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To be fair, few if any sporty cars don’t dabble in luxury these days. Gone is the time of the stripped-out Ferrari F40, and even the most focused driver’s machines nowadays come with leather and Apple CarPlay. What adds luxury to a sports car experience is the sense of refinement and comfort that allows you to cross continents in an afternoon, but with the sort of thrilling driving experience you crave when the roads become twistier.
Arguably, it’s the Porsche Taycan — all of the straight-line performance and cornering prowess you could want, but with the clear conscience and future-proofing of battery power. It’s a technological powerhouse, but one that can thrill almost as well as a 911 if you want it to. Of course, you might still crave the aural thrills of a ‘proper’ engine, so consider also Porsche’s Panamera, BMW’s M8 Gran Coupe, or the frankly insane Mercedes-AMG GT Four Door.
Ah, this is subtly different to the previous question because a car can have four seats and yet still have just the two doors. In this case, it pretty much has to be the Bentley Continental GT, as it has all of the performance and poise of its two-seat rivals, but with actual space for actual people in the back.
You’d think this would be a close competition what with the likes of the BMW M8 Competition and the Aston Martin DBS in the mix. But no, there’s a clear winner — it’s the 650hp Porsche 911 Turbo S, which will launch to 62mph from rest in just 2.7secs.
You’d hope that any car with a six-figure price tag would be fairly reliable, but it’s not always the case. However, there is once again a clear winner here, and once again it’s a Porsche — the 911, which has been lauded by the US reliability experts JD Power as the best and most reliable car in its class.
Hang on — do you mean the cheapest? Because that’s an easy answer; the Ford Mustang Mach 1 offers 460hp performance and 4.8secs 0-62mph for £57,075. Of course, you may well consider that the Mach 1 is a bit crude and rugged to be included here and you could be right. So let’s consider value, rather than mere price. There’s one car here that offers staggering performance, practicality, style, and quality for less than some others. It’s the Porsche 911 Turbo, which is quicker to 62mph by half-a-second compared to the Aston Martin DBS, but which, at £143,000, costs £82,000 less.
Absolutely. The Bentley Continental, Aston Martin DBS, Porsche 911, BMW M8, and Jaguar F-Type can all be had with convertible roofs, while the Mercedes-AMG SL is only available with a soft-top. You can also have high-performance wind-in-the-hair motoring from the likes of the Aston Martin Vantage Volante and DB11 Volante, and the Mercedes-AMG GT.