Best sports cars
Everyone instinctively knows what a sports car is, but pinning down a precise definition can be tricky. For what it’s worth, the Oxford English Dictionary reckons a sports car is “designed for performance at high speeds,” but we’d argue that ignores a fairly major aspect of sports car ownership: enjoyment.
Sports cars should be fast, sure, but they should also put a great big grin on your face every time you climb aboard. They tend to be less practical and more expensive than family hatchbacks, for example, so those deficits need compensating for; pure driving pleasure is surely one of the most significant carrots with which sports cars tempt buyers. Where possible, we’ve tried to focus on those that could be used every day – no super-light track specials allowed.
That’s not to say sports cars are intrinsically impractical: some of the models we feature here have four seats, while improvements in packaging and design mean sports cars’ boots are far more useable than they once were. It’s a similar story with fuel economy, as most of the cars on this list use the latest engine technology to offer reasonable running costs, and some return over 60mpg.
Our top 10 list of the best sports cars covers a wide variety of models. We’ve selected affordable coupes, unapologetically expensive supercars and even a futuristic hybrid, proving that while defining what a sports car is may be tricky, choosing the right one for you should be a relatively simple – and enjoyable – task.
If you’re after even more thrills and fancy feeling the wind in your hair, head over to our top 10 list of the best convertibles, as many of the cars on this list are also offered with a folding roof. Those who want driver thrills but still need their cars to offer five seats and a useable boot, meanwhile, should look at our recommendations for the best hot hatchbacks on sale right now.
Audi TT coupe