It is a little hard to choose the best performance car on the market because they come in all shapes and sizes. A good performance car is supposed to make a driver giggle like a little child who is licking a lollipop. These cars are so fast that they are known for setting records on the track every time a driver steps on the gas. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that these cars are purchased for their aerodynamics, steering, handling, horsepower, and pure excitement. Their value retention and practicality are not the most important things. However, it is unfortunate that the modern-day auto industry is too obsessed with tech-focused cars and thus forgetting about the thrilling world of performance cars. Let’s ride.
Continue scrolling to keep reading
Click the button below to start article in quick view
The 2019 BMW Z4 has been completely redesigned with a sleek and distinctive look that uses BMW's latest design cues. The aggressive but relaxed look is comprised of fluid side surfacing, thin taillights, and wide haunches. This performance car has been made with the driver in mind; it has a user-friendly driver-centric cockpit and a 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution. The Z4 M40i is driven by a 382 hp 6-cylinder turbocharged engine with a capacity of 3.0 liters, while the Z4 sDrive30i gets its power from a 255 horsepower 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with a capacity of 2.0 liters; this one provides 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Power is delivered to the rear wheels using an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Z4 M40i’s power is complemented by different factors of handling and braking systems. These factors include: 19-inch light alloy wheels, an M-tuned suspension system, and M Sport brake system as well as a rear differential that is electronically controlled. It will be sold for $50,695, an eye-watering price for a real roadster!
The 2019 Porsche 911 is one of the hottest cars on the market; it combines a world-class performance and athleticism with a classy and refined interior. The Porsche 911 is highly engineered; the manufacturer has perfected every detail over the last few decades, meaning that the styling has not been dramatically altered since it was introduced in the 1960s. It is offered as a striking Targa (that shines in the world of convertibles and coupes), a sun-seeking convertible and a sleek coupe. All these versions come with powerful engines that allow the 911 to speed off like a Cheetah chasing a gazelle. For those who want to drive it all year round, then you’ll be pleased to know that has optional all-wheel drive. We love that it offers a great performance, razor-sharp handling, an awesome drive, and numerous options. However, we don’t like that it comes with awfully cramped rear seats and expensive options. So, is there anything new in 2019? Well, this performance car will remain unchanged, but it will come with a new GT2 RS trim. Prices will range from $92,150 to $121,750.
Many critics will dismiss the Civic Type R for its front-wheel-drive layout and styling, but they forget that a performance car should be judged for its driving dynamics. The Honda Civic Type R is rich under the hood; it comes with a VTEC turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has a capacity of 2.0 liters. It is America’s most powerful Honda, delivering 295 pound-feet of torque and 306 horsepower. It uses a six-speed manual transmission. It is worth noting that it holds a record on the Nürburgring. Unlike most of the other hot hatchbacks, the Honda Civic Type R does not come with all-wheel-drive. Instead, it boasts of being one of the best front-wheel-drive cars in the market. It eliminates torque steer with its limited-slip differential, sophisticated active damper, and dual-axis strut front suspension. This is great news because torque steer is common in front-wheel-drive and high-horsepower cars. The damper system is made to suit the driver’s preference; it continuously modifies throttle response, damper stiffness and steering feedback. It will go for $35,700, including destination costs.
This is America’s answer to German super coupes such as Audi RS5, Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG, and the BMW M4. It has a menacing, yet subtle look. This purpose-built performer will only be offered as a coupe, but we don’t know if it will continue as it is or it will be replaced in the future. The power is derived from a twin-turbocharged V6 engine with a capacity of 3.6 liters; it delivers 445 pound-feet of torque and 464 horsepower. The rear wheels only need 3.8 seconds to hit zero to 60 miles/hour. The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V offers many goodies like launch control, performance traction management, an electronic limited-slip differential, magnetic ride control, and Brembo brakes. It also comes with optional features, with the most notable ones being 16-way Recaro performance seats and a Bose surround-sound system. The drive feels like a sprint because the ATS-V comes with a perfect blend of capability and comfort. The 2019 ATS-V starts at $67,795.
