Sports cars are often perceived as unnecessary and extravagant playthings. While that maybe true, little in this world can compare to the thunderous . The economical and parking friendly hatchback may prove easier for day to day use but few experiences live upto charging down highways at 200 km/h. We take a look at some of the fastest cars currently available in the market.
10. BMW M235i:
When it comes to performance oriented cars, no other car maker stands out as much in the sports car segment as BMW. Spanning decades of brilliance from its motor-sport division, BMW’s M range of cars have been highly praised for their poise and unbelievably brilliant driving dynamics. Although the car maker produces a wide range of M enhanced cars, the M235i is the company’s most accessible product. Powering the M235i is a 3.0 L turbocharged straight six engine that churns out a massive 320 HP and 330 lb-ft of torque.Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight speed automatic. While BMW uses the the ‘M’ tag followed by a single letter nomenclature system to name its high performance machines, the M235i takes a different route. This is primarily because the 2 Series based sports car is not in the eyes of BMW, a full fledged M division car. Despite this, the M235i offers an ideal mix of German engineering and cost effectiveness un-rivaled in its class. This dream car holds the 10th position in our list of Best Sports cars of 2015.
In a viral video to promote sales, the German car maker staged a flash mob with a fleet of M235i’s to showcase the car’s capabilities. A treat to watch, the video demonstrates the car’s ‘M’ DNA.
9. 2015 Mazda MX-5:
Its finally here folks, the next generation Mazda MX-5. Although not officially launched for the US market, the unveiling of the next generation MX-5 had been one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. Unlike previous iterations, the new MX-5 is far more muscular in terms of design. However, the car still retains classic Mazda elements such as the long hood and stubby rear.
Powering the Miata will be a 2.0 L four cylinder SkyActiv-G that produces 155 HP and 150 lb-ft of max torque. One might argue that placing the phenomenal BMW M235i below that of a small time Japanese runt seems absurd. But the Mazda MX-5 is a legend in its own right. Best known for popularizing the coupe convertible sports car segment and showing the world that one need not sell a kidney to have a great time behind the wheel, many claim that the MX-5 is the reason why BMW Z4, Porsche Boxster and even the Mercedes Benz SLK exist & it holds the 9th slot in our list of Best Sports cars of 2015.
8. Dodge Challenger Hellcat:
The mother of all muscle cars, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is back in its newest iteration. The Hellcat moniker is reserved only for the most powerful of cars. For the Challenger Hellcat that power comes from a force of nature itself. Housing a 6.4 L Hemi-V8, the Challenger Hellcat makes a whopping 707 HP and 650 lb-ft of torque, numbers that have now earned Dodge's mad dog the title of the most powerful muscle car ever built.
Popularizing muscle cars back in the day and introducing high performance machines for the common man, the Challenger has now become an icon in the American auto industry and a fan favourite among teens & sits at the 6th position in our list of Best Sports cars of 2015.
7. Ford Mustang:
This name needs no introduction. Ford's hugely successful muscle car has been around for decades now. While many criticize the new Mustang's new look as a departure from its muscle heritage, Ford's engineering prowess more than makes up for it. Offering a wide range of engine spanning a 300 HP V6 all the way to a stonking 435 HP V8, the American car maker offers a model for all & enjoys the 7th position in our list of Best sports cars of 2015.
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6. Jaguar F-Type:
Demonstrating a bit of English restraint, the Jaguar F-Type is a beautiful rendition of the classic British sports car. Available in convertible or coupe form, the F-Type is a paroxysm of engineering artistry and heritage.
This beauty holds the 6th position in our list of Best sports cars of 2015.
[caption id="attachment_3372" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Seen here in classic sliver, the Jaguar F-Type is the company's flagship sports sedan[/caption]
5. Corvette Z06:
Developed for and by the American muscle car fan, the Z06 perfectly sums up the appeal of American muscle. A stonking supercharged 6.2 L V8 coupled with a body to die for, the Z06 is a titillating combination of speed and handling rivalling those of its German counterparts. It holds the 5th slot in our list of Best sports cars of 2015.
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4. 2014 BMW M3/M4:
German sports saloons don't get any better than this. Heralding from a rich legacy of incredibly successful sports cars, the M3 and M4 are a masterful combination of agility, power and grace & snatches the 4th position in our list of best sports cars of 2015.
3. Porsche 911:
The Porsche 911 is regarded as one of the best sports cars since its inception way back in 1963. Despite the rear engine architecture deemed too off-balance to hit up ideal performance numbers, the German car maker has persisted, tweaked and developed one of the finest cars in history. Although Mercedes-AMG has launched the GT to take on the 911, Porsche's sports car is undoubtedly still the car to buy & firmly clings on to the 3rd position in our list of best sports cars of 2015!
[caption id="attachment_3399" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] The Porsche 911[/caption]
2. Alfa Romeo 4C:
Renowned Italian car maker Alfa Romeo will finally be re-entering the American car market with the 4C. Despite housing a mere 2.0 L turbocharged petrol mill, the 4C is a focused sports car designed solely for the pleasure of driving. Composed of carbon fibre and sporting no power steering whatsoever, the lightweight two seater has been lauded as one of Alfa's greatest & sits in the 2nd position in our list of Best sports cars of 2015.
[caption id="attachment_3371" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] The All New Alfa Romero 4C[/caption]
1. Mercedes Benz S65 AMG Coupe:
Few car makers hold a reputation as planted as Mercedes Benz. Staying in the game since time immemorial, the German car manufacturer has one of the most diverse range of cars available in the car market. Latest to join the fray is the S65 AMG Coupe. The two seater S-Class is one of the most beautiful cars ever designed by the Germans and features some of the most futuristic tech a car is allowed to have. Everything from Bengal leather to active suspension control makes the S65 AMG the top sports car to buy.
[caption id="attachment_3375" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] The Stunning Mercedes Bnez S65 AMG Coupe[/caption]
Although the German sports saloon is powered by a twin turbocharged 621 HP V12, the S65 AMG is all about balance. Its restrained elegance and almost tranquil silhouette bear no resemblance to the monster lurking under the bonnet. Bathing its occupants in the utmost luxury, no other car can stake claim to the title of most luxurious best sports car of 2015.
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