When you think of the best sports cars, what exactly comes to mind? A Valkyrie? a Speedtail? Or is it Bugatti’s Chiron?
Well, as awesome as it would be to own one of those elite hypercars, and as awesome as it is to talk about their million miles per hour top speeds, their gazillion horsepower engines, and their billion-dollar price tags.
We would be taking a look at the more mainstream and affordable sports cars that are also cool with a lot of speed, plenty of horsepower, and are still relatively cheap to own and maintain.
But if you still want to see those hypercars then take a look at our ranking of Top-10 Fastest Cars In The World.
The Best Sports Cars Right Now
For this list, we will be looking at sports cars that are in the range of $30,000 to $120,000 price range. Please do not forget that these cars are ranked in no particular order. So let’s hop right in.
Subaru WRX STI
Sitting under the hood of this beauty is a 2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that spits an impressive 268 horsepower. This shows just how much Subaru has learned over the years. They even have a meaner variant with a 2.5L 310 turbocharged engine called the WRX STI just in case you are not satisfied with the power of the WRX. As far as driving experience goes, you’re in for a lot of fun if you decide to go for it. It uses a six-speed transmission on an asymmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that gives you all the excitement of a sports car at a really good price.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Supra is back, with a lot more speed and power than before. This sleek car boasts a 335 horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine that has been proven to crunch the 0 – 60 mph mark in an impressive 3.8 seconds and an even more astonishing 155mph top speed. With a minimum starting retail price of just under $50,000, the Toyota Supra certainly gives the likes of the more efficient and expensive proven performers like the BMW M4 a run for their money.
Porsche 718 Cayman
Even with the 718 Cayman being one of Porsche’s lesser machines in 2020, this bad boy gives you just the kind of excitement and thrilling experience that comes with driving some of those Supercars that you dream of. The Porsche 718 is available in 3 versions; the Cayman coupe version, the Boxster convertible version, and the Spyder. With Porsche offering a plethora of options to choose from, to make this your personalized roadster. For a minimum starting retail price of a little over $62,000, you can rest assured that you are definitely getting your money’s worth for this elegant roadster.
Chevrolet Corvette C8
Let’s face it, Chevy’s 2020 mid-engine Corvette exceeded everybody’s expectations by a whole mile. Finally, our beloved Corvette now has it’s the engine just behind the cabin, taking a leave off the books of supercars from the bigger boys like McLaren and Ferrari yet at a huge discount of tens of thousands of dollars. A top of the line 6.2 liter V8 engine that spits a very impressive 490 horsepower. The fact that Chevy is maintaining the same standards with some upgrades in the 2021 model for almost the same price makes this one of the best sports cars for at least another year.
After a few years away, the German automaker finally dropped a Z4 for 2020. This two-seater uses a rear-wheel-drive as usual and comes quite close to matching the standard numbers of the Porsche 718 in terms of speed and performance. This German Roadster is only available as a convertible, with the coupe version dropped in favor of the soft foldable top convertible. Though the Z4 may be way down in BMW’s pyramid, it still packs a really strong performance that will be enjoyed by almost any driver.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
When Japanese company Mazda unveiled the first ND MX5 in September 2014, it was met with heartwarming reception. It got even better with the 2018 model after all the tuning and modifications the company put into it. If you’re a fan of good old fashion silent sports cars, then you are bound to fall in love with the 2020 model. The two-seater features a 155 horsepower four-cylinder 2.0L Engine with a six-speed standard manual transmission that is light and fun.
For the speed junkies, an Alpine may not even be considered a sports car, not to talk of being one of the best sports cars of 2020. Yes, it may not be as fast as the others on this list, but it has everything you really need in a sports car when it comes to performance and driving experience. This car is light and has just enough speed and power to give you a fun sports car experience and thus earns a spot on our list.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
A car that gives you ample space in a four-door cabin for everyday life, yet packs a wholesome amount of speed and power to provide you with that sports car excitement. This front wheeler has a 210 horsepower 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine and costs just a little over $30,000 for the 2020 model. For a sports car enthusiast, this is a fun car to drive, with excellent interior and functionality. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is undoubtedly one of the best hatchbacks on the planet
Ford Mustang GT Shelby 350
The mustang has always packed plenty of muscle right from the ’70s, and for the 2020 model, the metal sheets of its body flex like a man on steroids. Under its hood sits a roaring 5.2-liter V8 engine that cranks a thundering 526 horsepower through a six-speed manual transmission. Surprisingly this bad boy has a price tag that is well below the $100,000 mark, and it certainly is one of the best sports cars to come out of North America this year.
Mercedes AMG GT
Well, Mercedes has always been a luxury brand. For AMG (their car tuning and speed shop) to produce a sports car, you know what to expect—powered by a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine that cranks over 465 horsepower and an acceleration of 0–60 mph in only 3.5 seconds, with a rear-wheel-drive 7-speed automatic transmission. This two-seater is available as a coupe and a soft-top convertible, with more powerful versions like the GT C and GT R variants, which features larger wheels and tires.
Getting A Sports Car?
As you can see from the list above, you really don’t need to break the bank to enjoy the thrills and rush of driving a sports car. And remember, don’t go above the legal limit when you finally get one for yourself else you might get in trouble.