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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

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
  • 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

Audi A5
  • Comfortable and quiet; Sublime interior layout and quality; Cutting-edge infotainment; quattro AWD contrasts rivals

  • Adjustable dampers cost extra; As do several preventative safety systems; Lacking character

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
  • 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

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
  • 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

McLaren 570S
  • Huge performance from its twin-turbo V8; Brilliant chassis and driver feedback; easy to drive; standard carbon-ceramic brakes are epic – once you've got some heat into the rotors; adaptive suspension offers decent low-speed ride

  • Exhaust note isn't its best feature; Cockpit lacks drama; Infotainment system is rudimentary

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