Only a few years ago, if you were looking to buy an all-new sports car, your options were somewhat limited. But compared to today’s selection, it almost seems like there are too many cool sports cars to choose from.
Manufacturers are releasing new models that look like everyday, and some we’re looking forward to seeing in the near future are the Nissan Z as well as Toyota’s revolutionary GR Corolla. So, let’s say you’re a potential sports car buyer in 2022, but don’t want to fall into the norm of buying a Miata, or perhaps a cheapened German powerhouse. We have what you need.
Here is a compilation of the 8 best novelties sports cars which are seriously underestimated and worth examining in depth.
8 Morgan Plus Six
Morgan is an English car manufacturer that has always stayed true to its roots: building great vintage sports cars. Yes, you heard that right, Morgan does not conform to the norm that automakers update the styling of their cars and outfit them with new-era tech components. So while the Morgan Plus Six looks like something out of the 50s, it’s actually 21st century.
The Plus Six features a B58 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six (also found in the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra) that develops 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, along with a gearbox eight-speed automatic. That translates to a 0-60 time of just 4 seconds and a top speed of 166 mph. Right now the Morgan isn’t for sale in America, but once the prices are converted a new Plus Six would cost over $110,000 excluding postage and taxes, so think twice before buying. import one for yourself.
7 BMW Z4 M40i
Yes, it’s a Supra. Yes, the joke is exaggerated, and everyone is frankly tired of hearing about it. The downfall of the previous generation BMW Z4 was its lack of power, but we’re happy to say that’s no longer the issue. The Z4 M40i now features the B58 3.0-litre straight-six that produces 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, and unlike other “almost M cars”, the Z4’s power is sent to the rear wheels only. .
But that’s not all, the Z4 is surely a well-built topless sports car, but it’s also one of the most amazing Beemers you can buy because it’s really differentiated from the rest of the line of cars from sport from the Bavarian manufacturer. A new Z4 will set you back around $65,000, which is more expensive than a Supra, but still quite affordable considering it’s a nearly 400-hp rear-wheel-drive roadster.
By far, the LC500 is the best-looking car on our list today in terms of exterior design, as well as its cockpit. The LC500 is considered the spiritual successor to the legendary LFA, despite having a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine under its hood, instead of the LFA’s screaming V10, and it looks absolutely intoxicatingespecially when you rev it to its redline before shifting into high gear.
Its V8 engine produces 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. A downside however, it is not the fastest compared to its rivals like the BMW 8 Series, or the Porsche 911 since the Lexus goes from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds, it is far from be slow, but disappointing in comparison. Either way, a new LC500 is an absolute bargain since a base model costs less than 6 figures, and most of its competitors are well above that margin.
5 Lexus IS 500 F Sport
Finding a naturally aspirated sports car these days is as hard as finding a paperclip in an overgrown weedy field, but Toyota knows its customers, especially car enthusiasts, that’s why they have blessed with the Lexus LC 500 and IS 500 F Sport. We’ve talked about the LC before, now it’s time to shed some light on their oft-overlooked sports sedan called the IS 500.
Under its hood is a muscular 472bhp V8 that sends all its power to the rear wheels, and despite its automatic transmission and modern interior, it still feels old-school to drive and connects the driver to that sweet V8 like no other. other turbocharged car can. A lot of the spotlight is stolen from the Lexus by the BMW M340i, and frankly, we’re torn between the two and haven’t seen such a different rivalry compete in ages.
4 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio
The sports sedan market is filled with creations like the new M3 Competition, the aforementioned Lexus IS 500, as well as the Audi RS5, but we think Alfa’s Giulia Quadrofoglio has just the right amount of personality to reign supreme over any of its so-called rivals.
The QV is powered by a raspy 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 mounted under its hood, and it puts out over 500 hp. It’s pretty close to BMW’s M3 and M4, but as we said, there’s just something almost magical and charismatic behind Alfa’s creations. And for that reason alone, we think the Giulia Quadrofoglio’s $80,000 is well deserved and shouldn’t be overlooked.
3 Abarth 124 Spider
If you’re looking for something like a Mazda MX-5, but your interests revolve more around fun and beauty while doing it, there’s arguably a better alternative called the Abarth 124 Spider. Beneath all the flamboyant Italian design, it’s actually a Mazda Miata, so there’s no doubt it’ll drive obnoxiously well – that’s also why some people call it the Fiata.
The Abarth is powered by a tiny 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces almost 170bhp and can do a 0-60mph run in 6.7 seconds – which is microscopically slower than the MX-5 . The biggest drawback of the Abarth 124 is its price; $40,000, which is about the same as an MX-5 Club RF, and that’s why most people look past it and never give it a chance, but we feel its alluring styling is reason enough to select it.
2 Alpine 110S
When it comes to the best-handling mid-engined lightweight sports car, many would argue that the Porsche Cayman wins no matter the contender, but the Alpine 110S is just as good, if not more so, than the Porsche. The Alpine, like others on this list, is also a modern reincarnation of an ancient sports car hero, but in this case it was a rally racing legend.
The 110 S weighs under 2,500 pounds and is powered by a 1.8-liter turbo-four that sends 300 hp to the rear wheels only through a seven-speed DCT. In the real world, the Alpine can accomplish a 0-60 time in just 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 171 mph. Now here’s the tough choice: a 2022 Porsche Cayman S and an Alpine 110 S are priced very close to each other, making them neck and neck…
1 Acura NSX-Type S
Automakers all seem to be following one trend: reviving classic models. Some have achieved this somewhat, as with Toyota’s MK5 Supra, while others have…completely ridiculed themselves, of course not referring to Acura’s “rebirth” of the Integra name, but with regard to the NSX, they overcame everyone’s skepticism. In 2022, no more base model NSX sports cars are made, but they sent the NSX name along with one final variant, the Type S.
The NSX Type S looks like a real exotic Japanese supercar, and its performance matches. Right in the middle of this JDM work of art is powered by a mix of turbocharged gasoline V6s as well as electric motors that all produce a combined 600 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque. Obviously, the Type S can zoom to 60 mph from rest in a ridiculous 2.7 seconds and do the quarter mile in under 11 seconds.
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