Sportscars- The DriveTribe Reader's Choice Awards
Yes, sportscars are still around and here's five of the best!
It's 2020 in case you haven't noticed and SUVs are everywhere, some fast and some slow. Hot hatches, sedans and wagons are all still around but what if you want something a little more focused. Something like a sportscar? Where do you turn, they all seem to have gone with the remaining ones hiding from emissions regulations. However, I have great news for you because look hard and you will find some terrific ones still around.
The petrol hybrid Polestar 1
This hybrid sportscar segment was one pioneered by the BMW i8 all those years ago but since then, interest on the car has waned. Not on this though, it's the Polestar 1. It has a few things going for it, one of which is definitely the name because car enthusiasts and owners are pretty keen to check out the new relatively unknown car brand. It's supposed to be the first and last hybrid Polestar as they are currently in the process of switching to electric because of the Polestar 2 and everything ahead of that. A petrol engine and two electric motors bring this modern take on the Volvo P1800 up to 100 in 4.2 seconds. Pretty damn quick!
Now that the more niche stuff is out of the way, how about some good ol' fashioned petrol sportscars?
Toyota GR Supra
The GR Supra
The Supra has been back for a while now but Toyota decided to go one step further and improve the current model. Enter the 2021 GR Supra. GR is Toyota's latest performance arm and they have some great cars in the works, one of which is the updated Supra. GR has fettled with the engine and manage to wrangle 35kW out of it while also bringing the 0-100 time to just over 4 seconds. If you thought the 2020 Supra was quick, wait till next year's model comes around though they haven't managed to solve the BMW-ness of this car.
The revitalized Porsche Cayman 718
Turn back the clock and you might get to a time when people were calling the Porsche Boxster/Cayman platform the pick of the bunch as opposed to the 911. It has been a few hardship filled years for that platform as the German sportscars suffered from lackluster engines and almost a feeling of neglect from Porsche. However, the Boxster/Cayman is back with lively four cylinder turbo options bolted onto a brilliant chassis. This is a back to basics Porsche sportscar but what makes it even sweeter is that 4 litre flat six option, enough said
The mid-engined Corvette C8
Right hand drive conversions and import duties have brought the Corvette C8's prices up to nearly $250,000 in countries like New Zealand, this should have killed off some of the buzz of the latest generation Corvette but it hasn't! The new mid-engined Chevy has shown some strong intent by attacking some of the biggest names in the sportscar world. And guess what, the C8 isn't out of its depth over there. The 6.2L V8 puts out a figure just shy of 500 horsepower but what's even better is the way it drives. Power is nothing without control as they say.
What a silhouette!
This year brought a host of changes to the F-Type. Even though these updates seem like they are limited to cosmetic enhancements, the changes are far more than just that. Upgrades to the previously lethargic chassis along with new engines are the major differences here. The V6 options are still the most popular though that now updated 4 cylinder Ingenium turbo is pretty damn good too and loses the heavy front end that the V6 and V8 suffer from. The F-Type is probably my pick of the bunch as my relationship with the car goes back years when I went around a racetrack for the first time in an F-Type SVR.
There you have it! The 5 best sportscars from the year gone by. Make sure you vote for your favourite from the list below.
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