time of just 3.9 seconds (0.1 quicker than the non ‘S’ car).
However, you’ll also have a car that works well day-to-day. The C63’s cabin is extremely quiet and beautifully constructed, and the rear seats should be able to fit adults for shorter journeys without too much complaint. Mercedes also offers saloon and Estate versions if you’d prefer more space, but the Coupe arguably looks the best.
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6. Porsche Panamera
Porsche took a bit of a gamble when it launched the Panamera – the four-door’s design is unlike anything else on the road but, thanks to the launch of a new model, it’s now recognised as one of the most accomplished all-round sports cars on sale. The four-door layout means ample room for rear passengers, who are treated to luxurious accommodation and plenty of adjustment.
Porsche offers a range of powerful engines to choose from, including a basic V6 petrol engine, a more powerful V8, a plug-in hybrid and even a diesel. The quickest of these takes less than four seconds to reach 62mph from rest, but all offer confident and brisk performance.
7. BMW M4
The BMW M4 offers a more grown up sports car experience than the smaller M2, but also more space that could see it enter feasible service as a family car. Under the bonnet, you’ll find a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine producing an impressive 431hp – enough to cover 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds. Its steering isn’t as sharp as the M2’s but the larger car will still leave you grinning from ear-to-ear.
The M4’s interior is broadly the same as in the regular 4 Series, but that’s no bad thing – especially the iDrive infotainment system which is, for us, still the best system on offer. Rear space is actually quite good too but, while there’s enough space for adults in most circumstances, the M3 saloon might be a better bet if you frequently carry people in the back.
8. Ford Mustang
If you like the idea of a big slice of Americana, then you’ll love the Ford Mustang – bold styling and an optional 5.0-litre V8 engine help give it a unique appeal amongst rivals. The V8 has 418hp and takes 4.8 seconds to complete the 0-62mph sprint, but buyers also have the option of the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, whose 312hp allows it to reach the same speed in a respectable six seconds dead.
With such large external dimensions you might expect the Ford to be spacious inside too but, unfortunately, it’s no better for four passengers than rivals including the GT86 and M2. That said, there’s a good amount of boot space and equipment levels are commendably high for a car that’s already good value.
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9. Nissan GT-R
The Nissan GT-R might not be the most obvious choice of a four seater car but, if you’re looking for hypercar performance at mere supercar prices, the Nissan is a good option. There’s a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine under the bonnet – even in the basic version it produces 563hp and gets from 0-62mph in a mere 2.9 seconds…Nismo versions can reputedly do the same sprint in a physics defying 2.5 seconds.
The rear seats are probably better suited to children, but adults will just about fit if they’re not too tall. There’s also a boot bigger than some family hatchbacks so, if you can afford the roughly £80,000 price tag and handsome running costs, it can be as practical as it is psychotically fast.
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10. Lexus RC-F
Lexus’ RC coupe is one of the most striking vehicles of its type on the road, and the ‘F‘ version amps this up to 11 with grilles and bulges in places you might not have thought possible. This provides a clue to the power on offer – a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 produces 471hp meaning 0-62mph is dispatched in 4.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 168mph.
The low roof and small rear windows help contribute to a back seat that’s a little less spacious than the RC-F’s direct rivals – children and teenagers should find it bearable, but adults won’t appreciate being back there on long journeys. They might not also enjoy the thunderous engine note, but you should – it certainly spices up the ownership experience.
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