10 Great Sports Cars

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1. MINI COOPER ROADSTER

The soft top version of the Mini coupe, the Mini Cooper Roadster is a throwback to the old-timey roadsters. This two-seat, front wheel drive convertible comes equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder. Producing 181 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, the Mini Cooper Roadster has plenty of acceleration, making for a fun driving experience. The suspension is well built, allowing for sharp handling and responsive steering. The Mini Cooper Roadster received average safety reviews, with no category rated “poor”.

MINI Cooper S Roadster Herbst 2012

The only real complaint many reviewers had with the Mini Cooper Roadster involved the convertible top. While up, the Roadster has poor visibility, and on the highway it can be a bit noisy. Available features include leather upholstery, heated seats, rear parking sensors, a Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, navigation, and the Mini Connected infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch display, smartphone app integration and voice recognition.

2. HYUNDAI GENESIS COUPE

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is the muscle car of the Hyundai family. Powered by a 3.8 liter V-6 that produces 348 horsepower, the Genesis Coupe is one quick vehicle. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic but the automatic shifts lazily, so you would be better off with the stick. Steering is responsive and quick, and the suspension is tuned to provide a comfortable ride when cruising, and a stiff ride when ripping around corners. Fuel economy isn’t the greatest in the Genesis Coupe, with 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, but you don’t buy a sports car for the fuel economy. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system, a sunroof, and a 10-speaker Infinity audio system.

3. NISSAN 370Z

2014 Nissan 370Z - First Drive

The Nissan 370Z is the sixth generation of Nissan’s iconic Z. Under the hood, the 370Z is sporting a 350 horsepower V-6 engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The transmission utilizes SychroRev technology that helps automatically rev-match the downshifts, so you feel like a race car driver as you rip through gears. The suspension delivers great ride quality, with no body roll when cornering, crisp turns, and perfectly weighted steering. The seats are comfortable and spacious, and are wrapped in red stitched leather. Features include Bluetooth phone connectivity, a four-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio input, a USB port, push-button start, automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, a Bose audio system, and a rearview camera.

4. CHEVROLET CAMARO

The Chevrolet Camaro has been turning heads for years as one of America’s well known muscle cars. With 2 available engines, the LS and LT house a 3.6-liter 323 horsepower V-6, and the SS is powered by a 6.2-liter 426 horsepower V-8; the Camaro screams down the road. All versions come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is available, but you lose around 25 horsepower with that option.

Chevrolet Camaro (U.S. version)

The suspension is built to handle the road’s twists and turns with limited body roll and a smooth ride, though being rear wheel drive, too hard a turn could cause a spin out. The SS model comes equipped with GM’s Magnetic Ride Control active dampers to give the SS an even smoother ride. Available options include Bluetooth, a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics stereo system, a USB port, navigation, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen.

5. DODGE CHALLENGER

The Dodge Challenger is the big bruiser of the Dodge muscle car line. With multiple engine sizes to choose from, the Challenger is sure to meet your needs. The 6.4-liter V-8 powerhouse is the best choice if speed is your desire, excluding the Hellcat upgrade, of course. Pumping out 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, the Dodge Challenger powers down the road at breakneck speeds, with a throaty exhaust growling the whole way.

2015 Dodge Challenger

Able to hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and rip the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds, the Dodge Challenger is 1/10 of a second faster than the Ford Mustang. The large diameter steering wheel is coupled to a new rack-mounted electrical assist system, tuned specifically for this big beast. Features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, Bluetooth, include navigation, a rearview camera, an 18-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system, adaptive cruise control, and the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen.

6. SUBARU BRZ

2013 Subaru BRZ

Powered by a 200 horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Subaru BRZ is a sleek, sporty car.
The available transmissions are either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The automatic lags a bit when shifting, making the manual a superior choice. The suspension is terrific, with a low center of gravity, sharp steering, and balanced chassis. The BRZ can corner at high speeds with little complaint, and rough roads feel smooth. Gas mileage is comparable to others in its class, with 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The BRZ comes standard with a navigation system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Proximity key, push-button start, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control are optional.

7. SCION FR-S

The Scion FR-S delivers sports car speed, agility, and feel at an affordable price. Equipped with a 200 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the Scion FR-S is quick, reaching 60mph in 6.4 seconds. Two transmissions are available for the FR-S, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.

Scion FR-S

The manual shifts smooth, with a no nonsense feel, and the paddle-shift automatic is quick and responsive. Gas mileage is good for a sports car, with 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. The suspension system gives the car responsive steering and superb handling. Navigating windy roads with ease, the FR-S is a joy to drive. The Scion FR-S comes standard with a USB port, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display. A voice-activated BeSpoke audio system with navigation and smartphone app integration is available as a dealer-installed option.

8. VOLKSWAGEN GTI

Kevins GTI

The Volkswagen GTI is one of Volkswagen’s oldest hatchback sports cars. With a turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood, the GTI delivers ample acceleration and power for drivers looking for a quick ride. The optional six-speed automatic shifts quickly and smoothly. The suspension is fine tuned and allows the GTI to handle sharp turns with ease. Thanks to the GTI’s sharp steering and athletic handling, the vehicle is a joy to drive. The interior of the GTI is well constructed, with premium materials. Comfortable seats and ample legroom are positive features as well. The features available for the GTI include a sunroof, proximity key, push-button start, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a Fender audio system, navigation, forward collision warning, and rear parking sensors.

9. FORD MUSTANG

The Ford Mustang is an iconic American muscle car, and one of the first cars that comes to mind when the term “muscle car” is said. The Mustang has an engine for all your driving needs. A 300-hp 3.7-liter V-6, a 310-hp 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder, and a 435-hp 5.0-liter V-8 are all offered with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

Ford Mustang - Death Valley

While the automatic shifts smoothly and doesn’t hamper the Mustang’s speed, the six-speed manual is just way more fun to drive. The independant rear suspension improves the Mustang’s cornering ability, which is always a plus on rear-wheel drive vehicles. The features available for the Mustang include a rearview camera, proximity key, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and Ford’s voice-controlled SYNC system. Adaptive cruise control, Ford’s MyFord Touch infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, and a 12-speaker Shaker audio system are optional.

10. MAZDA MX-5 MIATA

The Mazda Miata has a large following behind it, with all kinds of car clubs dedicated to it. With the new Mazda Miata MX-5, it’s no secret why. With a 155 horsepower, 2.0-liter four cylinder mated to a six speed transmission, the Miata MX-5 is a speed demon on wheels. Mazda uses a lot of aluminium in the construction of the Miata, keeping weight down, which allows the small engine to propel it at blazing speeds.

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The suspension is tuned to keep the Miata MX-5 planted on the ground when making high speed maneuvers, with a smooth ride when just cruising down the road. Standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary audio input, and a manual-folding convertible soft top. A power-folding convertible top is not available. Optional features include automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and a Mazda Connect infotainment system with a Bose stereo, satellite radio, and navigation.

(carophile.com)

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