Best sports cars 2022
If you're looking to treat yourself to one of the best sports cars, you've come to the right place.
We’ve chosen something for everyone with sports cars ranging from raw to luxurious and everything in between. We've also been pretty liberal with the price point as well, picking out the best sports cars to suite a range of budgets, from under £40,000 to over £100,000.
Guaranteed to put a big smile on your face, our guide to the best sports cars features track day weapons like the Porsche Cayman to some of the best 4 seater sports cars.
You'll pick up some of these cars nearly new while others are second-hand bargains. Keep reading for heycar’s guide to the best sports cars you can buy today.
Year launched: 2019
The Porsche 911 has always been the best sports car you can live and remains one of the most engaging cars you’ll ever drive.
The Porsche 911 is a car that gets better the faster you go. Its expertly damped suspension cream over bumps and imperfections leaving you to focus on driving. There’s very little lean in bends and the steering gives you loads of confidence.
The latest generation 992 911 was introduced in 2019 and is a fabulous machine that continues to impress. It's also very versatile - thanks to its rear-engine design, there's space in the back for two children. It's not going to replace your family car, but it's certainly one of the best 4-seater sports cars out there, and might make it a bit easier to justify than some other cars here. The 911 has to be the most complete and best sports car you can buy.
For a car that's relatively new, expect used 911 prices to remain high, with upwards of £95,000 needed for a two year old Carrera with under 10,000 miles on the clock.
If that's a little lumpy, then the previous 991 generation 911 is still a fantastic sports car. The last 911 to have a non-turbocharged – and very sweet sounding – flat-six engine, the 991 was a huge leap on from the car it replaced in terms of quality and technology. However, just like the old car, a wide range of adjustment makes it easy to get a comfortable driving position and the rear seats make for handy extra luggage space.
Used Porsche 911 prices start at around £60,000 for a 7 year old 991 with under £40,000.
Year launched: 2015
Motoring clichés are easy to come by, but every now and again a car comes along that’s so brilliant that it qualifies for every stock phrase and cliché you can find. The original Audi R8 was one of those cars: it was revolutionary, a game-changer and it really did handle like it was on rails. The second generation has a tough act to follow, but it didn’t disappoint.
It retains that special aura that few other supercars can match. A Porsche 911 may drive as well, but an R8 is always guaranteed to get more attention. Given this is a car from a manufacturer that also makes diesel SUVs, that’s no mean feat.
On the open road (and race track) the latest R8 is scintillating, with outstanding acceleration and a wonderful soundtrack that builds with the revs. In standard form, the 540PS V10 will complete the 0-62mph dash in 3.5 seconds, while the V10 Plus (with 610PS) will lower the sprint by 0.3 seconds.
Used prices for a gen 2 Audi R8 start out at around £85,000 for a 5 year old model, rising to over £125,000 for an almost new example.
Year launched: 2013
The Jaguar F-Type is quite possibly the prettiest car that’s ever been built. A spiritual successor to the E-Type classic, the F-Type has a long bonnet and a pretty back end with four-exhausts and a hatchback-style boot.
Our £80,000 budget is enough to get you an almost new R model, with a 575PS supercharged V8 engine that’ll blow away almost anything else at the price – 0-62mph takes 3.5 seconds, helped by the car’s standard four-wheel-drive system.
Inside, some of the plastics feel cheap but large swathes of leather make up for this and a large grab handle between the front seats hint at the car’s performance. Tall adults get plenty of room and you’ll be impressed by how much luggage you can fit in the F-Type’s boot.
Year launched: 2018
Made by Renault, the Alpine is France’s answer to the Porsche Cayman and it’s really rather good. The Alpine has an all-aluminium construction that makes it very light and it’s this that dominates the driving experience.
It feels nimble and agile in corners and because the Alpine isn’t heavy, the suspension can be relatively soft, allowing it to breath with the road and flatten out nasty bumps. Its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine gives the Alpine a serious turn of speed and sounds purposefully rorty.
Inside, you sit low and the interior has neat features like deep bucket seats, quilted leather upholstery and trims based on the tricolour French flag. Okay, so the boots are small but you do at least get two of them.
Porsche 718 Cayman
Year launched: 2016
The Porsche 718 Cayman might be the most complete sports car ever built. It’s smart looking and fantastic to drive but also easy to live with. It’s practical for what it is, feels posh inside and is available with the latest tech.
The Cayman’s driving experience is dominated by its mid-engine layout which makes it perfectly balanced in corners. On a £40,000 budget, you can choose from a turbocharged four-cylinder model or go for an older car with a six-cylinder engine that brims with character.
The Porsche blends its great drive with everyday usability. It looks brilliant inside and has the build quality to rival a posh German saloon. Okay, so it’s only a two-seater but you do get a pair of boots that swallow a surprisingly large amount.
Like the sound of the 718 Cayman, but want the wind in your hair? The 718 Boxster is every bit as good as the 718 Cayman – it just swaps a little of the Cayman’s handling prowess for a soft-top roof that can drop in seconds.
Unlike most open tops, you’ll not feel the Boxster twist and shudder over bumps. It feels tied down in corners with feelsome and direct steering that leaves you full of confidence. Okay, so the four-cylinder models don’t sound great but they’re punchy and you can always go for an older six-cylinder version.
Inside, the Boxster looks great and you get an excellent driving position. It’s spacious for a two-seater and you get plenty of room for luggage thanks two boots that’ll swallow a surprising amount of luggage.
