Enjoying the Drive
Sports cars are all about enjoying the drive — what they lack in occupancy, utility and fuel efficiency can be forgiven thanks to their fun factor. They also get folks from point A to point B, but sports cars inspire drivers to discover the most interesting route in between. Opinions abound regarding what constitutes a sports car, so in this case our scope is 2-door coupes, convertibles and hatchbacks. Yes, there are plenty of high-performance sedans, SUVs and even wagons in the U.S. — but for this exercise we aren’t calling them sports cars. Take a look at the most engaging sports cars available today, rising in price from the affordable to the unobtainable.
2021 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec
Starting MSRP: $23,450
The current generation Veloster debuted as a 2019 model with updated styling, improved performance and the addition of the Veloster N to the lineup. Although Veloster actually has one door on the left and two on the right, it’s still more coupe than sedan so it makes this list. The Turbo R-Spec comes equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine producing 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque at a mere 1500 rpm. We’re happy that the Veloster Turbo R-Spec has a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the Veloster Turbo has a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Veloster now sports a larger grille flanked by swept-back headlights, as well as bodywork that assists airflow around the wheels for better aerodynamics. Unfortunately, Hyundai recently announced that all Veloster variants except the N will be discontinued after the 2021 model year.
2021 Hyundai Veloster N
For those Veloster aficionados desiring more performance, the Veloster N possesses a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque mated with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. A new option for 2021 is a high-performance N 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters, N Track Sense Shift, N Power Shift and launch control. At a starting MSRP of $32,250, the Veloster N receives a N design front fascia with new grille, air ducts for brake cooling, N design rockers, red accents, a larger rear spoiler, N design rear fascia with integrated diffuser and high-flow dual exhaust. New N Light sport seats are standard and have aggressive side bolsters and illuminated N logos. Veloster N features electronically controlled suspension, a limited-slip differential and multiple drive modes that adjust many key aspects in pursuit of a dynamic driving experience.
2021 Chevrolet Camaro
Starting MSRP: $25,000
A legend among muscle cars since its introduction in 1967, the Camaro returned to American roads in 2010 after an 8-year hiatus. Now in its sixth generation, the Camaro has matured into a proper sports car, complete with standout styling and an array of powerful engine choices. For 2020 the Camaro SS received a new front-end look based on the design of the Camaro Shock show car that debuted at the 2019 SEMA Show. The 2021 Camaro is available as a coupe or convertible in LS, LT, LT1, SS and ZL1 trim levels. The LS is powered a turbocharged 275-horsepower 2.0-liter engine and the LT is powered by either the 2.0-liter or a 335-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. The LT1 combines the styling and features of the LT with the V8 engine from the SS. The Camaro SS features a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. A 1LE performance package is offered with either the 2.0-liter engine or the 3.6 V6.
2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
At the top of the Camaro food chain is the extreme ZL1. With a starting MSRP of $63,000, the ZL1 boasts a supercharged V8 engine churning out 650 horsepower that gets mated with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Camaro ZL1 1LE has an available 10-speed automatic transmission. Camaro ZL1 equipment includes Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar summer tires with an exclusive compound, Brembo brakes with 6-piston monobloc front calipers, 15.35-inch two-piece front rotors and Recaro heated and ventilated front seats.
2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Starting MSRP: $26,830
While the MX-5 is a thoroughly modern 2-seat roadster, it harkens back to a time when sports cars were more about being light and nimble rather than having voluminous power. According to the folks at Guinness World Records, the Miata is the most successful 2-seater sports car of all time, with more than 1 million MX-5s sold worldwide since its launch in 1989. The latest-generation Mazda MX-5 went on sale in summer 2015, and for 2019 received a revised SKYACTIV- G 2.0-liter engine producing 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 26 horsepower. Mazda offers the MX-5 Miata in three trim levels: Sport, Club and Grand Touring, with additional features differentiating each level, such as a tilt/telescoping steering column and LED lights (Sport); a Bose 9-speaker audio system and 17-inch alloy wheels (Club); and heated leather-trimmed seats and adaptive front lighting (Grand Touring).
2021 Mazda MX-5 RF
In addition to the manual soft-top MX-5, the MX-5 RF (retractable fastback) offers a power-folding hardtop that can open or close in 13 seconds, featuring a fastback coupe design that stays in place even with the roof stowed. The MX-5 RF starts at $33,045 and is offered in Club and Grand Touring trims. Available as either MX-5 RF or exclusively with a red soft-top, the 100th Anniversary Special Edition MX-5 Miata commemorates the brand’s first 100 years. The special edition is offered in Snowflake White Pearl Mica with red accents including red leather seats and red carpets, as well as 100th Anniversary badges and logos.
2020 Toyota 86
Starting MSRP: $27,060
Built on the same platform as the Subaru BRZ, the Toyota 86 replaced the Scion FRS when the youth-focused Scion brand was put to bed a few years ago. With the same 205-horsepower boxer engine, the 86 is a car that loves to be driven hard on long and winding roads. Toyota revealed the all-new 2022 86 in June. The 2022 model has been scheduled to go on sale later this year, and with no 2021 model planned the 2020 86 remains on sale.
2022 Toyota GR 86
The 2022 Toyota GR 86 is a 2+2 rear-wheel-drive coupe featuring a wide stance, low center of gravity and functional vents in the front fenders. With a more rigid chassis, improved handling, new aerodynamics and increased power, the 2022 GR 86 earns the Gazoo Racing badge alongside the GR Supra. Power comes from a new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine that redlines at 7000 rpm and produces 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 23 horsepower and 33 lb-ft of torque over the outgoing model. The new engine gets paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters and a new Sport mode.
