The best sports cars bottle up the adrenaline of high-performance driving in a package that is as exciting to look at as it is to experience. What should you be looking for when shopping for a new sports car? We’ve put together this list of our favorites to help get you started.
- Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
- Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
- Mazda MX-5 Miata
- Subaru BRZ
- Porsche Cayman
- Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE
- Alfa Romeo 4C
The Grand Sport balances a track-ready suspension system and exceptionally sticky tires with the day-to-day usability and street-friendly manners that makes the Chevrolet Corvette an overall winner when it comes to picking the best sports cars.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 puts a different spin on the Blue Oval’s popular muscle machine by installing a high-revving V8 engine that’s well-suited to road course shenanigans. The car also features an adaptive suspension system and unique aerodynamic body work.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a perennial entry on any list of the best sports cars, thanks to its lightweight design, top-down driving fun, and excellent chassis. One of the purest driver’s cars currently on the market.
The Subaru BRZ does a good job of matching most of the MX-5 Miata’s highlights, only in coupe rather than roadster form. Affordable and tunable, the BRZ is a pleasure to drive, and is also available from Toyota in the form of its platform twin, the GT86.
The Porsche Cayman is the best sports car secrets in the German automaker’s line-up. With its mid-engine design, it’s more rewarding to push at the limit for pilots of all skill levels than the flagship Porsche 91 coupe.
The Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE is GM’s answer to the Shelby GT350. Exceptional suspension tuning and an eager-to-please platform make the 1LE the most appealing package on the Camaro’s options sheet.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is a gorgeous two-seat sports car that can be had as either a coupe or a convertible. It pairs a turbocharged mid-engine layout with a funky paddle-shifted transmission and an exotic carbon fiber tub design.
The best sports cars are always the ones that light a fire inside of you each time you turn the key. Make sure to drive as many competitive models as you can before you make your decision, so that you can ensure years of canyon carving, autocrossing, and two-lane twisty fun in your garage.