2023 models are already hitting the streets; here are some sports cars to look forward to.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
While the automotive world marches steadily towards electrification, the folks at Aston Martin remind us of the value of old-school tech in the form of a twin-turbo V12 engine. This exceptional powerplant gets a substantial boost (to 690 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque) and a reworked front-end to mark the 2023 model year. A 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds isn’t too shabby, either.
BMW M4 Competition
BMW already has a winning formula with the M4 Competition, so things continue with a twin-turbo inline-six making 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is an option, but there’s no choice when it comes to the gearbox; an eight-speed automatic is the sole configuration. A thousand lucky buyers can upgrade to the track-friendly M4 CSL that gets bumped up to 543 horsepower (minus a back seat).
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Chevy takes the C8 Corvette to the next level with the Z06 variant. Behind the rear seats sits a howling 5.5-liter flat-plane V8 making 670 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. There’s no supercharger (or turbocharger) in sight, yet the Z06 hits 60 mph in 2.6 seconds.
Yes, the forthcoming Purosangue is an SUV, but we’ll add this wonder wagon to this sports car list; after all, it’s still a Ferrari. Maranello has slowly teased the details of this Ferrari for sale but is promising a V12. Perhaps the Purosangue will incorporate an engine like the 950-horsepower V12 hybrid system used in the LaFerrari.
Ford Mustang S650
Ford’s plan to release the seventh-generation (S650) Mustang has undoubtedly been delayed by supply chain issues. However, it’s offered one clue: the next Ford Mustang for sale will still be available with a manual transmission. Don’t be surprised if Ford’s pony car is available with all-wheel drive as it will share a platform with the Explorer.
Honda Civic Type R
The definition of a sports car is open to interpretation, so we have no problem adding a hot hatch to the mix. And the newest one is the 2023 Honda Civic Type R which the automaker promises to be “the most powerful Type R.” We’ll know more details closer to the Fall on-sale date, but this pocket rocket is sure to please.
Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica
Think of the Tecnica as a fine send-off as Lamborghini winds down the Huracán model. And while the automaker is trumpeting forthcoming electrification, the Huracán Tecnica embraces internal combustion with gusto. It’s a 631-horsepower performer with a 202-mph top speed.
The original Z helped establish Nissan’s sports car credentials more than 50 years ago. And the all-new 400Z builds upon this legacy while adding modern technology like twin-turbochargers. Its 3.0-liter inline-six makes 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, and Nissan wisely offers three-pedal driving (there’s an automatic, too).
Porsche 911 Sport Classic
Porsche goes old school with the 911 Sport Classic thanks to rear-wheel drive, a seven-speed manual transmission, and a nostalgic duckbill spoiler. But a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six from the 911 Turbo S makes the Sport Classic the most powerful Porsche 911 for sale available in stick.
Frankly, options for affordable sports cars are dropping like flies, but among the few still available is the Toyota GR86 (and its Subaru BRZ cousin). It’s not about brisk acceleration (although 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds isn’t bad) but rather tight handling and a low-to-the-ground seating position.