Enjoy the Drive
Sports cars are all about enjoying the drive. These vehicles have little utility, are not typically fuel efficient, and often have limited occupant space. They tend to be more of a luxury item and can be more expensive than the typical passenger car. Sure, they will still get from point A to point B, but they inspire drivers to find the most interesting route in between. Granted, there are a variety of opinions about what constitutes a sports car, so in this case our scope is 2-door coupes, convertibles and hatchbacks. Yes, there are plenty of high-performance sedans, SUVs and even wagons — but for this exercise we aren’t calling them sports cars. Here’s a look at a selection of engaging sports cars available today, rising in price from the affordable to the unobtainable.
2018 Fiat 500 Abarth
Starting MSRP: $20,495
There are some cars that generate a smile moments after sliding behind the wheel — the Fiat 500 Abarth is one of those cars. Although it doesn’t possess typical sports car lines — in fact, some might call it unattractive — it is great fun to drive. The Abarth draws power from a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that produces 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. On paper these numbers don’t really impress, but on the road when peak torque engages at a low 2500 rpm — in a car that weighs only 2,500 pounds — a good time ensues. Part of the 500 Abarth’s charm comes from its raucous exhaust note that seems out of place for a car of its size. With a low starting price and entertaining driving characteristics, the 500 Abarth makes a great entry into the sports car realm.
2018 Fiat 500 Abarth
For those seeking a more open-air experience, the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio has a starting price of $21,990.
2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R Spec
Starting MSRP: $22,900
All new for the 2019 model year, this new Veloster has updated styling and improved performance. And yes, we’re already breaking our rule of including only 2-door models — the Veloster actually has one door on the left and two on the right. But it’s still more coupe than sedan, so we’re keeping it on the list. The Turbo R Spec comes equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine producing 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque at a mere 1500 rpm. We’re happy to say Veloster has a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment. Veloster now sports a larger grille flanked by swept-back headlights, as well as bodywork that assists airflow around the wheels for better aerodynamics. Veloster’s silhouette is sleeker than the previous model, further emphasized by 18-inch alloy wheels.
2019 Hyundai Veloster N
For those desiring even more performance, Hyundai will be adding a new Veloster N to the lineup. Pricing hasn’t been released, but the little hatchback will get a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine generating 275 horsepower.
2018 Fiat 124 Spider
Starting MSRP: $24,995
In 2017 Fiat returned to the roadster market with the 124 Spider — a fitting name in terms of continuity, since it’s the same moniker as the last roadster the Italian marque sold in America decades ago. The 124 Spider shares the same platform as the Mazda MX-5 Miata, although the exterior styling is unique to each model, as is the engine, transmission and other components. Powering the rear-wheel-drive 124 Spider is a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo 4-cylinder engine producing 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Driving enthusiasts will enjoy rowing through the standard 6-speed manual transmission, although the roadster is available with an automatic. The 124 Spider is balanced and agile, providing great fun on winding roads. Steering is precise with proper feedback from the road. Thanks to an integrated windscreen behind the seats, wind noise and turbulence are kept to a minimum, even with the top down.
2018 Fiat 124 Abarth
For a sportier ride, buyers can upgrade the 124 Spider to the Abarth edition. It receives a slight power bump to 164 horses, and the Abarth gets front and rear Bilstein sport suspension, a mechanical limited-slip differential, a front strut tower bar, a Sport Mode selector and a sport-tuned exhaust.
2018 Mazda MX-5
Starting MSRP: $25,295
While the MX-5 is a thoroughly modern 2-seat roadster, it harkens back to a time when sports cars were more about being light and nimble rather than having voluminous power. According to the folks at Guinness World Records, the Miata is the most successful 2-seater sports cars of all time, with more than 1 million MX-5s sold worldwide. Now in its fourth generation, the Miata has a 2.0-liter engine producing 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. With a smooth 6-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive, the current Miata is just as much fun as the original. Later this year the 2019 MX-5 will arrive in showrooms, boasting an additional 26 horsepower.
2018 Mazda MX-5 RF
For those who prefer the security of a hardtop, Mazda also offers the MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback). This slick roof retains the styling of a fastback even with the top open. Expect to spend an additional $7,000 to upgrade.
