Choosing a sports car may be a kind of indulgence, and what you want is a good drive, but you don’t have to completely give up comfort or even a reasonable running cost.
If you want to buy a sports car, you want something very interesting, whether it’s speed or turn, or the combination of the two.
This may mean that you have to make some sacrifices — for example, there are two seats instead of four seats, and no luggage is more suitable for you than a few small shopping bags — but you don’t have to compromise on everything. The best sports cars provide comfortable, luxurious equipment and daily availability, and even reasonable running costs are not impossible.
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Mazda MX-5 – a low price
Alpine A110 – Ultra Light
718 Porsche Boxster – precisely
Jaguar F-TYPE – a beautiful one
McLaren 720s – super fast
Mazda MX-5 – the low-cost one
Mazda MX-5 has been flying the flag for affordable car for almost 30 years, and the new model is inspired by the love of the original. This means that low weight is the key to its great handling and performance. In such a small batch, it doesn’t need a big engine, but we will choose to overtake or go down the path when the extra power of 1.5 is 2 litres. The two are not as fast as a hot hatch, but super manipulations and manipulations make you take full advantage of the opportunities you have. The cabin provides two good spaces, and is equipped with an intuitive information entertainment system, and small, but a well shaped guide can hold several cases. There is also a RF version that has a folding hard top, which provides less wind experience than a fabric roof sports car.
Alpine A110 – the super-light one
Alpine A110 is the latest product, and its slot directly enters the list of models we recommend. Any car, its rivals like Porsche Cayman as gifted, and safe and sound to leave, it is recommended.
This car is really great, its weight is very light, it is evenly distributed between four wheels, and the center of gravity is placed somewhere in the buttocks. This means that the whole car feels like it’s around you when it turns around, giving people an intoxicating input. The engine is moderate, is a 252 horsepower turbocharged 1.8, but when the car is light, it is enough to make it outsprint Cayman S is that it cannot match any quality or utility of Porsche, but as long as you’re on, you don’t care.
Porsche 718 Boxster – the keen driver’s one
We could’ve picked either the Boxster or the Cayman for this slot, but since the hard-topped Alpine has already featured, we decided the Boxster was worthy as it gives buyers something a little different with its open-air appeal. For years, this has been the go-to sports car for buyers who want everything. Speed, thrills, quality, practicality, classiness, looks, desirability; this thing has the lot. The recent switch to four-cylinder power hasn’t gone down too well with purists who miss that six-cylinder howl, but the fact remains that the car is now faster, cleaner and easier on the wallet. Go for the faster S model, and it also goes like the clappers and sounds pretty good. However, it’s the other bits of the drive – the handling, the ride, the steering – that really make this car stand out. It’s not cheap and you’ll have to spend a fair bit more on optional extras, but you’ll never be left feeling short-changed.
Jaguar F-Type – the pretty one
The F-Type is available in both hard-top and soft-top forms, but for us, it’s the Coupe – with its curvaceous, slinky roofline – that represents the truer expression of glamour. The rest of the car looks absolutely stunning, with lots of inspiration from the iconic E-Type sports car of the 1960s. It’s a similar story in the cabin, where the F-Type mixes luxuriousness and sportiness really effectively, even if one of two of the plastics could feel a little higher in quality. You choose from a series of engines whose performance ranges from quick to cataclysmic, with our favourite being the reasonably restrained 300 horsepower 2.0-litre. And while the rest of the driving experience doesn’t really have the precision or accuracy of some rivals, there’s easily enough to keep you smiling. The car’s slightly raucous and unruly character gives it its own special appeal.
McLaren 720S– the super-fast one
No list like this would be complete without at least one ridiculous, money-no-object choice, and the McLaren 720S is ours. Of all the super-exotic cars we’ve driven, this is the pinnacle. In a great number of ways, the 720S bridges the gap between supercar and hypercar. The performance is just one example. With its 720 horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine that throws it from 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds, it’s really not far behind the (much more expensive) P1 that sits above it in McLaren’s range. The suspension delivers the sharpness of a racecar with the ride comfort of an executive saloon, while the controls provide ultimate sensory satisfaction and bits of the bodywork move themselves around automatically to maximise down force and keep you glued to the road. This car really does have to be experienced to be believed, and even when judged alongside other great supercars, it truly is something special.