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From the McLaren 570S to Mazda MX-5, these are the 10 sports cars that we think are the best on sale
More than any other, a sports car is something that you buy because you desire it, rather than buying it out of necessity. Win the lottery, and whether it’s the jackpot or a relatively modest sum, and it’s likely that one of the first things you’ll buy is a sports car, and there are some great models on sale today. Whether you want to buy a two-seater convertible, a four-seat coupe or mid-engined supercar, there is sure to be a sports car on sale to suit, and Auto Express has picked 10 of the best available right now.
The options open to sports car buyers are wide and varied. If you’re of a certain age, the words ‘sports car’ will stir memories of British open-top sports cars of the past, like the Jaguar E-Type, MGB Roadster and Triumph’s TR models. Today, there are cars on sale that evoke the memories of these models, chiefly in the shape of the Jaguar F-Type and Mazda MX-5, while the Audi TT Roadster and Porsche Boxster also deliver open-top fun.
For other drivers, a sports car is a car that has been developed in the heat of competition, or at least produced by a company that knows a thing or two about motorsport. These cars should deliver the kind of focused performance that will bring a smile to any driver’s face, and while most will be powerful, of more importance will be a chassis that responds well to inputs and steering that delivers feedback that encourages you to push that little bit harder.
Two companies that have built a reputation from their motorsport activities are Porsche and BMW. The 911 is a sports car icon that has evolved over the years to become one of the class benchmarks for entertainment and involvement. And while prices have risen over the years, the 911 is a great sports car, whether you choose the basic Carrera or one of the storming GT2 or GT3 models.
For BMW, its M Division has pioneered sports car development, and current cars like the M2, M3 and M4 are great-handling sports cars, although some purists would say they have lost a little of the direct and involving feel of past M Cars.
Mercedes has come on in leaps and bounds for sports cars in recent years. Its AMG division has produced great sports cars in the form of the GT coupe and the V8-powered C 63 models, and these cars have the added boost of their connection with Merc’s Formula One success.
Another firm that has sports car roots forged in F1 is McLaren. It hit the ground running with the MP4-12C and quickly followed that with a full set of entertaining sports cars, and as a result it has established itself as one of the front-runners in the mid-engined sports car class.
That’s quite a feat when you have Ferrari trading on over 70 years of sports car history, while Lamborghini also has a new-found ability to produce scintillating sports cars that aren’t just fast in a straight line.
It’s a similar story with Audi, although the connection between its Le Mans 24 Hours-winning racing cars and road models like the R8 and RS models is a little more tenuous. One car that has a great reputation as a racing car and a sports car is the Nissan GT-R. Formerly known as the Skyline GT-R, the latest R35 model has been on sale for over a decade now, but it’s still a devastatingly quick sports car.
Some of these models have made our top 10 sports cars, and our list ranges from cars costing from £20k to £200k. They all have the same thing in common, though, because they are fun to drive. They make every journey put a smile on your face, whether they’re rear-wheel-drive coupes, two-seater open-top roadsters or pure mid-engined sports cars.