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Top 18 Luxury Sports Cars 21 November, 2020   

Luxury sports cars are a niche segment usually preferred by enthusiasts and people willing to spend the top dollar. These cars combine performance with a plush interior; they are eye candy and luxurious at the same time. The below list is random and does not follow any ranking system.  


Porsche 911 GT3

Engine displacement-3 .6 or 4.0 L Flat-6

Transmission- 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual clutch automatic

0-60mph- 3.5s

Power- 500 PS

Top Speed- 198mph

Price- $175,000

Porsche 911 is iconic among luxury sports cars due to its racing heritage; the new version is performance-oriented and is called the 991.2 GT3. The 911 GT3 is beyond doubt a driver’s car; it's available with the manual transmission, not forcing one to go with the computer involved PDK automatic. The way this car handles is simply phenomenal, and it's also very tight around the corners. The 911 is one of the first cars to experiment with the rear engine, and the vehicle is rear-wheel powered. It is a legendary feel to drive these, and the engine sound is pure unadulterated music to the fanboys.


Nissan GTR

Engine displacement- 3.8 L V-6

Transmission- Dual-clutch 6-speed automatic with paddle shift

0-60mph - 3s

Power- 565 PS

Top Speed- 196mph

Price- $100,000

The company Nissan discontinued its successful racing car series Skyline GTR, and it succeeded with the Nissan GTR, which proved to be iconic in the world of luxury sports cars. The GTR’s rigid body, sharp steering, and adjustable dampers make it a driver’s car. It is an all-wheel-drive car and has a terrific 11 speaker Bose sound system. The latest version has upgraded the new dash and interiors, although the back-seat space is a little cramped. The Nissan GTR is nicknamed ‘The Godzilla’ partly because both the monster and the car have Japanese origin.


Mercedes AMG GT

Engine displacement- 4.0 L V-8

Transmission- 7-speed dual clutch automatic

0-60mph- 3s

Power- 503 hp

Top speed- 193 mph

Price- $115,000

This amazing car from Mercedes is a coupe; it’s often pitched against the Porsche 911. The Mercedes AMG GT has the engine behind the front wheels, but in front of the driver, so one might call it a ‘mid-engine car.’ Its steering gives excellent feedback to the driver, and the braking also feels grippy, but on the whole, this car is too big to be a nimble handler. In 2017 the car completed a lap in Nurburgring at only 7m11s, one of the fastest times. The car can turn into an absolute beast by changing the 9 stage traction control system; It is preferred over the 911 by many professionals and enthusiasts because it is more brute than the 911 and less perfect, if you will.

 


Jaguar F type

Engine displacement- 2.0 L L4

Transmission- 6-speed manual or 8-speed quick shift automatic

0-60mph-5.4s

Power- 296 hp

Top speed- 155 mph

Price- $60,000

Jaguar F type is one of the less expensive cars in the luxury sports cars category; it offers a combination of good fuel efficiency and performance. The car has nimble handling and a nice cabin; it makes a very distinct sound when the engine revs, and there is no question that it can be heard from afar. 

The price starts from $60,000 to $142,000, depending on which variant you choose. It is also available with a supercharged V6 and even a V8 engine option; An easy way to differentiate is by counting the exhausts. The four-cylinder F type has only one exhaust pipe, add one more for a total of two in the V6, and if you see an F type with four pipes at both ends, you are looking at the mighty V8 variant with brute strength. The V6s’ and V8 have the optional all-wheel drive and six-speed manual transmission, and it got quite a good amount of room for luggage in the rear.

 

Acura NSX

Engine displacement- 3.5L V6

Transmission- 9-speed dual clutch automatic

0-60mph- 2.7s

Power- 573 hp

Top speed- 191 mph

Price- $158,000

The NSX is a thrilling fun to drive car launched in Japan under the Honda badge, and in the US, it has the name Acura NSX. The NSX is one car among luxury sports cars with great flair and eye candy worth looks; it has amazing acceleration because of the electric motors and 573 horse-power, and to top off, it got high fuel economy. One downside we could say is its high price tag.  The NSX has all-wheel drive as standard, nice comfy heated seats, and top of a lined interior with a leather dash. Some complain that the boot space could have been larger, though.


