For car enthusiasts every year brings a whole new crop of automotive hits and misses for those who can afford it. Sports cars were originally all about the speed and handling with some attention paid to style, but style and speed go together with these new masters of the road.
To put this love of cars in perspective, here’s a look at what’s available from an affordability standpoint. We all know about the multi-million dollar cars available, but what about affordable cars in price ranges from the bottom to the top? From entry level sports cars to the cream of the crop, here are the best of 2018.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is your top choice. Car & Driver calls the Mazda “Pure driving bliss.” Its equal is only found in much more expensive cars.
Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger with kudos going to the Camaro for handling and the Challenger for pure muscle.
Runners-up in this range include:
Fiat 124 Spider
The largest group of sports cars has 10 cars with top ratings featuring one German automaker, one Japanese automaker, and three American automakers. You can’t go wrong with any of them. It’s just a matter of your preference of muscle, style, or muscle and style combined.
Porsche 718 Cayman (The fastest car named after a lizard.)
Porsche 718 Boxter (The cutest Porsche on the road, or maybe that was just the driver.)
Porsche 911 (This may well be your Daddy’s Porsche.)
Chevrolet Corvette (The favorite dream car of Americans for decades.)
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Like the one above, but this one comes with three starter speeding tickets.)
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (The king of U.S. muscle cars with the reviews to prove it.)
Dodge Challenger SRT / SRT Hellcat (The Challenger has always fared well in the “muscle car wars,” and will continue to do so with cars like this.)
Dodge Charger SRT /SRT Hellcat (This big engine is for people with extra gas money.)
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R (If the hair doesn’t stand up on your arms when you hear the name “Shelby”, you may be too young to appreciate this car.)
Lexus LC (A much better performer than its hybrid cousin.)
In this same price range are beautiful sports cars by Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, Lotus, and Alfa.
Once you’ve broken the $100k barrier you may as well look at everything up to $200k. This category shows Mercedes flexing its muscle, followed by Porsche, and McLaren.
Mercedes-AMG GT / GT Roadster (No more gullwings, but its styling definitely draws the birds.)
Mercedes-AMG GT C / GT C Roadster / GT R (With trick rear-axle steering designed by David Blaine.)
Mercedes-AMG SL63 / SL65 (With this stylish set of roadsters, you’ll never drive alone, unless you really want to.)
Porsche 911 GT3 / GT3 RS (It’s fast, cool, and it has a wing on its back.)
Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S (It’s got Turbo. That’s Hemi in German.)
McLaren 570S / 570GT (For your favorite roads with 200+ speed limits.)
At the top of the sports car dream list it’s no surprise to find some fine Italian cars, one American made car, one from Great Britain, a Dutch automaker joins the list, and one from Sweden also rises to the dream car list. Not to mention a French made car made in a formerly German city by an Italian designer/manufacturer.
Bugatti Chiron (This 1500 horsepower hypercar should satisfy anyone with an extra $3 million laying around.)
Porsche 911 GT2 RS (If a $300k Porsche won’t solve your mid-life crisis, nothing will.
McLaren 720S (Lightweight, aerodynamic, and ferocious.)
McLaren Senna (The pinnacle of McLaren performance.)
Lamborghini Huracan (From the “Papa’s Got A Brand New Lambo” collection.)
Ferrari 488 GTB (661-hp / 0-60 in 3 seconds. Your neighbors will thank you for waking the baby.)
Ferrari 812 Superfast (With something named “Superfast” do you really need to know more?)
Lamborghini Aventador (If the top-end 217 mph isn’t fast enough for you, what is?)
Spkyer C8 Preliator (Vintage aircraft styling and 525-hp to get you flying low.)
Koenigsegg Regera (The first plug-in/meatball hybrid, with 1500-hp and 0-62 in 2.8 seconds, this is the nicest present you can buy your garage.)
So, no matter what your budget, you can flex your muscles with some of the coolest, most stylish, and most powerful cars ever made. Drive safely. No really.