Our favourite sports cars need to offer an exciting driving experience, with accurate, well-built controls, but they need to be just as easy to use on a daily basis, too.
Visibility, ease of access and low-speed refinement might not seem that important on a great road when the sun’s out, but they’ll rush up the list of priorities on a cold morning commute in the pouring rain.
The best sports cars are great all-rounders, but they won’t appear on this list if all those qualities come at an eye-watering cost. We don’t expect them to be cheap, but we do expect them to represent good value. Sports cars are often bought by those with spare cash, but no one likes throwing their money away.
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The best sports cars for less than £60,000
The Abarth is a sportier version of Fiat’s 124 Spider, which is itself based on the hugely successful Mazda MX-5. It offers more power and a sportier character than its Fiat sibling, but it looks pricey compared with the Fiat and the MX-5.
Target Price from £26,920
A 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 with a heady 469bhp is at the heart of this high-performance C-Class, meaning 0-62mph takes just 4.3sec. Some rival sports saloons are more precise to drive and even faster, but few will make you smile as much as the C63.
Target Price from £57,841
8. Jaguar F-Type Coupé
While Jaguar now offers a 2.0-litre turbo version of the F-Type, it's the supercharged V6 that we recommend, because it sounds much better and carries only a small premium. It also gives you the option of a manual gearbox, whereas the 2.0-litre car is auto only.
Target Price from £47,581
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