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The best Sports Cars on Earth.

What is a sports car?

Sports cars originated in Europe in the early 1900s and are currently produced by many manufacturers around the world.

Definitions of sports cars often relate to how the car design is optimized for dynamic performance (car handling), without any specific minimum requirements; both a Triumph Spitfire and Ferrari 488 Pista can be considered sports cars, despite vastly different levels of performance.

Audi RS3

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Price now: from £54,830

The Audi RS3 Sportback is one of the fastest and most powerful hot hatches available, which gives it some real appeal. There’s no denying how fast you can go in it in all weathers, and it’s as well-built as we’ve come to expect from Audi.

When the Audi RS 3 Sportback was given a revamp in 2017 it was considerably more expensive and more powerful than its rivals. But since then Mercedes-Benz has brought out the even-more-horsepower-filled AMG A45, and BMW has its M2 Competition, which also has more grunt, albeit not by much. Both are more expensive, too, and by several thousand pounds. What’s more, you’ll lose less money over time on the RS 3, thanks to strong resale values. Servicing, repairs and maintenance should be cheaper in the Audi as well. In the grand scheme of things, it won’t be cheap to run, but within the realm of ludicrously powerful, premium hot hatches, the RS 3 seems like a bit of a bargain.

Alpine A110

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Price now: from £48,990

Drawing from a rich history of rear-engined sports and racing cars, the latest Alpine A110 is styled to look and feel much like the French brand’s iconic Sixties offering of the same name. But with a mid-mounted turbocharged four-cylinder engine, dual-clutch gearbox and a perfectly judged chassis, the modern A110 is far more modern than its retro-styled bodywork may have you believe. Rivals are more practical, but the Alpine stands as the best choice for keen drivers who want to stand out.

The standard A110 makes 249bhp from its 1.8-litre Renault engine. That might not sound like much, but it’s more than enough in a car that weighs in at a mere 1,098kg. The Alpine is just over 300kg lighter than an Audi TTS, and it’s this low weight that defines the driving experience.


Unlike its German rivals, the A110 offers a pared-back, purer drive. It flows down the road with a delicacy that can only be found in such a light car, while perfect balance, sweet steering and just a hint of roll through the suspension help inspire confidence. The Alpine is refreshingly compact, too, and thanks to a great view forwards, it’s very easy to place and not at all intimidating to drive.

Porsche 911

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Price now: from £82,795

What kind of sports car top ten would this be if it didn't include the best of the best, Porsche's legendary 911.

Greatness doesn't come cheaply of course, but forget your Turbo this and GT3 that - we reckon the very best 911s are those at the lower end of the range wearing Carrera badges.

Performance, handling, build quality, and various other facets of the 911 are all astonishingly brilliant. One of the few criticisms that can be leveled against the Porsche is that for the money it's not generously equipped and optional extras are eye-wateringly dear.

Still, you'll largely forget about that the more you drive it - and it's so well-made it will last you a lifetime if you wanted it to.

Whether you plump for the 911 Coupe or the soft-top 911 Cabriolet, you are in for one hell of a good time.

BMW M2 Competition

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Price now: from £52,405

The BMW M2 Competition was the only M2 model you could buy in Britain until the recent introduction of the extra-special M2 CS. Neither has long to run until BMW winds up M2 production later this year. When it does, what has latterly become one of the very best M cars of recent years will regrettably leave the stage. The previous model’s single-turbo straight-six was swapped out for a twin-turbocharged straight-six with proper M Division 'S'-prefixed engine code in 2018, when the M2 Competition was unveiled. Albeit in slightly detuned form relative to the larger M3 and M4 models that shared it, the engine provided sizable hikes in performance and responsiveness for the M2, while a handful of tweaks to the chassis and suspension mean it’s now even sharper and more controlled on battered UK roads than ever before.

Mazda MX-5

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Price now: from £24,050

Lease this car: from £325 per month

The Mazda MX-5 follows a traditional recipe for sports car success with excellent results. The fundamental design principle is to produce a balanced car; keeping the weight down and evenly distributed across the car.

The 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engines available produce 130 and 181bhp respectively, and while these are small numbers relative to most other modern performance cars, the MX-5 never feels underpowered. Agile, quick and great value-for-money, the MX-5 is fun at even modest speeds, rather than a car that needs to be driven at a license-losing pace before you get anywhere near its limits.

Lotus Elise

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Price now: from £45,500

The current Lotus Elise is as beautifully simple, pleasingly compact, and bristling with energy and feedback as it was when it was first released 22 years ago. Cynics will argue that it hasn’t changed and developed enough – it’s still built around an extruded and bonded alumium chassis, as it alwas has been.


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