I have put together a list of the top 20 best sports cars for 2018. With so many amazing automobiles currently on the market, I thought it would be nice to take a moment and acknowledge those that sit at the top of the pile. Everyone has their own opinion about what motors should be included in this list, but the following vehicles are those that I consider being the best.
1. Nissan GT-R
This Japanese auto has an unmistakable appearance that demands attention. It is drivable, dynamic and loud, attributes that anyone interested in this car would want. Equipped with a 3.8-litre V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine, the latest GT-R boasts 570PS at 6800 rpm and 637Nm of torque.
Price: From £82,525
2. Jaguar F-Type
This sleek sports car offers great performance and handling. Available with either a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, 3.0-litre V6 supercharged engine or a 5.0-litre V8 engine, this beast has no shortage of oomph. And although it is powerful, many will agree the main highlight of this vehicle is the design. It does an amazing job of combining style, character and aggression.
Price: From £50,795
3. Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman
It’s an entry-level option for anyone looking to buy a car from Porsche, but one that offers value. More than capable of being a daily driver, it handles well, offers excellent steering and delivers an ample amount of torque. It carries a 2.0-litre flat-4 turbo engine that pushes it from 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds. The 718 has definitely shaken the reputation of being a “poor man’s Porsche”.
Price: From £44,758 (Boxster) / £42,897 (Cayman)
4. BMW M2 Coupé
This rear-wheel-drive brute boasts optimised airflow and aerodynamics as well as a sporty suspension setup. The M2 has a 3.0-litre twin power turbo inline 6-cylinder petrol engine that is connected to either a manual six-speed transmission or M double-clutch transmission. There is no shortage of performance here.
Price: From £46,695
5. Lexus LC
The Lexus LC is a modern looking specimen that boasts high-end, hand-stitched detailing and top notch technology. It started out as a concept and is now a road legal production car. The LC has a powerful 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, and a 10-speed automatic gearbox that Lexus says is “amazingly responsive”. This car looks futuristic and is kitted out with tech to match.
Price: From £76,595
6. Mercedes AMG GT
This car has a distinctive, sporty look mainly due to the design of the front nose and chunky rear-end. It carries a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine that works in conjunction with an AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed gearbox. In summary, the GT is lightweight, compact and offers performance, and handling, that is usually only found in race cars.
Price: From £99,960
7. Aston Martin Vanquish S
A grand tourer that effortlessly delivers power and performance. The Vanquish S carries a 5.9-litre V12 engine that takes it from 0–62 mph in just 3.5 seconds. It has been designed to offer an exceptional driving experience. This luxurious creature boasts a gear shifting time of 130 milliseconds, and this is thanks to the Touchtronic III ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
Price: From £199,950
8. Lotus Evora GT430
The iconic British car manufacturer considers the Evora GT430 to be their “most powerful and accomplished road car to date”. It’s equipped with a 3.5-litre V6 supercharged engine, producing 430 hp and 440 Nm of torque. Sleek and sporty looks combined with advanced aerodynamics make this lightweight Lotus an attractive option for sports car enthusiasts.
Price: From £112,500
9. BMW i8
This car’s distinctive looks and modern design set it apart from the crowd. The i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car that boasts CO2 emissions of up to only 42g/km. This efficiency along with enough power to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds solidify this vehicles reputation as one of the best sports cars around.
Price: From £99,845
10. Audi TT
This award-winning, instantly recognisable coupé has become one of the German manufacturers best selling cars. With a powerful 2.0-litre engine, excellent handling and a lavish interior, it easily competes with it’s rivals. I don’t think a ‘Best Sports Cars’ list would be complete without the inclusion of a TT.
Price: From £28,850
11. Subaru WRX STi
This car is probably the closest a regular person can get to owning and driving a rally car. Heavily influenced by Subaru’s World Rally Championship success, the WRX STi boasts in your face looks, performance and power. With a 2.5-litre turbo petrol Boxer engine, all-wheel-drive and Brembo brakes, this road-ready rally inspired auto is nothing short of impressive.
Price: From £31,995
12. Fiat 124 Spider
Harking back to the appearance of it’s 1960’s predecessor, the latest 124 Spider retains many of the original characteristics but with a modern edge. It carries a 1.4-litre turbo engine that produces 140 horsepower and 240 Nm torque. In short, this exciting two-seater offers luxury, style and plenty of fun.
Price: From £21,050
13. McLaren 570S
The iconic British manufacturer hit the mark with this car. This high-performance coupé boasts a lightweight, durable MonoCell II carbon fibre chassis as well as a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Other features include a 7-speed gearbox, carbon ceramic brakes and an advanced chassis system. The 570S offers innovative technology, eye-catching design features and high-end performance. All-in-all it’s an amazing package.
Price: From £143,250
14. Nissan 370Z
Another car inspired by a predecessor, the 370Z is a modern day incarnation of Nissan’s 240Z, a car that they produced during the 1970’s. It has a 3.7-litre V6 engine that produces 339 horsepower and 371 Nm of torque. With rear-wheel drive, a naturally aspirated engine and lightweight suspension, this car ticks a lot of boxes.
Price: From £29,185
15. Chevrolet Corvette
It carries a 6.2-litre V8 engine that sounds great and produces 460 horsepower. The current Corvette, named ‘Stingray’, offers handling, power and practicality. One of the drawbacks is that the car is only available with a left-hand drive setup in the UK. However, this iconic American sports car offers a ton of value which I think makes up for it.
Price: From £61,495
16. Mercedes AMG C63 Coupé
Mercedes claims that this car is a “concentrated expression of the AMG brand’s motorsport genes”, and I have to say, it’s hard to disagree. On the outside, it screams aggression with it’s threatening lines and wide wheel arches. And on the inside, you find luxurious fine leathers and various examples of impressive craftsmanship. Under the hood lies a 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine that is attached to an AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission. Need I say more?
Price: From £47,650
17. Maserati GranTurismo
The GranTurismo has a naturally aspirated 4.7-litre V8 engine that produces 460 horsepower and 520 Nm of torque. It has been designed to deliver plenty downforce and boasts a lightweight frame thanks to the use of carbon fibre. If it’s comfort and a roaring Italian engine you’re after, then this is the car for you.
Price: From £81,735
18. Porsche 911 Carrera
This rear-wheel-drive beauty travels from 0 – 62 mph in just 4.3 seconds thanks to a 3.0-litre flat six engine that produces 420 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. The Carrera has all of the recognisable Porsche characteristics you would expect and retains it’s reputation as one of the ultimate everyday sports cars.
Price: From £77,891
19. Mazda MX-5
The MX-5 effortlessly combines style and sportiness which is one of the main reasons why it is so popular. The latest version of this iconic motor is available with either a 1.5 or 2.0-litre petrol engine. The latter produces 157 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. Although the car lacks some of the performance figures held by others on this list, I still think it’s great.
Price: From £18,795
20. Ford Mustang
This car is a representation of American muscle done in a modern way. It’s wide body gives it a menacing, aggressive stance. Exactly what you want from a Mustang. Under the hood, there is a 2.3-litre Ford EcoBoost engine that produces 312 horsepower and 432 Nm of torque. It’s fast, efficient (for a sports car) and turns heads, what more could you want?
Price: From £33,645