The Ten Best Sporty Cars in June 2010
If you’re someone on the go, one of these zippy numbers should be right up your street!
The DS3 range starts with the 1.6-litre fuel injected Style, which offers a sporty performance. The Sport version, though, with the same basic engine but fitted with a turbocharger, is the better bet – top speed comes in at 214 km/h.
Both models are responsive, but sacrifice out-and-out sports handling for a little more comfort. Certainly fun to drive.
The interior is good, matching the sporty body lines and has a range of standard features such as air conditioning and a decent audio system.
Daihatsu Materia Turbo:
The Daihatsu Materia Turbo really delivers. The 1.5-litre engine is turbocharged and although top speed has been limited to 200 km/h, the Materia Turbo makes getting there a fun experience.
The love-it-or-hate-it body design offers good comfort and a high level of driver and passenger protection. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, electrically operated windows and power steering.
The suspension and brakes are equally impressive, the latter featuring high-performance discs and pads – even the brake fluid is specially designed for higher operating temperatures.
Kia Cerato Koup:
The Cerato Koup is a bit of a surprise, combining the Korean reputation for quality and reliability with a sporty look in the same package. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine provides adequate performance.
One reason for the slightly disappointing dynamics is the fact that the Koup is based on the Cerato saloon chassis and powerplant without a great deal of modifications.
Standard features point more to comfort than performance. Cruise control, rear parking assistance and a good sound system with both USB and iPod inputs are all standard.
The Alfa MiTo offers a high level of equipment, sporty performance and good looks.
The 1.4-litre engine fitted with the turbocharger is still capable of driving the MiTo up to 215 km/h. The standard equipment list is impressive – cruise control, air conditioning, front electric windows – the list goes on!
Alloy wheels and wide-section performance tyres add to the sports-coupe look of the Scirocco. The basic model is the 1.4-litre TSI Manual, which boasts a top speed of 218 km/h, but still not as impressive as the top of the range 2.0 TSI DSG, which can reach 238 km/h.
The strongly contoured body and the wide track add to the sporty handling and excellent cornering performance. The Scirocco has excellent interior space, taking four adults in comfort.
The Nissan 370Z wheelbase has been shortened from the previous 360Z – by 100 mm – while the front and rear tracks are wider, adding to the chunky, aggressive styling.
The 370Z is powered by a 3.7-litre, V6 petrol engine and can be coupled to an automatic transmission. The manual gearbox on the Ultimate and GT versions uses proprietary Synchro Rev Control technology, which matches the engine revs to the gearbox by sensors in the pedals, giving smoother gearshifts.
The Lotus Evora is the English company’s first all-new model in almost fifteen years – the Elise roadster was the last. The Evora is the world’s only production 2+2 mid-engine car and shows off the technology for which Lotus is justifiably famous.
The Evora is powered by a Toyota 3.5-litre V6 engine, modified by Lotus to push the car to a top speed of 261 km/h with astounding acceleration, thanks to the lightweight body panels and aerodynamic body shape.
The new 5.0-litre supercharged V8 motor offers a wonderful flexibility, with low down torque and high-speed performance.
The aptly named CATS suspension system has been retired and replaced with a new adaptive damping system that operates at 100 times each second. The result is a car that makes you want to drive all day.
Porsche 911 Turbo S:
Porsche’s first Turbo S model in five years is an impressive beast. Based on the “standard” 911 Turbo, the Turbo S uses the same flat-six turbocharged engine, tweaked by the engineers to produce even more power and torque, giving the Turbo S a top speed of 315 km/h.
With that performance, Porsche realised the need to be able to stop just as quickly, and equipped the Turbo S with ceramic composite brakes that give it excellent stopping power.
Mercedes Benz SLS AMG:
With its gull-wing doors, the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG model really stands out from the crowd. It sits comfortably on 20-inch RS-1 wheels and the massive 6.3-litre V8 motor gives stunning performance.
With matte black exterior accents, front spoiler and rear diffuser, the SLS AMG looks like it belongs in a Batman movie, but on the road it shows its class and heritage.