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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
  • Quiet ride; Performs best at country cruising; Great fuel economy; Four USB connections

  • Lurchy transmission; Is uncomfortable in peak hour traffic; Infotainment has some flaws

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

Ford Mustang
  • Good boost to outputs; More noise from both ends; Cheaper alternative to the naturally-aspirated V8

  • Ticking all available Tickford boxes quickly gets expensive; Tuning ‘dead holes’ are disappointing and frustrating; Modifications can feel a touch Fast and Furious-spec

Sports Cars Between $80k-$200k

Porsche 718
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  • Stunning looks; Still a stunning engine note; Linear and purposeful acceleration; Cornering dynamics are excellent; Sport Response an excellent addition; Sublime Bose sound system; Unmistakably a Porsche

  • Tyre roar at highway speed a bit intrusive; Push button stop/start an expensive option; It doesn't sound like the six-cylinder of old (but it still sounds good!)

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BMW M2

BMW M2
  • The noise is just stupidly good; Gearbox offers lightning fast gear shifts and minimal fuss at low speeds; Brake pedal and steering offer plenty of feel; Awesome suite of performance parts available

  • It's getting expensive, with M2 Pure now $3k more; No automatic option available in M2 Pure; Is it $10k better than the new RS3?

Audi A5
  • Excellent cabin quality; great dynamic ability for its class; very refined; great infotainment system; comfortable ride

  • Still needs a few option packages to make it ideal; S5 lacking steering feedback; big weight disadvantage over coupe

Mercedes-Benz C300
  • Turns heads like a car twice the price; feels special to sit in, after you've finished just looking at it; loads of standard kit

  • C300 badge needs more performance to support its six-cylinder provenance; ride not consistent, suspension feels overworked; tiny back seats

Jaguar F-TYPE
  • Still looks the business; Still enough engine noise to get the heart racing ; Exceptionally well-tuned chassis; Brilliant ride and handling; Cheaper

  • The exhaust note is artificially enhanced; Some won't find it quick enough...; Or loud enough

Sports Cars Over $200k

Porsche 911
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  • Faster, more dynamically capable than a Carrera S for a little more $; exterior look; uprated exhaust note; GTS badge appeal

  • Not as emotionally appealing as its predecessor; Targa variant too quiet; interior arguably showing its age;

Mercedes-AMG GT
  • Glorious twin-turbo V8; Sumptuous interior feels quality; Improved steering precision; Road presence; Suspension tune has done the trick

  • Infotainment a little lacklustre; no Apple CarPlay!; Engine note could be more theatrical; Road noise

McLaren 570S
  • Extraordinarily capable; Able to carry big speeds in the bends; Flawless handling; Dual-clutch gearbox is refined and fast; First-class materials and build quality; Huge stopping power; Ride comfort

  • Exhaust note still lacking; Infotainment screen difficult to read in sunlight

Audi R8
  • Jekyll and Hyde duality; V10 character and soundtrack; genuinely daily driver friendly; true fire breather (in the right driving mode)

  • Convoluted array of modes; it's no lightweight; limited storage and luggage space

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