If speed is what attracts you, you are in for an awesome treat. From small Japanese convertibles to the multi-million-dollar exotic beasts, this is a list of the best sports cars money can buy right now.
Don’t worry if you can’t buy the top-dollar machines on this list– we included several cars that you can tune to the point that you will never see a set of tail lights ever in your life. So let’s get started!
Lotus Evija – The Proof of Electric Sports Car Concept
Lotus is a personification of radical car design. And the Evija is its most powerful car ever. With only 130 units produced for the entire world, the car will cost you a minimum of $2.1 million. For that kind of money, you get a combined power output of 2,001 horsepower, and 0 to 60 is just a matter of 2 seconds.
The Evija is also one of the lightest electric supercars on the market and that helps you get a range of 250 miles thanks to the 70kWh battery. This car is made to do one thing; going fast!
Bugatti Centodeici – A Tribute to Bugatti’s Legacy
Bugatti has always been on the top of the horsepower and speed game since they started making cars. This, however, is not a car. This is the epitome of automotive engineering and design. Made to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the brand, this car will set you back $9 million because there are only 10 of these in the world.
Bugatti’s signature W16 engine produces a staggering 1,578 horsepower and is mated to the wheels with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Not that it matters, but this thing can go to 60mph in mere 2.3 seconds.
McLaren 765 LT – Outrageously Powerful
Style, power, speed, technology, and extravagance were combined to make this car. McLaren is known for making some of the most radical cars of all time. The P1 and F1 are examples of that. This car is the latest creation of McLaren and costs $299,000 for the base model.
The 4.0-L twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood of this track shredder produces an insane 755 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. LT stands for the long tale and that tale is what produces the downforce to keep this thing glued to the road when it hits the 212mph top speed. 0 to 60? That’s just 2.9 seconds.
Lamborghini Huracan Evo – The Entry-Level Exotic
Dubbed a poor man’s Lambo, this car is your cheap ticket to the supercar club. However, even this one costs more than $250,000.
For that kind of money, you get a V10 engine with a displacement of 5 liters. The engine is naturally aspirated, so no more turbo lag there. This Italian masterpiece of engineering maxes out at 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent from the engine to the wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission. This Lambo can go 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 199 mph.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Germany’s Take at Electric Sports Cars
Just when you thought electric cars can’t get any better, Porsche begged to differ. What we are looking at here is a $186,000 machine that has 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque while having a range of more than 200 miles. It means a 0 to 60 time well under the 3-second mark.
Power and speed is not the only thing this German machine has in excess. Inside, you will find 8-way electronically adjustable seats and materials that rival the ones used in Rolls Royces and Bentleys.
Porsche 718 Cayman – The Cute Beast
It might look like a cute smiling cartoon from the front but on the inside, it is a beast. Under that adorable hood is a relatively small 2.5-L turbocharged and intercooled flat-4 engine that churns out 365 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque.
Having a formidable engine output and a small size, this car can do 0 to 60 in just under 5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 170 mph. Even though this is a Porsche and has some quite impressive numbers, this car costs a humble $57,000 for the entry-level trim.
Porsche Macan Turbo – Off-Road Luxury at its Finest
What can be better than a sports car that can go anywhere? A sports car that can go anywhere while providing unparalleled luxury. That’s what the Porsche Macan is. This vehicle is Porsche’s take at luxurious overlanding and, boy, it does just that.
Bolted to this 4000lb mid-size SUV is a twin-turbocharged and intercooled 2.9-L DOHC V6. This gas-powered motor is good for 375 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. This thing does 0 to 60 in just under 5 seconds. If you want to go to the trail surrounded by Porsche luxury, this sports car will cost you just under $75,000.
Civic Type-R – The Daily Driver Sports Car Combo
This car takes whatever is best in the Civic and makes it better. This affordable Japanese sports car can be yours for $40,000. It is one of the most powerful front-wheel-drive cars of all time with a power output of 306 horsepower from a 2.0-L in-line four-cylinder DOHC engine augmented by Vtec.
