Top 10 Best and Strongest Sports Cars In 2022
Top 10 Best and Strongest Sports Cars In 2022

​​​​​​There might not be too many new sports cars landing in 2022, but the few models that are scheduled to go on sale are significant.

It’s a big year for affordable sports cars and iconic nameplates, but a pair of premium German performance heroes should appeal to those with deeper pockets.

Barring any delays caused by the global semiconductor shortage, here’s the rundown of sports cars hitting 2022.

What is a sports car?

Sports cars originated in Europe in the early 1900s and are currently produced by many manufacturers around the world.

Definitions of sports cars often relate to how the car design is optimized for dynamic performance (car handling), without any specific minimum requirements; both a Triumph Spitfire and Ferrari 488 Pista can be considered sports cars, despite vastly different levels of performance.

Are sports cars still popular?

No, not as much as they once were, with more buyers switching to SUVs instead. Car manufacturers are happy to oblige in building them as they're often easier to produce and more profitable to sell than traditional sports cars.

In fact, in many instances, car companies have stopped making sports cars altogether, giving factory space over to SUVs.

Scroll down to read our top 10 best and strongest sports car choices.

Best and strongest sports cars for 2022

1. Audi RS3

2. Alpine A110

3. Porsche 911

4. BMW M2 Competition

5. Mazda MX-5

6. Lotus Elise

7. Toyota GR Supra

8. Jaguar F-Type

9. Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster

10. Ford Mustang

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Top 10 best and strongest sport cars for 2022

1. Audi RS3

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Price now: from £54,830

The Audi RS3 Sportback is one of the fastest and most powerful hot hatches available, which gives it some real appeal. There’s no denying how fast you can go in it in all weathers, and it’s as well-built as we’ve come to expect from Audi.

When the Audi RS 3 Sportback was given a revamp in 2017 it was considerably more expensive and more powerful than its rivals. But since then Mercedes-Benz has brought out the even-more-horsepower-filled AMG A45, and BMW has its M2 Competition, which also has more grunt, albeit not by much. Both are more expensive, too, and by several thousand pounds. What’s more, you’ll lose less money over time on the RS 3, thanks to strong resale values. Servicing, repairs and maintenance should be cheaper in the Audi as well. In the grand scheme of things, it won’t be cheap to run, but within the realm of ludicrously powerful, premium hot hatches, the RS 3 seems like a bit of a bargain.

2. Alpine A110

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Photo: motor1

Price now: from £48,990

Drawing from a rich history of rear-engined sports and racing cars, the latest Alpine A110 is styled to look and feel much like the French brand’s iconic Sixties offering of the same name. But with a mid-mounted turbocharged four-cylinder engine, dual-clutch gearbox and a perfectly judged chassis, the modern A110 is far more modern than its retro-styled bodywork may have you believe. Rivals are more practical, but the Alpine stands as the best choice for keen drivers who want to stand out.

The standard A110 makes 249bhp from its 1.8-litre Renault engine. That might not sound like much, but it’s more than enough in a car that weighs in at a mere 1,098kg. The Alpine is just over 300kg lighter than an Audi TTS, and it’s this low weight that defines the driving experience.

Unlike its German rivals, the A110 offers a pared-back, purer drive. It flows down the road with a delicacy that can only be found in such a light car, while perfect balance, sweet steering and just a hint of roll through the suspension help inspire confidence. The Alpine is refreshingly compact, too, and thanks to a great view forwards, it’s very easy to place and not at all intimidating to drive.

3. Porsche 911

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Price now: from £82,795

What kind of sports car top ten would this be if it didn't include the best of the best, Porsche's legendary 911.

Greatness doesn't come cheaply of course, but forget your Turbo this and GT3 that - we reckon the very best 911s are those at the lower end of the range wearing Carrera badges.

Performance, handling, build quality, and various other facets of the 911 are all astonishingly brilliant. One of the few criticisms that can be leveled against the Porsche is that for the money it's not generously equipped and optional extras are eye-wateringly dear.

Still, you'll largely forget about that the more you drive it - and it's so well-made it will last you a lifetime if you wanted it to.

Whether you plump for the 911 Coupe or the soft-top 911 Cabriolet, you are in for one hell of a good time.

4. BMW M2 Competition

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Price now: from £52,405

The BMW M2 Competition was the only M2 model you could buy in Britain until the recent introduction of the extra-special M2 CS. Neither has long to run until BMW winds up M2 production later this year. When it does, what has latterly become one of the very best M cars of recent years will regrettably leave the stage. The previous model’s single-turbo straight-six was swapped out for a twin-turbocharged straight-six with proper M Division 'S'-prefixed engine code in 2018, when the M2 Competition was unveiled. Albeit in slightly detuned form relative to the larger M3 and M4 models that shared it, the engine provided sizable hikes in performance and responsiveness for the M2, while a handful of tweaks to the chassis and suspension mean it’s now even sharper and more controlled on battered UK roads than ever before. Weighty steering allows you to point the car’s nose into a corner with confidence, and handling is supremely adjustably on the throttle too.

5. Mazda MX-5

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Price now: from £24,050

Lease this car: from £325 per month

The Mazda MX-5 follows a traditional recipe for sports car success with excellent results. The fundamental design principle is to produce a balanced car; keeping the weight down and evenly distributed across the car.

