There’s a huge selection of nippy sports cars currently on sale, from affordable drop tops to high-powered V8 coupes. We’ve rounded up the 10 best models out there to help you pick the perfect car for a spirited sunday afternoon drive.
Here are the 10 best sports cars currently on sale:
- Mazda MX-5
- Audi TT
- Toyota GT86
- BMW M240i
- Porsche 718 Boxster
- Fiat 124 Spider
- Jaguar F-Type
- Ford Mustang
- Mercedes SLC
- BMW Z4
1. Mazda MX-5
The Mazda MX-5 might not be the quickest sports car out there – even top-spec 2.0-litre models take more than seven seconds to reach 62mph from rest – but its lightweight chassis and fabulous handling make it one of the most entertaining cars you can buy. As an added bonus, the latest RF variant comes with a folding hardtop to make sure your fun won’t dry up when the heavens open.
2. Audi TT
From the frugal 2.0-litre diesel coupe to the rip-roaring 395hp TT RS Roadster – there’s something in the Audi TT range to suit everyone. Whichever model you pick, you’ll be treated to exquisite styling both inside and out and Audi’s fantastic Virtual Cockpit display. It might not offer the raw, white-knuckle ride of some rivals, but it’s still one of the best all-round sports cars on sale.
3. Toyota GT86
The Toyota GT86 takes a back-to-basics approach to the sports car recipe, teaming a modest 197hp engine with a lightweight chassis and fantastically responsive controls. Its divisive looks won’t be to everyone’s tastes and its interior quality lags significantly behind other cars on our list but few rivals can turn a series of mini roundabouts into as much fun as Toyota’s diminutive two-door.
4. BMW M240i
Squeezing a 335hp turbocharged straight-six engine into BMW’s smallest coupe has turned the standard 2 Series into the M240i – a lairy rear-wheel drive sports car that’ll sprint from 0-62mph in as little as 4.6 seconds. Not only is it available as a hairstyle-ruining soft top, but the standard two-door model boasts four usable seats and an impressive 390-litre boot, too.
5. Porsche 718 Boxster
Mounting its turbocharged flat-four engine behind the driver helps the Porsche 718 Boxster feel sharper to drive and more balanced than many rivals. Entry-level 2.0-litre versions will crack the 0-62mph sprint in 5.1 seconds while range-topping 2.5-litre S models boast a more athletic 4.6-second figure. Both, however, feature equally smart and well-appointed interiors.
For more info on this mid-engined convertible, read our in-depth Porsche 718 Boxster review.
6. Fiat 124 Spider
The Fiat 124 Spider is based on the Mazda MX-5’s chassis but sports an altogether different – but no less eye-catching – retro design. The changes Fiat’s made are more than just skin deep, however. Under the bonnet, you’ll find a chirpy 1.4-litre turbocharged engine in place of the Mazda’s 1.5 and 2.0-litre units while a more forgiving suspension setup helps turn the 124 into a more comfortable cruiser than its Japanese sibling.
7. Jaguar F-Type
The Jaguar F-Type’s show-stopping looks and raucous 375hp supercharged 3.0-litre engine lend it two distinct personalities. The first is a sumptuous, refined cruiser – happy to slink from beachfront to boulevard turning more heads than corners. The second is a brutal backroad barnstormer that’ll take great pleasure in sprinting from 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds and filling the air with an old-school six-cylinder scream. It might not be the most advanced sports car out there but it’s certainly one of the most charismatic.
8. Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is available with a 2.3-litre turbo engine borrowed from the Focus RS but, for the full-fat muscle car experience, we recommend you pick a 415hp V8 model. This all-singing 5.0-litre unit might feel distinctly last century compared to more modern rivals but it’ll launch Ford’s iconic sports car from 0-62mph in an impressive 4.8 seconds.
9. Mercedes SLC
The Mercedes SLC makes a strong case for itself as an everyday premium sports car. Its interior feels solid, looks smart and the ride is more comfortable than many more focused competitors while the addition of a folding metal roof makes it less tiring on long motorway journeys, too. There’s a wide range of engines on offer from an affordable 184hp 2.0-litre petrol unit to a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 in AMG SLC 43 trim that’ll hit 62mph from rest in 4.7 seconds.
10. BMW Z4
The BMW Z4 boasts, in range-topping sDrive35is trim, a twin-turbo 3.0-litre engine that’ll help sprint it from 0-62mph in just 4.8-seconds – enough to give anything in our top 10 a serious run for its money. The Z4’s forgiving suspension setup makes it more at home on the motorway cruise than careering down country lanes while, inside, you’ll find a well-built, if slightly unimaginative, cabin and BMW’s excellent iDrive infotainment system.