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So you like the idea of having a fast car that can meet the daily demands of a sports enthusiast, whilst also offering high performance power and control. People often think the two are incompatible as sports cars are typically less practical than non-sporting alternatives. However, that’s not always the case, which is why we’ve put together a list of sports cars that’ll comfortable get you to a game or carry your golf clubs in style. We’ve also picked a few that offer tremendous performance for race car enthusiasts who like to spend a day out on the track performing laps.
Sports cars are often seen as a luxury or exclusive type of vehicle, whilst some do command high starting prices, there are also cheaper alternatives that are just as fun. Furthermore, you can always find great used deals on popular models too. And when it comes to driving, a sports car offers a true experience that every driver should try at least once. If you’re unsure whether this type of vehicle is for you, consider the points below. Typically, sports cars:
Whether you are a golfer, a racing fanatic, or a rugby fan who likes to follow the game up and down the country, there’s a sports car for you. And to help you find the right car for your needs, we’ve compiled a list of vehicles noting their practicality for such endeavours. Please, read on to find out our top 10 best sports cars for sports enthusiasts.
The four-door Panamera is everything you could want from a Porsche: it has lightning quick acceleration, an impressive top speed of 197.7 mph, precise handling, a very well-balanced performance, and super stylish looks. You can go from 0 -60 in 3.0 to 5.5 seconds, depending upon the trim. It’s also especially practical for a sports car with a 495-litre boot and a spacious cabin that will comfortably sit four adults, particularly with the Executive model. In short, it offers a complete, all-round package for sports enthusiasts and you can further tailor it to your needs as well. If you need more space, there’s the Sport Turismo variant with five seats and a larger 520-litre boot. Need to be able to tow equipment or bikes? No problem, there’s an option to fit an electric extending towbar, with Turbo S models able to pull a mighty 2,200kg braked trailer. Most importantly, the Porsche Panamera is also a lot of fun – perfect for pre-game anticipation and post-match victory.
USED PRICES FROM £18,000
With stunningly good looks, the Jaguar F-Type is the sports car to take you to and from the golf course. It’s available as a convertible or a coupe, but we’d recommend the latter variant for the increased practicality and the 407-litre boot, which should be about the right size to store your golf clubs, as well as a friend’s. When it comes to driving, the F-Type handles like a dream with wonderful steering and excellent performance from a range of turbocharged engines. At the highest specification, the flagship model can also churn out some supercar-esque numbers, although at lower specs it’s still every bit as fun. Inside, the cabin is what you’d expect from such a premium marque, finished with high-quality materials and two rather comfy seats. If you’re looking for speed, the F-type has a top speed of 161mph and 0 – 60 in 5.4 seconds, depending upon the engine you choose.
USED PRICES FROM £24,000
The 718 Cayman claims a second top spot for Porsche on our list. Like the F-Type, it’s another two-seater sports car that’s incredibly beautiful, supremely quick with top speeds up to 175 mph and a 0 – 60 in as little as 5.1 seconds, and a whole lot of fun to drive. The interior is suitably plush too, with a lovely finish. Furthermore, it is a mid-engine car providing two boot spaces, 130 litres in the front and 275 litres in the rear. Whilst not as practical as others on this list, it’s perfect for carrying a couple of football or rugby kits, whether playing or spectating. In addition, for such a speedy little sports car, the Porsche Cayman also provides a decent return when it comes to fuel economy, with certain variants (depending on the engine and gearbox selection) offering as much as 31.7 miles per gallon (MPG) – perfect for travelling to multiple games.
USED PRICES FROM £2,250
The iconic Ford Mustang is the coupe for those who like to arrive at their sports fixtures and be seen and heard, especially if you opt for the pleasing soundtrack of the mighty V8 engine. It may not be as fast as others on the list, but it can reach a top speed of 145 mph and 0 – 60 in 5.8 seconds. Brash, brawny, and muscular, with striking good looks, the Mustang is a confident grand tourer too, comfortably travelling long distances to reach a match wherever it may be. Inside, the cabin offers four seats with a decent amount of space in the rear. Additionally, it has a 408-litre boot, which is ample room for two golf bags. It’s also available as a convertible, although that variant will reduce the car’s practicality, as well as the boot space. Whichever model you choose, the Ford Mustang is a lot of fun to drive.