2018 Subaru BRZ
Starting MSRP: $25,595
The idea behind the BRZ is similar to that of the Miata — a lightweight and balanced chassis, rear-wheel drive and a quick-revving engine make for a delightfully sporty drive. The BRZ is the only entry in the Subaru lineup without all-wheel drive; although the Japanese brand is best known for providing safe, long-lasting family transportation, the company has plenty of experience with high-performance vehicles (World Rally Championship, anyone?). Powering the BRZ is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine that generates a more-than-adequate 205 horsepower, teamed with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
2018 Subaru BRZ tS
For those looking to really push the performance envelope of the BRZ, Subaru makes the limited edition BRZ tS. Power remains the same, but with STI-tuned front and SACHS rear dampers and coil springs as well as flexible V-braces in the engine compartment, this BRZ is built for fun at the track. The tS edition also has bigger brakes, lighter wheels and a noticeably large rear spoiler. Prices start about $8,000 higher than the standard BRZ.
2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1LS
Starting MSRP: $25,905
A legend among muscle cars since its introduction in 1967, the Camaro returned to American roads in 2010 after an 8-year hiatus. Now in its sixth generation, the Camaro has matured into a proper sports car, complete with standout styling and an array of powerful engine choices. For the low starting price of $25,000, buyers get a new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing a respectable 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a 6-speed manual gearbox. In addition, the Camaro comes with a stylish interior and the latest high-tech features. For those willing to pay a bit more, there are plenty more powerful options
2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
At the top of the Camaro food chain is the extreme ZL1. Priced about $40,000 more than the base version, the ZL1 boasts a supercharged V8 engine churning out 650 horsepower.
2018 Ford Mustang
Starting MSRP: $26,120
The Mustang is easily one of the most recognizable and iconic cars in America’s automotive history. With a look reminiscent of the original 1965 Mustang, the 2018 version gets freshened styling with a lower hood, a wider grille and a new front splitter designed to create what Ford calls “a meaner, leaner” look. The entry-level Mustang uses Ford’s EcoBoost technology to generate 310 horsepower from a small 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and — as an added bonus — it’s rated at 31 mpg on the highway.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
Sure, it will cost an additional $20,000 over a base Mustang, but for those looking to stand out in both looks and performance (power gets bumped to 480 horses), the limited-edition Mustang Bullitt might be worth the upgrade. This special Mustang is a nod to the classic movie “Bullitt” that features Steve McQueen at the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang GT pursuing a Dodge Charger through the streets of San Francisco — arguably one of the best movie chase scenes ever.
2018 Toyota 86
Starting MSRP: $26,455
Built on the same platform as the Subaru BRZ, the Toyota 86 replaced the Scion FRS when the youth-focused Scion brand was put to bed a few years ago. With the same 205-horsepower boxer engine, the 86 is a car that loves to be driven hard on long and winding roads. Last year the 86 received new front and rear bumpers as well as improvements to suspension and chassis rigidity that further improve its already-excellent handling.
2018 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition
If the standard 86 is not special enough, Toyota offers a limited run of the 86 TRD Special Edition. Billed as the “ultimate performance” 86, the TRD gets Brembo Brakes, SACHS dampers, a TRD body kit, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Tires, unique design details and a TRD exhaust system.
2019 Dodge Challenger
Starting MSRP: $27,295
Like the Mustang and Camaro, the Challenger name brings to mind muscle and performance with retro styling to match. One of the largest cars on this list, the Challenger actually has a usable rear seat and trunk. There are many variants of this classic muscle car; for the base price buyers get a Challenger SXT with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine producing 305 horsepower along with an 8-speed automatic transmission — enough power to have some fun and look good cruising through town.
2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye
It may be more than twice the price of the SXT, but the Challenger Hellcat Redeye is a likely solution when extreme power becomes a requirement. Motivating this beast takes a 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine fitted with the largest factory supercharger on any production car. Total output is 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque.
2019 Nissan 370Z
Starting MSRP: $29,990
The idea behind the Z car hasn’t changed much from the original 1970s model, but — as expected — performance has moved forward. As the name 370Z indicates, the Z-car employs a 3.7-liter V6 engine rated at 332 horsepower, available with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission. Although the design hasn’t varied over the last several years, the Z car still has that classic sportscar look with short overhangs, a wide stance and sleek lines.
2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO
For a bit more splash and power, customers can turn to the 370Z NISMO edition. It will cost about $15,000 more, but the extra cash adds a NISMO aero kit, sport-tuned suspension, special NISMO wheels and a bump to 350 horsepower.
2019 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works
Starting MSRP: $31,900
The standard MINI Cooper is a fun-to-drive little car, but not something many would consider a sports car. However, take that same small package and give it a powerful engine, suspension upgrades, a rear spoiler, sport seats and an aero kit, and now we have a sports car. With 228 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque on tap from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, this MINI JCW feel like a go kart for the road with precise handling and potent acceleration.