A torque output of 295 lb-ft enables this car to hit 60mph in 4.4 seconds and you can easily go up to a maximum speed of 169 mph. This is one of the most practical sports cars on this list and can easily accommodate 5 adults and a reasonable amount of luggage.
Audi TTS – Way More Capable Than It Looks
This is probably one of the coolest small sports coupes to ever be. It might look like it’s just another budget car designed for city travel but that’s not right. It is a track machine made to have fun.
The TT has an in-line four-cylinder engine that can pump up to 288 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. With a seven-speed transmission, you are looking at a 0 to 60 time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 174mph. This sports car will set you back $49,800 for the base model. If coupes are not your type, you can also get this car as a convertible.
BMW M2 – No Compromises on Performance
The Germans know how to make good vehicles and the BMW M2 is just another example of that. Independent suspension at all four corners and a roomy interior covered in the nicest materials make this car fun to drive and travel in.
Under the hood is a twin-turbo straight-6 that puts out just over 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Despite being a bulky 4 seater, M2’s motor can catapult this car to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155mph. If you are keen to acquire a specimen, it will set you back just over $50,000.
Porsche 911 – German Precision at its Finest
Porsche is a brand that needs no introduction. And 911 is one of its most unmistakable vehicles to ever be. The 2020 iteration of the classic sports car packs engines from 443 to 640 horsepower and can provide up to 590 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbo flat-six engines used by Porsche are among some of the best engines in the industry.
The outrageous starting price of just under $99,000 gets you a car that will leave everyone in the slipstream with a 0-60 time of 2.2 seconds and a top speed of 191 miles an hour.
Toyota Supra – A Resurrected Legend
There can hardly be a car enthusiast who does not know of the Supra. Originally released in 1978, the Supra is one of the most iconic sports cars ever. It is known mainly for having a huge tuning potential.
The 2020 Supra is a joint venture between Toyota and BMW. It features an in-line six-cylinder engine that puts out 382 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. This motor can take the car from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds and can hit a max speed of 175 mph. The MSRP of this car starts at $50,000.
BMW Z4 – German Engineering Wrapped in Comfort
BMW produces cars that are more expensive, more powerful, and more famous than this one but the Z4 has a class of its own. It’s the kind of a car that you can take to the beach, top-down, and drive for an eternity without any worry in the world.
The well-balanced car has an in-line 6-cylinder 3.0-L naturally aspirated engine, yes it is the same one in the 2020 Supra. It produces 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. For just under $50,000, this car can show you 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds and can hit a maximum speed of 170mph.
Toyota 86 – The Fun and Thrill of a Rear-Wheel Car on a Budget
The Toyota 86 features a 2.0-L boxer engine that puts out 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The curb weight is just above 2,800 lb. The classic front-engine-rear-wheel-drive configuration and Toyota’s mature automobile DNA make this car fun to drive.
The best thing about this small sports car is that it is one of the very few cars being offered with a manual transmission. And since it’s a Toyota, going to the mechanic is never on your list of chores for the day. Unless you ram this thing into a wall, no repairs are needed. This thing costs $27,000 for the base model.
Mazda MX5 Miata – A Sports Car for Starters
The Miata has an in-line four-cylinder engine that pumps out a cute 181 bhp and 141 lb-ft of torque. That does not seem like much but add to that a curb weight of 2400lb, a perfect 50-50 weight distribution, rear-wheel-drive system, and a choice of 6-speed manual transmission and you’ll do 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds.
Miata’s engine block is made to handle a lot of pressure and all you need is to strap on a turbo and re-program the ECU and you’ll be making above 250 bhp. It starts just over $26,000, making it one of the cheapest sports cars out there.
Chevy Camaro ZL1 – Business in the Front, Party on the Back
If you want a car that you can take to the office in the morning and to the track in the evening, this is the one. Manufactured since 1966, the Camaro is one of the most iconic cars ever made by Chevy. It has seen regular updates over all those years. The ZL1 is the top-of-the-line variant of the Camaro.
