The hottest sports cars of the year are ready to burn up both racetracks and ordinary roads alike, backed by some of the most powerful production engines to ever see the light of day. Yet these modern-day high performers have a lot more going for them than just outrageous output ratings. They also boast sophisticated suspensions and multi-mode driving systems so owners can wring every last bit of excitement out of their rides. There’s more than one convertible here as well, for the thrill of open-air driving. When it comes time to relax, well, that’s no problem either: Leather-surfaced, climate-controlled seats; leading-edge infotainment systems; and even some notable safety technologies are all on display in today’s gallery — as are some of the segment’s newest cars.
10 Hottest Sports Cars
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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
To be sure, the Demon does remain a street-legal car, and it also offers daily-driver benefits like an infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen; heated and ventilated leather front seats; a multi-function steering wheel with a heated rim; and a Harman Kardon audio system with 19 speakers and 900 watts of power.
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
But because the Camaro ZL1 is about more than straight-ahead speed, it also relies on Brembo brakes to go from 60-0 in a mere 107 feet. The Bowtie brand partners with Recaro, too, for standard sport seats, and Chevy tapped Goodyear to develop exclusive tires for the ZL1.
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2018 Ford Mustang
In the cabin is the latest SYNC 3 infotainment system with a standard 8-inch touchscreen, while a high-tech 12-inch digital instrument cluster is a new option. And there’s also more power under the hood for the non-Shelby models. For example, the 5.0-liter V8 engine in the Mustang GT can now unleash 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS/Cayman GTS
For 2018, they also come in new GTS trims that squeeze yet more power from their turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The tale of the tape here includes 365 horsepower, up to 317 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 times down at 3.9 seconds and top speeds of 180 mph. Porsche then complements that acceleration with standard performance-enhancers like Active Suspension Management technology.
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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Nor is the Miata any less attractive, since Mazda’s popular roadster has exactly the kind of dramatic design that’s a hallmark of premium sports cars. The Miata even delivers a clear advantage in the style department by offering something that Porsche can’t: a power-retractable hardtop that combines the best of both convertible and coupe body styles.
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2018 Lexus LC
The optional powertrain is a hybrid propulsion system that benefits from the brand’s leadership role in developing fuel-efficient premium cars. To be clear, though, it’s also the first Lexus hybrid that’s powerful enough for premium burnouts.
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2017 Acura NSX
The soft-touch cabin setting is equally impressive, as Acura designers provide leather and Alcantara surfaces for not just the standard sport seats but also for the instrument panel. Soft, upscale Alcantara further details the center console and glovebox, and the steering wheel is wrapped in leather.
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2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
The Q60 Red Sport also gets wrapped in a sleek, highly aerodynamic exterior with new-for-2018 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and its high-tech cabin is set-off by a dual-touchscreen infotainment system with stacked 8- and 7-inch displays.
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2018 Audi TT RS
That said, those new performance milestones come courtesy of a throwback engine configuration; the 2018 TT RS leverages the same sort of turbocharged inline five-cylinder powerplant as the original TT.
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2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
The Aventador S Roadster also maintains the Lamborghini-like levels of performance that drivers expect from the brand: By mounting a 6.5-liter V12 in a mid-engined layout, Lambo supplies 740 horsepower, 509 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 times of less than three seconds and a top speed of more than 215 mph.