2019 MINI Cooper JCW Convertible
For those who prefer some wind in their hair, an additional $5,000 will put them in the MINI JCW convertible.
2019 Audi TT
Starting MSRP: $43,950
Introduced almost 20 years ago, the TT is currently in its third generation, which features a much more aggressive style designed to tie in with its R8 sibling while keeping the basic shape of the original car. This fun-driving Audi is available as a coupe or convertible and gets superior handling and traction from its standard quattro all-wheel-drive system. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 220 horsepower, teamed with a quick-shifting 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
2019 Audi TT RS
For about $20,000 more, the TT’s performance can be turned up to 11 with the TT RS. Bold styling and a rear spoiler set it apart from the standard TT. Under the hood resides a 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque to send this sexy sports car to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.
2019 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
Starting MSRP: $52,000
The only coupe in the Infiniti lineup, the Q60 is a premium ride with sporty styling. But for those seeking the ultimate in performance, the standard trim won’t do — that’s where the Q60 Red Sport 400 comes in. Those in the know will recognize the Red Sport’s 20-inch alloy wheels, sport exhaust tip and red brake calipers, but these subtle differences in exterior design make the Q60 Red Sport the ultimate sleeper. No one will suspect that this luxury coupe can sprint to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds, thanks to the 400 horsepower generated by the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine.
2019 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD
For an additional $2,000 (and the right tires), the Q60 Red Sport 400 becomes a great all-season sport coupe with full-time all-wheel drive.
2019 Porsche 718 Cayman / Boxster
Starting MSRP: $56,900 / $59,000
This German automaker has a rich history of sports car racing — in the 1950s and ‘60s the company campaigned the legendary 718 lightweight mid-engine sports car. In the spirit of that original, Porsche introduced the 718 Cayman and Boxster. Along with the name change, Porsche’s mid-engine, 2-seat roadster and coupe were redesigned last year. A newly-developed 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 300 horsepower in the 718 Boxster and Cayman, while the Boxster S and Cayman S upgrade to a 2.5-liter turbo producing 350 horsepower. The variants feature new chassis tuning and stronger brakes, which should provide great fun on road and track.
2019 Porsche 718 GTS
For 2019 Porsche adds the high-performance GTS variant to the 718 lineup. Both Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe are available, with prices starting at $80,700. The upgraded 365-horsepower engine will move these sports cars to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette
Starting MSRP: $55,495
The seventh-generation of America’s sports car, the Corvette Stingray debuted as a 2014 model, bringing back the Stingray name. The most powerful standard Corvette ever, the Stingray is motivated by 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough grunt to move this iconic sports car to 60 mph in a blistering 3.7 seconds — not bad for the “base” trim. Available as a coupe or convertible, the Stingray is one of the few high-performance sports cars still available with a manual gearbox.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
It may be double the price of the base ‘Vette, but for exotic-car performance in a Chevrolet check out the all-new Corvette ZR1. This extreme machine boasts a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine grinding out a massive 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. Sixty mph comes up in less than 3 seconds, with a top speed listed at 212 mph.
2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe
Starting MSRP: $55,900
The Alfa Romeo 4C 2-seat mid-engine sports car is a small, lightweight design inspired by Alfa Romeo’s racing heritage. Built in Modena, Italy, the Alfa Romeo 4C features Italian styling and a carbon fiber monocoque chassis that not only increases structural rigidity — important for controlled, precise handling — it also makes the car very light. The 4C is motivated by a small but powerful 1.75-liter turbocharged engine that produces 237 horsepower and makes it very entertaining to drive on winding back roads or favorite racetracks. This light weight also gives the 4C an advantage in fuel economy, rated at 34 mpg highway.
2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
For about $10,000 more, the fun-to-drive 4C can be transformed into an open-top cruiser for further enjoyment under the sun.
2019 BMW M2 Competition
Starting MSRP: $58,900
The letter M is our favorite when it comes to BMW, since it’s the moniker affixed to the highest-performing variants of the German automaker’s lineup. The M2 is the “entry level” M , but it fully deserves that special letter — in fact, it might even be our favorite. For 2019 BMW has made the M2 even better and changed the name to M2 Competition. To go with the new name, power from the 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo engine has been bumped to 405 horses, which means this sporty coupe can now hit 60 mph in 4 seconds.
BMW M2 Competition DCT
The M2 Competition has a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment, and while most enthusiasts will prefer to shift on their own, for $2,900 more the M2 can be equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox which may not be as engaging, but it is slightly quicker than the manual.