It has a 6.2-L aluminum block pushrod supercharged and intercooled V8. This legendary motor produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The 0 to 60 time is 3.9 seconds and the car boasts an impressive 193 mph top speed. The price starts at $63,000.
Corvette C8 – The Best an American Sports Car can Get
For all who thought Americans can just put big engines in cars that are allergic to crowds, this is the marvel of engineering, design, and precision from the US. The C8 Corvette is the first ever mid-engine Corvette. It has a 6.2-L V8 that sits behind the driver and puts out a formidable 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
For a price starting from $64,995, you get a car that goes 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and does the standing 1/4 mile in just over 11.2 seconds. Inside, you’ll find the nicest materials and all the comforts expected from a car that expensive.
Mercedes AMG A45 – The Hot Hatchback
Remember Toyota GR Yaris we discussed just now? Well, this is his bigger, badder, and more expensive German cousin. This 5-door, 5-seat car might look like a boring hatchback with an AMG badge but don’t judge it based on looks. Under the hood is a 2.0-L in-line 4-cylinder gas motor that puts out a sizeable 360 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.
Despite being a daily driver hatchback that it is, this $70,000 car is capable of doing 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155mph. Thanks to the all-wheel-drive system, this car can handle any terrain.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 – Lots of Power, Lots of Speed
There can hardly be a car that is in production for as long as the Mustang. Introduced in 1964, the Mustang is the longest-running model of Ford and the Shelby GT 500 trim is the top-of-the-line trim of this model. The latest Mustang Shelby GT 500 packs a 5.2-L DOHC V8 that is good for 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque.
Inside this car, you will find lots of leather and all the comfort you can expect from a $75,000 car. On the performance side, we are looking at a 0 to 60 time of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 180mph.
Dodge Demon – The Only Stock Car Capable of a Wheelie
If you like speed in a straight line, this is the car for that. Somehow, Dodge has gotten this vehicle approved to be street-legal. Yet, it could belong on the drag strip and nowhere else. If you floor this car, it shifts all the weight to the rear wheels, lifting the front ones in the air. This is done to maximize grip for drag races.
This beast packs 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. Being the quickest car on the planet, it goes 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds and does the standing 1/4 mile in 9.5 seconds. You can get all that in for just under $85,000.
Nissan GT-R Nismo – An unconventional Approach
If you think fast cars need to be sleek and slim in the front, say hello to Nissan GT-R. This car is boxy, bulky, and freakishly fast. This icon of Japanese engineering has a 3.8-L twin-turbo V6 that’s hand-built by one of the four master mechanics at Nissan.
The motor pumps out 565 horsepower and is capable of doing 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds. The car tops out at a speed of 205 mph. All that Japanese perfection and cutting-edge technology will cost you at least $100,000.
Jaguar F-Type – One of the Best Things to Come From the UK
For the civilized people who want sophistication, luxury, and performance in one package, the legendary British carmaker Jaguar has something special. It might look like a bulky luxury coupe from the outside but don’t be mistaken. This is a beast that leaves the majority of supercars in the dust.
The 5.0-L supercharged and intercooled DOHC V8 under the hood of this masterpiece puts out a respectable 575 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Add to that a curb weight of 3,500 lb and a high-tech AWD system and you are looking at a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. This piece of automotive art will set you back $103,600 for the V8 variant.
Subaru BRZ – Toyota-Grade Reliability
The BRZ was developed by the collaboration of Toyota and Subaru with the aim to make an affordable sports car. It has a 2.4-L direct fuel injection boxer engine that is good for 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The near-perfect weight distribution, track-tuned suspension, and the classic low-rpm torque of the boxer engine make this car as thrilling as one might want.
