best small sports car

best small sports car

Best Small Sports Car

Sports Cars 2017-2018: The Best and the Rest Take a look at our selections for the best sports cars of 2017 and 2018; if it’s sporting an Editors’ Choice badge, you’ll know that we think it’s one of the best sports cars on the market. You also can see our picks for the best premium sports cars, best muscle cars, best sports coupes, and best exotic sports cars here.
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Best Small Sports Car

Take a look at our selections for the best sports cars of 2017 and 2018; if it’s sporting an Editors’ Choice badge, you’ll know that we think it’s one of the best sports cars on the market. You also can see our picks for the best premium sports cars, best muscle cars, best sports coupes, and best exotic sports cars here.
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Best Small Sports Car

There once was a time when small sports cars were the only sports cars, as larger models simply didn’t have the suspensions or balance required to overcome their hefty mass and perform on a race track like a compact, nimble model. Technology has largely erased the performance penalties associated with a hefty curb weight, but small sports cars still hold a place near and dear to the hearts of driving enthusiasts. After all, “adding lightness” has always been a tried, tested, and true way to develop a sensational automobile. Let’s take a quick look at 10 of the best small sports cars available for 2016.
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Best Small Sports Car

Photo Credit: Benjamin Hunting Page 1 of 12 There once was a time when small sports cars were the only sports cars, as larger models simply didn’t have the suspensions or balance required to overcome their hefty mass and perform on a race track like a compact, nimble model. Technology has largely erased the performance penalties associated with a hefty curb weight, but small sports cars still hold a place near and dear to the hearts of driving enthusiasts. After all, “adding lightness” has always been a tried, tested, and true way to develop a sensational automobile. Let’s take a quick look at 10 of the best small sports cars available for 2016.
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Best Small Sports Car

Everyone instinctively knows what a sports car is, but pinning down a precise definition can be tricky. For what it’s worth, the Oxford English Dictionary reckons a sports car is “designed for performance at high speeds,” but we’d argue that ignores a fairly major aspect of sports car ownership: enjoyment.
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Best Small Sports Car

More on Sports Cars Sports cars that don’t cost as much as a house tend to come in two primary categories. Small, lightweight sports cars with four-cylinder engines are designed to deliver excellent handling and agility rather than outright speed and power. Muscle cars, on the other hand, are heavier and have more powerful engines. No matter which type of sports car you’re shopping for, you shouldn’t have trouble finding one that delivers thrills without breaking the bank. Back to top
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Best Small Sports Car

The sporty Abarth model proves that FIAT’s small 500 hatchback is more than just a tiny economy car. While its starting price of around $23,000 may seem a little expensive for a subcompact, drivers interested in performance will appreciate nearly everything about the car, from its snarling exhaust note to its enjoyable manual transmission. And while the Abarth only has 160 hp, you’ll quickly discover that that’s all it needs to provide a thrilling experience for shoppers interested in an affordable sports car with a unique look.
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Best Small Sports Car