2019 Jaguar F-TYPE
Starting MSRP: $60,750
Last year Jaguar made the entry point into its F-TYPE sports car more affordable with the addition of the new F-TYPE Turbo. Available as a coupe or convertible, this F-TYPE gets a 2.0-liter Ingenium turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 296 horsepower. More importantly, it generates 295 lb-ft of torque at a mere 1500 rpm, so acceleration is brisk. The sprint to 60 mph takes 5.4 seconds, which is actually one-tenth of a second faster than an F-TYPE equipped with the supercharged V6 and manual transmission.
2019 Jaguar F-TYPE SVR
Although the turbo works incredibly well in the F-TYPE, there’s still no substitute for massive horsepower. For about double the price of the turbocharged F-TYPE there’s the F-TYPE SVR — a cat that roars via a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 growling out a plentiful 575 horsepower.
2018 BMW M4
Starting MSRP: $69,150
The 4 Series is the coupe version of the brand’s legendary 3 Series, and thus the M4 is the high-performance variant of this already-great sport coupe. Power is supplied by a BMW M TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 425 horsepower with 406 lb-ft of torque available from a low 1850 rpm. Drivers can choose either the standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission — the latter will move the M4 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.
2018 BMW M4 Convertible
BMW makes it possible to enjoy the amazing performance of the M4 with the added bonus of wind-buffeted hair. Priced about $8,000 more than the coupe, the M4 Convertible features a retractable hardtop and boasts the same powerplant as the coupe.
2018 Lotus Evora 400
Starting MSRP: $89,900
Lotus made its mark producing lightweight, perfectly balanced sports cars, and the Evora 400 fits that bill perfectly. Currently the only Lotus road car available, the Evora features a lightweight chassis that has been widened and lowered for impressive performance. The Evora 400 gets motivation from a 3.5-liter V6 engine equipped with an Edelbrock supercharger to generate 400 horsepower. The driver can choose between Drive, Sport and Race engine-mapping modes, as well as an active exhaust valve control. Sixty mph arrives in a bit over 4 seconds on the way to the Evora 400’s top speed of 186 mph.
2018 Lotus Evora Sport 410
For those looking for something a bit more extreme, Lotus has the Evora Sport 410. A full 132 pounds lighter than the Evora 400, the 410 features an array of carbon fiber componentry. The Evora’s ride height gets lowered while downforce increases for improved handling.
2019 Porsche 911 Carrera
Starting MSRP: $91,100
Over the last 50-plus years, the iconic 911 has become one of the best sports cars on the planet, offering amazing performance while remaining comfortable and useful as a daily driver. Redesigned for 2017, the current Porsche 911 is longer and lower, with a wider front track than the previous model, with new features such as a new rear axle design, new electro-mechanical power steering, Porsche Torque Vectoring, and enhanced Porsche Active Suspension Management. Even the most basic 911 Carrera still offers the impressive performance expected of a 911 — able to accelerate to 60 mph in as little as 4 seconds with its 370-horsepower twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine.
2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
A wide range of 911s are available, but the most extreme is the 911 GT2 RS. Priced around $300,000, not only is the GT2 RS the most expensive of the 911 line, it also is the most powerful with a twin-turbo 3.8-liter engine sending 700 horsepower to the rear wheels. Sixty mph comes up in a mere 2.7 seconds, and top speed is listed at 211 mph.
2018 Lexus LC 500
Starting MSRP: $92,000
One of the most futuristic-looking cars on the road, the LC 500 is the all-new flagship coupe from Lexus. Looking almost exactly like the LF-LC concept from 2012, the LC 500 stands out via a signature Lexus spindle grille, a low hoodline and wide rear fenders, with a standard glass roof flanked by chrome and black C-pillars. Inside is the level of luxury expected of a Lexus flagship, with premium materials and high-tech displays. Powering the LC 500 is a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter high-performance V8 engine that produces 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
2018 Lexus LC 500h
For a more fuel-efficient choice, Lexus offers a hybrid version of the LC, the LC 500h. The new Multi Stage Hybrid system joins a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two electric motor/generators for a total system output of 354 horsepower. Rightfully called a high-performance hybrid, the LC 500h can reach 60 mph in less than 5 seconds while still rated at 35 mpg on the highway.
