Believe it or not, high-performance cars don’t have to break the bank. Buying a sports car is often more affordable than you might think, especially if you look to older, second-hand models. One thing you can expect to experience when it comes to buying your first sports car is pure, unadulterated joy.

Things to Consider Buying Your First Sports Car

For first-time buyers, it’s important to know your high-performance cars before you go shopping for one. If you step into a showroom without doing your research, there’s a chance you’ll be a little overwhelmed. Remember:

  • Make sure you can afford the car, including the day to day running costs
  • It’s not all about brake horsepower, but overall balance and performance
  • There’s a great selection of coupes, hot hatches and convertibles, as well as supercars
  • It’s important to brush-up on your numbers and to get to know your torque from your brake horsepower (bhp) and your revolutions per minute (rpm)
  • You’ll want to feel connected to the car, so make sure the controls are right for you
  • The lower the ride height, the sportier it’ll feel
  • If looking at a convertible, consider whether the roof can fold whilst driving or not
  • Certain engines and trims are more favourable than others

Things to Consider Before Driving Your First Sports Car

Before buying your first high-performance car, you might want to take a moment to put your driving skills to the test. Most sports car manufacturers, like Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, offer extra driving courses for you to get a better handle of this type of car. It’s also a great way to decide whether a sports car is actually for you. It’s worth bear in mind:

  • Rear-wheel drive sports cars can be trickier to handle in corners with greater oversteer, yet once mastered prove incredibly satisfying
  • Front-wheel drive sports cars are usually souped-up hatchbacks, but don’t let that put you off – if the vehicle balances the overall performance, it’ll still be a great car.

Remember, the high-performance vehicles on this top 10 list are the best sports cars for first-time buyers. The cars reflect that angle, so whilst we’ve gone for models that also look the part, we wouldn’t recommend a Bugatti Chiron or Nissan GT-R to a newbie. Read on for our top picks.