Performance, styling and price are the only points worth discussing when it comes to sports cars and very often it’s hard to find a vehicle that satisfies all three of those concerns. The sports car world is seeing a ton of new sheet metal in addition to new technology which will urge drivers to experience the limits of a high-performance machine.
What’s New in Sports Cars
Chevrolet is pumping up its sports car game as well with the Corvette Z06. With a massive supercharged 6.2-liter V8 under the hood, this car packs 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, sent through an eight-speed automatic.
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The Jaguar F-Type is the successor to the gorgeous and iconic E-Type and looks the part with an eye-catching design. However, the F-Type isn’t just a good looking car – it’s fast too. Packing a supercharged V6, the F-Type is a quick one and those looking for more power will find it with the available supercharged V8 engine option. For 2015, Jaguar has expanded the F-Type range to include a coupe. The car will also be offered with all-wheel drive and a manual transmission this year.
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Called the M4, BMW’s iconic M3 Coupe is given a new name, but the same sporting pedigree. Available once again with an straight-six cylinder engine, a turbocharger helps boost power up to 420 hp.
Challenging it is the new Cadillac ATS-V with even more power (464 hp to be precise) and a lower starting price.
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Higher up the food chain are the new models of the Porsche 911, like the Turbo and Turbo S. Both sports cars come with more power than the normal 911, and sport all-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering. The lack of a manual transmission may be disappointing but that’s the price of a 0-60 sprint of 3.2 seconds for the Turbo and 2.9 seconds for the Turbo S. There’s also a new GT3, which continues its theme of being a race car for the street, even going so far as to drop the manual transmission in favor of a 7-speed paddle-shifted dual-clutch unit. Rounding out the 911 range, a new Targa joins the ranks later this year.
Porsche has also cranked up the fun for its small sports car, the Cayman, with a new GTS variant. This car takes its curb weight down so that the fun factor can go up.
A car that’s easily as fast as the upcoming 911 Turbo is the 2015 Nissan GT-R. This year saw some slight revisions to ‘Godzilla’ while the a limited edition GT-R NISMO packing 600 hp has already set a blistering pace at the famed Nürburgring.
A new Lamborghini is also on the market this year. The new Huracan is the replacement for the company’s best-selling model ever, the Gallardo. It stays true to its roots by offering a naturally aspirated V10 that lays down 602 hp.
Lexus is jumping into the sports car game this year as well with the new RC F. A naturally aspirated V8 helps this car jump from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. A new performance version of the larger GS is also coming, sporting the same 467-hp V8 under the hood.
Porsche is taking its sports cars even further in the near future with the Cayman GT4 and the 911 GT3 RS. Both of these cars will prioritize shedding pounds to increase lap times and rumor has it that the GT3 RS may just offer a manual transmission, unlike the standard GT3.