2018 Nissan GT-R
Starting MSRP: $99,990
When the Nissan GT-R hit U.S. shores in 2009 it completely shook up the sports car world with insane performance typically reserved for exotics costing considerably more. Over the years this legendary sports car has added new features, a more upscale interior and even better performance. Revamped in 2017, the current GT-R has a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque. Engine updates give the GT-R better acceleration in the mid- to high-rpm range, and a nice sound at spool-up via a new titanium exhaust system.
2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO
The GT-R is an amazing sports car in any iteration; however, for those looking for something a bit more extreme there’s the GT-R NISMO. With a unique NISMO-tuned suspension, increased rigidity, a carbon fiber spoiler (and other components) and a bump to 600 horsepower, this is the ultimate GT-R.
2018 Maserati Gran Turismo
Starting MSRP: $134,300
One of the sexiest sports cars on the road — in coupe or convertible form — is the Maserati GranTurismo. This Italian model entered the U.S. market in 2010 and is still powered by a Ferrari-built 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces 454 horsepower, accompanied by one of the best exhaust notes on the road. Last year the GranTurismo was slightly refreshed with a new grille, updated bumpers and new air ducts that help reduce aerodynamic drag. Inside is seating for four on Poltrona Frau leather seats with integrated armrests.
2018 Maserati Gran Turismo MC
For those looking for something a little more special (as if a Maserati wasn’t already special) there’s the GranTurismo MC (Maserati Corse). With a more aggressive look, the MC gets a carbon fiber vented hood, titanium brake calipers, unique wheels and a rear lip spoiler.
2018 Audi R8
Starting MSRP: $138,700
The 2-seat, mid-engine Audi R8 flagship sports car reigns supreme atop Audi’s lineup of high-performance machines. Previously offered with the choice of V8 or V10 engines, the R8 is now offered exclusively with the powerful 5.2-liter V10 engine. Available as a coupe or open-top spider, the standard R8 gets 540 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque out of its V10. Teamed with a quick-shifting 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission, that power gets directed to all four wheels via Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system, which provides excellent traction even in adverse weather conditions. The new R8 V10 has a low, wide stance accentuated by a large honeycomb grille. Audi’s headlights provide a signature look at night, and laser lighting is available for maximum visibility and range — identified by a blue anodized strip in the headlights.
2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus
While there is only one powertrain available for the R8, those that pony up an extra $60,000 get the fastest and most powerful production Audi ever. Output in the V10 Plus is bumped to 610 horsepower, while 77 pounds have been removed from the car — a combination that results in a sprint to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. There’s also carbon ceramic brakes, a carbon fiber rear diffuser, a front lip spoiler and a fixed rear wing spoiler.
2019 BMW i8
Starting MSRP: $147,500
With its sleek silhouette, big wheels, narrow grille and crazy aerodynamic angles at the rear, the innovative BMW i8 will turn heads no matter where it is — especially when the gull-wing doors are open. And it has an advanced powertrain that seems fitting for such a futuristic-looking sports car. It may be a hybrid, but the i8 is no Prius. The rear wheels are powered by a 1.5-liter 228-horsepower 3-cylinder turbo engine, while the front wheels get motivation from a 141-horsepower electric motor. Together they produce 369 horsepower with plenty of low-end torque, allowing the AWD i8 to reach 60 mph in around 4 seconds. The i8 can also travel almost 20 miles on electric power alone.
2019 BMW i8 Roadster
As if the i8 coupe wasn’t radical enough, now BMW introduced a convertible version of this high-tech sports car. The i8’s soft-top can be opened or closed in 16 seconds, and can be operated at up to 31 mph.
2019 Acura NSX
Starting MSRP: $156,000
As much as the original NSX changed the idea of an exotic sports car, one could say the same for the returning NSX. Relaunched in 2017, the new NSX uses a hybrid gas-electric powertrain to produce impressive power and handling. Still a mid-engine sports car, the menacing-looking NSX is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine teamed with three electric motors to produce a total of 573 horsepower. Two of the electric motors provide power to the front wheels, while the V6 and third electric motor send power to the rear. This setup allows for Acura’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, which can continuously vary torque to the front wheels individually, greatly improving agility and handling.
2018 Lamborghini Huracan
Starting MSRP: $199,400
It goes almost without saying, but for those who prefer driving under the radar (figuratively AND literally) the Huracan is not the car to buy. This sleek sports car screams exotic performance, and the rear-wheel drive 580-2 certainly delivers. With 580 horsepower coming from its 5.2-liter V10 engine, the power to weight ratio provides exhilarating performance. Lamborghini claims Huracan’s sprint to 60 mph is under 3.5 second with a top speed around 200 mph. Huracan is available as a coupe or convertible Spyder, and can also be had as the 610-4 — with 610 horsepower and all-wheel drive.
