Best performance cars 2020
We run through the top ten performance cars on sale in the UK right now
With performance cars coming in all shapes and sizes, it is tricky to say which is definitively the best. That said, our experts here at Auto Express have spent a considerable amount of time testing each and every performance car on sale, and have come up with the following judgement on the 10 best performance cars you can buy today.
When deciding which cars offer drivers the most fun behind the wheel, we had only two rules. Firstly, they were not allowed to be limited-run special editions that no normal person can ever hope to see in the metal, let alone drive. And secondly, they were not allowed to be eye-wateringly expensive hypercars, for similar reasons. Aside from that, it was open warfare.
Naturally then, our best performance cars list consists of everything from Italian supercar exotica and track car weapons to sophisticated sports cars, roadsters and hot hatches. There should be something for everyone who prioritises performance and handling when choosing a new car.
A crucial ingredient of any performance car is the ability to entertain, to put a smile on a driver's face, and this doesn’t require face splitting 0-60mph acceleration or sound barrier-breaking top speeds. What really matters is a car’s innate knack of involving the driver in the process of driving. It can be in the way information is transmitted back from the road and wheels, how the car responds to control inputs, or if the driver can get the back end to step out on demand. Preferably, a great performance car will deliver all this and more.
One other thing that our chosen 10 have in common is that they are all reasonably easy to drive. That means they're just as happy pottering around town as they are on a track day. Whichever model you choose, we'd highly recommend some advanced driver training to help you get the most from a performance car. You don't need to hire a circuit to do this (although a track day might be a good way of getting to know how your car behaves on the limit in a safe environment), but the right kind of training can open your eyes to your car's potential.
Some of the Performance car models below are the halo cars of mainstream manufacturers, offering exaggerated performance and, often, the looks to match others are the best current efforts from famous performance car brands. Most importantly, they all offer genuine thrills for drivers looking for the ultimate performance.
Top 10 best performance cars 2020
- Porsche 911
- Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
- McLaren 600LT
- Ferrari 488 Pista
- Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
- Caterham Seven
- BMW M5 Competition
- McLaren 720S
- Honda Civic Type R
- Ford Fiesta ST
Which of our top 10 best performance cars would you choose if you had the cash? Let us know in the comments section…
- 1Introduction - currently readingWe run through the top ten performance cars on sale in the UK right now
- 21. Porsche 911 Mixing supercar-baiting speed with day-to-day useability this new Porsche 911 is a tour de force in the performance car market
- 32. Aston Martin DBS SuperleggeraAston Martin’s flagship amplifies everything that makes the DB11 special
- 43. Mclaren 600LT If you were one of the very few who thought the McLaren 570S wasn’t hardcore enough, meet the McLaren 600LT.
- 54. Ferrari 488 PistaThe combination of road-car and race car in the Pista make for a fabulous, yet focused supercar.
- 65. Porsche 718 Cayman/BoxsterSwitch to four-cylinder power hasn't failed to dilute the Porsche 718 Cayman’s excellent driving experience
- 76. Caterham SevenFancy a classic British sports car experience from a brand new car? Look no further than the Caterham Seven
- 87. BMW M5 CompetitionThe BMW M5 Competition makes the best super saloon even more super
- 98. McLaren 720SMcLaren 720S supercar builds on the reputation of its 650 and 675 predecessors
- 109. Honda Civic Type RWhile the looks are an acquired taste, there's no arguing with the Honda Civic Type R's ability
- 1110. Ford Fiesta STThe Ford Fiesta ST cements the brand’s reputation as a reliable maker of thrilling hot hatches