2021 Ford Mustang
Starting MSRP: $27,205
The Mustang is easily one of the most recognizable, iconic cars in America’s automotive history. With a look reminiscent of the original 1965 Mustang, the 2018 Mustang received freshened styling with a lower hood, a wider grille and a new front splitter. The 2021 Mustang is available with two standard engine choices: a 2.3-liter 310-horsepower EcoBoost or a 5.0-liter V8 that generates an impressive 460 horsepower. In addition, the new EcoBoost High Performance Package adds a 2.3-liter EcoBoost derived from the Focus RS that produces 330 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The high-performance Shelby GT 500 is powered by a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine producing 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque combined with a TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Ford adds the limited-edition Mustang Mach 1 to the legendary pony car lineup, starting at $53,400. The Mach 1 becomes the most track capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever as the Shelby GT 350 and GT 350R phase out of the family. The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 draws power from a specially calibrated 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 480 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4600 rpm, mated to a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission. An optional 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with an upgraded torque converter is also available.
2020 Subaru BRZ
Starting MSRP: $28,845
The idea behind the BRZ is similar to that of the Miata — a lightweight and balanced chassis, rear-wheel drive and a quick-revving engine make for a delightfully sporty drive. Subaru announced that the new second-generation BRZ is scheduled to arrive in fall 2021, and with no 2021 model planned the 2020 BRZ remains on sale, including the limited edition BRZ tS, powered by the same 205-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine as other BRZ trims, teamed with a 6-speed manual gearbox. BRZ tS starts at $31,495 and features 18-inch STI alloy wheels with a matte bronze finish, STI sport-tuned suspension with Sachs performance shocks, Brembo brakes, leather- and Alcantara-trimmed seats with red contrasting stitching, STI chassis bracing, tS badging and exterior accent stripes.
2022 Subaru BRZ
The second-generation 2022 BRZ follows the proven formula of the original with low weight, a low center of gravity, precise steering and excellent handling — all in a fun-to-drive, affordable 2+2 package. The 2022 BRZ receives a new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine that redlines at 7000 rpm and produces 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 23 horsepower and 33 lb-ft of torque over the outgoing model. The new engine gets paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters and a new Sport mode. The new BRZ is longer and wider than its predecessor and a new front end emphasizes the width with a low grille, wide air intakes functional side vents in the front fenders.
2021 Dodge Challenger
Starting MSRP: $28,870
Like the Mustang and Camaro, the Challenger name brings to mind muscle and performance with retro styling to match. One of the largest cars on this list, the Challenger actually has a usable rear seat and trunk. Dodge produces many variants of this classic muscle car; for the base price buyers get a Challenger SXT with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine producing 305 horsepower along with an 8-speed automatic transmission — enough power to have some fun and look good cruising through town. Both Challenger SXT and GT are offered with all-wheel drive.
2021 Dodge Challenger
Powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine, the Challenger SRT Hellcat grabbed attention when it debuted a few years ago, and Dodge has continued to add additional power with the SRT Hellcat Redeye and the SRT Super Stock. Today’s SRT Hellcat is rated at 717 horsepower while the SRT Hellcat Redeye boasts 797 horsepower and the SRT Super Stock a phenomenal 807 horsepower. A widebody kit with flared fenders is standard on SRT Super Stock and available for other Challenger models.
Starting MSRP: TBA
The idea behind the Z car hasn’t changed much from the original 1970s model, and the legendary sports car celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. While the 2020 Nissan 370Z is sold out, the next iteration is soon to arrive since Nissan announced plans to debut an all-new Z car on Aug. 17, 2021, in New York City ahead of the New York Auto Show. Nissan has already given Z enthusiasts an idea of what to expect when the automaker debuted the Z Proto in fall 2020.
Nissan Z Proto
The Z Proto is instantly recognizable as a Z car thanks to its long hood and a roofline that flows smoothly from the top of the windshield to the squared-off rear end — much like the silhouette of the first-generation Z. The bright yellow paint is also a tribute to the past, and the production version of the next-generation Z is expected to have similar styling to Z Proto. No details about the new Z powertrain have been released, but the Z Proto boasts an enhanced twin-turbo V6 engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The most powerful version of the 370Z produced 350 horsepower, and enthusiasts hope to see the new twin-turbo rated at 400 horsepower — or more.
2022 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works
Starting MSRP: $32,900
The standard MINI Cooper is a fun-to-drive little car, but not a vehicle many would consider a sports car. However, take that same small package and give it a powerful engine, suspension upgrades, a rear spoiler, sport seats and an aero kit, and now we have a sports car. With 228 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque on tap from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, the MINI JCW feels like a road-going go kart with precise handling and potent acceleration.
2022 MINI Cooper JCW Convertible
For those who prefer a little wind in their hair, an additional $7,000 will put them in the MINI JCW convertible. Powered by the same 228-horsepower engine as the coupe, the MINI JCW convertible accelerates from zero to 60 mph in a mere 6.3 seconds.
