Car Reviews 15/12/2017

The Best Sports Cars

Swansway Motor Group take a look at a selection of the Best Sports Cars as part of their "What Car Should I Drive?" advice section in their Torque Tips blog

A sports car is more than just a motor. After all, you don’t just drive a sports car - you experience it - and every one of the best sports cars can make that driving experience unique.

Some people get their kicks out of a morning run followed by two shots of espresso. Others get theirs on the open road cruising in a sports car. We know which we prefer!

Experience exhilaration like no other in a car more powerful than most people could even imagine. From the roar of the engine to the thrill of the open road, you can’t help but grin when you get behind the wheel of one of the finest luxury motors that money can buy.

When it comes to buying a sports car, we know you want only the best. The best style, the best performance and that sense of feeling good. From the likes of the Audi sports cars - more than adequately represented by the TT and R8 Coupé - and the Jaguar sports cars - the XE and F-Type - all the way to Fiat and its stunning 124 Spider, prepare to up your driving game in the sports car of your dreams.

But what are the very best sports cars?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our picks for the ultimate sports cars that Swansway Group has to offer. You might be surprised to find affordable sports cars on the list as well as a choice of 2 seater sports cars and 4 seater sports cars.

The range is extensive - take a look...

Taking the crown at the top of the Audi sports car range, the second-generation Audi R8 (or R8 Plus) Coupé offers a driving experience that will blow you away. With ferocious power and impeccable style, there’s nothing quite like a drive in the R8. Its aggressive looks ensure that everyone knows when you’re on the road; they can’t help but stare. It’s impressively lightweight too, making the R8 even more agile.

Speaking of agility, the Audi R8 is propelled by a powerful 5.2-litre V10 engine to deliver incredible power - 533bhp in the standard trim and 602bhp in the Plus version to be exact. Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel drive helps to transfer the R8’s immense torque to the road, making the drive even more incredible. With Start/Stop, F1-inspired energy recovery and cylinder-on-demand technologies, you’ll certainly get a taste for the track with this high performance vehicle.

What’s waiting for you on the inside is just as amazing. The minimal and expertly crafted interior of this 2-seater sports car comes complete with luxurious bucket seats so you’re ready to take on the open road in comfort.

A captivating look, dynamic performance and cutting-edge technology are just a few reasons why the Jaguar F-Type is so incredible. With perfect proportions, a tapering roofline and muscular wheel arches, the F-Type simply oozes confidence. Get yourself noticed while travelling from A to B with the F-Type’s 3.0-litre V6 or 5.0-litre V8 engine, the latter achieving an impressive 0-60mph in just four seconds. This perfectly balanced Jaguar sports car boasts brilliant agility so cornering is a breeze and every drive is seamless.

The luxury doesn’t stop there. An intuitive layout and soft, leather-upholstered sports seats perfectly accompany the epic performance of the Jaguar F-Type. It’s a premium car, through and through.

Of course, every brilliant sports car needs a great infotainment system to match. Jaguar’s InControl brings you Bluetooth® connectivity and smartphone integration to make your time on the road even more entertaining.

You won’t find a more extravagant yet affordable sports car than the Fiat 124 Spider. It’s a beautifully designed motor; there’s no two ways about it. You wouldn’t think by looking at it, but the Fiat 124 Spider is one of the cheaper sports car options on our list. Fiat is renowned for its customisability, and this top of the range sports model is no exception. Choose from multiple trim levels including Classica, Lusso and Lusso Plus, and eight colour options will make your Fiat 124 Spider look just how you want it to.

It’s impossible to dispute the attention to detail evident in the Fiat 124 Spider. 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels perfectly complement the elegant, sculpted body of the Fiat 124 Spider, and distinctive LED headlights with an Adaptive Front-lighting System make the motor come to life. On a gorgeous country drive, there’s no better driving companion than the characterful 124 Spider.

Every drive is guaranteed to thrill, thanks to a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with rear-wheel drive. With touches like twin exhaust outlets and a low driving position, there’s no doubting the 124 Spider’s sports car status. The premium feel of the Fiat 124 Spider continues into the interior. Quality materials are used throughout, and touches like brushed metal detailing and stitched leather add to the luxury. Low-slung, wrap around seats can be upgraded to be heated so on chilly days, you’ll stay toasty warm in the Fiat 124 Spider.


Everyone recognises the Audi TT as one of the most classic sport coupés in the world. Little has changed since its inception in 1998, except that now it’s sportier, sharper and way more advanced.

Take your pick from three four-cylinder engines; the turbocharged petrol 1.8 or 2.0-litre TFSI engines and the 2.0-litre TDI diesel. There’s no overtaking the formidable Audi TT, with the 1.8-litre petrol engine darting to 60mph in under 6.9 seconds. The 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine is a touch slower, but is definitely the more economical pick, with CO2 emissions of just 117g/km.

The premium, expertly-crafted interior provides a luxurious environment to relax in on your drives with your most favourite person. A flat-bottomed steering wheel adds a sporty feel, while Alcantara leather seats will make you feel right at home. You’re in safe hands in the Audi TT. Features such as Cruise Control, a Tyre Pressure loss indicator and front airbags all come as standard in this 4 seater sports car.

The Alfa Romeo 4C oozes sports car style. With style, agility and speed in abundance, this Italian powerhouse simply must be admired. The 4C’s styling is unapologetically bold. Strong contours and a sharp inverted triangular grille will catch everyone’s eye, while distinctive headlights will light your way. The 4C’s low position, close to the ground, makes every road feel like the race track.

Alfa Romeo has also prioritised safety in the 4C, with a strong braking system and Bremo callipers so that you’ll always feel in control. In fact, when driving at 62mph, the 4C will stop in just 36 metres. Don’t worry about it being too sensible, you can personalise your driving experience with the choice of three driving settings: Dynamic for a drive that’s designed to thrill, Natural to save fuel and All-Weather for driving in tough conditions.

The Alfa Romeo 4C is one of the lightest sports cars out there. The carbon fibre chassis weighs in at just 65kg, so you’ll experience a simply immaculate, responsive performance every time. The four-cylinder, direct injection 1750cc turbocharged engine is capable of an impressive 0-60mph in under five seconds. It’s a 2 seater sports car that has to be driven to be believed.


For the speed seekers, you may have just found your match. Having set the fastest front-wheel-drive lap time at Nürburgring, the Honda Civic Type R is one of the most widely celebrated sports cars in the world. Intrigued? We’d be surprised if you weren’t.

The Type R’s 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine provides 316hp and is capable of 0-62mph in a tiny 5.8 seconds. Not to mention the inclusion of independent rear suspension, to make the Type R handle and brake like a dream.

Spoilers, vents and ducts not only complete the Type R’s intimidating and aggressive look, but they also improve aerodynamics and cooling, so the Type R cuts through the air. Privacy glass and 20” Piano Black wheels further add to the Type R’s effortlessly cool style.

The Honda Civic Type R doesn’t just have speed and style, it’s also a practical, 4 seater sports car. You’ll have plenty of room to bring along a few mates to experience the thrill of the Type R with you.

These are just a few of the showstopping sports cars we have on offer at Swansway Group. Whether you prioritise handling, style or technology, we’ll make sure you drive away in the sports car of your dreams, and make your friends and family envious in the process. Take a look at what each car offers:

Why not get a taste of the sports car lifestyle before you buy?

Call into your nearest Swansway Group showroom to see these models up close or give us a call to book a test drive and our brilliant team of experts will guide you through the process.

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