Best sports cars 2021

Rory White

09 Nov 2021

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It's not long before all new sports cars in the UK will have to be electric. But while carmakers are working out how to make them just as exciting, here are the best on sale right now.

1. Porsche Cayman GT4

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Porsche is pretty good at sports cars. The Cayman GT4 is one of the very best it's ever made, despite not costing anywhere near the most. It combines Porsche's simply staggering 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine, the option of a manual gearbox and motorsport-inspired aerodynamics.

Nearly everything about the GT4 is fantastic. Its noise, its steering, the way it looks...the list goes on. If you have the budget and you're after a sports car, you simply have to try one.

2. Alpine A110

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Alpine’s A110 continues to set the bar high for driving excitement thanks to its well-judged controls and punchy engine.

A new ‘S’ variant gives even more focus to the A110 package, though even the regular model feels as involving and accurate as you’d want a sports car to be.

3. BMW M2 Competition

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BMW M cars have been getting bigger, more powerful and faster over the years, to the point that they sometimes feel too a bit much for UK roads.

The BMW M2 Competition is a lovely size, has the right amount of power and sublime handling, making it one of the best M cars BMW makes today. Those after the best badge will want the BMW M8, but those in the know buy an M2 Competition.

4. Mazda MX-5

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The Mazda MX-5 is one of the cheapest ways to put the wind in your hair and a big fat grin on your face. It has its engine at the front, drives the rear wheels and seats two people in the middle.

It's the perfect sports car recipe, made better by the fact you can get its roof down and enjoy the open air. It's also superb fun to drive, proving power isn't everything.

5. Toyota GR Supra

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The Toyota Supra has already made waves in the sports car segment, bringing devastating speed as well as a surprising level of refinement.

Though its BMW underpinnings do mean it has a slightly German feel to it, the new Supra’s design genuinely stands out from the crowd and certainly helps to distance it from the Z4 with which it shares many components.

6. Porsche 911

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The Porsche 911 is the go-to car in the segment, bringing excellent build quality and an involving driving experience in one great-looking package.

There are a variety of different 911 variants to choose from now, from the entry-level Carrera right up to the crushingly fast Turbo.

7. Jaguar F-Type

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Jaguar’s F-Type has recently been facelifted, sharpening its looks while levelling up the amount of technology you’ll find inside the cabin.

Though Jaguar dropped the entry-level V6 engine available with its previous F-Type, the new car’s four-cylinder or V8 options provide plenty of performance.

8. BMW M4

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BMW's latest M4 is one of the German firm's best performance cars yet. It's still a handful in the wet, but an all-wheel-drive version is on the way, plus an M3 estate version is too if you want to carry more stuff with you.

A fire-breathing twin-turbo straight-six still provides the power and the M4 feels more eager than ever to scythe through bends and put a smile on your face. It's also comfortable on long journeys, making it a superb sports car package.

9. Audi TT RS

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The Audi TT RS is a fantastic all-round sports car. It has a high-quality cabin, sharp looks and a muscular turbocharged five-cylinder petrol that helps it go like a rocket and sound unlike anything else on the road.

Engage launch control and few cars will keep up with it on a dry day off the line, while its clever quattro all-wheel-drive offers both security in winter and fun when you want it with the RS's driving aids switched off.

10. Ford Mustang Mach 1

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The Ford Mustang has been famous since the 1960s, but it wasn't until the latest model that we got a right-hand-drive version officially on sale here in the UK. The Mach 1 nameplate has been around since the 60s too, but again, it's the first time you can buy a Mach 1 Mustang here in Blighty.

It's the most focused Mustang on sale, with lower, stiffer suspension, slightly more power, a sports exhaust system and rear limited-slip differential that makes it the best-driving Mustang model on road and track.


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Rory White

09 Nov 2021

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