2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante
The Italian carmaker recently took the wraps of the ultimate Huracan — the Performante. This special version will add about $75,000 to the base Huracan’s price, but there is a considerable increase in performance accomplished through a combination of weight reduction, active aerodynamics, an enhanced suspension system and — of course — more power. The Performante’s V10 generates 640 horsepower, good for a sprint to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. And even better, the Performante is also available as a Spyder.
2018 Aston Martin DB11
Starting MSRP: $201,495
Easily one of the most beautiful cars on the road, the DB11 is the latest in a long line of Aston Martin luxury sports cars. Surprisingly, the convertible Volante is the least-expensive version of the DB11. Customers can choose from countless color combinations and luxury features to create their own perfect DB11. Powering the DB11 is an AMG-built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 503 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque at a low 2000 rpm. Suspension and driving dynamics can be selected by the driver to set the DB11 up as a comfortable tourer or a proper sports car.
2018 Aston Martin DB11 AMR
When Aston Martin rolled out the DB11 V8, it possessed attributes that made it a better car than the more powerful V12 version. Now those changes have been applied to the V12, creating the best-driving and most powerful production DB11 available — the all-new DB11 AMR. Priced about $40,000 above the V8-powered DB11, the AMR looks a bit meaner and boasts a 5.2-liter V12 engine creating 630 horsepower.
2018 McLaren 570 S
Starting MSRP: $188,600
McLaren describes the Sport Series as more of a sports car rather than a supercar — a vehicle that could easily be driven every day. Of course, the 570 S is still a McLaren, still incorporating race car technologies and supercar levels of performance. Power comes from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 putting out 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The lightweight carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis keeps the overall weight low, and the interior has more emphasis on usability with improved access, a higher level of refinement than other models and more storage space. Performance numbers are in line with some of the fastest production cars on the road: 60 mph comes up in 3.3 seconds and 100 mph in 6.6 seconds, with a top speed in excess of 200 mph. The 570 S is available as a coupe or open-top spider.
2018 McLaren 570 GT
For those looking for the performance of a McLaren 570 but in a more refined package, there’s the McLaren 570 GT. Priced about $10,000 more than the 570 S, the 570 GT has a more attractive silhouette thanks to a glass rear hatch that provides access to a beautiful leather-trimmed luggage deck behind the cockpit. The elegance of the 570GT’s exterior carries though into the cabin, which has a tasteful blend of soft leather, carbon fiber and bright metal — and, of course, the same powerful twin-turbo V8 is on board.
2018 Ferrari Portofino
Starting MSRP: $214,533
Ferrari has replaced the California with the all-new Portofino, which takes on the mantle of entry model in Ferrari’s lineup. The newest Ferrari gets its name from the beautiful port city in Italy known for its picturesque surroundings and — as Ferrari asserts — its “elegance, sportiness and understated luxury.” The Portofino sports the same turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine as the outgoing California T; however, the engine has been updated to produce close to 600 horsepower — an increase of almost 50 ponies. Performance is at a level appropriate for a Ferrari — a sprint to 60 mph takes less than 3.5 seconds, while top speed is documented as approaching 200 mph.
2019 Bentley Continental GT
Starting MSRP: $214,600
Bentley has introduced an all-new third-generation Continental GT and while it has similar styling, it has been improved in nearly every way. Employing many of the styling cues introduced on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, the new Continental GT features a larger grille flanked by larger LED Matrix headlights that flow into the lines of the hood and fenders. As expected, the interior is all Bentley, making use of the highest-quality materials with natural leather, sustainable wood veneers and polished chrome details. For the first time Bentley is offering dual-veneer options for a unique look. Under its sculpted hood resides an all-new version of Bentley’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine. With 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, the new Continental GT can reach 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 207 mph.
2018 Ferrari 488 Pista
Starting MSRP: $256,550
The legendary Italian carmaker has taken the already-powerful 488 GTB and turned it into a race-ready machine. The 488 Pista — which means track in Italian — features several enhancements to bolster performance on the racing circuit. The Pista gets aero improvements resulting in a 20 percent boost in efficiency versus the 488 GTB. But even more importantly, the 488 GTB generates almost 710 horsepower from its 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 — the most powerful V8 engine ever in a production Ferrari. Power gets directed to the rear wheels via a Formula One-derived 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. As expected, performance figures are impressive: 62 mph arrives in 2.85 seconds and 124 mph is eclipsed in 7.6 seconds, with a top speed of more than 210 mph.
