For many, a Ferrari is the ultimate sports car, and the 458 Italia is one of the best cars the marque has ever made. It looks fantastic, has a chassis which flatters any driver at any level, and produces ferocious power from its 4.5-litre V8 engine. Of course, as with any Ferrari, it doesn’t come cheap – but if you can afford it, the 458 Italia is one of the most exciting cars there is.
We found: 2010 458 Italia, 21,000 miles, £139,500
The McLaren MP4-12C isn't far short of supercar perfection. The pace of its twin-turbo 3.8-litre engine is extraordinary; the speed with which it will corner astonishing. But what really caps it off is just how easy the McLaren is to live with; it’s a doddle to potter around in, and there’s plenty enough room for weekends away. What’s more, despite being a better all-rounder, it’s actually cheaper to buy now than the Ferrari 458 Italia.
5. Honda S2000
If daily dependability and usability are essential in your sports car, you’ll struggle to better the Honda S2000. Not only does its high-revving engine deliver exhilarating performance and a manic engine note, but it’s also one of the most reliable sports cars out there. The downside is steering that’s considerably lacking in feel, but the beautifully balanced chassis communicates so well that you probably won’t mind too much. Go for a 2004-on facelift car for the best driving experience.
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