Mercedes Benz SL

Engine displacement- 3.0L V6 Biturbo

Transmission- 9-speed automatic

0-60mph- 4.9s

Power- 362 hp

Top speed- 185mph

Price- $89,000

The Mercedes Benz SL is a roadster launched first in the 1950s; the newest installment has used cutting-edge technology and came with a load of safety features. It has dynamic select driving modes, great looks, and semi-autonomous driving technology to boast of, among other things. The SL in the moniker stands for super light; it is front-engined and has a rear-wheel drive. The infotainment system is a tad bit small and lacks a touchscreen; the Harman Kardon sound system is decent sounding, but the aficionados would likely prefer the optional 900 watts Bang & Olufsen system. The SL offers good fuel efficiency and has less emission level, justifying the high price you pay.


Chevrolet Corvette

Engine displacement- 6.2L V8

Transmission- 7-speed manual or 8-speed paddle-shift automatic

0-60mph- 3.7s

Power- 460 hp

Top speed- 175mph

Price- $55,495

The Chevrolet Corvette is a symbolic American sports car that has been around for almost 65 years. It easily takes one of the top spots in the luxury sports cars segment with ripping power, nimble handling, supportive seats, and a large trunk. The Chevy Corvette offers top-of-line performance at a lower price, making it a good value for money in the class. It looks more muscled than many of its competitors and will surely attract many stares.

 


Audi R8

Engine displacement- 5.2L V10

Transmission- 7-speed dual clutch 

0-60mph- 3.7s

Power- 532 hp

Top speed- 200 mph

Price- $138,700

The Audi R8 is a mid-engine rear-wheel drive beauty of a machine; it effectively combines cutting-edge technology with practicality. It is a car that offered supercar-like performance but can be an everyday vehicle also. It has all the power and performance of the V10 engine but still was twenty thousand dollars less expensive than the Porsche 911. The large, user-friendly infotainment system offers three viewing modes, namely infotainment, classic, and sport. It has the much talked about Audi laser high beam technology (optional); it greatly increases the driver and other passengers' safety by improving the visibility, especially during night driving. 

The car has great driving dynamics by delivering all the power generated with ten cylinders to rear wheels. The R8 lacks a bit in the handling department, and it's not very fuel-efficient but provides superior comfort and high speed. This car is featured in the movie Iron Man as a car driven by Tony Stark. 

Porsche Cayman

Engine displacement- 2.5L 4 cylinder

Transmission- 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph- 4.9 s

Power- 300 hp

Top speed- 171 mph

Price- $56,900

The Porsche Cayman is the coupe answer to the convertible Boxster; it offers a joyous ride because of its mid-engine architecture, and it looks stunning. It’s an entry-level Porsche that has great handling and perfectly weighted steering. It puts a big smile on your face when you get behind the steering wheel, and you don’t feel like nitpicking about the quality of the interior. Many safety features are only available in higher versions, which can considerably hike the price. There is ample space for luggage if you pop the front and some more small space in the back trunk.


Lexus LC

Engine displacement- 5L V8

Transmission- 10 speed automatic

0-60mph- 4.4s

Power- 471hp

Top speed- 168mph

Price- $92,000

Toyota’s premium cars are launched under the Lexus brand, and the Lexus LC was just a concept car in 2012, which made it into production owing to the excitement it created among customers. The Lexus LC has a robust engine and premium interior; That said, it doesn’t match the handling and overall dynamics of, say, a Porsche 911. The LC500 variant has a roaring V8 engine, whereas the LC500h has a V6 hybrid with two electric motors that offer better fuel efficiency but has less horsepower. The car offers peace of mind to the user because of the Lexus after-sales maintenance and support. The LC has a front-engine design and is rear-wheel drive.


Porsche Boxster

Engine displacement- 2 L turbocharged boxer 4

Power- 300 PS

Transmission- 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph- 4.8 S

Top speed- 170 MPH

Price- $59,000

The Porsche Boxster is a superb player among luxury sports cars with a luxurious interior, sprightly yet fuel-efficient engines, and impeccable handling. The Boxster is a two-seat, mid-engine rear-wheel-drive car. The Boxster is a driver’s car that is extremely nimble and has sharp cornering ability.

Porsche did some re-engineering this time around, replacing the previous Boxster and Cayman’s 6-cylinder engine with turbocharged 4-cylinder. The new engine doesn’t have the loud and aggressive sound of the predecessor; nonetheless, it offers better fuel economy.


