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Sports Cars Under $80k

Mazda MX-5
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  • Willing, free-revving 2.0-litre engine; Brilliant manual shift action; Agility and stability through corners; Quality ride; Good pricing

  • Some major ergonomics issues in the cabin; Lots of hard plastics; Engine doesn't sound very sporty; No standard reverse-view camera on any variant

Subaru BRZ
  • Beautifully balanced chassis; engine upgrades and new diff ratio make it even sweeter to drive; upgraded infotainment is a welcome addition

  • Synthesised engine noise won't be to everyone's taste; second row is almost non-existent so could be a two seater; you could say it could do with more power...

Renault Megane
  • Modern and funky styling; DRL signature unique and smart both front and back; Dynamically entertaining, thanks to 4WS; Great seats!

  • Frustrating ergonomics sour the drive experience; Infotainment is fiddly; Small rear space; That stupid, cheap key

Toyota 86
  • Even better balance than before; sharper turn in with VSC that is more fun than the old system; still exceptional at any speed and perfectly suited to budget track work

  • Power and torque increases are minor and could be better; audio system will be the same as the existing model; we can't confirm that pricing will stay the same

Sports Cars Between $80k-$200k

BMW M2
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  • Remarkable agility, balance, and stability; blistering performance from an exceptional engine and gearbox combination; easily the most entertaining M car in years

  • Automatic downshift throttle blip is sacrilegious; sports seats lack support and bolstering; engagement is just shy of expectation

Porsche 718
  • Engine package has really refined the Cayman offering; New infotainment system raises the bar for in-car technology; Seriously quick with optional Sport Chrono package; Fuel efficiency excellent regardless of driving style; Engine note is a big departure from the naturally aspirated six

  • No AEB, passive entry/start optional and a sizeable options list; Engine note is a big departure from the naturally aspirated six; Tyre noise intrusive at highway speeds

Jaguar F-TYPE
  • Stellar British styling; Exhaust note at redline and downshifts; Mind-bending acceleration; Immediate street credibility; That SVR exclusivity

  • More dynamically competent competition from the Germans; Insanely impractical inside; It's too heavy; Steering is a little light

Audi TT
  • Very impressive power from such a diminutive package; excellent ride compliance on road and track; cool and stylish as always; that fantastic noise!

  • Is there such a thing as being too clean and refined?; It's fast but not exciting on the road; price moving into Porsche territory - feels expensive

Lexus RC350
  • Daring styling that works; V6 engine quite sweet at the top-end; great ride on most surfaces; affordably priced for a luxury car

  • High fuel consumption; interior doesn't look as special as its competitors'; infotainment system a bit clunky to use

Sports Cars Over $200k

Porsche 911
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  • It's a Porsche 911; nails the 'Super Carrera' brief perfectly, those wide hips and mean stance; a genuine alternative to base Carrera and Turbo 911s;

  • Cabin starting to show its age; infotainment also dated when compared to newer Porsche models; busy steering wheel functions

Mercedes-AMG GT
  • Both versions prove you can have ample muscle, vibe and performance in a rag-top format; Excellent drop-top design that feels all the part like a coupe for in-cabin comfort and noise isolation; Genuinely liveable refinement yet visceral enough in pace and dynamics to satisfy fussy petrolhead tastes; Fantastic powertrain backed up by high-brow active dynamic tech in the GT C

  • Both versions are quite thirsty, the GT C especially so; They’re a pain in the bum to reverse park and rear visibility is pretty poor; Some of the interior controls stacked along the centre console are awkward to reach and to use

Lamborghini Huracan
  • Class-leading dynamics; Track-ready and usable as a daily; Incredible use of active aero technologies; Ride comfort and engine noise; Exterior design; Emotionally gratifying

  • Big step up in price from standard Huracan; Too many options

Ferrari F12
  • Colossal power and performance; makes the best sound of all time; fastest dual-clutch transmission in the business; brutal acceleration, yet refined engine; exquisite all-leather cockpit and alloy highlights; It's actually a bargain against some rivals

  • There are faster, less expensive cars, like a Porsche Turbo S; bold and brutal, but not beautiful

BMW 6 Series
  • One of BMW’s best recent designs, is a fantastic looking machine; big V8 has buckets of effortless power; comfortable, luxurious and capable on any-distance cruising

  • Expensive, and that’s before you start ticking option boxes; real-world thirsty; showing its age a bit now – a new one is on the way