The BRZ does 0 to 60 in 6 seconds and goes quarter-mile in under 15 seconds. The stats might not seem very promising but don’t forget that this car starts just under $29,000.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT – A Street Legal Luxury Track Car
This car carries forward the superior DNA of the legendary Mercedes SLS AMG. The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, which looks like something out of science fiction, has a 4.4-L twin-turbocharged and intercooled directed fuel injection V8.
This gas-powered motor puts the competition to shame by putting out an intimidating 720 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. With that type of power, you are looking at a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 194mph. All of that power comes at a price. The car starts at $118,000 without options (but there are plenty that buyers will be tempted to add).
Audi R8 – The Car That Made Audi What it is
People who know the car scene may tell you that if it were not for the R8, Audi might not be alive today. Introduced as a halo car, this was the machine that made it clear to people that Audi can deliver what they promise.
The 2021 R8 comes with a 5.2-L V10 and is offered in RWD or Audi Quattro S-tronic drive train options. The engine delivers a massive power output of 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. It can go 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds and can hit 205 mph. The price starts at $143,000.
BMW M8 Competition – Speed in Comfort
When it comes to combining power, performance, and luxury, BMW knows how to execute it. The 2021 iteration of the M8 competition is proof of that. The car packs all the luxury features from massage seats to the most premium materials inside while packing a mighty punch under the hood.
This monster has a turbocharged and intercooled 4.4-L V8 that pumps out a respectable 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. It boasts a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds and can go all the way up to 190 mph. This one will set you back north of $150,000.
Acura NSX – Japanese Engineering at its Finest
The sports subsidiary of Honda, Acura, has perfected the art of making NSXs. The latest generation of this iconic sports car comes with a 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 that is augmented by an electric motor to form a hybrid powertrain. This approach enables this car to outperform the competition, thanks to the instant torque from the electric motor.
The combined power output of this car is 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. You can go to 60 mph from a red light in 3 seconds and leave the cops in the dust with a top speed of 191 mph. Acura NSX comes at a cost of $157,000.
Aston Martin DBX – Remember James Bond?
Okay, this is not the exact car that Bond drove in his movies. It, however, carries forward the same DNA with lots of improvements. As Aston Martin is an independent car maker and does not work under the umbrella of any conglomerate, they make no compromises in design and specs.
The twin-turbocharged 4.0-L V8 bolted to this 4900lb car produces 542 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Even though this is a heavy vehicle, the monstrous engine is enough to catapult this thing to 60mph in 4 seconds and does that cool thanks to the 0-speed transmission. This British machine will cost you just above $175,000.
Ferrari Roma – The Cheapest Ferrari
What account of sports cars can be complete without mentioning a Ferrari? This one is the entry-level model of Ferrari. It was introduced in 2020 and costs just under $225,000. That’s not a cheap price by any means, but you are getting a Ferrari after all. Even a poor man’s Ferrari needs to be expensive.
For just north of a quarter of a million dollars, you get a 3.8-L twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC V8. This motor puts out 612 expensive horses and delivers a road tearing 561 lb-ft of torque. You can hit 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and attain a top speed of 199 mph.
Ferrari F8 – Performance Personified
This Italian supercar is something to be obsessed with. The breathtaking design is complemented by a history of making some of the most iconic cars to ever be. You can make one of these yours for a starting price of $280,000 and you will never regret spending your inheritance on this masterpiece of engineering and design.
For that kind of money, you get the Ferrari name and a 3.9-L twin-supercharged V8 that produces 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. This thing has a 0 to 60 time of 2.9 seconds and can hit speeds above 200 mph.
Polestar 2 – Volvo’s Environmentally Conscious Approach
You might know them for making semi-trucks and buses but Volvo has what it takes to make a true supercar. The Polestar 2 is an example of that. With an angry, aggressive design and all the amenities inside it, this is a true luxury sports car. Looks and comfort are, however, not the only things this car has to offer.
The two electric motors provide a combined peak power of 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque. This 5-seater car weighing in at well over 4,600 lb does 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds. You can own one of these for $60,000.