2021 Toyota GR Supra
Starting MSRP: $43,090
Following a 22-year absence from the market, Toyota’s Supra sports car returned to the automaker’s lineup last year as a 2020 model. Through a partnership with BMW, the new GR Supra retains the inline 6-cylinder engine and rear-wheel-drive layout of all previous Supras. For 2021 the GR Supra receives a boost in horsepower for the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder, as well as the addition of a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder version. The 3.0-liter adds an extra 47 ponies for total output of 382 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. The lighter weight 2.0 liter produces 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both engines get matched with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
2022 Toyota GR Supra A91-CF Edition
For 2022 Toyota will offer the GR Supra A91-CF Edition exclusively for the North American market, limited to only 600 examples. The GR Supra A91-CF Edition features a functional carbon fiber body kit, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, special edition forged 19-inch matte black wheels, red brake calipers with a Supra logo, and a red and black Alcantara and leather interior with accent stitching.
2021 Audi TT
Starting MSRP: $49,800
Introduced almost 20 years ago, the TT is currently in its third generation, which features much more aggressive styling designed to tie in with its R8 sibling while retaining the basic shape of the original car. This fun-driving Audi is available as a coupe or convertible and gets superior handling and traction from its standard quattro all-wheel-drive system. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 220 horsepower, teamed with a quick-shifting 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The TTS coupe boosts power to 288 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.
2021 Audi TT RS
For about $20,000 more than the base coupe, the TT’s performance can be turned up to 11 with the TT RS. Bold styling and a rear spoiler set it apart from the standard TT. Under the hood resides a 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque to send this sexy sports car to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.
2021 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
Starting MSRP: $58,200
The only coupe in the Infiniti lineup, the Q60 is a premium ride with sporty styling. But for those seeking the ultimate in performance, the standard trim won’t do — that’s where the Q60 Red Sport 400 comes in. Those in the know will recognize the Red Sport’s 20-inch alloy wheels, sport exhaust tip and red brake calipers, but these subtle differences in exterior design make the Q60 Red Sport the ultimate sleeper. No one will suspect that this luxury coupe can sprint to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds, thanks to the 400 horsepower generated by the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine.
2021 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD
For an additional $2,000 (and the right tires), the Q60 Red Sport 400 becomes a great all-season sport coupe with full-time all-wheel drive. The Q60 Red Sport 400 and AWD both feature a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode as well as downshift rev matching for performance-oriented drivers.
2021 BMW M2 Competition
Starting MSRP: $58,900
Among driving enthusiasts, the letter M speaks volumes in reference to any BMW, since it’s the moniker affixed to the highest-performing variants of the German automaker’s lineup. The M2 is the “entry level” M, but it fully deserves this special letter — in fact, it might even be our favorite M. For 2019 BMW made a great M2 even better and changed the name to M2 Competition. In keeping with the car’s new name, engineers bumped the power output of the 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo engine to 405 horses, which means this sporty coupe can now hit 60 mph in 4 seconds.
BMW M2 Competition DCT
The M2 Competition has a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment, and while most enthusiasts will prefer to shift on their own, for $2,900 more the M2 can be equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox which may not be as engaging ,but it is noticeably quicker than the manual transmission.
2021 Chevrolet Corvette
Starting MSRP: $59,995
The all-new, eighth generation 2020 Corvette debuted in 2019 — the first ever mid-engine Corvette, followed by the new Corvette Convertible — the first Corvette to feature a retractable hardtop. While other powertrain options are expected, the new Corvette is currently offered with a new LT2 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. No manual transmission is available — instead, the engine gets teamed with a quick-shifting dual-clutch 8-speed automatic gearbox.
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
The 6.2-liter V8 engine and 8-speed gearbox combination in the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette allow the Stingray to jump to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds — the fastest time ever for an entry-level Corvette. With a strong, stiff yet lightweight structure, the new mid-engine design delivers improvements to both ride and handling. For the $67,495 convertible, the mechanism’s ingenious design tucks the hardtop within the body while retaining the same storage capacity as the Corvette Coupe.
2021 Porsche 718 Cayman / Boxster
Starting MSRP: $60,500 / $62,600
This German automaker has a rich history of sports car racing — in the 1950s and ‘60s, the company campaigned the legendary 718 lightweight mid-engine sports car. In the spirit of that original, Porsche introduced the 718 Cayman and Boxster for 2017. Along with the name change, Porsche’s mid-engine, 2-seat roadster and coupe were redesigned at that time. A newly developed 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 300 horsepower in the 718 Boxster and Cayman, while the Boxster S and Cayman S upgrade to a 2.5-liter turbo producing 350 horsepower. The variants feature new chassis tuning and stronger brakes, which should provide great fun on road and track.
2021 Porsche 718 GTS 4.0
For 2019 Porsche added the high-performance GTS variant to the 718 lineup. Both Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe are available, with prices starting at $80,700. The upgraded 365-horsepower engine will move these sports cars to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. In response to interest in a 6-cylinder powered version, last year Porsche added the 718 GTS 4.0 powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine producing 394 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque, with a 6-speed manual transmission and sport exhaust. Developed by Porsche Motorsport, the 718 Cayman GT4 and the 718 produce even more power from the 4.0-liter with 414 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque.
2022 Jaguar F-TYPE
Starting MSRP: $69,900
For 2021 Jaguar F-TYPE received new styling with a more sculpted shape, a slightly larger grille, a new hood, a new front bumper design and slim LED headlights with signature J daytime running lights. At the rear, slender LED taillights have the “Chicane” signature that debuted on the Jaguar I-PACE. For 2022 Jaguar offers the F-TYPE in two versions: F-Type P450 and F-Type R, both powered by a supercharged V8 engine. The P450 has a 5.0-liter V8 producing 444 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque as low as 2500 rpm, with either rear-wheel drive of all-wheel drive offered. The F-TYPE P450 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
2022 Jaguar F-TYPE R
At a base MSRP of $103,200, the 2022 F-TYPE R is also powered by a 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 that generates a more robust 575 horsepower with standard all-wheel drive. The F-TYPE R sprints to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds with top speed electronically limited to 186 mph.