Aston Martin Vantage
Year launched: 2018
The Aston Martin Vantage was given a radical overhaul in 2018 with a sharp new look and the change from a naturally aspirated engine to a turbocharged unit. The result? One of the most stunning and desirable sports cars on sale today.
While traditional Aston design cues are evident, they’re here for function over form. For example, the grille is the right shape, but it’s not here for show, rather to feed the car’s turbo motor with air. It’s familiar, but different all at once. It also boasts one of the finest rear ends on the market today.
You’re blown away when you see it, but to drive it is to love it. The engine is keen to push forward, the noise addictive, and cornering incredible. It comes with a sweet eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox that’s smooth as silk around town and hugely engaging at speed. An electric differential aids high-speed stability and allows for fun in corners too.
Prices start at around £90,000 for a used, latest-generation Aston Martin Vantage, though for £55,000 and up to can get the previous-generation Vantage. It doesn't look quite as striking at the latest car, and lacks some of the tech of the new car, but it's still and achingly pretty car that'll turn heads an put a huge smile on your face when you blip the throttle.
Year launched: 2015
The brawny Mercedes-AMG GT is the antithesis to the Playstation generation of supercars. With its thumping V8 and a soundtrack to match, the AMG-GT is a bit of a brute to the Audi R8’s ballet dancer deftness.
Driving it day-to-day is a wonderful experience, even more so if you press the loud button for the exhaust and shift the car into Dynamic mode. This makes the tailpipes cackle whenever the seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox performs a downshift. Power comes from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 which at its most powerful, delivers 557PS.
On a bendy road, at high revs, the combination of the soundtrack, the rear-wheel-drive handling balance, your backside’s closeness to the road and the all-of-a-sudden communicative steering makes the AMG GT feel as outlandish and special as it looks.
Inside, the Mercedes feels as plush as you would expect with a sculpted dashboard that’s wrapped in leather, with a large and colourful infotainment screen plopped on top. Two tall adults will be happy on long drives and the boot can swallow a couple of suitcases.
Prices start at around £70,000 for a 5 year old AMG-GT.
Year launched: 2014
The BMW i8 is a sports car with an eco-conscience, the world's first attempt at building a hybrid that's fun to drive.
It's got the futuristic looks to match its ground-breaking powertrain. Under its skin, you'll find a mid-mounted MINI engine backed up by two electric motors and a battery pack - it gets from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds but can also run on electricity alone. Ideal if you live in a low-emission zone like London.
The BMW's scissor doors are pure theatrics and the organic design of the BMW's interior - much of which is made from recycled materials - hints that this sports car is kinder to the environment than your regular speed machine.
Prices start at around £45,000 for a used BMW i8, but if you fancy a fast BMW with a full fat petrol engine, check out the BMW M2. A thug of a car, it can also be pretty practical with space for four.
Bentley Continental GT
Year launched: 2010
If you want a car that can do a good impression of a sports car while immersing you in cosseting luxury, look no further than the Bentley Continental GT, a car that’s custom-built to crush continents.
It comes with a choice of V8 and W12 engines that produce up to 624PS. It’s fair to say, it’s quick, but it’s also easy to drive and comfortable. Four-wheel drive comes as standard for excellent stability and the Bentley doesn’t so much absorb bumps as steamroller them flat.
Inside, it feels like an old country house – there’s so much leather and wood in there – and there’s also enough room for four adults to get comfortable. Factor in a large boot and this is a car that you could happily tour thousands of miles in.
A budget of £75,000 will get you a last generation V8 car that's about 6 years old. If you're looking to buy an almost new, current model Continental GT, then prices start at about £120,000.
Year launched: 2015
The Ford Mustang is a car that favours clout over elegance. The original muscle car is a sports car done the American way.
As a result, you get a 5.0-litre V8 in a large coupe body. It's the first Mustang to get independent rear suspension so it feels more manageable in bends than Mustangs of old. That said, the dominant entity is the lazy way it delivers its performance and the bassy sounds it makes while doing it.
The interior is more functional than attractive, but it's big and airy - ideal for long journeys. The back seat is pretty usable and the boot is large.
For £60k, you can pick up a Porsche 911 that’s a few years old and has around 20,000 miles on the clock. The Porsche has an immersive driving experience but it’s also a car you can happily use every day.
It depends whether you want your £100k car to focus on luxury or sports performance, but for us the Porsche 911 is one of the best cars for £100k along with the hand built Bentley Continental GT.
If you’re looking to get a used luxury sports car for £60,000 or less, the Bentley Continental GT is a great option. Its V8 and W12 engines deliver serious shove even though the heavy Bentley is weighed down with leather and wood.
The Lexus LC500 is likely to be the most reliable sports car on this list. Lexus topped Honest John (our sister site’s) Satisfaction Index with an 89.5 per cent winning score. The LC500 feels as well built as any other Lexus but comes with a thunderous V8 under the bonnet.
The Porsche 911 is the best daily driver sports car. Its relatively small size makes it easy to manoeuvre, you get a great view out and it’s available with a slick automatic gearbox. Yet, despite all this, the 911 is still great fun to drive.
The Porsche 911 can rightly claim to to be the best all round sports car. Easy to drive around town, it comes alive in corners and offers performance that few others can match, yet it’s not intimidating to drive, even the thunderous Turbo models.
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- 16,753 miles
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- 9,147 miles
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- 4,820 miles
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