The range of sports cars on sale today is mind-boggling. Whether you’re the owner of a quaint cottage in northern Italy surrounded by delicious winding roads or a track day fanatic whose idea of a great Saturday night is one spent underneath your car in mucky overalls, there is something out there for you.
But what about the rest of us? What of ordinary people who have desk jobs and children and vacuum cleaners? Must we be stuck with dreary people-carriers? Of course not! Here are six sports cars that are a great deal of fun to drive but have space in the back for the kids and their schoolbags.
6. Audi S5 - One, two, three, quattro
The Audi S5, given the barrels of fun concealed within it, is amazingly practical and perfect for the chaotic life of a parent. At the back, it has enough boot space to keep all of little Jimmy’s Roald Dahl books safe and sound and plenty of rear leg room so that he can swing his muddy football boots back and forth to his heart’s content. At the same time, its feisty turbocharged engine combined with Audi’s trademark Quattro driving system ensures that nobody will be falling asleep behind the wheel any time soon.
5. Bentley Continental GT - Like the Sun, but with less fire and more leather
The Bentley Continental GT has been the last word in Herculean luxury since before Twitter was a thing. Its monster of an engine is worthy of James Bond and its staggering speed and hefty bulk make it powerful enough to displace small planets. Another consequence of its size is that it could comfortably seat four Jeremy Clarksons in its delightful interior without breaking a sweat, meaning it should be more than capable of dealing with a mishap-laden school run.
4. Porsche 911 - Small enough to pass for an insect, big enough to crush all who stand in its way
Unlike the Bentley, the back seats in the Porsche 911 would have great difficulty accommodating Richard Hammond, let alone anyone more than six feet tall. That ought not to be a problem for a young family, though, especially since its engine being at the back means it has a surprising amount of storage space under the bonnet. This is the perfect choice for those who want a small, nifty and extremely fun sports car and have a bit of spare cash to splash on the options list.
3. Nissan GT-R - Pleasing both nerds and normies since 2007
The Nissan GT-R is the car for the kind of person who spends entire weekends playing with Lego and finds torque infinitely fascinating. You could natter for weeks on end about its technical brilliance, from its mind-bending aerodynamics to its exquisite engine. It is truly a petrolhead’s car, yet it also has just about enough space in the back to seat two average-sized, unfussy adults so that they can be catapulted up the motorway much faster than PC Plod would approve of.
2. Ford Mustang - Cheap, cheerful and chuffing brilliant
Of all the cars on this list, the Ford Mustang stands out as the best value for money. It is a no-holds-barred, full-on sports car; it is the icon of American muscle. Yet, incredibly, you can get one for as little as £27,000. It is a wonderful beast to look at and an exhilarating monster to drive and, if you can resist the temptation of that gurgling V8 engine, it could certainly function as a child-mobile. So long as you don’t mind kicking up quite a stir when you pull up to the parents’ coffee morning.
1. BMW i8 - Friendly to animals, human and otherwise
The BMW i8 is the sports car of the future. Its hybrid power system will save you wheelbarrows of cash on fuel costs (which will help a lot when you’re paying off the massive loan you took out to buy the car in the first place). It also has the added bonus of gifting you the fuzzy chunk of knowledge that Johnny Polar Bear is relatively undisturbed by your roadgoing antics. Its rear can just about accommodate two little people who will be mesmerised by the stunning butterfly doors and, once they’re in, will probably never want to get out again.