2021 BMW M4
Starting MSRP: $71,800
The 4 Series is the coupe version of the brand’s legendary 3 Series, and thus the M4 is the high-performance variant of this already-great sport coupe. Redesigned for 2021, the new M4 Coupe is dominated by a large, vertical dual-kidney grille first seen on the Concept 4 at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Offered in both coupe and convertible versions, the M4 is powered by 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo producing 473 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Output for M4 Competition bumps to 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.
2022 BMW M4 Competition xDrive
For 2022 BMW adds the M4 Competition xDrive equipped with an M xDrive fully variable, rear-biased all-wheel-drive system that distributes torque between the front and rear axles via an electronically controlled multiplate clutch. An Active M rear differential distributes torque from side to side at the rear axle.
2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo
Starting MSRP: $79,995
The Alfa Romeo 4C coupe was the first vehicle to relaunch the Alfa Romeo brand in North America, and now the 2021 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo will be the final 4C model sold in North America. The limited edition 4C Spider is inspired by the 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, a legendary mid-engine sports car. Only 33 examples of the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo will be produced for North America.
2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo
Finished in exclusive Rosso Villa d’Este tri-coat paint, the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo also features gray-gold 5-hole alloy wheels, a two-tone black and tobacco interior, and a red finish carbon-fiber monocoque. The 4C Spider is powered by a small yet powerful 1.75-liter turbocharged engine that produces 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, good for zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph.
2022 BMW 8 Series
Starting MSRP: $85,000
The BMW 8 Series is offered as a coupe, convertible and 4-door Gran Coupe and with a choice of powertrains including 840i, 840i xDrive and 850i xDrive, as well as M8 versions of each bodystyle. The 840i variants are powered by a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower inline 6-cylinder engine producing 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. The 850i xDrive features a 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 engine making 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.
2022 BMW 8 Series
The M8 draws power from a 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 engine producing 600 horsepower with the M8 Competition boosted to 617 horsepower. In addition BMW offers the ALPINA B8 xDrive Gran Coupe powered by a 4.4-liter BMW ALPINA Bi-Turbo V8 producing 612 horsepower, featuring Alpina-tuned suspension and Alpina-calibrated xDrive.
Staring MSRP: $85,000 (estimate)
A new mid-engine sports car from Lotus, the Emira exterior design is inspired by the Lotus Evija hypercar to deliver exotic supercar appeal in the sports car segment. Built on new Lotus Sports Car Architecture, the chassis uses the same bonded extruded aluminum technology that debuted on the Lotus Elise.
The all-new Emira will be offered with two engine choices: a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 from the Exige and Evora models, as well as a new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit from technical partner AMG. Power output is expected to be in the 360- to 400-horse range. Lotus anticipates the Emira will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds. First customer delivers are expected in spring 2022.
2021 Lexus LC 500
Starting MSRP: $93,050
One of the most futuristic-looking cars on the road, the LC 500 is the Lexus flagship coupe with a convertible version added for 2020. Looking almost exactly like the LF-LC concept from 2012, the LC 500 stands out via a signature Lexus spindle grille, a low hoodline and wide rear fenders, with a standard glass roof flanked by chrome and black C-pillars. The interior presents a level of luxury expected of a Lexus flagship thanks to premium materials and high-tech displays. Powering the LC 500 is a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter high-performance V8 engine that produces 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
2021 Lexus LC 500h
For a more fuel-efficient choice, Lexus offers a hybrid version of the LC, the 500h. The new Multi Stage Hybrid system joins a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two electric motor/generators for a total system output of 354 horsepower. Rightfully called a high-performance hybrid, the LC 500h can reach 60 mph in less than 5 seconds while still achieving a rating of 35 mpg highway. From the front, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible looks identical to the coupe, but the roofline and rear decklid design are unique to the open-top version. The 4-layer soft-top has been designed so the supporting frame is not visible through the fabric material yet it keeps tension to minimize wrinkling and improve sound insulation.
2021 Porsche 911 Carrera
Starting MSRP: $101,200
Over the last 50-plus years, the iconic 911 has become one of the best sports cars on the planet, offering amazing performance while remaining comfortable and useful as a daily driver. The current next-generation 2020 Porsche 911 debuted in January 2019 and arrived at U.S. dealers in late summer 2019 as a 2020 model. The new Carrera features design cues such as defined wheel arches, a recess in the front luggage compartment lid similar to classic 911 models, and a full-width LED light strip across the rear. The Carrera and Carrera 4 are powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engine producing 379 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque, combined with an 8-speed PDK transmission. The Carrera S and 4S are powered by a twin-turbo flat six producing 443 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque.
2021 Porsche 911 Carrera
The 2021 911 Turbo S arrived in late 2020, followed by the 911 Turbo Cabriolet. The 911 Turbo S is powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat six producing 640 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, combined with an 8-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The 911 Turbo Cabriolet is powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat six producing 572 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque that also gets combined with an 8-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Porsche also offers the normally aspirated 2022 911 GT3 powered by a 4.0-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine that revs to 9000 rpm and produces 502 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque.