Unsurprisingly, a used version of America’s Sports Car makes a great affordable sports car. Prices on C6 Corvettes have come down a good bit, and you can get C4s for very little money, but the sweet spot is probably the C5. They’re old enough to be affordable but are new enough to still look relatively modern.
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Toyota recently got back into the sports car game with the Scion FR-S (now Toyota 86), but an even-more-affordable option is the MR2. Toyota’s mid-engine sports car was fun to drive and still looks great today. Plus, with three generations to pick from, clean examples fit a wide range of budgets.
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2 of 10 Chevrolet Corvette Unsurprisingly, a used version of America’s Sports Car makes a great affordable sports car. Prices on C6 Corvettes have come down a good bit, and you can get C4s for very little money, but the sweet spot is probably the C5. They’re old enough to be affordable but are new enough to still look relatively modern. Chevrolet
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Chevrolet Corvette Unsurprisingly, a used version of America’s Sports Car makes a great affordable sports car. Prices on C6 Corvettes have come down a good bit, and you can get C4s for very little money, but the sweet spot is probably the C5. They’re old enough to be affordable but are new enough to still look relatively modern. Chevrolet
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10 of 10 Toyota MR2 Toyota recently got back into the sports car game with the Scion FR-S (now Toyota 86), but an even-more-affordable option is the MR2. Toyota’s mid-engine sports car was fun to drive and still looks great today. Plus, with three generations to pick from, clean examples fit a wide range of budgets.
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Toyota MR2 Toyota recently got back into the sports car game with the Scion FR-S (now Toyota 86), but an even-more-affordable option is the MR2. Toyota’s mid-engine sports car was fun to drive and still looks great today. Plus, with three generations to pick from, clean examples fit a wide range of budgets.
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Toyota GT 86 coupe The GT86 is a real enthusiast’s choice and one of the few modern cars that favours handling balance and driver involvement over brute power. It’s not slow – a reliable 197bhp 2.0-litre engine is more than enough, and the low driving position, traditional rear-wheel-drive layout and view down that long bonnet endear it to old-school sports car fans. While many carmakers are fitting hugely powerful engines to their sports cars, Toyota is to be praised for taking a different route with the GT86. Believe it or not, it comes with the same size tyres the carmaker fits to its oh-so-sensible Prius hybrid, but this only improves matters in the GT86: it makes the driving experience pin-sharp and bestows the car with just the right amount of grip. Things are rather less appealing inside, as the dashboard is uninspiring and features fairly run-of-the-mill materials, but that’ll be the last thing on your mind on a challenging country road. Read more.Key points 4.3 / 5 Price £26,855 – £30,270 read review watch video
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The GT86 is a real enthusiast’s choice and one of the few modern cars that favours handling balance and driver involvement over brute power. It’s not slow – a reliable 197bhp 2.0-litre engine is more than enough, and the low driving position, traditional rear-wheel-drive layout and view down that long bonnet endear it to old-school sports car fans. While many carmakers are fitting hugely powerful engines to their sports cars, Toyota is to be praised for taking a different route with the GT86. Believe it or not, it comes with the same size tyres the carmaker fits to its oh-so-sensible Prius hybrid, but this only improves matters in the GT86: it makes the driving experience pin-sharp and bestows the car with just the right amount of grip. Things are rather less appealing inside, as the dashboard is uninspiring and features fairly run-of-the-mill materials, but that’ll be the last thing on your mind on a challenging country road. Read more.
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Our top 10 list of the best sports cars covers a wide variety of models. We’ve selected affordable coupes, unapologetically expensive supercars and even a futuristic hybrid, proving that while defining what a sports car is may be tricky, choosing the right one for you should be a relatively simple – and enjoyable – task.
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Mercedes C-Class Coupe The C-Class coupe offers all the elegance and quality you’d expect of a Mercedes. It’s a sports car with a small ‘s’, offering a decent amount of driver engagement when you want it to, but providing an effortless high-speed cruising experience when you don’t. Pick the Airmatic Agility package from the options list if you want to make most use of this split personality, as it allows you to configure the suspension to your precise requirements. The diesel models boast low running costs and can shrug off the longest motorway journeys with ease, while the range-topping AMG C63 S has muscular looks backed up by 503bhp and monstrous performance. All models enjoy a well-appointed and beautifully designed interior, together with plenty of power and engaging road manners, while reasonable four-seat practicality doesn’t rule it out as a family car, either. And there’s no forgetting the reassurance and prestige of that three-pointed star on the grille. Read more.Key points 4.3 / 5 Price £32,325 – £70,385 read review watch video
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The C-Class coupe offers all the elegance and quality you’d expect of a Mercedes. It’s a sports car with a small ‘s’, offering a decent amount of driver engagement when you want it to, but providing an effortless high-speed cruising experience when you don’t. Pick the Airmatic Agility package from the options list if you want to make most use of this split personality, as it allows you to configure the suspension to your precise requirements. The diesel models boast low running costs and can shrug off the longest motorway journeys with ease, while the range-topping AMG C63 S has muscular looks backed up by 503bhp and monstrous performance. All models enjoy a well-appointed and beautifully designed interior, together with plenty of power and engaging road manners, while reasonable four-seat practicality doesn’t rule it out as a family car, either. And there’s no forgetting the reassurance and prestige of that three-pointed star on the grille. Read more.

Published on May 24, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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