Toyota is showing off a high-performance sports car that brings back mid-engine MR2 memories. But the FT-Se runs on battery power and has electric motors. It has a sleek, aerodynamic design and can send tremendous amounts of torque to the rear wheels for serious drifting. Inside, it has a minimalist dashboard and an F1-style steering wheel.
Awesome Sports Cars
Playforever makes some of the coolest toy cars you can buy. Their latest creation is the Luft, a wonderful little drop-top inspired by a 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa. The 6.9″ long 2-seater features the iconic Targa band and a right-hand driver wearing a shiny helmet. It’s made from ABS plastic and suitable for ages 1+.
Created by Bavaria’s eLegend, the $890,000 EL1 is an all-wheel drive electric sports car with a design inspired by the 1980s Audi Sport Quattro rally car. Dual motors output 816 hp, launching it from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. Its carbon fiber monocoque chassis is designed to minimize aerodynamic drag. Only 30 examples will be made.
Italian automaker Alfa Romeo blew our minds when they revealed the 33 Stradale, a limited-edition supercar with a sleek design that honors the classic Tipo 33 while still being modern. It will come in a conventionally-fueled model with a twin-turbo V6 with 620 hp, and an electric version with 750 hp. Each will be handcrafted at Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera.
The current-generation Nissan GT-R (R35) has been around for quite some time now, but it’s still a fantastic sports car. The 2023 GT-R is as fun to drive and attention-grabbing as ever. Other vehicles may have surpassed the GT-R’s specs and tech, but Godzilla can still hold its own in a straight line or a curve and makes anyone look like a pro driver.
Developed by Ford and built by Multimatic, the Ford Mustang GTD is the ultimate street-legal pony car. The $300,000 car has a carbon fiber widebody shell, a massive rear wing, and a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine making 800 horsepower. Power goes to the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch transaxle. Hear it roar around the track at Road Atlanta.
The limited-edition Porsche 911 S/T packs the same high-revving flat-6 as the GT3 RS, but it’s tuned for the street. It has an understated design, and it’s the lightest 992-series 911 to date weighing just 3056 lb thanks to magnesium wheels and a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, roof, front fenders, and doors. There’s also a matching Porsche Design watch.
Nissan takes its potent Z sports coupe and gives it the NISMO performance treatment. The 2024 Z NISMO has seen its 3.0L twin-turbo engine tuned to make 420 hp and gets upgrades to its brakes, suspension, aerodynamics, transmission, plus track-friendly tires. Inside, you’ll find Recaro seats with leather and Alcantara with a red center.
Hyundai turned up at the Goodwood 2023 with a truly special electric car. The IONIQ 5 N is the performance variant of the IONIQ 5, with an 84 kWh battery, dual motors, 641 hp, and a 0-to-62 time of 3.4 sec. It rolls on 21″ wheels, has a stiffened chassis, an electronically-controlled suspension, limited-slip diff, and active sound design. It’s even got a “drift optimizer.”
Aston Martin will make just 110 of this gorgeous sports car to celebrate its 110th anniversary. Its 5.2L twin-turbo V12 engine produces 705 hp and 555 lb-ft. of torque, and offers maximum driver engagement with a custom 6-speed manual transmission. It has adaptive dampers, anti-roll bars for sharp handling, and carbon ceramic brakes for serious stopping power.
Porsche’s concept electric hypercar picks up where the 918 Spyder left off. Its sleek exoskeleton is made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, with scissor doors and curved glass surrounding its cockpit. The design showcases elements inspired by Porsche race cars and would aim to be the fastest road-legal car around the Nürburgring if produced.
Aston’s fierce DB12 sports coupe features a muscular design with 2+2 seating. It’s powered by a 4.0L, twin-turbo V8 that produces 671 hp and 590 lb-ft. of torque. It goes 0-to-60 MPH in 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 202 mph. Performance features include an adaptive damping system and dynamic torque vectoring to sharpen the car’s cornering prowess.
McLaren takes its super sports car to the next level with the new 750S. Building on the astounding 720S, the 750S is lighter, more powerful, and more aerodynamic. Its 4.0L twin-turbo V8 makes 740 hp, launching the carbon fiber beast from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 sec. or 0 to 124 mph in 7.2 sec. It’s available as a coupe or drop-top.
There’s no mistaking the red-trimmed kidney grille on this hybrid SUV as anything but a bonker’s BMW. The automaker’s most potent M car uses a twin-turbo V8 and electric drivetrain to crank out 738 hp and 735 lb-ft. of torque. The performance-tuned XM Label Red zooms from 0-60 mph in 3.7 sec, with a top speed of 175 mph.
For two consecutive years, our favorite NY Auto Show moment has been the concept reveal at Genesis House. This week the Genesis GV80 Coupe Concept blew us away, not only for its sporty profile, Magma paint, and carbon-fiber-shelled Recaro seats, but because this is no pipe dream: a tweaked version will be produced next year.
Bye bye Aventador, hello Revuelto. Lamborghini’s high-performance hybrid combines a naturally-aspirated V12 engine with three electric motors and a unique eight-speed, double-clutch transverse gearbox to produce 1001 horsepower. It zooms from 0-to-62 mph in 2.5 seconds on its way to an insane top speed of 217 mph.
Aston Martin bids farewell to its DBS coupe with its fastest and most powerful variant. The V12-powered DBS 770 Ultimate makes 759 hp, zooms from 0-to-62 mph in 3.4 sec, and has a top speed of 211 mph. It’s seen upgrades to its transmission, steering, suspension, and frame, and it rolls on some of the best-looking wheels ever.
To celebrate 70 years of Corvette, Chevrolet revealed the first hybrid-electric Vette, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray. The supercar pairs a 6.2L V8 with an electric motor for 655 hp, all-wheel drive, a 0-to-60 time of 2.5 sec, and a 10.5-sec quarter mile time. The prototype E-Ray dropped in at the Rink at Rockefeller Center to kick up some snow.
Jaguar celebrates 75 years of sports cars with a special F-TYPE. As the UK automaker goes electric in 2025, the F-TYPE 75 and F-TYPE R 75 coupe and convertible offer a luxurious, fully-loaded send-off of the supercharged V8 in 450 hp and 575 hp flavors, with special-edition badging and unique 20″ gloss-black wheels.
This incredible custom car celebrates 100 years of partnership between coachbuilder Zagato and automaker Alfa Romeo. The one-off longnose coupe is powered by the 2.9L twin-turbo V6 from the Giulia GTAm, making 533hp and 442 lb-ft. of torque. Unlike most other modern sports cars, it has a six-speed manual transmission.
We’ve driven the Toyota GR Supra a few times, and it’s great fun. But we’d only driven the more powerful and expensive 3.0-liter model to date. Now, we’ve had the chance to spend some time with the 2.0-liter sports coupe, and we were impressed with just how great it is to drive while saving cash and sipping less fuel.
If you had told us ten years ago that a Hyundai Elantra would make a great sports car, we would called you crazy. But here we are in 2022, and the Elantra N is one our favorite cars of the year. The compact sedan has a great, energetic drivetrain, crisp handling, an awesome exhaust note, and an available manual transmission.
Last year, we had a chance to drive the new Toyota GR86 on a racetrack. Now, we’ve had a full week to live with the agile and accessibly-priced sports car as our daily driver for a full week. The good news: The GR86 is nearly as much fun on the street as it is on a race circuit. Here’s what we love about it.