It's about time you considered one of these alternatives to the usual sports car suspects.
The motoring world is filled withcomparisons between the latest Porsches and Ferraris. We see endless variationsof the Nissan GT-R battling it out against the latest Corvettes, but there area whole range of excellent sports cars that get left out of the limelight. Whendid you last see a Volvo or Cadillac gracing the front page of your favoritecar mag? There are some hidden gems out there and to unearth them we have selectedten of the best substitute sports cars that are the perfect antidoteto the usual suspects.
HyundaiVeloster N The i30 N has already debuted in Europe andhere in the States its closest relative is the Elantra GT Sport. However,whereas this car makes do with 201-hp and a Golf GTI has 220-hp, the Hyundaii30 N offers up to 275 hp. There are important changes to the suspension too,the bad news is that we won’t be getting this car in the US. The good news isthat then N-Performance Veloster is on the way here with the same underpinningsas the i30 N.
SubaruBRZ There isn’t a day that goes by without agroup comparison involving a Toyota 86, yet the practically identical SubaruBRZ is better looking, costs a few hundred dollars less and hardly gets a mention.It’s hard to say why, especially since you can option Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto, something not even available on the Toyota 86. The 200-hp boxer flat-fourand well-balanced chassis are still present and correct too.
Fiat124 Spider The 124 Spider shares its basicarchitecture with the sublime Mazda Miata. Where it differs is in the exteriorstyling and the use of a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. The looks are arguablymore appealing while the turbo motor provides some useful mid-range torque thatis a bit lacking in the Miata’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter unit. Stick withthe manual and you will have the perfect weekend car.
VolvoS60 Volvo is generally associated with stylishyet staid cars, but if you look hard though there are usually one or two sportymodels hidden in the range. The T6 R-Design is one such car. With a turbo andsupercharged 302-hp 2.0-liter engine it is as fast as you would realisticallyneed and the subtle styling will appeal to the more introvert car fans. If youdon’t mind a bit of flash then the Polestar trim adds some sporty 20-inchalloys, a carbon front splitter as well as uprated brakes and shocks.
KiaStinger The Stinger is Kia’s first foray into the sportssedan category and the range-topping 365-hp 3.3-liter twin turbo version issuper quick too. A lot of effort development has been put into the chassis, so the Stinger is much more than just a straight-line machine. Other than someminor switchgear that could be of slightly higher quality, this Kia is a bigstep up from anything that has come before it. The base 255-hp 2.0-liter trim isgreat too, and at $31,900 offers a lot for the money.
InfinitiQ60 There are plenty of German sports coupes tochoose from but there is not much wrong with the smooth and powerful Infiniti Q60despite having been around for a few years now. The Red Sport 400 offers,predictably, 400 hp and is packed with plenty of luxury equipment to go withits strong performance. There is also a 300-hp V6 on offer which gives up someperformance but greatly increases the value proposition. The Q60 may not be avolume seller but that just makes it a bit less common on the roads which is agood thing.
CadillacATS-V In a world of BMW M3s and Mercedes-AMGC63s, the Cadillac ATS-V has struggled to get much more than the odd mention inmotoring magazines. This despite it being more than capable of matching up toeither one. With a 464-hp twin-turbo V6 under the hood, it will rush to 60 mphin 4 seconds and is superb in the corners too. If you need a bit more space, then the even more ludicrous 640-hp CTS-V sports sedan may be more to yourliking. It too can corner like the best German sedans but is even quicker thanthem in the straights.
Koenigsegg Regera Moving on to the supercars, Koenigsegg hasbeen around since 1994 yet has stayed relatively under the radar withsmall production numbers. Rarity is a desirable trait in these circles and thelatest Regera is a beautiful 1,100-hp, 246-mph missile that will leave mostFerraris in its tracks. The previous Agera RS broke the fastest production carrecord achieved an average of 277.9 mph in Nevada last year. The Regerapromises to be even faster, its 1,497-hp hybrid powerplant is claimed to propelit to 250 mph in under 20 seconds.
PaganiHuayra Horatio Pagani founded the sports carcompany that bears his name back in 1992. Coming from Lamborghini he had a goodfoundation to build some of the most outrageous sports cars around. The earlyZondas were excellent and the latest Huayra combines active aerodynamics with a720-hp 6.0-liter twin-turbo engine to provide some serious performance. With amere 100 built you are unlikely to see another one coming the other way.
Rimac C_Two Rimac is a relatively new sports carmanufacturer and its first model, the Concept One became famous both for its1,288-hp electric powerplant as well as when Richard Hammond of Top Gear turnedone into a ball of flames. The C_Two promises to be even crazier. Revealed atthe 2018 Geneva Motor Show, it puts 1,914 hp and 1,696 lb-ft of torque throughall four wheels. A 0-60 mph time of under 2 seconds is claimed, which would makeit the fastest thing on the road.