Five Sports Cars To Consider In 2018
Five rides to help you drop the hammer in the new yearby Jonathan Lopez, on
Now that we’re knee-deep into the 2018 calendar year, it’s a great time to look ahead and think about all the great opportunities just over the horizon. Naturally, we here at TopSpeed are practically frothing at the mouth at the thought of all the great sports cars expected to drop over the course of the next 365 days. As such, we’ve assembled five of them right here for your collective amusement. Give the list a looksee, and make sure to let us know about the sports car you’re most excited about in the comments below.
Continue reading for our list of five sports cars to consider in 2018.
Without a doubt, one of the most hotly anticipated new models out there is the up-and-coming next-generation Toyota Supra
Without a doubt, one of the most hotly anticipated new models out there is the up-and-coming next-generation Toyota Supra. The last fourth-gen A80 got the axe in 2002, and since then, enthusiasts have been clamoring for a new one. Now, as evidenced by a series of spy images and leaks, it looks like we might actually get one.
The latest shows what appears to be a test mule draped in black-and-white camo out on public roads doing a bit of real-world testing, and although the details are hidden, the basics are looking great, with a long hoodline, cab-back proportions, and a short rear end – all classic GT stuff, and exactly what we’d expect from a production model based on the FT 1 Concept. As for the performance specs, well, there’s been a good deal of rumor and conjecture, but nothing definite. That said, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a hybrid six-cylinder pumping out no less than 400 horsepower, all of which will route to the rear axle. Of course, lower trims might make the options list as well, with pricing slotting at around $40,000.
Fingers crossed this one finally drops this year.
Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Toyota Supra.
In many ways, the Kia Stinger is a breath of fresh air
In many ways, the Kia Stinger is a breath of fresh air. No longer is the four-door performance segment dominated every which way by the big German three – finally, mercifully, there are options on the table. The Stinger brings a lot of good to the fight, starting with some very attractive exterior styling that definitely sets it apart from the crowd thanks to its “Tigernose” grille, fastback proportions, and quad exhaust tips. The interior is also quite attractive, and far beyond anything we’ve seen from the South Korean brand in the past, offering a number of luxurious touches and high-end technology features.
Most important, though, is what’s going on in the powertrain department, where buyers can get into the top-trim GT model for a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Both RWD and AWD are on the table, as is a more affordable turbo 2.0-liter four-banger. Throw in the fact the chassis and suspension were tuned by Albert Biermann, an engineer with 32 years of experience at BMW and seven years of experience at the BMW M Division, and, well, you could call us smitten. Pricing starts at $31,900.
Read our full review on the 2018 Kia Stinger.
Once again, the iconic pony car arrives as the most advanced Mustang to date
Following the arrival of the latest sixth-generation Mustang a few years back for the 2015 model year, the Blue Oval is now bringing out its newest updated iteration for 2018. Once again, the iconic pony car arrives as the most advanced Mustang to date, equipping it with an independent rear suspension, an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the latest infotainment gear in the cabin. Of course, the ’Stang still offers those retro muscle-bound good looks for the exterior, which get a bit of massaging with the latest mid-cycle update. There’s also LED lighting and three new paint colors as well. Inside the cabin, you’ll find a three-spoke steering wheel, a decently sized touchscreen in the dash, and new aluminum touches for a more premium look.
Luckily, all those sporty styling touches are backed by a solid selection of engines, including the previously mentioned EcoBoost ’four and the more traditional 5.0-liter V-8, with the former offering up 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, and the latter making 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Ford dropped the six-cylinder option for the 2018 model year. Both the ’four and the ’eight send power to the rear axle, either through an updated six-speed manual, or, alternatively, a new 10-speed automatic gearbox. And don’t forget – you can also get it as a drop-top, if extra headroom is on the priority list. Pricing starts at $25,585.
Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Mustang.
The LC 500 combines the Japanese brand's sharp-looking style with a luxurious interior and a solid whallop under the hood
While we find Lexus’ characteristic spindle grille to be a bit, uh, much from time to time, it actually looks pretty damn good on the LC. Based on the striking LF-LC concept that came before, the LC 500 combines the Japanese brand’s sharp-looking style with a luxurious interior and a solid whallop under the hood. Let’s start outside, where we get to feast our eyes on a handsome LFA-esque exterior, complete with a low, wide stance, aggressive cabin placement, and tons of deep lines and cuts.
We think Lexus really nailed it on this one, and the good stuff continue into the cabin, where we find oodles of opulence dripping from every panel. The seating arrangement is set-up in a 2+2 arrangement, while the instrumentation is subtle in its approach, finding a nice balance between sportiness and refinement. The same is true for the powerplant, which comes with five liters of displacement and eight cylinders, all of which is sans boost. Yep, this thing is naturally aspirated, pumping out a heady 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque without the usual turbo or supercharger onboard. Routing it all to the rear axle is a 10-speed automatic transmission, enabling the LC to hit 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. Meanwhile, aluminum and carbon fiber conspire to shed as many pounds as possible. Pricing starts at $92,000 for the base model LC.
Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LC.
The Carrera T is a more classic sports car formula designed to slot in between the base-level Carrera and the more potent GTS model
Well of course we had to include a 911 in this list, right? This time around, we’re calling out the Carrera T, a more classic sports car formula designed to slot in between the base-level Carrera and the more potent GTS model in Stuttgart’s lineup. Outside, the Carrera T looks like any other 911, albeit with an aero-optimized front lip, 20-inch Titanium Grey wheels, and SportDesign mirrors in Agate Grey. There’s also some striping along the lower edges of the flanks to help onlooker identify the exact model.
Critically though, extra weight is shaved thanks to the inclusion of a lightened rear windscreen and side windows, which helps to make the most of the 3.0-liter flat-six mounted in the tail. Peak output is rated at 370 ponies and 332 pound-feet of torque, which routes through a manual transmission with shorter-than-usual gearing. Just 4.3 seconds is needed to hit 60 mph, while top speed clocks in at 182 mph. Pricing starts at $102,100.
Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T.
January can be a tough time for a lot of people. The holidays have come and gone, leaving in their wake the dregs of Winter as we make our way out of the cold months. But, as always, the thaw of Spring isn’t that far off, and with its arrival comes plenty of opportunities to put rubber to tarmac. Each of the above sports cars would provide more than enough fun for anyone looking to get some wheel time, and deciding which is best really depends on the preferences and tastes of the individual.
Personally, if it were my money, I’d spring for the new Supra. I love the older fourth-gen model, especially when equipped with extra boost and a third pedal. The Kia Stinger would be a close second, as a I love how it’s a total shot from left field in the segment, but its still got the goods to hang with the best of the best.
Which would you have?