2018 McLaren 720 S
Starting MSRP: $284,475
The latest offering in the McLaren Super Series is the all-new 720 S. Replacing the 650 S, the 720 S combines a refined, comfortable interior with an extreme level of performance. At the heart of the 720S lurks a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a quick-shifting 7-speed gearbox. Performance stats are quite impressive: 60 mph arrives in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 7.8 seconds and at 21.4 seconds the speedometer will be eclipsing 186 mph. Maximum velocity is listed at 212 mph, and the 720S can blow through a quarter mile in a mere 10.3 seconds.
2018 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
Starting MSRP: $298,000
For those who seek a new family car but want extreme performance, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso might be the answer. Like its predecessor the FF, the GTC4 Lusso offers seating for four, ample cargo space and full-time all-wheel drive. The streamlined shape of the GTC4 Lusso fits well with the large grille, bold fender flares, side louvers, sculpted hood and quad exhaust at the rear. With a 6.3-liter V12 engine producing 680 horsepower and 514 lb-ft of torque under the hood, the GTC4Lusso puts that power to the pavement via a 7-speed dual-clutch F1 transmission and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. Massive brakes, high-performance tires and a new a rear-wheel steering system add to the impressive overall performance. Sixty mph comes up in a bit over 3 seconds and triple digits well before 10 seconds pass. Top speed is more than 200 mph — a thrill for the entire family.
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Starting MSRP: $304,995
The latest extreme sports car to arrive from this famed British marque is the all-new DBS Superleggera. The DBS Superleggera employs carbon fiber body panels, a lightweight bonded aluminum chassis and an F1-inspired double diffuser that helps generate almost 400 pounds of downforce at top speed. And top speed is way up at 211 mph, thanks to a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine that produces 715 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is also quite strong — 62 mph arrives in a mere 3.4 seconds, and 3 seconds later the DBS is into triple-digit speeds. Even as the DBS serves up extreme performance, as a GT car it still pampers its passengers with supple leather and Alcantara upholstery is standard, as well as sport-plus performance seats and steering wheel.
2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast
Starting MSRP: $335,275
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Center, the 812 Superfast presents an updated take on the classic front-engine V12 Ferrari. Full LED headlights are integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the hood, and large wheel arches emphasize all that power under the sexy skin. Billed as the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history, the 812 Superfast boasts a new 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces a mind-boggling 789 horsepower at 8500 rpm. Torque is rated at 530 lb-ft, 80 percent of which is available at a low 3500 rpm. With a quick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox, the front-engine 812 Superfast sprints to 62 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds and 124 mph in 7.9 seconds. With enough road, this latest V12 Ferrari will top out somewhere north of 211 mph.
2018 Ford GT
Starting MSRP: $400,000
Many brands have a halo car that sells in small numbers but attracts immense attention to the brand — for Ford that car is the new GT. The automaker introduced the extreme GT ultra-high-performance supercar as a showcase for the company’s application of race technology, use of lightweight materials, aerodynamics and EcoBoost power. The mid-engine 2-seat coupe has the most powerful production EcoBoost engine ever: a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 producing 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The sleek body incorporates active aerodynamics such as a deployable rear spoiler, and the GT uses lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum. Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes provide appropriate stopping power.
2018 Lamborghini Aventador S
Starting MSRP: $417,650
Something about a Lamborghini makes the heart of any driving enthusiast skip a beat — or twelve. As with any Lamborghini, the latest Aventador is as powerful as it looks. Available as a coupe or roadster, the Aventador S is motivated by is a 6.5-liter V12 engine producing 740 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered to all four wheels via a “robotized” 7-speed gearbox that performs gear changes as quickly as 50 milliseconds. With this quick transmission and powerful engine, the Aventador S will reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3 seconds. In 6 more seconds, 124 mph will flash by. With the driver’s right foot planted on the floor, this Aventador will eventually reach 217 mph.
2018 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the most extreme sports cars on the road. Apparently, it is still possible to raise the bar — enter the Aventador SVJ. This limited-edition s gets a boost to 770 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque. With power sent to all four wheels, the SVJ can reach 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, and 124 mph comes up in 8.6 seconds. But the most impressive stat is the SVJ’s time around the famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife — this special Aventador completed a lap in 6:44.97 minutes — setting the record for production cars.