USED PRICES FROM £9,000
The stylish Honda Civic Type R provides sports enthusiasts with a practical vehicle that will comfortably seat your friends in the rear, as well as plenty of kit in the 420-litre boot space. If that’s not enough, the rear seats can be folded down to stow a whopping 1,580 litres worth of gear. Furthermore, the hot hatchback is an excellent high performance car with some impressive numbers under its belt – a top speed of 180 mph and 0 – 60 in 5.7 seconds. It has accurate handling and effortless grip and it’s brilliant to drive. In addition, it comes with decent standard equipment and a great selection of safety kit, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and traffic-sign recognition. Plus, you can find some excellent used deals for the Honda Civic Type R at affordable prices.
USED PRICES FROM £4,000
The Nissan GT-R is something of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s very stylish and sleek like a sports car, but underneath its exterior it houses mammoth supercar performance, churning out astonishing figures like 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds, with a rather fast top speed of 195.7mph. It also offers agile handling and well-balance performance too. For sports enthusiasts, the Nissan GT-R is a car you’ll want to take to the race track to explore its true potential with a dozen laps. Inside, the cabin is nicely finished fitting the aesthetic of the car as a whole. The front seats do the job of making you feel snug and enveloped, whilst the rear seats are best reserved for small children. The boot, on the other hand, is a very impressive 315 litres, particularly for a car with such high performance. Racetrack then golf it is!
USED PRICES FROM £33,000
When it comes to reasonably practical two-seater sports cars, the Toyota GR Supra is another worth considering. It can punch some strong numbers, with solid all round performance, and it is impressively comfortable too. Plus, it has a large 290-litre boot, which is enough for a couple of bags for a weekend away, following a golf or rugby tournament. Furthermore, the GR Supra is an astonishingly good-looking car that will turn just as many heads on a track day, as on a city road. It might not produce the fastest lap results, but it will clamour a lot of attention for all the right reasons. That’s not to say a top speed of 155 mph is slow and you’ll hit 60 mph in a quick 4.1 seconds from a standstill. Needless to say, it’s a lot of fun – one with reasonable new and used starting prices (around the £43k-£53k mark), particularly for a high-performance vehicle.
USED PRICES FROM £10,000
The iconic Audi TT is a sports car that’s well suited for everyday use, which certainly increases its desirability. Take it for a spin on a track day and it can churn some exciting numbers as well, with the top spec TTS model achieving 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 155mph. It also offers a lot of fun on twist country lanes with enjoyable dynamics and agile handling. For longer journeys, the cabin is comfortable boasting excellent build quality, a simple layout, and an elegant finish. Plus it has a good 305 litres of boot space for a set of golf clubs, or, if you fold the rear seats down, a 712-litres boot for carrying two sets of clubs and a couple of overnight bags – perfect for travelling with a friend or a partner. In short, the Audi TT is a great all-rounder of a sports car, the kind that will sit comfortably within your lifestyle.
USED PRICES FROM £700
Sharing a platform with the Toyota GT86, the Subaru BRZ sits in ninth place really as a joint affair with its sibling. Although the two cars have slightly different personalities, the similarities warrant the Toyota GT86 an equal footing. Both cars opt for a pared back type of sports car that focuses on the purity of the experience, putting emphasises firmly onto the fun factor. And the two achieve their goal with a lightweight body, low centre of gravity, precise handling, and a snug cabin that grips you allowing you to enjoy the feel of the road and respond to it accordingly. Neither car is blisteringly fast (139.8 mph top speed and 0 – 60 in 6.3 seconds), yet both are incredibly well-balanced, which sports car enthusiasts will appreciate and certainly love. They are true driver’s cars and they come with an affordable price tag too. Practicality wise, the rear seats are best reserved for small children, whilst the 237-litre boot is enough for a couple of cases for overnight stay.
USED PRICES FROM £19,000
With a big grinning front grill, low centre of gravity, sleek lines, and bulging wheel arches, the Maserati GranTurismo is one of the finest looking sports cars on this list, which is a big statement considering how good looking all of these top 10 vehicles are. Nonetheless, it’s true. The GranTurismo is very stylish, capturing your attention first with its looks, then with its performance, which is agile, comfortable, and confident. If you want a fast car then you’ll certainly get this with top speeds of 187 mph and 0 – 60 in 4.7 seconds. It’s a strong grand tourer able to drive you long distances in comfort and enjoyment. The cabin has a nice finish to it with lots of leather and it offers plenty of space too, including rear seats that will actually fit two adults – great news for sports fans who like to travel to a game with their friends. The main downside is the 260-litre boot, but for those who travel light this won’t be a problem, particularly when outweighed with the fun the GranTurismo brings.
USED PRICES FROM £19,000
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