2021 Nissan GT-R
Starting MSRP: $113,540
When the Nissan GT-R hit U.S. shores in 2009 it completely shook up the sports car world with insane performance typically reserved for exotics costing considerably more. Over the years this legendary sports car has added new features, a more upscale interior and even better performance. Revamped in 2017, the current GT-R sports a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque. Engine updates give the GT-R better acceleration in the mid- to high-rpm range, and a nice sound at spool-up via a new titanium exhaust system.
2021 Nissan GT-R NISMO
The GT-R is an amazing sports car in any iteration; however, for those seeking something a bit more extreme there’s the GT-R NISMO. With a unique NISMO-tuned suspension, increased rigidity, a carbon fiber spoiler (as well as other components) and a bump to 600 horsepower, this is the ultimate GT-R.
2021 Audi R8
Starting MSRP: $142,700
The 2-seat, mid-engine Audi R8 flagship sports car reigns supreme atop Audi’s lineup of high-performance machines. Previously offered with the choice of V8 or V10 engines, the R8 is now offered exclusively with a powerful 5.2-liter V10 engine. Available as a coupe or open-top spider, the standard R8 gets 562 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque out of its V10. Teamed with a quick-shifting 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission, that power gets directed to all four wheels via Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system, which provides excellent traction even in adverse weather conditions. The new R8 V10 has a low, wide stance accentuated by a large honeycomb grille. Audi’s headlights provide a signature look at night, and laser lighting is available for maximum visibility and range — identified by a blue anodized strip in the headlights.
2021 Audi R8 V10 Plus
Although the latest R8 has only one powertrain available, those who pony up an extra $26,000 get the fastest and most powerful production Audi ever. Output in the V10 Plus gets bumped to 602 horsepower. Engineers also managed to remove 77 pounds from the car — a combination that gives the R8 a sprint to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 205 mph. The R8 V10 Plus also features carbon ceramic brakes, a carbon fiber rear diffuser, a front lip spoiler and a fixed rear wing spoiler.
2021 Acura NSX
Starting MSRP: $157,500
As much as the original NSX changed the idea of an exotic sports car, one could say the same for the returning NSX. Relaunched in 2017, the new NSX uses a hybrid gas-electric powertrain to produce impressive power and handling. Still a mid-engine sports car, the menacing-looking NSX remains powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine teamed with three electric motors to produce a total of 573 horsepower. Two of the electric motors provide power to the front wheels, while the V6 and third electric motor send power to the rear. This setup allows for Acura’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, which continuously varies torque to the front wheels individually, greatly improving both agility and handling.
2021 Acura NSX
For 2021 Acura offers a reformulated version of Long Beach Blue, one of the rarest colors from the first-generation NSX. Only 88 cars were painted that color during the four years it was offered. Long Beach Blue joins Berlina Black and Indy Yellow as the latest NSX heritage paint offerings.
2021 Aston Martin DB11
Starting MSRP: $205,600
Easily one of the most beautiful cars on the road, the DB11 is the latest in a long line of Aston Martin luxury sports cars. Available as both a coupe and a convertible (Volante), the DB11 can be configured in countless color combinations and luxury features to create the perfect DB11. Powering this stylish sports car is an AMG-built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 503 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque at a low 2000 rpm. Suspension and driving dynamics can be selected by the driver to set the DB11 up as a comfortable tourer or a proper sports car.
2021 Aston Martin DB11 AMR
When Aston Martin rolled out the DB11 V8, it possessed attributes that made it a better car than the more powerful V12 version. Now those changes have been applied to the V12, creating the best-driving and most powerful production DB11 available — the all-new DB11 AMR. Priced about $40,000 above the V8-powered DB11, the AMR looks a bit meaner and boasts a 5.2-liter V12 engine creating 630 horsepower.
2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO
Starting MSRP: $208,571
Lamborghini introduced the Huracan EVO early in 2019, followed by the Spyder at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show — the evolution of the successful mid-engine V10 coupe and spyder. Power comes from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine based on the powerplant found in the high-performance Huracan Performante, producing 640 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. This results in thrilling speed specs: 62 mph comes up in 3.1 seconds, 124 mph in 9.3 seconds and top speed is rated at a bit over 200 mph.
Lamborghini Huracan EVO
Huracan EVO features the latest version of Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata to control and enhance the car’s overall driving dynamics. The LDVI affects the rear-wheel steering, 4-wheel torque-vectoring system and enhanced all-wheel-drive system to predict the best driving setup for current conditions. The Spyder also features an electrohydraulic, lightweight soft-top that opens with the push of a button and fully retracts in 17 seconds. As the top lowers, two fins deploy behind the seats to enhance the overall look and reduce air turbulence during high-speed open-air motoring.
Lamborghini Huracan STO
Last fall Lamborghini announced the Huracan STO, a street-legal track-ready model based on the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO and GT3 EVO race cars. A 5.2-liter normally aspirated V10 producing 640 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque, the engine looms directly behind the Huracan STO cabin. Power gets sent to the rear wheels via a quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Lamborghini engineers calibrated the engine for a more responsive racing experience with improved sharpness at higher revs.
2021 Ferrari Portofino
Starting MSRP: $214,533
Ferrari has replaced the California with the all-new Portofino, which takes on the mantle of entry model in Ferrari’s lineup. The newest Ferrari gets its name from the beautiful port city in Italy known for its picturesque surroundings and — as Ferrari asserts — its “elegance, sportiness and understated luxury.” The Portofino sports the same turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine as the outgoing California T; however, the unit has been updated to produce close to 600 horsepower — an increase of almost 50 ponies.
