Owning a sports car is an item on an awful lot of bucket lists. Without some parameters in place, though, it’s not quite that simple. Someone who wants a sports car – just any old sports car – will be faced with an amazing array of features and options, from manufacturers all around the world. Sports cars change all the time. Since they’re a luxury item, they’re forced to evolve along with the styling of the current era to capture the attention of those who have the means to buy them. And because they all just have one thing in common, that the absolute top priority is to deliver performance, sports cars are constantly trying to top each other when it comes to power production. The most horsepower. The prettiest torque curve. The fastest 0-60 acceleration. The highest top speed. The lightest weight.
Clearly, shopping for a sports car can be a little overwhelming, so it helps if prospective buyers have some idea what they’re looking for. American, Asian or European. A favorite brand, or even a particular model. Front-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive. The angular, wedgy sports coupes of the 1980s or the more classic muscle of the 1960s and 1970s. Fastest acceleration in a straight line, or designed more for twists, turns and curves. Straight off a dealer lot, or something tuned or customized for more discerning tastes. Stripped down with only a cage and a bucket seat, or something a bit more comfortable than can handle a reasonable commute or even a decent road trip. Sports cars are all over the place. And a person who’s got enough cash will be able to find anything that strikes his or her fancy, new or used. It’s a good idea to read up on sports cars before making any hasty decisions, although anything in the category will be able to deliver an adrenaline-filled ride.