2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus vs. 2016 McLaren 570S, 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S – Comparison Tests

There is no acceptable way to begin a story about 500-plus-horsepower, $200,000 sports cars and include in the first sentence a reference to that class of quasi-­station-wagon family movers known as crossovers.

But hang on. As in the pseudo-off-roader market, sports cars now populate so many strata of the market that they require increasingly specific monikers and modifiers to sort them all out. Used to be, you had your sports cars and your ­regular cars. Then came the supercars, those increasingly outrageous-looking, typically mid-engined wedge- or arrow-shaped things. But why stop there? Why not create something straight out of the world of aerospace and require that we add an even more breathless label? Thus was born the hypercar. And so, in between the everyman Mazda MX-5 Miata and the racetrack-bound $3 million Ferrari FXX K, carmakers have rushed to fill every price and performance gap in the fun-car market.

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