Picking out 10 of the best 2 door sports cars can sometimes feel like an arbitrary exercise, simply because there are so many good, and fun, high performance automobiles on the market. This embarrassment of riches is such that we have to limit ourselves to 10 rather that stretch the definition of sports car to include more questionable models. Each of the vehicles on this list is guaranteed to offer thrills and excitement whether you are carving a canyon road or turning in a fast lap at your local road track, and they do it with a unique character that makes them truly intriguing sports car options.
Let's take a quick look at 10 of the best 2 door sports cars currently available.
10 Best 2 Door Sports Cars - 01 - 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Few cars have been as hyped since their release as the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and with good reason. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the most advanced version of the iconic sports car ever built, with a highly-tuned chassis, a 455 horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8, and a seven-speed manual transmission standing out as some of the coupe's highlights. Of particular interest to performance fans is the Z51 package, which, for a paltry sum, adds an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential, more aggressive suspension, a closer-ratio transmission, a dry-sump oiling system, a diff cooler, and an aero package that together allow the car to hit 60-mph in less than four seconds.
10 Best 2 Door Sports Cars - 02 - 2013 Subaru BRZ
The 2013 Subaru BRZ doesn't flash the horsepower of the Stingray, but it does deliver the same kind of track-ready driving experience thanks to the engineering efforts of both Subaru and Toyota, who collaborated to produce the lightweight sports car (and its twin, the Scion FR-S). The Subaru BRZ boasts a low center of gravity enhanced by the placement of its flat-four 2.0-liter engine, which generates 200 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque, and its rear-wheel drive layout helps to generate the pure driving feedback that sports car fans crave. A six-speed manual transmission is the gearbox to go with when ordering the BRZ.
10 Best 2 Door Sports Cars - 03 - 2014 Porsche Cayman
The 2014 Porsche Cayman is the German brand's entry-level coupe, but it might as well be the flagship if evaluated solely by its handling prowess. A mid-engine design ensures that the Porsche Cayman rotates with unbelievable skill, and buyers can choose between either a 275 horsepower, 2.7-liter six-cylinder unit or a 3.4-liter motor in the Cayman S that pushes out 325 horses. Traditionalists will prefer the Porsche's six-speed manual transmission, but ordering the optional seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual ensures gear changes that are quicker than a human could ever accomplish and helps the Cayman S rocket to 60-mph in just 4.5 seconds.
10 Best 2 Door Sports Cars - 04 - 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo
The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo is the high performance version of what is already, in base form, a very focused sports car. Slick looks are a key part of the Nissan 370Z Nismo's package, with the addition of a special body kit to help distinguish the Nismo from other models. The Nismo also includes bigger brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, forged rims, stiffer suspension tuning, and a six-speed manual transmission that automatically matches revs while downshifting. Under the hood, the 370Z Nismo boasts a 3.5-liter V-6 that generates 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque.
10 Best 2 Door Sports Cars - 05 - 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS is a potent muscle car, but adding the 1LE package provides the coupe with genuine sports car cred. The Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE builds on the 426 horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 offered by the SS trim and includes a unique suspension package tuned for the track, special tires, more aggressive gearing from a different six-speed manual transmission, and an upgraded fuel system. A rear spoiler keeps the back of the car planted when traveling at triple-digit speeds, and a front splitter and matte black hood also make up part of its unique appearance.
10 Best 2 Door Sports Cars - 06 - 2014 SRT Viper T/A
The 2014 SRT Viper has already established itself as one of the world's preeminent sports cars, but the SRT Viper T/A takes things a step further in order to satisfy track junkies. With T/A standing for 'track attack,' it's no surprise that this special version of the Viper comes with stiffer roll bars front and rear, different brake hardware, stiffer springs, an engine brace made out of carbon fiber, a front splitter (that is easily replaceable after a scraping incident) and a rear spoiler. Power for the SRT Viper T/A remains prodigious thanks to its standard 8.4-liter V-10, which produces 640 horses and 600 lb-ft of twist, and a six-speed manual represents the sole transmission option for the coupe.
10 Best 2 Door Sports Cars - 07 - 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track represents the apex of the affordable 2 door sports car's lineup, a version of the car that eschews luxuries in favor of tarmac performance. As such, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track includes items such as Brembo brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, heavily bolstered seats to keep driver and passenger in place through the corners, and a stiffened suspension system that can handle extreme punishment. The 3.8 Track is motivated by a V-6 engine that displaces the same number of liters as in the Genesis Coupe's name, leading to output of 348 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the coupe.
10 Best 2 Door Sports Cars - 08 - 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club
The 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club provides a bit of an edge to the roadster's pleasing combination of low-mass design and excellent handling balance. The ultra-light Mazda MX-5 Miata Club installs special front and rear fascias as well as 17-inch rims that are an upgrade over the car's standard 16-inch units, and when ordered with the Suspension package, the Club truly shines thanks to a limited-slip rear differential, Bilstein shocks, and more aggressive spring rates. A momentum car above all else, the MX-5 Miata Club is motivated by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 167 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, and it is shifted by a six-speed manual gearbox.
10 Best 2 Door Sports Cars - 09 - 2014 Nissan GT-R
Few cars can connect two apexes as effectively as the 2014 Nissan GT-R. This 2-door sports car has been designed from the ground up to leverage technological sophistication in the pursuit of high performance dominance, and it's safe to say 'mission accomplished' when evaluated the Nissan GT-R's eye-popping driving experience. The car features an advanced all-wheel drive system that provides enough grip to launch the car to 60-mph in roughly three seconds, a feat that requires the full 545 horsepower and 463 lb-ft of torque generated by the Nissan's twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 engine. A six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission handles the shifting duties for the GT-R.
10 Best 2 Door Sports Cars - 10 - 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S
The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is one of the scariest 2 door sports cars on the planet due to the fact that its rear-mounted engine bay contains a 3.8-liter six-cylinder mill that has been twin-turbocharged to produce 560 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Unleashing this level of force requires the careful management of both an all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, but the reward is a sprint to 60-mph that takes a mere 2.9 seconds, along with a top speed that would quickly get you arrested in almost any jurisdiction on Earth. Throw in a track-tuned suspension system, and you've got the formula for one of the world's most desirable performance cars.