Top 10 Best New Sports Cars In 2024

Want a brand new sports car in 2024? We reckon you want to go for one of these
Top 10 Best New Sports Cars In 2024

The market for sports cars may not be in the rudest health right now, but there’s more choice out there than you might expect. Fast, purpose-built coupes of all shapes and sizes are available, and we reckon these are the 10 best out there.

We have front and mid-engined cars on the menu, and cylinder counts ranging from four to eight. Prices, meanwhile, start comfortably under £30,000, topping out well over £100k. If these don’t inspire you, ask yourself why - or see our picks for the best supercars instead.

Which will it be for you?

10. Lotus Emira

Lotus Emira
Lotus Emira

Much as we love the Lotus Elise and Exige (and the Evora, albeit not quite as much), the sports car game has moved on. Luckily, so has Lotus, and the Emira is a cracking, very modern sports car. OK, maybe it’s not quite as intense, direct and slightly scary as the hardcore Exiges, but it’s still pretty darn fun, with exquisite balance and loads of grip.

We’ll take the 400bhp supercharged V6 option, with the manual gearbox. Touring chassis for road use. Please and thank you.

Oh, and while it’s not sexy to say it, the Emira’s interior is much better than Lotuses of old, which when you’re doing lots of miles in a car is actually moderately important. Shut up, it is. No, YOU’RE old.

9. Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type
Jaguar F-Type

In the past we’ve questioned whether or not the Jaguar F-Type can really be described as a sports car - it’s too heavy and not quite as sharp to drive as we’d originally hoped.

But the right ingredients are all there, it looks the business, and the supercharged V8 versions make a noise that can only be described as ‘pure filth’.

And what’s more, it’s now better than ever. Having been on sale for nearly a decade, Jaguar has made continuous improvements to the F-Type and the final version, introduced at the end of 2022, is the best one. It treads a beautiful balance of savage, sharp performance while still being tremendously comfortable at a cruise. It’s a shame Jag dropped the manual gearbox, though..

The F-Type is officially going out of production this summer, and order books closed earlier in the year, but there are still plenty of brand-new ones available from dealer stock.

8. BMW Z4


Although they share the same mechanical package, we’ve separated the Toyota GR Supra and BMW Z4 into separate points, simply because they’re such different ownership prospects. Yes, the Z4 and Supra drive very similarly when you compare them, but since one’s a cabriolet and one’s a coupe, and because they look so distinct from one another, they’re chalk and cheese.

Diverging further, the Z4 is available with a 2.0-litre inline-four in two levels of tune - the Supra wasn’t initially available with an I4, and the lower power version hasn’t come to Europe at all. That’s a shame, as the lighter Z4 ‘30i’ is the pick of the range. Or rather it was, until BMW announced a long-awaited six-cylinder, manual gearbox version this year in the form of the Handschalter pack. It could be the best of the bunch, as long as you like green over tan…

7. Toyota GR Supra

Toyota GR Supra
Toyota GR Supra

There’s no getting away from it - the GR Supra isn’t quite the car we hoped it would be. The ‘A90’ is heavy, its engine sounds uninspiring, and it’s far more of a BMW than initially expected - Toyota’s input looks to have been tiny compared to its German partners.

But it’s a great-looking, fast, brand new circa-£55k sports car at a time when interest in such vehicles is tanking. There’ll always be a nagging feeling that the fourth-generation Supra represents a missed opportunity, but we’re glad it’s here, and there’s no questioning its capability, nor its penchant for drifty tomfoolery. Even the 2.0-litre Supra is worth considering and all versions are a step more attractive since a manual gearbox was introduced.

Plus, the latest Supra is already proving to be a great platform for modifications, with various big-name companies already offering upgrades.

At the end of last year, the GR Supra was quietly dropped from UK order books, and while it’s still listed on Toyota’s site, there’s no info on if and when it’ll go back on sale. We hope it does, especially given the incoming hardcore GRMN version, but in the meantime, you might find the odd brand-new or ex-demo car in dealers.

6. Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Dark Horse
Ford Mustang Dark Horse

While still a muscle car at heart, the Ford Mustang is arguably as close as it’s ever been to an out-and-out sports car. Here in the UK, our only engine choice is a stonking normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8, which is hooked up as standard to a manual gearbox – the only mass production car in the world to still offer such a combo.

The Mustang really shouldn’t just be passed off as an, ahem, one-trick pony only fit for the drag strip, either. The performance-biased 453bhp Dark Horse version gets standard adaptive suspension, bigger brakes, improved cooling and a beefed-up manual ’box.

It’s starting to get pricey, and passersby will assume you’re the kind of person who wears cowboy boots and has a vintage jukebox in your garage even though you’re from Nuneaton, but ignore them because there’s nothing else like the Mustang on sale right now.