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is special because of its quality interior and outstanding performance. It can be described as a well-rounded sportster that comes in both convertible and coupe body styles. The biggest news this year is that the manufacturer has reintroduced the ZR1 trim after a hiatus of six years. The new Corvette comes with a variety of engines that provide plenty of power. The ZR1 trim delivers 715 lb.-ft. of torque and 755 hp from its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. We love that the Corvette finally has a large trunk, user-friendly technology, comfortable seats, an attractive cabin, and impeccable handling. However, it offers lesser features, and it has a subpar fuel economy when it is compared to some class rivals. In addition to this, some tech features don’t perform very well. All in all, this car remains on top because it offers a performance that is even better than most performance cars.
The Mercedes-AMG is a performance beast that delivers 503 horsepower from a twin-turbo V-8. This vehicle is offered as a convertible, coupe, and sedan. The updated C63 will give you the thrill of a Spanish bullfighter; a foot on the gas will allow you to enjoy its rough ride. We love that its sound remains as thunderous as ever. It shames many of its rivals with its impeccable cabin quality and improved accommodation. If you enjoy a proper drive, then the Mercedes-AMG C63 is exactly what you need in your parking lot.
The Porsche 718 Boxster is a beauty queen and a sprinter. It is one heck of a performance car; it boasts of having classic styling, sublime driving dynamics, a soft top that folds quickly and punchy turbocharged flat-four engines. Even an ordinary driver will feel like Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton when he drives the new 718 Boxster. The reason is simple, its brilliant suspension and low center of gravity give it a resolute grip that improves the handling and cornering. The 2019 version doesn’t feature many new things, but it now comes with a standard sport-exhaust system. Porsche's Car Connect system is also standard — it provides remote services, remote vehicle-status updates, and car tracking. The base model comes with a 300-hp flat-four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a capacity of 2.0 liters, while the S model has a 350-hp flat-four turbocharged engine with a capacity of 2.5 liters. On the other hand, the GTS trim has a 2.5-liter flat-four turbocharged engine that churns out 365 horsepower. Although you will experience gruff engine noises, the 718 Boxster guarantees you a strong braking performance, communicative steering and perfectly balanced handling. The prices of these trims range from $60,050 to $83,850.
We love the Aston Martin Vantage because it delivers one of the most sensational drives. It is an all-rounded sports car that can compete with the Porsche 911 Turbo; it offers outstanding performance with a staggering design. It has an engaging ride as well as direct and weighty steering. However, its sharpness falls behind that of the 911. This incredible performance car gets its juice from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 685nm of torque and 503bhp. The good news doesn’t end there, the top speed can go up to 195mph, and in case you’re wondering, it only needs 3.6 seconds to hit 0-62mph. In fact, it is so fast that it might speed off from this article before you finish reading about it! Jokes aside, it is also worth noting that the Track and Sport+ modes will direct the steering, engine, damping, and gearbox to match with the existing situation. All in all, the Vantage remains one of the most capable cars no matter which mode you choose.
McLaren is a British company that has quickly built a reputation as a leading supercar manufacturer. The new 720S is riding on the success of its predecessors: the 675 and 650. The 720S now boasts of being the most dynamic and focused model in the history of McLaren. It offers an improved level of performance thanks to a chassis and engine that is sourced from the 675LT. We love that the new 720S comes with electronics that allow you to personalize your driving experience; you can get tail-out slides by altering the traction control. It also comes with a bigger 10bhp twin-turbo V8 with a capacity of 4 liters. It is also a little faster than before, only needing 2.9 seconds to hit 0-62mph. The top speed can go up to 220mph.
The BMW M5 has made a natural transition to become one of the leading performance cars in the market. In case you’re wondering why it looks familiar then you should know that it is inspired by the sublime 5 Series. In 2019, the M5 moves from a rear-wheel-drive set-up, and it embraces a new life as a four-wheel-drive car. Its position as a true driver’s car is cemented by the fact that it has a sweet chassis; however, we wish that the steering offered better feedback. Especially since the M5 provides a wonderful driving experience; it is at home on an unforgiving road as it is on a track. The M5 is driven by a 592bhp twin-turbo V8 engine with a capacity of 4.4 liters. It only needs 3.5 seconds to hit 0-62mph. On the other hand, the top speed can go up to155mph.