A new model year means exciting new sports cars. Whether you’re in the market for a 400 horsepower two-seater or you just like to drool over them, we’ve put together a list of the 5 best sports cars for 2014.
5. Jaguar F-Type
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A little smaller (and less expensive) than Jaguar’s XK line, the F-Type boasts a supercharged V6 with up to 380 horsepower. If that’s not enough, this two-seater convertible can be purchased with a beastly 5.0 liter, 495-horsepower supercharged V8. Estimates put the 0-60 time at just over four seconds. Powerful, fun to drive and with a seven speed automatic built that includes manual gear-select and steering wheel paddle shifters, the F-type is a natural evolution in the British sports car tradition.
4. BMW 4 Series
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The 3 series is undergoing a major redesign for 2014. The newly minted 4 series includes new exterior designs and a choice between several engines, from a 240 horsepower four cylinder to a 300 horsepower turbo six. Fantastic weight distribution and BMW’s optional xDrive all-wheel-drive system insure that the 4 series will be a dream to drive.
3. Alfa Romeo 4C
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Many Americans are unfamiliar with the Alfa Romeo company. But this might be the year to find out what this longstanding Italian company has to offer. The new 4C, with a concept car line and a carbon fiber body, boasts a 300 horsepower engine and a luxury interior. It’s all-new aluminum engine is as powerful as it is light and responsive. The 4C, along with several more conventional models, marks Alfa Romeo’s entry into the American car market.
2. Audi R8
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As part of Audi’s four new releases in 2014 (including a coupe and a sport-back), the new R8 includes not only a total exterior redesign but an insanely powerful new engine: the Audi R8 V10 engine with as much as 525 horsepower. Combined with the quality and commitment to driving experience that Audi has come to be known for insures that the R8 will be the sports car other sports car drivers have on their wishlist.
1. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
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Some people are calling the new Corvette Stingray the greatest sports car America has ever produced. All superlatives aside, the Stingray is beyond impressive. With a super-advanced engine boasting a 6.2 liter V8 with 450 horsepower, not to mention a remarkable redesign of the exterior, the new Corvette is faster, sleeker and more technologically advanced than ever. A Drive Mode Selector allows the driver to adjust 12 separate performance attributes (like an equalizer for you car) in response to different driving situations such as wet roads or using only four cylinders to save on gas during commutes. If you’ve always wanted a Corvette, this year’s Stingray is the one to drive.
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