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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

Ford Mustang
  • The new engine note is the way it should always have been – angry; Cabin additions and trim are much better and feel more premium; Performance is brilliant for the money

  • Rear three-quarter blind spot is an issue with the roof up; The automatic tends to hunt and search for higher gears too much; Convertible being auto-only isn't a great decision

BMW 2 Series
  • Great rear-drive dynamics; Looks premium; Keeping the coupe tradition alive

  • Small infotainment screen; Firm urban ride; Tight rear seat

Subaru BRZ
  • Chassis still beautifully balanced; Long overdue new infotainment system; Dynamically adept; Beautifully tactile

  • Still suffers from mid-range torque drain; More power... More power!; Needs its neck wrung to extract its best; Lack of modern active safety tech

Toyota 86
  • Braking has more power, durability and precision; Handling is more lively and responsive; Cabin feels more upmarket

  • No gain in outputs for the struggling engine; No improvement in grip to match suspension updates; Solar Orange will polarise buyers and 86 fans alike

Sports Cars Between $80k-$200k

Porsche 718
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  • Styling is bang on for the intended buyer roof up or down; Engine and gearbox are a sublime pairing on any road; Chassis, ride quality and handling are all brilliant

  • Roof is fussy and not the most intuitive thing to use; We'd prefer the open exhaust setting to be the standard volume; Wireless charge pad just a tiny bit too small for large smartphones

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BMW M2

BMW M2
  • More performance from the new twin-turbo six; Better dynamics from a stiffened chassis and tweaked suspension tune; Precise handling; Sounds glorious at full noise; Plenty of standard kit

  • Ride on the firm side for around town; Cramped back row; Warranty

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
  • Updated cabin is slick and refreshing; Soft and compliant ride quality; Dignified cruising capabilities

  • Unrefined powertrain; Ride and handling balance lacks resolve; Gets pricey once you start loading in nice equipment

Jaguar F-TYPE
  • Savagery of engine is matched by the exhaust note; Feels properly premium and different, and garners attention everywhere; Beautiful cabin is finished properly

  • Infotainment can't match current segment leaders; Boot is near useless with a space-saver spare tyre optioned; You won't ever go anywhere unnoticed again

Sports Cars Over $200k

Porsche 911
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  • Engine is an epic example of naturally aspirated power; Cabin execution and understated styling are as good as it gets; Around-town ride is way more comfortable than you would ever expect

  • Can't escape the amount of 911 variants you're competing with for appeal; Some buyers might find the seats too sporty; Pricing puts it close enough to Turbo money to consider the alternative

Lamborghini Aventador
  • The best sound on the planet; Unrivalled levels of presence; UFO on the road; absolute uniqueness; personalisation opportunity

  • Infotainment system a hit and miss; Not a very refined transmission; fuel usage laughably awesome;

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

Mercedes-AMG GT
  • Epic performance; Stunning design; Phenomenal grip

  • Expensive options; Over-shoulder visibility; Noisy tyres

Ferrari 812
  • Insanely quick, the 6.5-litre V12 is a work of art in terms of power output; Sounds like an F1 car at full noise; Easy to drive, world's fastest shift, ride and handling is peerless in class; Throttle control and steering borders on telepathic; Comfort and craftsmanship; Huge stopping power;

  • If you find one, let us know