5. Toyota GR86

Toyota GR86
Toyota GR86

The Toyota GT86 of a decade ago proved that you could have a tonne of fun on the road if you built your sportscar around feel rather than mad, unusable amounts of power. And the GR86 follows that same philosophy. It’s an absolute cracker, with razor-sharp handling, 231bhp from a fizzy 2.4-litre, four-cylinder boxer engine and a brilliantly satisfying manual gearbox.

The interior is… well, it’s OK. Better than the GT86, but still with plenty of hard plastics. Crucially though, it’s got a great driving position, which is something so many other cars overlook. Get in, settle down, plonk your hands on the wheel and your feet on the pedals and it’s like you’ve plugged into the road. Seriously, you will have more fun on a B-road in the GR86 than you will in cars that cost twice as much.

The only downside? It’s sold out. So keep your eyes on the classifieds – you can still find various delivery mileage cars without paying too much over the odds.

4. Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera
Porsche 911 Carrera

With the Porsche 911 Carrera growing bigger, heavier and becoming more refined, some have accused it of straying into grand tourer territory. But drive one hard and you’ll soon discover it’s still a pure sports car. Not only that, but it’s one that can dice with supercars quite nicely.

A switch to turbo power for the 991.2-generation car may have irked the purists, but Porsche has made the 9A2 3.0-litre engine even better for the 992. The unit is incredibly responsive for a turbo engine, and it sounds brilliant in its upper reaches.

Whichever version of the 992 you go for, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. If it was us, though, we’d go for a rear-drive Carrera 2 in coupe form. The power of the Carrera S is tempting, but you just don’t need it on the road. A ‘992.2’ facelift is due this summer, with a hybrid version confirmed. It’s still a 911, though, so don’t expect anything too radical.

3. Mazda MX-5

Top 10 Best New Sports Cars In 2024

We were already big fans of the ND MX-5 when Mazda facelifted it in 2018. What the Japanese company did to the car, however, went beyond the usual nip and tuck - instead, it went down the route of good old-fashioned N/A tuning for the 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G engine.

New pistons, con-rods, valve springs and more raised the rev limit to 7500rpm - 700rpm higher than before - and the power from 168 to 181bhp.

Even with the extra grunt, the MX-5 remains – as the A110 – a low-powered, lightweight riposte to the class, and although the cheapest variants have been discontinued, it is still very affordable.

2. Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman

Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche 718 Cayman

Once upon a time, the Porsche Cayman/Boxster twins might have been placed ahead of the 911, rather than a few spots behind. The problem is the gruff and uninspiring flat-four the 718 Boxman has been lumbered with.

Previously, the only way to avoid this is by going for a Cayman GT4 or a Boxster Spyder, both of which are fitted with the same naturally-aspirated flat-six. Thankfully, Porsche has now slotted it into the updated 4.0-litre GTS versions of the 718s, although the price is high - the cheapest is the Cayman, and that’s over £73,000.

If you opt for one of the fours, however, you will find the engine to be plenty punchy, and the chassis the engine lives in is probably the best out there. Aside from the Alpine, nothing in this corner of the market comes close to the polish of the 718’s dynamics.  Oh, and here’s a rare unequivocally positive outcome of Brexit: all but the low-volume GT versions of the Cayster have been discontinued in mainland Europe because they don’t meet new EU cybersecurity rules, but Porsche has confirmed the whole range will stay on sale in the UK for a while yet.

1. Alpine A110

Alpine A110
Alpine A110

The reason the Alpine gets so much praise heaped upon it isn’t because it’s any faster or more capable than its peers. In fact, it’s one of the slowest cars here.

No - the Alpine A110 is the best new sports car you can buy today because it disrupts the trend of ever-more powerful, heavier and over-tyred coupes. It gives you just what you need, and no more. As a consequence it’s seriously light, and a joyous thing to throw around.

It’s like a very modern, more cosseting Lotus Elise. And if you really must have more power, there’s the A110 S, which adds more power and ability without completely screwing up the recipe. A more hardcore R exists as well and though it's impressively capable, we still think the standard car does it best.


Matthew Henderson

Boxman is an interesting name. I think Clarkson’s one is better though. “Coxster”

01/20/2020 - 08:41 |
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01/20/2020 - 09:46 |
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01/20/2020 - 13:22 |
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My goal is a boxster for this year

01/20/2020 - 13:39 |
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Am I a joke to you?

01/20/2020 - 23:37 |
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The gt86 was obviously better honhon in british.

01/22/2020 - 00:36 |
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Still no sign of it going into production, so kind of, yeah…

05/13/2020 - 10:45 |
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Aston Martin Vantage

06/26/2020 - 17:09 |
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