The 14 Sports Cars to Buy Now

Just in time for a spring splurge and summer driving, these sports cars have shot to the head of their class.

1. Porsche Cayman

Topping numerous best-of lists, this two-seater offers a near-perfect ratio of performance to price. The 340-horsepower engine zips from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds; handling is immaculate, and turns are razor-precise. Starts at $59,200

2. Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

James Bond’s preferred make looks decidedly futuristic these days, yet it maintains that Euro cool. Only 1,000 are made each year, all custom, so work it into your budget now. (And decide if you want that poison-dart add-on.) Starts at $65,900

3. McLaren 570S

Critics have lost their damn minds over this lean and gorgeous supercar, which offers a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, 562-horsepower engine that shoots to 60 in 3.1 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 11 seconds. The comfortable interior has even drawn praise as ideal for long-distance trips. Starts at $184,900

4. Jaguar F Type

This stunner offers much more than looks: The 3-liter V-6 engine powers from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds. It’s available as a convertible or a coupe. Starts at $69,000

5. BMW i8

Back to the Future nostalgists can indulge themselves with this swan-wing, which is literally futuristic: It’s a hybrid plug-in that has 357 horsepower. (It’s green. That makes it a guilt-free purchase, right?) Starts at $140,700

6. Mercedes Benz AMG GT

The AMG GT is a perfect blend of ’60s-sportscar cool and Mercedes class. Critics have praised the performance of its 4-liter V8 engine that offers a galloping 503 horsepower. Starts at $129,900

7. Audi R8

The reliable R8 sure is a looker (bit of a Knight Rider vibe, no?) but it’s also powerful, courtesy of V8 engines that roar to 60 in 3.2 seconds, and its Lamborghini-derived chassis offers crisp handling. Starts at $115,900

8. Porsche Boxster

One of the most classic convertibles that ever was comes with best-in-class reviews and an entry-level price. Starts at $56,000

9. Nissan GT-R

Powerful acceleration (thanks to a twin-turbocharged V6 engine) and nimble handling make this a supercar you can drive every day. Starts at $102,000

10. BMW M6

A racecar in coupe’s clothing: The sedate chassis hides a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with 600 horsepower. Starts at $113,400

11. Mercedes-Benz SLC-class

This slick roadster updates Benz’s longtime SLK range a new twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a retractable hardtop, and nifty options such as a glass roof that changes opacity at the flip of a switch.

12. Porsche 911

This descendent from the iconic racer gets high marks for sharp handling, a luxurious interior and a powerful six-cylinder engine — it’s a high performer that’s, dare we say, practical? Starts at $85,350

13. BMW Z4

This zippy little two-seater has drawn praise for its surprisingly fuel-efficient engine and roomy, comfortable interior. Starts at $49,700

14. Chevrolet Corvette

Perhaps the greatest American sports car, the Corvette comes through with both style (it comes as a coupe or a convertible) and performance — its muscular V8 engines hit 60 in less than four seconds but still get 29 mpg on the highway. Starts at $55,400