Mercedes Benz SLC

Engine displacement- 2 L inline-4 turbo

Power- 241 HP

Transmission- 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic

0-60mph- 5.6 S

Top speed- 130 mph

Price- $48,400

Mercedes Benz SLC, which replaces the erstwhile SLK, embodies the roadster's true spirit by combining outdoor fun and practicality elements. The SLC has a list of cool optional features like an Airscarf neck-level heating system, Magic Sky Control, rearview camera, and Dynamic select driving modes. The SLC is a rear-wheel-drive two-seat convertible; it is also available in an AMG version with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that is, needless to say, is pricier. Like the older SLK, the SLC retains the hardtop compared to cloth, thus adds to the safety of the passengers.


Audi TT

Engine displacement- 2 L inline 4

Power- 220 HP

Transmission- 6-speed dual clutch automatic

0-60mph- 5.3 S

Top speed- 130 mph

Price- $43,950

The Audi TT combines driving dynamics and dashing looks; it is ideal for people looking for a sports car with a good interior, comfortable seats, unique styling, and high-end features. The TT has some of the elements inspired by the R8; a manual transmission is not an option. It has an all-wheel-drive system that may remind some of the VW Golf R; The Audi Magnetic Ride suspension is available as an option. 

Alfa Romeo 4C

Engine displacement- 1.7 L inline 4

Power- 237 HP

Transmission- 6-speed automatic twin clutch

0-60mph- 4.1 S

Top speed- 160 MPH

Price- $55,900

The Alfa Romeo 4C is an Italian beauty that some aficionados swear by because of its track performance. The 4C is a two-seater car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive system. It is a small car with a very responsive engine and offers a great driving experience; However, the lack of standard and optional features, very stiff suspension, and cramped space are some drawbacks.


Audi A5 Cabriolet

Engine displacement- 2 L 4-cylinder

Power- 252 HP

Transmission- 7-speed dual clutch automatic 

0-60mph- 6 S

Top speed- 130 mph

Price- $49,600

The Audi A5 has a powerful engine, stylish interior, and a long list of features. The front seats offer great support, but the back seat is small in the coupe and convertible versions. The A5 Cabriolet has three trims which are called Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige, Premium is the base version, and Prestige is the fully loaded version with all available safety features.

Even though the Cabriolet has a soft top, it manages to be remarkably silent with the top up; it’s a job well done by the Audi engineers.

 

BMW 4 Series

Engine displacement- 2 L inline 4

Power- 248 hp

Transmission- 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic

0-60mph- 5.7 s

Top speed- 155 mph

Price- $44,800

 The BMW 4 series is available in Coupe, Gran Coupe, and Convertible designs; it's offered with two engine options, a 2.0 liter inline 4 and 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinders. The coupe version has a choice of a manual or automatic transmission, whereas the convertible is only offered with the automatic. It has a spacious interior, very comfortable seats, and the six-cylinder engine is screaming fast. The BMW 4 series is overall a complete package where both performance and functionality are balanced; however, the boot space may turn out to be small for the vacation trips.


Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Engine displacement- 6.2 L V8

Power- 808 hp

Transmission- 8-speed automatic

0-60mph- 2.3 s

Top speed- 168 mph

Price- $86,090

The Dodge Demon is an odd one on the list of luxury sports cars because it was never intended for mass production. The US will get only 3000 of the massive 808 horsepower (can be tweaked to 840 with the Demon Crate Kit)  machine with the intimidating name. As per Dodge, Demon is the highest horsepower V8 for a production car in history.


Jaguar XK

Engine displacement- 5.0 l V8

Power- 385 hp

Transmission- 6-speed automatic

0-60mph- 5.3 s

Top speed- 155 mph

Price- $85,495

The naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 engine in the Jaguar XK has plenty of power, and the ride quality is smooth. The XK gets the Jaguar Smart Key System with keyless start and keyless entry, front and back parking sensors with rear-view camera, and Jaguar adaptive dynamics- a continuously variable damping system as standard features.

The XK has a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters; it’s a rear-wheel-drive system.  The XK is one of those cars with a nice balanced ride, what you need when you are out on vacation with family, but manages to excite you with its sporty character.

The world of luxury sports cars is highly competitive; the main differentiating factors are ride quality, interior comfort, engine performance, aesthetics, and even the way the engine sounds. Many of the segment's frontrunners have sporty looks, decent power, and they are just a lot of fun to drive; On the other end of the spectrum, there are powerful behemoths with V8 and sometimes even V10 engine. So at the end of the day, it boils down to what strikes your fancy, how much is the budget, long-term maintenance, technology, and for some folks, fuel efficiency, and emission level.






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