Best Luxury Sports Cars
Best Luxury Sports Cars
If you’re in the market for a luxury sports car, you have a lot of options. Luxury sports cars generally excel at offering great performance, but if you’re looking for something that’s more practical as a daily driver, or more comfortable for an extended cruise, you can find a luxury sports car that will do that as well.
A lot of people lust after V8 engines but some of the best performing luxury sports cars do just fine with something smaller – the Lotus Elise and the Porsche Boxster have four and six-cylinder engines, respectively. The Elise has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 134 horsepower and 118 pounds-feet of torque and its maximum speed is 127 mph. These specifications are considerably less than the 255 horsepower and 214 pounds-feet of torque the base Boxster’s 2.9-liter V6 engine produces, but reviewers find that Lotus’s light weight and phenomenal chassis help it hang with the Porsche. For more power, upgrade to the Elise SC, which produces 217 horsepower.
One area where the Boxster surpasses the Elise is daily driving. While the Elise’s stiff suspension enhances handling, it’s not suited for romping around town. Shoppers who admire the Elise’s hard-core, sporty attitude will like the Porsche Boxster Spyder. To set the Boxster Spyder apart, Porsche omitted the radio, air conditioning and sport bucket seats from the standard features list. That makes it lighter and faster. With these changes, the Spyder can reach 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Test drivers say it’s one of the best-performing sports cars you can buy.
If you must have a V8 engine, check out the Chevrolet Corvette. Its base 6.2-liter engine produces 430 horsepower, but if you upgrade to the higher performance Z06 or ZR1 trims, you’ll net 505 or 638 horsepower, respectively. These models are significantly more expensive – the Z06 starts at about $74,300 and the ZR1 starts at about $111,000 – but if you can afford one, you’ll find that these models are up there with high-end exotic sports cars.
While the Lotus Elise is one of best performers in the class, its tiny dimensions make it uncomfortable. If you’re looking to mesh performance and daily drivability, check out the BMW Z4, which seats two people. For 2011, BMW increased the Z4’s interior dimensions, making it large enough for someone over six feet tall to not feel cramped. The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel and comfortable seats also make the Z4 suitable for longer trips.
The Audi TT is another comfortable sports car. It’s not as powerful as the competition, but it’s zippy enough for daily life and its front row seats have plenty of room. The TT also has two backseats which aren’t very comfortable, but they fold down, which extends cargo area. And though the extra space isn’t useful for seating, it’s a great place to stash a purse or briefcase, making the front two seats feel even roomier.
Luxury sports cars don’t prioritize utility, but most buyers will want something with enough trunk space for a weekend getaway. After all, why get a sports car if you can’t tear down backcountry roads once in a while? The Chevrolet Corvette has a lot of cargo space for the class– 22.4 cubic feet in the coupe model. That’s enough for at least two golf bags. Inside the cabin, you’ll find a few cubby holes for cell phones and other small items in addition to the center console and glove compartment.