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Best cars

Best sports cars

By Martin Pratt

Article 10 of 12

Agile performance models that encapsulate the joy of driving, plus reliability for peace-of-mind – they might not be that practical, but they’ll put a smile on your face.

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Sports cars focus less on practicality and instead concentrate on desirability and driving performance, with sleek styling, impressive acceleration and unrivalled cornering prowess.

The class includes everything from affordable sports cars such as the Audi TT and Toyota GT86 to high-end models such as the BMW M4 and Porsche 911 – but there's more to being a Which? Best Buy than just looks, price or outright speed.

Below are the best new and used sports cars you can buy, as revealed by our uniquely rigorous lab and road-tests.

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Best new sports cars

BMW M4 Coupe
Typical price £54,371
Brand score 78%
Tested Jun 2014
Best Buy
Ride comfort:
4 out of 5
Handling & performance:
5 out of 5
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This car isn't short on performance with a plus-400 bhp engine but it's easily capable of day-to-day driving too.

Best used sports cars

BMW Z4 (2003-2008)
Typical price £5,019
Brand score 76%
Tested Jun 2003
Best Buy
Ride comfort:
3 out of 5
Handling & performance:
5 out of 5
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This sports car is for those who love the thrill of driving. This second generation model further refines the handling and tactile suspension.

Audi TT (2006-2014)
Typical price £6,784
Brand score 75%
Tested Sep 2006
Best Buy
Ride comfort:
4 out of 5
Handling & performance:
5 out of 5
Model reliability:
4 out of 5
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One of the most popular three-door coupés now has the driving credentials to match its stylish exterior.

Porsche Cayman (2005-2012)
Typical price £15,668
Brand score 73%
Tested Nov 2005
Best Buy
Ride comfort:
4 out of 5
Handling & performance:
5 out of 5
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Member exclusive
Boot space with seats up (litres):
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For an unbridled thrill of a driving experience this sports car has you covered - just bear in mind you'll be filling it up a lot.

Porsche 911 (2005-2012)
Typical price £31,682
Brand score 73%
Tested Sep 2004
Best Buy
Ride comfort:
4 out of 5
Handling & performance:
5 out of 5
On sale date:
Member exclusive
Boot space with seats up (litres):
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Combined mpg (best measured):
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It's expensive to run and not very practical but all is forgiven when you fire up the engines and let this sports car loose on a long stretch of road.

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