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20 Best Driver’s Cars People Can Buy Today

Vukasin Herbez August 7, 2018

10. Chevrolet Corvette Gran Sport

The Chevrolet Corvette always was a benchmark performance car that delivered amazing power at affordable prices. Although the Corvette is not exactly budget-friendly, it is less expensive than the Porsche 911 and other European sports cars. But the lower price doesn’t mean the Corvette is less of a car. That’s quite the contrary since the new Gran Sport model is the perfect example.

That is why it is featured on this list, but we left out its archenemy, the 911 simply because it is too expensive. But Chevrolet realized the Z06 was too much to handle for some buyers. And despite its fantastic looks and brutal performance, the car was close to the limits of a front engine/rear-wheel drive configuration with little or no space for improvement.

That is why they made an interesting hybrid model that proved to be one of the best Corvettes they ever made: the 2017 Grand Sport. They named it after the ill-fated racing Vettes from the early ’60s, giving the modern Grand Sport a 460 HP engine from a regular Corvette.

It also comes with a wide body and track from the Z06 version. This combination proved to be the winning formula. The Grand Sport has normal handling and driving dynamics they improved with a wider stance while retaining the dramatic looks of the Z06.

11. Kia Stinger GT

One of the biggest surprises for 2018 is the new Kia Stinger GT. And most car enthusiasts are already crazy about it. You probably wonder how a boring brand like Kia could generate such hype. This Korean brand has introduced a genuinely good-looking, fast, powerful and affordable sports sedan. Basically, Kia has made the perfect BMW, since BMW has moved on to more luxurious, heavier and much more expensive models.

The Stinger has rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive, which is new for Kia’s non-SUV models. Under the hood, there are two engines. The turbocharged four-cylinder delivers 255 HP and the twin-turbo V6 pumps out 365 HP. Car buyers can expect the acceleration times to be 60 mph in around 5.0 seconds for the twin-turbo V6 version.

This is respectable for any model, especially coming from an economy car brand such as Kia. Of course, the Stinger comes with a nice selection of standard equipment and a long list of optional extras. Prices start at around $40,000, which is affordable considering that all comparable cars are much more expensive.

12. Alpine A110

This car is the epitome of the perfect driver’s car, even though it isn’t available in the U.S. However, if you are familiar with the classic Alpine, you will instantly recognize the shape and the idea behind this fabulous car. It’s a small, lightweight sports coupe with a rear-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive.

And it is capable of providing lots of driving excitement with an unparalleled road holding and feel. That was the idea behind the new Alpine A110. This small coupe weighs just over a ton and has a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder behind the driver to power the rear wheels.

The power is more than adequate with 252 HP running through the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The specifications sound fantastic and acceleration times are under five seconds. However, they just released this car, so most car fans are afraid it will not come to America’s shores anytime soon.

13. Cadillac ATS-V

Cadillac presented the ATS-V in 2016 as the newest American muscle four-door car. Compact but immensely powerful, this model attacked the likes of the Mercedes C Class and the BMW 3 Series. It’s a modern executive sedan with recognizable styling and brutal power. Under the hood is the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine with 464 HP and 445 lb-ft of torque.

That is enough to launch the ATS-V from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and top speeds of an astonishing 189 mph. Even though the ATS-V doesn’t have a V8, it is still a proper muscle car and a precision driver’s machine available in a two-door form, as well.

The sad news for Cadillac enthusiasts is that the company plans to discontinue this model by the end of the year despite the stellar reviews from the press and the fans. This also means that you can get a great deal on the 2018 ATS-V and pay much less than the $61,000 Cadillac currently asks for this perfect-performance sedan.

14. Nissan 370Z

Despite the fact it is one of the oldest cars on the list and due for a replacement soon, the 370Z is still a capable coupe with lots of appeal. Available as a coupe or a roadster, the Nissan 370Z is a sports car legend in an affordable package. And this handsome front-engine rear-wheel drive car has a potent V6 engine and limited slip differential as standard equipment.

This feature makes it safe to drive hard, which makes it a favorite drift car. And don’t forget the enormous aftermarket support for this model. This means you can easily tune and customize your car.

Nissan introduced the 370Z in 2008 with a new design and an upgraded V6 engine. And it has remained popular ever since. The 300 HP engine and sharper, more agile Nismo version make this model a desirable yet affordable sports coupe with perfect driving dynamics.

15. BMW M4 CS

BMW introduced the M4 CS in 2017. And the new version BMW sports coupe featured numerous improvements over the standard and already sublimely capable and fast M4. The CS has slightly more power at 460 HP.

It also has different suspension tuning, better brakes, and an aerodynamics package. However, it is somewhat more expensive with a limited production of just 3,000 worldwide. So, if you want one, you should hurry and get your example today.

16. Fiat 500 Abarth

Although the 500 Abarth produces only 160 HP from its tiny turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, it is a seriously fast and fun little car. This is due to its small weight and compact dimensions. Also, it is extremely practical for everyday driving and easy to park, as well.

And they completed the package with a small price and running costs. For enthusiasts on a tight budget with an irresistible need for speed, this small but wicked car could be your answer.

17. Volvo S60 Polestar

Those who are tired of the same old BMW M cars, Mercedes AMG models or Audi S sedans should try the Volvo S60 Polestar. It is the newest player in the fast-but-stealth performance sedan field. And it has all the right ingredients with loads of power. From the outside, the S60 Polestar looks ordinary with its subtle styling cues.

However, underneath the metal, there is an intelligent AWD system. Also, they paired it with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with a hybrid drivetrain and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This makes for a combined output of 367 HP with fantastic performance and driving dynamics.

18. Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The basic specs of the new Giulia Quadrifoglio are fantastic. It comes with a Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter turbo V6 with 510 HP and a sports-tuned suspension. And with its unbelievable performance, it has a Nürburgring record under its belt.

They presented the Giulia in 2016, and it is one of the best sports sedans money can buy. Also, it is one of the best driver’s cars from Alfa Romeo in decades. And once the car customers recognize it as such, they’ll buy it in significant numbers.

19. Abarth 124 Spider

Do you remember the old Fiat Spider? Now there is a new one sold under the Abarth brand. They’ve equipped it with a 1.4-liter turbo engine delivering 168 HP. It comes with a small weight, well-balanced chassis, updated transmission and rev-happy engine, too.

So, this hot 124 Spider is capable of under seven-second 0 to 60 mph times. However, the best experience is to drive it fast on those windy mountain roads. That is what makes this compact roadster a proper driver’s car.

20. Subaru WRX STI

A classic in the driver’s car genre, the legendary WRX STI is still one of the most desirable affordable performance models. With 310 HP coming from its turbocharged flat-six engine, along with its signature Subaru AWD system, the WRX STI is a seriously capable machine.

The technical layout guarantees great performance. And the 2019 Subaru WRX STI is capable of reaching 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. That means it can embarrass some much costlier sports cars at the stoplight.

These are the 20 best driver’s cars you can buy today. If you like to push the pedal to the metal, any of these cars will fill the bill. However, some are not as easy to find as others, so you should get out there and go car shopping soon.

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