2021 Ferrari Portofino
Performance in the Portofino is at a level appropriate for a Ferrari — a sprint to 60 mph takes less than 3.5 seconds, while top speed is documented as approaching 200 mph. The Portofino employs a retractable hardtop that not only adds stiffness and security, when closed it creates sleek fastback styling. Ferrari’s new Portofino convertible seats four; however, rear-seat use should probably be limited to short trips.
2021 Bentley Continental GT
Starting MSRP: $214,600
Bentley introduced an all-new third-generation Continental GT for 2017 and — while it has styling similar to its predecessor — it has been improved in nearly every way. Employing many of the styling cues introduced on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, the new Continental GT features a larger grille flanked by larger LED Matrix headlights that flow into the lines of the hood and fenders. Bentley added the Continental GT Convertible in 2019 with the same elegant exterior styling as the coupe and a beautiful profile with the top up or down. As expected, the interior is all Bentley, making use of the highest-quality materials with natural leather, sustainable wood veneers and polished chrome details. For the first time Bentley is offering dual-veneer options for a unique look. Under its sculpted hood resides an all-new version of Bentley’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine. With 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, the Continental GT can reach 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 207 mph.
2021 Bentley Continental GT
Bentley added the Continental GT V8 for 2020, powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. Bentley Continental GT Mulliner offers buyers even more possibilities to customize their Continental GT to personal specifications. Continental GT Mulliner introduces a new Double Diamond grille and Mulliner-branded side vents that share a silver-on-black diamond pattern. New 22-inch 10-spoke painted and polished wheels have floating center badges that remain upright when the wheel is spinning. The interior offers eight custom 3-color combinations with a unique Mulliner color split.
2021 McLaren 720S
Starting MSRP: $284,475
The latest offering in the McLaren Super Series is the all-new 720 S. Replacing the 650 S, the 720 S combines a refined, comfortable interior with an extreme level of performance. At the heart of the 720S lurks a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a quick-shifting 7-speed gearbox. Performance stats are quite impressive: 60 mph arrives in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 7.8 seconds and at 21.4 seconds the speedometer will be eclipsing 186 mph. Maximum velocity is listed at 212 mph, and the 720S can blow through a quarter mile in a mere 10.3 seconds.
McLaren 720S Spider
Starting MSRP: $315,000
Four years ago McLaren introduced the all-new 720S, followed two years later by the open-top 720S Spider. The retractable carbon fiber roof raises or lowers in 11 seconds, and the top’s entire mechanism only adds 108 pounds, conforming to McLaren’s dedication to lightweight performance vehicles. With the same handling and performance as the coupe, the 720S Spider offers both open-top motoring as well as the all-weather durability of the retractable hardtop. Top speed for the 710s Spider is 212 mph; however, with the top open the driver would have to settle for a mere 202 mph.
Ferrari 296 GTB
Starting MSRP: $320,000 (estimate)
In June Ferrari unveiled the 296 GTB, the next in a long line of mid-engine two-seat coupes that trace their lineage back to the iconic Ferrari 308 GTB of the 1970s. The 308 GTB received power from a normally aspirated V8 engine, as did every iteration that followed — until now. The new 296 GTB is motivated by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with an electric motor capable of delivering total output of 819 horsepower. The Ferrari 296 GTB is the first Ferrari road car with a turbocharged 120-degree V6 engine that produces 654 horsepower, combined with an electric motor that produces 165 horsepower. Electric-only range is estimated at 15 miles.
Ferrari 296 GTB
The Ferrari 296 GTB will also be offered with an Assetto Fiorano package that adds lightweight features and aerodynamic modifications. While the plug-in hybrid powertrain is a major change to the mid-engine Berlinetta, the Ferrari Design Centre sought to create an original, modern look with an extremely compact line. The visor-style windshield wraps around into the side windows. Inside, the cockpit is styled around an entirely digital interface first debuted on the SF90 Stradale.
2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Starting MSRP: $334,700
The all-new DBS Superleggera is the latest extreme sports car to arrive from this famed British marque. This supercar employs carbon fiber body panels, a lightweight bonded aluminum chassis and an F1-inspired double diffuser that helps generate almost 400 pounds of downforce at top speed. And top speed is way up at 211 mph, thanks to a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine that produces 715 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is also quite strong — 62 mph arrives in a mere 3.4 seconds, and 3 seconds later the DBS is into triple-digits. Even as the DBS offers extreme performance, as a GT car it still pampers its passengers with supple leather and Alcantara upholstery, as well as sport-plus performance seats and steering wheel.
2021 Ferrari 812 Superfast
Starting MSRP: $340,000 (estimate)
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Center, the 812 Superfast presents an updated take on the classic front-engine V12 Ferrari. Full LED headlights are integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the hood, and large wheel arches emphasize all that power under the sexy skin. Billed as the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history, the 812 Superfast boasts a new 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces a mind-boggling 789 horsepower at 8500 rpm. Torque is rated at 530 lb-ft, 80 percent of which is available at a low 3500 rpm. With a quick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox, the front-engine 812 Superfast sprints to 62 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds and 124 mph in 7.9 seconds. With enough road, this latest V12 Ferrari will top out somewhere north of 211 mph. A limited edition 812 Superfast will be produced with 819 horsepower — the highest-output internal-combustion engine from Ferrari.
