Who doesn’t love a good sports car? Well, someone who values ride quality over speed, for one. Or someone who has space in his garage and his bank account for only one car, and it’s family over fun. Or even someone who probably prefers a muscle car classic over the new-fangled sports cars. And not just for looks alone.
Even for those who like a good sports car because it’s speedy, things may not be satisfying as they assumed they would be because not all sports cars are as fast as you’d think they’d be. In fact, some of the latest sports cars that you may buy brand new may be slower than classic muscle cars of the past, and this is a fact that may end up disappointing sports car fans. Sounds shocking, right? But when it comes to the speediest cars, they are often the ones that cost an arm and a leg.
So if you bought any of these sports cars, brand-new, they will still be slower than classic muscle cars. That may not always be a bad thing though.
10 2020 Subaru BRZ
The Subaru BRZ is an entry-level sports car and accordingly, comes rather affordable as well. Production of 2020 is now off and a 2022 model will soon be hitting the dealerships. At the onset, let’s just tell you, it’s actually loads of fun to drive, just not as a daily driver.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 205 horses and 156 ft-lb of torque, propelling it 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds and at top speeds of 143 mph. Definitely slower than most classic muscle cars.
9 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Miata handles well and has a decent fuel economy to offer as well, although it does have space constraints because it is tiny. Plus the storage space is laughable as well. On the flip side, it’s light, and driving is absolute fun.
The reliability is average, and the rear-wheel-driven 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 181 horses as well as 151 ft-lb torque, making it go 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. That’s not exactly slow, but considering the 4.6-second sprint of the Plymouth GTO, it’s not exactly stellar either.
8 2021 Toyota Supra
The 10-second car from the Fast & Furious franchise has now become a five-second one, as in it hits 60 mph in five seconds with its 255-horsepower four-cylinder engine. So no, most muscle cars can still outrun it and it’s Japanese excellence with ease. Although, for a sports car, it offers fairly comfortable interiors and a smooth ride as well.
The acceleration is punchy, the handling is feather-light and the infotainment center is pretty friendly to handle too. Try the Supra on curvy roads and you are likely to get the ride of your life.
7 2021 Audi TT
The Audi TT is a true hot hatch, with zippy acceleration and decent reliability as well. It handles well and being an Audi, it comes luxury stuffed as well, and coupled with that turbocharged acceleration, it makes for a fun and rather exhilarating ride.
Of course, it’s faster than it looks. The 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine is a cool one and makes the Audi TT zip from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds, which is fast but then again, not classic muscle car fast!
6 2021 BMW Z4
The BMW Z4 has a comfortable ride with the top down, which can make for the complete sports car package. Unlike other sports cars, it’s also roomy and has decent trunk space. The infotainment system is like as it should be, uncomplicated and easy to use.
The reliability isn’t all that great, and its hits 62 mph in 5.2 seconds on its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, jetting 255 horses. Along with not being the fastest, there are more fun and sporty cars in its segment.
5 2021 Jaguar F-Type
The Jaguar F-Type is a beautiful car with rather dismal reliability ratings. That said; it handles nimbly, and the engine is a solid one, even with its 2.0-liter inline-four version that makes 296 horses. While the car is significantly heavy than, say a Mazda, going from zero to 60 mph is a zippy 5.5 seconds.
Faster than the Mazda, yes. Faster than the classic muscle cars? No. Other downsides? The snug-as-a-bug cabin space and the frustrating infotainment system may make you want to push the car off the nearest cliff.
4 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class
The SLC’s high point has to be the power-folding hardtop, although it takes 20 seconds for it to go back. The acceleration is punchy and the handling and the ride are superior if you compare it to the other cars in its class.
The cabin is cramped, but that’s the misery of all the sports cars around. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine jets 241 horses, which is okay for everyday driving. But a 0-60 mph sprint is a dismal six seconds, not very cool for a Merc…
3 2020 FIAT 124 Spider
The Fiat 124 Spider, for all its lovely looks, comes with rather terrible reliability ratings, with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 160 horses and 184 ft-lb torque. Seating and trunk space are bad and the Spider is a bottom scraper in the ranking of sports cars.
A 0-60 mph run, unofficially, happens in 6-7 seconds, that too for the slightly more powerful Abarth trim. The manual is still loads of fun to drive and the touch screen is a joy to operate as well.
2 2020 Nissan 370Z
While the 2022 model has been announced, it’s the 2020 Nissan 370Z that will still keep selling for 2021. While you cannot call the 370Z slow by any means, it still takes a whole five seconds to go from start to 62 mph, so it is slower than the classic muscle cars, yes.
Even today’s muscle car trims have more powerful engines and can clock 0-60 mph in less than three seconds. It’s a cool car, thrilling even but it lacks the kind of athleticism others can offer. But the handling is absolutely superb, challenging for someone not used to sporty driving.
1 2020 Toyota 86
Since this is an entry-level sports car, you cannot expect too much from the Toyota 86, and the engine is a bit weak and has a cramped interior. The 2.0-liter engine makes 205 horses and the 0-60 mph run is a very sluggish 7.6 seconds.
Not the ideal “sporty” feel, right? But then again, the Toyota 86 is one of the cheapest thrills you can get from a sports car, so there is that, and the good thing is that a new one, with better specs, is slated to release as a 2022 model.
Sources: Cars.USNews, CarBuzz, TheCarConnection, Forbes
NEXT: 10 Performance Trucks You Can Easily Modify To Destroy Sports Cars
10 Awesome Performance Sedans That Were Lost To Time
About The Author