The 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engines available produce 130 and 181bhp respectively, and while these are small numbers relative to most other modern performance cars, the MX-5 never feels underpowered. Agile, quick and great value-for-money, the MX-5 is fun at even modest speeds, rather than a car that needs to be driven at a license-losing pace before you get anywhere near its limits.

6. Lotus Elise

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Price now: from £45,500

The current Lotus Elise is as beautifully simple, pleasingly compact, and bristling with energy and feedback as it was when it was first released 22 years ago. Cynics will argue that it hasn’t changed and developed enough – it’s still built around an extruded and bonded alumium chassis, as it alwas has been. But in reality, Elise highlights just how overweight, over-the-top and cumbersome its so-called rivals have become. The Elise is the perfect antidote to modern cars without feeling in the slightest bit decrepit or outdated.

Whether you want your Elise to be the consummate B-road sports car or a focussed track car there’s a model for you. The range starts from the road-biased Sport model and gets more intense as you graduate through to Sprint to Cup. The Sport and Sprint models can be bought with either a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder or a supercharged 1.8, with the bigger engine they get a 220 suffix to their name. The Cup 250 and Cup 260 use the same 1.8-liter engine, but the Toyota-sourced engine is stretched to make more power and the cars get motorsport-developed upgrades and serious aerodynamic additions.

7. Toyota GR Supra

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Price now: from £45,995

Lease this car: from £664 per month

After an absence lasting some two decades, Toyota’s iconic sports car finally returned to the UK. But were it not for a collaboration with BMW - out of which the new Z4 was also spawned - it’s likely this icon would never have been reborn. As such, beneath the Supra’s striking exterior, you’ll find an engine, platform, transmission, slippy diff, electrics, and plenty of switchgear all distinctly Bavarian in origin.

And yet, when it comes to driving, the Supra succeeds in carving out its own distinct dynamic identity. The suspension, steering, and diff calibration are all unique to the Supra, so much so that Toyota sees the Porsche 718 Cayman - rather than the Z4 - as its key rival.

Toyota certainly isn’t pulling its punches, then. And in many ways, it’s the Supra that makes for the superior sports car. It might not be able to quite match the handling purity and balance of the Porsche, but it isn’t far off. Its ride is impressively supple, its engine is smooth and far more characterful and it’d be far easier to live with on a daily basis.

For those for whom a £50,000-plus price tag is a little too rich, meanwhile, Toyota has lately released the GR Supra, a lightly cheaper, four-cylinder, 2.0-liter version of the car whose handling might even benefit from the relative lightness of the smaller engine.

8. Jaguar F-Type

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Price now: from £54,510

Lease this car: from £798 per month

Beautiful to look at, sensational to drive, and goose pimple-inducing to hear in V8 guise - Jaguar's F-Type is a properly engaging sports car.

Whether you opt for the elegance of the F-Type Coupe or the classic roadster-style F-Type Convertible, you're in for a treat.

It's a pity that the 3.0-liter V6 engine is no more, but whether you choose the compact 2.0-liter or the throbbing V8 you won't be short of power.

A facelift in 2020 introduced a more aggressive nose design with horizontally aligned headlights, while the interior received some welcome upgrades too.

Will we see its like again? Maybe not now that Jaguar has confirmed it will only produce electric cars from 2025. Indulge yourself while you still can.

9. Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster

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Price now: from £44,790

You need to invest around £10,000 more to upgrade to a Porsche 718 Cayman from any of its most direct competitors like the Audi TT, but it’s money well spent if your focus is driving thrills. Porsche’s least expensive sports car has adopted a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in recent years, and while the exhaust note has lost a little magic as a direct result, the rest of the 718 Cayman experience is unadulterated pleasure. The carefully tuned suspension works beautifully to smooth out bumps while producing a terrific amount of grip, so cross-country progress can be electrifyingly fast and comfortable.

As a bonus, the Cayman is also available with a super-slick six-speed manual gearbox that maximizes driver involvement, or a seven-speed automatic that marginally improves performance. Talking of which, with three engines offering between 296 and 360bhp, 0-62mph acceleration ranges from 5.1 to 4.2 seconds with optional launch control. All of which can be enjoyed from a beautifully designed interior, for a truly premium sports-car experience. If you want an even more focused Cayman with a nicer-sounding six-cylinder engine, you’ll need to try and get your hands on the GT4 model, while the whole line-up is also available in convertible form as the Porsche Boxster.

10. Ford Mustang

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Photo: baogiaothong

Price now: from £44,185

Lease this car: from £571 per month

Superficially, the Mustang is a brash 21st Century interpretation of the American muscle car, but in truth, it's far more sophisticated than that.

Sure, it works best with the 5.0-liter V8 engine, and to drive it feels far heavier than most European and Japanese sports cars, but this is a car with an in-built fun factor, that go well beyond the Line Lock feature that makes it easy for you to turn your rear tires into billowing, black smoke doughnuts.

Two body styles are available - the Fastback coupe and the soft-top Convertible - both with a pair of small rear seats and a useful boot. It's not all about the show either as despite its heft, it's still nimble and enjoyable on B-roads.

Okay, it's far from the last word in quality, but in terms of making a sports car statement without breaking the bank, the Mustang is hard to beat.

Does fastest mean best?

While we’re all for 0-60 times, high speed, and agility through the bends, the best sports car is the one you can drive every day. The more accessible performance is, and the easier it is to create smiles behind the wheel, the more it appeals to us. Not all of us are professional racers, and being able to build confidence with a machine and then to push it whenever you like, can often be more significant than how big the engine is.

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