2021 Ferrari 812 GTS
Ferrari debuted the 812 GTS in September 2019 — 50 years after the premiere of the 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 — known as the Daytona Spider — and the last series production Ferrari spider with a front-mounted V12 engine. The 812 GTS is the spider version of the 812 Superfast, with a power-retractable hardtop that opens in 14 seconds. The electric rear window can be raised to block the wind when the top is down, and it can also be lowered when the top is raised.
2020 Ford GT
Starting MSRP: $500,000
Many brands have a halo car that sells in small numbers but attracts immense attention to the brand — for Ford that car is the new GT. The automaker introduced the extreme GT ultra-high-performance supercar as a showcase for the company’s application of race technology, use of lightweight materials, aerodynamics and EcoBoost power. The mid-engine 2-seat coupe has the most powerful production EcoBoost engine ever: a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that gets upgraded to 660 horsepower for 2020, teamed with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
2020 Ford GT
The sleek body of this Ford supercar incorporates active aerodynamics such as a deployable rear spoiler; the GT also uses lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum. Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes provide appropriate stopping power. A titanium exhaust is now standard and two appearance options are added: Liquid Carbon with the Ford GT’s carbon fiber body exposed, as well as a restyled Gulf Racing heritage livery that pays homage to the 1969 Le Mans winner. Deliveries of the 2020 Ford GT continue with production ending in 2022.
Ferrari SF90 Spider
Starting MSRP: $550,000 (estimate)
One of the newest sports cars from Maranello has an impressive claim to fame as the most powerful production Ferrari — ever. Late last year the SF90 Spider joined the family, featuring a retractable hardtop. Instead of the expected V12 powertrain, the SF90 uses the company’s first plug-in hybrid system that combines a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine with three electric motors — two on the front axle and one located between the engine and the gearbox. Total output is 986 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Teamed with the hybrid system is an 8-speed Formula One-style dual-clutch gearbox. As expected, performance stats for the Ferrari SF90 are impressive. This new Spider sprints to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds, reaches 124 mph in 7 seconds, and will eventually attain a claimed top speed of 211 mph.
Ferrari SF90 Spider
The Ferrari SF90 Spider’s lap time around Ferrari’s famous Fiorano test track is 79 seconds — about the same as the LaFerrari, the Italian marque’s first foray into hybrid powertrains for production road cars. Conversely, it is possible to drive the SF90 on electric power alone for up to 15 miles. Not only do the electric motors provide more power and efficiency, the two units up front improve the SF90’s overall driving dynamics. The RAC-e motors can operate individually, creating a torque-vectoring system that will vary the speed and power between the inside and outside wheels during cornering for better performance and easier handling.
Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae
Starting MSRP: $600,000 (estimate)
Since its premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Aventador has reigned as the flagship sports car of legendary Italian automaker Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. In July, the automaker introduced the Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae — a fitting final chapter of the V12-powered exotic before it gets replaced with an upcoming high-performance plug-in hybrid. The Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae combines the style and sophistication of the Aventador S with the extreme performance of the Aventador SVJ to create a special limited-edition offering. Available as both coupe or roadster, the Ultimae made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.
Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae
This ultimate Aventador draws power from a 6.5-liter V12 engine producing an astounding 770 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque, directed to the road via Lamborghini’s permanent four-wheel-drive system. The big V12 gets paired with a lightweight 7-speed Independent Shifting Rod gearbox with automatic shifts that take a mere 50 milliseconds. The Ultimae can reach 62 mph (100kph) in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph (200kph) in 8.7 seconds and the car will ultimately reach 220 mph as it disappears beyond the horizon. Stopping power is equally impressive — the Aventador 780-4 can be hauled to a stop from 62 mph in less than 100 feet thanks to large, ventilated carbon-ceramic brakes.
Starting MSRP: $1,690,000
Named for and inspired by the McLaren Elva M1A race car designed by Bruce McLaren, the modern-day Elva is the lightest road car McLaren Automotive has ever produced. The open-cockpit two-seater features a bespoke carbon fiber chassis and body as well as unique carbon fiber seats. Not only does the Elva have no roof, it is also designed without a windshield or side windows to provide a “true connection to the elements.” That said, the Elva can be driven without helmet or goggles; McLaren has created an Active Air Management System that channels air through the nose of the Elva and directs it at high speed in front of and over the occupants, creating what McLaren calls “a relative bubble of calm.”
Although the cabin may be a bubble of calm, nothing serene emerges from the Elva’s engine bay. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 powerplant churns out 804 horsepower to move this open-top sports car to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds and on to 124 mph in 6.7 seconds — less time than it takes to read this sentence. Speeds and elapsed times like these mean this McLaren is even quicker than the mighty Senna. Production of the Elva will be limited to 249 copies.
Ferrari Icona Series — Monza SP1 / SP2
Starting MSRP: $1,700,000
Unlike previous special editions from the Italian automaker, the Icona series will feature models inspired by the most exciting Ferraris of the 1950s, but they will be decked out with the most advanced sports car technology — a fitting blend of old and new. The first models in the Icona series will be the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 — both of which were unveiled in Paris a few years ago. The Monza SP1 and SP2 are intended to honor iconic Ferrari racing barchettas such as the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name barchetta — which means “little boat” in Italian — as well as the 750 Monza and 860 Monza.
