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What Are The Best Sports Cars? Here Are My Top 5

Updated: May 22

Quite often in life, certain people feel the need to buy themselves a sports car. There are many people who will feel this is completely unnecessary, and say utter tosh like “it's not practical, it drinks too much fuel, it's too fast you're never going to use it.” Quite frankly, the owners of said sports cars do not care, and shun the haters off. There are many reasons why a person would want a sports car. Not only are they just cool in general, but there's something about owning a sports car that makes owners feel proud of themselves, like they've achieved something. And there's also the fact it makes them look more wealthy than they actually are. Not all sports cars are fast, so speed isn't necessarily a reason to buy one, but there is one thing that pretty much every sports car on the planet is capable of. Putting a huge Cheshire Cat grin on your face. Here are the top 5 best sports cars.... in the world.

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 might just be the most simple, and one of the most iconic sports cars of all time. It's also the best selling. Now you'll probably just say, “oh yeah, that's just because it costs pennies.” But that's not strictly true. Yes, it might be cheap as far as sports cars go, especially convertibles, but it's still £23,000 for the most basic model. That's a chunky amount. But, it's not bank breaking, and it also has the classic sports car recipe of front engine, rear drive, even after 30 years. The engine is small, with the basic model having a 1.5 litre, but for a few extra quid, you can have the 2.0 litre. This engine only produces 160 hp, which isn't much, but you have to bear in mind, that this car is very light, it weighs exactly 1 tonne, or 2205 lbs. That translates to a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds, and a Top Speed of 138 mph. Not exactly Mach 5, but it will do. Besides, as I said before, Sports Cars aren't always about speed. Their prime purpose is to put a smile on your face. And the MX-5 does that spectacularly. It's comfortable, and because it's so light, it absolutely flies through the corners like it's on rails. If you need something small, cheapish and also fun, then don't bother with anything else. There's a reason it's one of the best selling sports cars of all time

Jaguar E-Type

Now, some people will say that technically, this a grand tourer and you wouldn't actually be wrong. However, it does appear to be more of an MPV. Not the van like family car you're thinking of, but an MPV in the sense it's both a grand tourer, and a sports car. It pretty much invented the category of 'not being able to decide so why not be both?' Power was mighty. Even the most basic engine, a 3.8 litre straight 6, had 269 hp. If you waited a bit longer and had even more money, you could have had a 5.3 litre V12. Admittedly, this option seemed pointless, as it only had an extra 7 hp, and weighed a whole lot more. But, my gosh did it sound good, one of the best sounding V12 engines to date actually. Performance was decent too. 60 mph was dealt with in 7.1 seconds. Not terrible, not amazing let's be honest. But the Jag would keep on going, all the way to 150 mph, one of the first road cars to do so, especially the first one that was this "cheap". Compared to it's rivals, the E-Type was on average, half the price of similarly performing cars. Of course, nowadays a decent one will set you back six figures, some really good examples even fetching up to £250,000. Would you pay that much for the most "beautiful car in the world?" Quite a statement, especially coming from Mr Ferrari himself.

Chevrolet Corvette

Nowadays, the Corvette, in some variants at least, could be considered as borderline supercar, especially now that it's mid-engined. But if we look at the most basic model of each generation, we see a very tasty and simple recipe for a decent sports car. I'm not saying it's the best ever, it does definitely have it's flaws, especially the older ones. But the latest one, the C8 which is pictured above, seems to have sorted all of the major issues out. That's good. Even the engine finally uses overhead cams, instead of Jurassic age push rods. The Chevrolet Corvette: From The Stone Age To The Space Age, is what the movie should be called, or would, if they actually made one. As far as performance goes, modern corvettes have never slacked. In the current generation C8, the sprint to 60 is dealt with in 3 seconds flat, and it will just about touch 190 mph. That's thanks to a very healthy 502 hp, from it's gargantuan 6.2 litre V8. You get a lot of car for the money. And despite the heavy engine, it's actually rather balanced. Modern era Corvette's have always handled well, and the C8 is by no means an exception. Take this to the Nürburgring and you'll be running circles round Ferrari's and Porsche's all day long.

Porsche 911

So this is kind of the same story as the Corvette, in the sense that some variants of the 911 or more supercar than sports car, but we'll go with it. Of all the cars on this list, the Porsche is by far the oldest. I don't mean by when it was introduced, I mean how many years it's been around since. It's still going. It has, since 1963. You could argue it's even older than that. The 911 found it's roots in Porsche's first road car, the 356, which ultimately started life as a VW Beetle. So it doesn't exactly have the best foundation. Old 911's were notoriously unstable too. Having a heavy engine right at the back, was fine in a 50 hp Beetle, but not in a 200 + hp sports car. Even the most skilled drivers would struggle to keep it tame at high speed, without proper modifications. Mercifully, over time, the engineers got much better and the 911 is now extremely sought after and extremely fast. You may have heard of a company called 9ff. They are a German tuning house who build there own versions of the 911. Some of their cars have upwards of 1500 hp! That's hyper-car territory. The current generation is the 992, and in Turbo S form, it has 650 hp. Paired with the 4 wheel drive system, it can do 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. It will even continue on to 205 mph. It's so fast, that a factory version of the 911 is currently atop the Nürburgring production car record, at 6 minutes and 40 seconds. If you want to know how fast that is, try and drive 13 miles in that time in your car. Yeah, exactly.

Toyota Supra

I can almost guarantee if you ask any teenager who's watched fast and furious what their favourite car is, they will say either the Nissan Skyline, or this. Of course the star of that film was the Mk 4, but it's 2022 not 2002 so we now have the Mk 5. I admit, I was a little disappointed with it when it first came out. That's because it was built in partnership with BMW, who donated the engine and underpinnings from their Z4. Not really Japanese then is it. But you can't blame the car that Toyota didn't want to make their own Straight 6 for it. It is still a very very good car. It's rear wheel drive, and it's short, so it automatically has good handling. It's light too sort of, so it gets a move on, thanks to the 3 litre 6 pot making 340 hp. There's even claims that Toyota's estimates were a little off and it's making closer to 400. Pretty nice. How does 60 mph in 4.3 seconds sound. Is that good enough for you? I can imagine it would be. I'm not even bothered about the blatant German enforced 155 mph speed limiter. Toyota are even offering a manual gearbox. It has everything. The Mazda might be cheaper and the Porsche more exclusive, but for sheer driving pleasure, I don't see why you'd need anything else. It's not too fast to scare you, but fast enough to excite you. Thank You Toyota.

Honourable mentions.

Another car I think is good enough to mention, is the 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. If I'm being honest, it is actually both terrible and brilliant at the same time. It has all the usual Aston Martin faults, such as build quality, reliability issues and even being overpriced in general, but it's an awesome piece of kit. It looks fantastic, drives excellent, and the noise is just, heaven. You can hear it from 2 miles away. It's perfect. Coming home from work, the wife hears you, and puts the kettle on. Perfect. I was also thinking of pretty much any TVR. They look a bit weird, but they always think of new things and like to try their own thing which I respect them for. Of course the reliability issues are painful but I kind of feel like that's part of the TVR experience. You don't buy a TVR and expect it to work, that's just silly.

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