The best performance cars aren’t always the latest supercars; if you focus on the key qualities of speed, power, and driving pleasure, you’ll find a wide range of vehicles that fit the bill. There are even some incredible performance cars for those with more modest budgets, with prices starting at under £30,000.
Our list of the best performance cars includes everything from Italian supercar exotica to roadsters and hot hatchbacks. When buying a new car, there should be something for everyone who values performance and handling.
1) Porsche 911
Few cars have such a long and illustrious history as the Porsche 911. The 992 is the eighth generation of the 911, and it continues to raise this flagship model’s technological and performance standards. Numerous variants are available, but one thing remains consistent: the 911’s excellent all-around performance as a premium sports car.
2) Ferrari Roma
The Roma is one of Ferrari’s most spectacular vehicles in recent years. The latest Ferrari GT car differs slightly from previous models such as the Portofino and California. The first and most obvious difference is Roma’s appearance, as an entirely new styling direction intended to show the world that the brand is entering a new era, with the smooth and elegant Roma looking vastly different from almost any other car to wear the prancing horse.
3) Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
While the mid-engine, two-seater sports car market isn’t exactly crowded, the cars that do occupy it compete fiercely to be the best, and the Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster is widely regarded as the pinnacle car in this segment. Even though the 718 is technically an entry-level Porsche- that helps in sports business development it also offers an incredibly sharp and enjoyable driving experience that few cars can match.
4) Ford Fiesta ST
The Ford Fiesta ST was first introduced in 2005 to demonstrate to the world that the ‘Fast Ford’ was still alive and well. The eighth generation Fiesta is the most recent car to wear the ST badge, and it continues to pose a severe challenge to rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Mini Cooper S. The engine in the latest Fiesta ST has been downsized to three cylinders, which is the most significant change. However, as the Toyota GR Yaris demonstrated, three can be a magical number, and the Fiesta’s turbocharged 1.5-litre engine produces 197bhp and 290Nm of torque – more than enough for this hot little supermini.
5) Audi RS e-Tron GT
While reducing emissions is good, it is even better when it does not impair performance. Many electric vehicles provide instantaneous and sometimes brutal acceleration, but few provide an overall performance package as comprehensive as the Audi RS e-Tron GT.
The RS e-Tron GT is a full-fledged Grand Tourer with a refined ride, cutting-edge onboard technology, with a high-quality interior. Squeeze the accelerator, and the twin motors will quickly make their combined 590bhp and 830Nm of torque known, propelling you from 0 to 62mph in 3.6 seconds – dropping to 3.3 seconds in over boost mode. The battery range is also quite good, at 288 miles per charge, but as with any electric vehicle, expect this to decrease if you continue to drive it hard.