Ferrari Icona Series — Monza SP1 / SP2
Designed as a single-seat road car, the Monza SP1 offers a totally unique Ferrari experience for the street. The tonneau cover over the passenger area is reminiscent of similarly equipped Ferrari race cars from the 50s, which used the cover to improve aerodynamics when the passenger seat was unoccupied. The Monza SP2 has the same basic styling as the SP1. However, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen, this car is a two-seater. Both are motivated by the most powerful V12 engine ever from Ferrari: a 6.5-liter V12 monster that produces almost 800 horsepower.
Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
Starting MSRP: $2,000,000
Bentley and exclusivity go hand in glove, but the legendary British marque takes things to new heights with the Mulliner Bacalar. The oldest coachbuilding company in the world, Mulliner has been creating bespoke versions of Bentleys for many decades. Named for a beautiful lake on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Bacalar is a 2-seat open-air luxury grand tourer featuring many of the styling cues of the EXP 100GT concept car. The Bacalar design makes extensive use of sustainable materials: the paint contains ash from rice husks for a metallic finish, interior materials include natural British wool, and the wraparound dashboard is cut from Riverwood — fallen trees preserved 5,000 years in peat bogs, lakes and rivers.
Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
This elegant GT offers plenty of performance, thanks to its enhanced version of Bentley’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine producing 650 horsepower and 667 lb-ft of torque. The Bacalar’ road-going manners get enlivened by an advanced Active All-Wheel Drive System that emphasizes torque to the rear wheels for an optimal driving experience. Bentley plans to build 12 Bacalars, and each will be designed, engineered and handcrafted to the buyer’s wishes.
Starting MSRP: $2,600,000
Bugatti offered one of the most extreme sports cars in the world with its over-the-top Veyron, and now the company raised the bar even higher with the even more powerful Chiron. Performance numbers are staggering: the Chiron reaches 62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, 124 mph in around 6.5 seconds and — most amazing of all — 186 mph in less than 13.6 seconds. The Chiron’s speed is limited to 236 mph for most driving — a special key is required to unlock the maximum speed “limited for road use” of 261 mph. This velocity is made possible via Chiron’s 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine producing 1500 horsepower and an insane 1180 lb-ft of torque.
Lamborghini Sian Roadster
Starting MSRP: $3,297,632
At the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Lamborghini debuted the incredibly sexy Sian limited-edition exotic sports car. Now a lucky few will have the opportunity to enjoy this extreme high-performance machine with the wind in their hair — as the Lamborghini Sian Roadster. The Sian coupe and roadster represent the Italian automaker’s first foray into electrification, so the car is aptly named — Sian means flash or lightning in Bolognese dialect. The extreme styling of the new Sian Roadster complements its advanced powertrain; the open-top exotic sits low with an integrated carbon fiber splitter as well as familiar Y-shaped headlights. While it matches the futuristic look of the coupe, the Sian roadster’s roofless design provides those lucky enough to drive it with an unfettered connection to the roar of its powerful V12 engine.
Lamborghini Sian Roadster
The Sian Roadster derives power from a 6.5-liter V12 engine upgraded with titanium intake valves to produce 785 horses — the most power ever derived from a Lamborghini engine. The V12 gets supplemental power from a 48-volt electric motor delivering 34 horsepower for a total output of 819 horses. Engineers integrated the electric motor within the gearbox for instantaneous response; the motor is also used for low-speed operation when backing or parking. The roadster uses a supercapacitor to store energy, rather than more common lithium-ion batteries. According to Lamborghini, the supercapacitor is three times more powerful than a battery of the same weight. The Sian Roadster will rocket to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 2.9 seconds, making it the quickest open-top Lambo ever. The Italian automaker says top speed is in excess of 217 mph — likely a life-changing experience with no roof overhead.
Pagani Huayra Roadster BC
Starting MSRP: $3,500,000
The Pagani Huayra is one of the most extreme, exclusive vehicles on the road, and the Roadster BC promises another level of performance. Named to honor Pagani’s first customer, Benny Caiola, the Huayra Roadster BC gets built using new composite technologies — based on carbon fiber and carbon titanium — that increase torsional rigidity by 12 percent over the standard roadster while keeping overall weight around 2,750 pounds. With this stiff, lightweight design combined with bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, the Huayra Roadster BC can achieve almost two Gs in lateral acceleration.
Pagani Huayra Roadster BC
Lighter and stiffer than the namesake coupe, the Pagani Huayra Roadster BC exhibits the same incredible performance thanks to a new Mercedes-AMG V12 engine tuned to produce 800 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque at a low 2000 rpm. (Considerable thrust for a vehicle that weighs less than 3,000 pounds.) Special Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes provide the necessary stopping power with 6-piston calipers at the front, 4-piston at the rear. The 6-outlet titanium exhaust system ensures that anyone within earshot will know that something wicked this way comes.
Starting MSRP: $6,000,000
For those who think the Chiron might be too docile, Bugatti introduces a variant designed to be more agile — optimized for exceptional handling on winding roads or at the track. Only 40 will be built and we’re told all have been presold to current Bugatti owners. The Divo shares the same 1500-horseplower engine with the Chiron, but the newly designed wider front spoiler provides higher downforce as well as more airflow, which improves overall cooling. The roof of the Divo has been shaped to direct air into the engine to manage operating temperatures. New vents on the Divo direct cold air to the brakes, while a heat shield transfers hot air through the wheels, helping to keep the massive brakes — 16.5-inch rotors up front, 15.7 inches in rear — at optimized performance.