16 Best Handling Sports Cars in the World

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1. PORSCHE 918 SPYDER

Starting price: $845,000

The Porsche 918 Spyder is the first mid-engine V-8 powered car produced by the historic automaker. The 918 is also the first hybrid sports car produced by Porsche and it has immediately become one of the best handling sports cars in the industry.

Porsche 918- Spyder Prototype 1

With a price point verging on seven digits, the 918 is targeted to an audience that does not worry about money much, but its road performance should be admired. The car’s engine is rated at a whopping 887 horsepower and 944 ft-lb of torque, and it delivers acceleration that used to be in the sole domain of Bugatti automobiles. The car has a seven-speed automatic transmission, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive.

2. PORSCHE 911 TURBO S

Starting price: $182,700

Porsche 911 Turbo S

The Porsche 911 Turbo S is one of the best handling autos produced by Porsche for the road. It is also one of the best cars in the world to drive at high speed not intended for the track (for those who prefer the feel of the GT3 R3 which is designed for the track. The car features telepathic steering, outstanding brakes, and an interior design that exceeds the expectations for a high-end sports car. The auto’s engine is rear-mounted and it does not disappoint by delivering 516 ft-lbs of torque and 560 horsepower with all-wheel drive. The Turbo S can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds, and its top overall speed is 198 MPH. The fuel efficiency of the auto comes in slightly above average for sports cars at 17 MPG (city) and 24 MPG (highway).

3. NISSAN GT-R NISMO

Starting price: $149,990

Nissan Gt-r Nismo Genève 2014

The Nissan GT-R NISMO supercar is one of the best handling sports cars on the market today. The auto lives up to its six figure price tag when it comes to driving the auto on the highway, and it handles just as good at high speeds as it does driving it around town. The stock engine in the vehicle is rated at 481 ft-lbs of torque and 600 horsepower. The GT-R is also fast. It can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 2.9 seconds, and it runs the quarter-mile in 10.9 seconds with a top overall car speed of 193 MPH. Although consumers who can afford to drive this car likely don’t worry much about fuel economy, the GT-R is rated at a decent 16 MPG (city) and 23 MPG (highway).

4. MERCEDES-AMG GT S

Starting price: $129,900

Mercedes-AMG GT S

The Mercedes-AMG GT S has not only been a highly successful succeeding auto to the SLS AMG model, but it has quickly become one of the best handling sports cars in the world. The AMG GT S is not only an excellent handling automobile at high speeds, but it also does significantly above average as a daily driver. The car’s engine is rated at 479 ft-lbs of torque and 503 horsepower. The car has a zero to 60 MPH time of 3.5 seconds, and it has a top overall speed of 193 MPH. The auto manufacturer has even expanded the trunk size so that it can fit up to golf bags for those who like to hit the links or take their sports car to the super market.

5. AUDI R8

Starting price: $115,900

Audi R8 V8 Coupé

The Audi R8 is not only an exotic sports car, but it is one of the best handling autos in the world. The R8 is known for being a smooth ride at normal speeds as well as on the open road. The stock engine in the auto is rated at 430 horsepower, and it can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 4.0 seconds. The top overall speed of the car is 168 MPH, and the fuel efficiency rating of the vehicle is 14 MPG (city) and 23 MPG (highway). For consumers who want even more power out of their sports car, Audi provides an upgraded 5.2 liter V-10 engine that can be installed in the R8 that is rated at 540 horsepower.

6. DODGE VIPER SRT COUPE

Starting price: $87,095

Dodge Viper SRT-10

The Dodge Viper SRT Coupe is not only one of the best handling sports cars on the market, but it is also one of the top overall rated muscle cars in the industry. The Viper SRT Coupe is a rear-wheel drive automobile, and has a price point south of $100,000 USD. The car is powered by a V-10 engine, and it can go from zero to 60 MPH in just three seconds. The latest edition of the Viper also features special tires produced by Kumho as well as carbon-ceramic brakes. According the Dodge, the SRT Coupe is the fastest Viper produced to date on the track, and it has the handling capability at high speed to complement the car’s speed.

7. PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4

Starting price: $85,595

2015 Porsche Cayman GT4

The Porsche Cayman GT4 is one of the most impressive and best handling sports cars in the world. The new edition of the Cayman features very aggressive aerodynamic add-ons, a suspension designed for racing, and it has been lowered by 1.2 inches compared to previous year models of the auto. The Cayman GT4 is powered by a 3.8 liter flat-six cylinder engine rated at 385 horsepower. The car can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 4.2 seconds, and it has a top overall speed of 183 MPH. The auto’s fuel efficiency is rated at 18 MPG (city) and 23 MPG (highway).

8. PORSCHE BOXSTER SPYDER

Starting price: $83,095

Porsche Boxster Spyder

The Porsche Boxster Spyder is one of the few mid-engine cars produced by the popular sports car manufacturer. The Boxster Spyder has been one of the best handling sports cars in the world since it was first produced. The car’s engine was updated for the 2016 model year to deliver even more horsepower than the 375 horsepower that the 2011 edition realized from a naturally aspirated V-6 engine. The car has a six-speed manual transmission, and it can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 4.3 seconds. Porsche also took some time to smartly strip out approximately 66 pounds of weight from the updated version of the Boxster Spyder, while improving all performance metrics compared to the previous edition of the car.

9. CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06

Starting price: $79,995

Chevy Corvette Z06

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was released new for the 2015 model year, and it is not only one of the best handling sports cars in the world, but one of the top-rated overall. The auto’s performance is on part or equivalent to sports cars that cost double the price, and it is also available as a convertible for those who want to enjoy their muscle cars with the top down. The car is powered by a 6.2 liter V-8 engine rated at 650 ft-lbs of torque and 650 horsepower. The Z06 can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 3.0 seconds, and it includes a seven-speed manual transmission that lets drivers really feel the road.

10. JAGUAR F-TYPE

Starting price: $65,000

The Jaguar F-Type automobile is one of the best handling sports cars in the world. The company has really poured a lot of time and effort into making the automobile one of the top sports cars on the market today. The F-Type Jaguar is sold with the choice of either rear or all-wheel drive with both options assessed as being significantly above average handling sports cars. The engines sold with the F-Type range from 340 to 550 horsepower. The F-Type’s transmission is an eight-speed automatic that has a manual shifting mode, and it can go from zero to 60 MPH in 4.0 seconds. The fuel economy of the auto is rated at 21 MPG (city) and 30 MPG (highway).

11. ALFA ROMEO 4C

Starting price: $53,900

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

The Alfa Romeo 4C is one of the best handling sports cars in the world on the open road. Although the car doesn’t offer a ton when it comes to in-cabin comforts, what is an extremely stiff drive in the city really shows its capabilities on the open road. The car is powered by a 1.7 liter inline four cylinder turbocharged engine. The auto’s engine is rated at 258 ft-lbs of torque and 237 horsepower. The car has decent acceleration as well with a zero to 60 MPH time of 4.3 seconds and a top overall speed of 158 MPH. For those who care about fuel economy in their sports cars, it also gets above average fuel efficiency for a sports car with a 24 MPG (city) and 34 MPG (highway) rating.

12. BMW Z4

Starting price: $48,950

BMW Z4 sDrive35i

The rear-drive BMW Z4 is one of the top handling sports cars in the world. It is also unique amongst the top-performing cars in that the company includes a folding hardtop as standard equipment for the vehicle. The car is designed to have the build of the engine mounted behind the front wheels of the vehicle which gives it a mid-engine car feel. Rated as an above average daily driver, the Z4 handles exceptionally well on the open road and racetrack. The engines sold with the auto range from 240 to 335 total horsepower. The Z4 can go from zero to 60 MPH in 5.6 seconds, and the top overall speed of the vehicle is north of 150 MPH.

13. NISSAN 370Z NISMO

Starting price: $41,990

Nissan Nismo 370Z

The Nissan 370Z NISMO is one of the most affordable and best handling sports cars in the world. The car features a redesigned interior and a rev-matching, seven-speed manual transmission that helps improve its performance as both a daily driver and on the open roadways. The car’s stock engine is rated at 276 ft-lbs of torque and 350 horsepower. The car can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 4.6 seconds, and it runs the quarter-mile in 13.1 seconds. The top overall speed of the auto is 155 MPH, and its fuel economy is rated at 19 MPG (city) / 26 MPG (highway).

14. SUBARU SCION FR-S

Stating price: $25,695

Scion FR-S/FT-86

The Subaru Scion FR-S is one of the best handling sports cars on the market for the money. The car is powered by a 2.0 liter flat-four cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower. When buying the car new consumer can choose between a six-speed automatic or manual transmission for the auto. The automatic option for the transmission comes with a paddle-shift that is very responsive. The auto cabin is cramped, but with the low center of gravity of the car, it handles equivalent to a much higher-end sports car. The Scion FR-S can go from zero to 60 in 6.4 seconds, and its top overall speed is 136 MPH. The car’s fuel efficiency is rated at 23 MPG (city) and 30 MPG (highway).

15. SUBARU BRZ

Starting price: $25,670

2013 Subaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ is one of the best handling sports cars in the world, and it has one of the best price points on the market. The car handles great on the track, and it has an extremely low center of gravity that complements the rear-wheel drive extremely well. The car is powered by a 2.0 liter flat-four cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower with a choice of either an automatic or manual transmission. Although the trunk space is limited in the car, it fulfills consumer expectations of a sports car. The auto can go from zero to 60 MPH in 6.4 seconds, and it has a top overall speed of 139 MPH. The car’s fuel economy is rated at 22 MPG (city) and 30 MPG (highway).

16. MAZDA MX-5 MIATA

Starting price: $23,970

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the latest edition of the popular sports car produced by the manufacturer, and it is one of the best handling cars in the world. The car features precise steering and an extremely agile rear-wheel drive. Rated as one of the most fun-to-drive cars on the market, the MX-5’s stock engine is rated at 167 horsepower and includes a six-speed manual transmission. The MX-5 sees above-average fuel economy with a rating of 27 MPG (city) and 34 MPG (highway).

(carophile.com)

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