Tesla Model X – The Electric Sport Utility Vehicle
For the people who want to go out and about but want to be environmentally conscious at the same time, this is the car. On their path to transform personal travel, Tesla has made masterpieces of automotive engineering and the 2021 Model X is just another reminder of the capabilities of electrical vehicles.
Boasting a range of 340 miles, this car has a peak power output of 1020 horsepower and you don’t need to worry about the torque because electric motors can provide it right from the very start. This 2.5-second 0-60 overlanding beast will cost you just under $80,000.
Toyota GR Yaris – Small But Formidable
This car not only passes as a budget daily driver, but it also packs a cute punch when you want to get playful on the road. Developed by the Gazoo Racing wing of the Japanese automaker Toyota, this is a car that you can drive to work as well as take to the track.
Under the hood is a 1.6-L 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 257 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Add to that a curb weight of just over 2800 lb and you can go 0-60 in just 5.6 seconds. If that doesn’t impress you either, the car also promises an electronically limited top speed of 143 mph.
Tesla Model S – The Benchmark of the EV Industry
This is the quickest a car can get. The 0 to 60 time of this car that stands at 1.99 seconds is not limited by the power. The limiting factor here is the ability of road-legal tires to grip the tarmac.
The electric powertrain produces a maximum of 1020 horsepower. The power is sent to the wheels via a single-speed transmission. If you are worried about the range, the $99,900 Performance version of this car has a 100 kWh battery that can drive this car for up to 400 miles without charging.
Audi RS E-Tron GT – Another German Electric Sports Car
After proving their worth with the R8, Audi never settled. While they are known more for the A series of luxury sedans and family cars, they also make some of the sickest sports cars out there. The E-Tron GT is Audi’s take at an all-electric supercar – and they did not disappoint.
With a peak combined power output of 637 horsepower and a mind-boggling torque of 612 lb-ft, this car is nothing short of being one of the best all-electric sports machines of all time. The 0 to 60 time stands just over three and a half seconds. This $140,000 machine can easily hit a top speed of 155 mph.
BMW X7 – Who Said Sports Cars Need a Road?
For those who want luxury, speed, capability, and dependability from a sports car, nothing combines all of them better than the X7. With BMW’s commitment to luxury, you get a car that has all the comforts a true luxury vehicle is supposed to have.
Under the hood is a V8 that puts out 612 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. This motor is good for pushing this thing to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.8 seconds. Remember this is a five-door three-row SUV that weighs as much as your apartment. This German beast can be yours for just under $80,000 for the base model.
Range Rover Sport SVR – No Road? No Problem!
In case you don’t remember, this is the next iteration of the only car that has ever climbed a continuous flight of 999 stairs at Heaven’s Gate. If your definition of a sports car has the word capability in it, this is the car for you.
From a supercharged 518-horsepower V8 to a dynamic suspension that adjusts to your inputs and road conditions as much as 500 times a second, this car delivers luxury and comfort, no matter what surface you are on. You can get the more domesticated V6 model of this car for $69,500 but the V8 model will set you back $115,500.
Mercedes G Wagon – The Most Capable Off-Road Machine
Known to be the most capable off-roader that no one takes off-road, this $132,000 SUV is probably the best thing to come from Mercedes. With three locking differentials and a V8 engine that puts out 576 horsepower at the crank, there’s practically no place on earth where this thing can not go.
While the exterior of this car is still 90% the same as the first G-Wagon that was made for the military 50 years ago, the interior of this SUV has every last thing you can expect in a car with such a price tag. Even though it weighs as much as a city block and has the aerodynamics of a freezer, it can do 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds.
Audi RS6 Avant – The Coolest Family Van Ever
If you think minivans cannot qualify as sports cars, this 591-horsepower wagon from Audi will change your mind. The 4.0-L V8 under the hood of this car is a capable beast that takes this car to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.
From the looks, this car is nothing short of a track car and on the practical side of things, you can fit your whole family and all their luggage for a fortnight trip. This German wagon comes at a slightly steep price of $100,000 for the base model.