2018 McLaren Senna
Starting MSRP: $958,966
Named for late Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna, the newest exotic from McLaren is designed to be the ultimate performance car for both street and track. The Senna uses the company’s most powerful internal combustion engine it has ever put into a road car. Powering the Senna is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces a mind-boggling 789 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Power gets sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Weighing in at a mere 2,641 pounds, the Senna is the lightest road car from McLaren since the legendary F1. This kind of power-to-weight ratio results in some impressive stats: 62 mph arrives in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 6.8 seconds and it can complete a quarter mile in only 9.9 seconds. Top speed is listed at 211 mph. But the Senna is about more than straightline speed — it’s designed to provide excellent handling on the road or track.
2018 Pagani Huayra
Starting MSRP: $1,400,000
If a Lamborghini or Ferrari is a little too pedestrian, perhaps a Pagani Huayra would be the best way to spend some cash. Looking unlike anything else on the road, the Pagani is an extreme sports car that uses a unique active aero system — four flaps on the front and back of the car automatically actuate to increase downforce or reduce drag depending on the situation. Power comes from a special hand-built twin-turbo 6.0-liter Mercedes AMG V12 engine, rated at 730 horses with 811 lb-ft of torque. Sixty mph is achieved in about 3 seconds and — almost as impressive — the Huayra can get back to zero in 2 seconds. The best part of driving a Pagani: no one will know what it is, but everyone will know it’s something special.
2018 Pagani Huayra Roadster
For those who prefer an open-top ride, Pagani offers the Huayra Roadster. Priced about $1 million more than the coupe, the Huayra gets fitted with an incredibly lightweight hardtop made of carbon and glass. Pagani pundits say the top is very easy to install; however, check the weather before heading out — there’s no place to store the top in the car. A fabric and carbon cover stows on board and can be used in case of emergency. Lighter and stiffer than the coupe, the roadster exhibits the same incredible performance, thanks to its Mercedes-AMG V12 engine tuned to produce 764 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque.
2018 Koenigsegg Regera
Starting MSRP: $1,890,000
Designed to offer more luxury than the typical extreme offering from Swedish carmaker Koenigsegg, the Regera features memory-foam power seats, a 9-inch display screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple CarPlay and ambient lighting. But no matter how this car is appointed, the Agera is all about performance. Powering this supercar is a twin-turbo V8 engine teamed with two electric motors via a unique direct-drive system. With more than 700 horsepower from the electric motors alone, combined output exceeds 1500 horsepower and 1475 lb-ft of torque. Weighing just 3,500 pounds, the Regera will reach 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and — even more impressive — almost 250 mph in less than 20 seconds. It is also possible to drive the Regera in complete silence via EV mode.
2018 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
Starting MSRP: $2,000,000
Ever since Ferrari took the wraps off the extreme LaFerrari, there had been rumors that an open-top version was in the works. No longer a rumor, the LaFerrari Aperta is now on the road. The open-top hypercar maintains the same torsional rigidity as the hardtop and utilizes the same V12 hybrid powerplant that produces an astounding 949 horsepower. Drivers and passengers will need to hold onto their hats in the Aperta convertible — 60 mph arrives in under 3 seconds, 120 mph in less than 7 ticks and top speed is close to 220 mph. Only 209 Apertas will be built — 200 for customers and nine that will be kept by Ferrari for shows and other promotional opportunities. Don’t fret too much about the hefty price tag: Ferrari says that all 200 have been sold.
2018 Bugatti Chiron
Starting MSRP: $2,600,000
Bugatti offered one of the most extreme sports cars in the world with it’s over-the-top Veyron, and now the company has raised the bar even higher with the even more powerful Chiron. Performance numbers are staggering: the Chiron reaches 62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, 124 mph in around 6.5 seconds and — most amazing of all — 186 mph in less than 13.6 seconds. The Chiron’s speed is limited to 236 mph for most driving — a special key is required to unlock the maximum speed “limited for road use” of 261 mph. This is made possible via the Chiron’s 8-liter quad-turbo W16 engine producing 1500 horsepower and an insane 1180 lb-ft of torque.
2019 Bugatti Divo
Starting MSRP: $6,000,000
For those who think the Chiron might be too docile, Bugatti introduces a variant designed to be more agile — optimized for exceptional handling on winding roads or at the track. Only 40 will be built and we’re told all have been presold to current Bugatti owners. The Divo shares the same 1500-horseplower engine with the Chiron, but the newly-designed wider front spoiler provides higher downforce as well as more airflow, which improves overall cooling. The roof of the Divo has been shaped to direct air into the engine to manage operating temperatures. New air vents on the Divo direct cold air directly to the brakes, while a heat shield transfers the hot air through the wheels, helping to keep the massive brakes — 16.5 inches in front, 15.7 inches in rear — at optimized performance.