Power, style and performance; the Jaguar F-TYPE is without a doubt one of the best cars of 2014 and carries on the spirit of the legendary E-TYPE model.
Priced from £51,235, the new Jaguar F-TYPE is available in convertible and coupe guises, with each body style offering three versions. All of the models in the F-TYPE range offer a distinctive power output and are very well equipped.
Standard kit across the range includes Bi-Xenon headlamps, climate control, Bluetooth, DAB radio, sat-nav, eight-inch colour touch-screen, Meridian Sound System with 10 speakers, sports seats, deployable rear spoiler and much, much more.
Numerous desirable optional features are also available, such as dual-zone climate control, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and wind deflector.
The entry-level Jaguar F-TYPE, in either coupe or convertible form, comes equipped with a 335bhp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, while the same engine has had its power output boosted to 375bhp for the upgraded F-TYPE S versions.
Topping the convertible range is the Jaguar F-TYPE V8 S, which, as the name suggests, features a 488bhp 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine. Atop the coupe line-up is the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe, featuring a monstrous 543bhp 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine.
All models come fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. The quickest version of the Jaguar F-TYPE, the F-TYPE R Coupe, will complete the benchmark sprint in 4.0 seconds flat, before going on to reach a top speed of 186mph.
Depending on the version chosen, the new Jaguar F-TYPE will return average fuel economy of between 25.5mpg and 32.1mpg, while emitting between 205g/km and 259g/km of CO2.
For ultimate performance, we suggest going all-out and getting the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe version. Both the coupe and convertible versions are stunning, but we think that the coupe just has the edge.
An all-new Audi TT will arrive in the UK later on this year, with the eagerly-anticipated model set to inject an extra dose of class in the sports car segment.
Although prices for the new generation Audi TT have not yet been announced, you can expect the model to cost from around £28,000. Two versions will be available from launch: the Audi TT and the more powerful Audi TTS Coupe.
Standard equipment is generous across the range, with models receiving MMI radio, electromechanical parking brake, 12.3-inch TFT screen and much more.
Customers also have a wide variety of options to choose from, including Audi Phone Box, Bang & Olufsen Sound System and MMI Navigation plus with its large flash memory, two card readers, DVD drive, Bluetooth interface and voice control system.
At launch, the new Audi TT and TTS models will be available with three four-cylinder engine featuring turbocharging and direct injection. The range comprises two TFSI petrol units and one TDI powerplant, with power outputs ranging from 181bhp to 306bhp.
Depending on the version chosen, the new Audi TT will return between 41.5mpg and 67.2mpg, while emitting between 110g/km and 159g/km.
When it arrives in UK dealerships, our choice would be the Audi TTS 2.0 TFSI 306bhp, for its awesome power – just how a sports car just be.
The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic cars of all-time, with the sleek and stylish beauty an easy inclusion on our ‘best sports car’ list.
Many versions of the Porsche 911 are available to purchase in the UK today, with prices starting from £73,509. The Porsche 911 is available as a coupe and a convertible, with numerous variants, such as the new 911 Targa 4, offered.
As with any Porsche model, standard equipment is plentiful, with all versions receiving 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone air conditioning, Bi-Xenon headlights, CDR audio system with seven-inch colour touchscreen and Sound Package Plus.
Optional equipment across the range is also in abundance, with customers able to specify such extras as Bluetooth, heated seats, metallic paint, multi-function steering wheel, 445W BOSE Surround Sound System and the 821W Burmester High-End Surround Sound System.
Numerous engines are available to power the Porsche 911, with power outputs ranging from 345bhp to a whopping 552bhp.
Depending on the version chosen, the Porsche 911 will return average fuel economy between 23.0mpg and 31.4mpg, while producing between 212g/km and 289g/km of CO2 emissions.
It’s hard to choose just one model from the Porsche 911 range, so we are going to opt for the entry-level and ever-popular Porsche 911 Carrera, which has enough performance capabilities for any driver.
Alfa Romeo 4C
New for 2014 is the eagerly-anticipated, heart-stopping Alfa Romeo 4C. It wowed the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013 and is set to be a superstar on UK roads.
The new Alfa Romeo 4C is limited to a worldwide production of just 3,500 units per year, with the sports car priced at £45,000 in the UK.
Only one version of the Alfa Romeo 4C is available for customers to buy, but this comes with everything that is needed from a sports car.
As standard, the mid-engined coupe comes equipped with 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, while the option for larger 18/19-inch wheels is also available.
Other standard kit includes launch control, sports seats, aluminium pedals, electric windows and a radio, while features such as air conditioning, Bluetooth phone connection and web applications are available as no-cost options.
The model comes fitted with a new 1.8-litre Turbo Petrol engine, generating 237bhp and 350Nm of torque.
Alfa Romeo’s new model can complete the benchmark sprint in just 4.5 seconds, before going on to reach a top speed of 160mph.
In addition, the new sports car returns average fuel economy of 41.5mpg and emits 157g/km of CO2.
With only one version of the Alfa Romeo 4C available, it is up to you to specify the model how you would like. An Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept has been shown though, so make sure to keep your eyes open for any news relating to that.
The ever-popular Mazda MX-5 is one of the most stylish and reliable sports cars on the market today and is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.
Priced from £18,495, the Mazda MX-5 is available in two body styles, coupe and convertible, as well as numerous, well-equipped trim levels.
Standard kit includes 16-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, climate control, dual front airbags, single CD player with MP3-compatibility and six speakers with aux-in connectivity.
Opting for the upgraded versions brings additional features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, sat-nav with 6.1-inch screen, integrated Bluetooth, front fog lights, alloy pedal set, bright silver door mirrors and stone leather trim with five-stage heated seats.
Only one engine is available for the Mazda MX-5 soft-top. which is a 1.8-litre petrol unit, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, that generates 125bhp and 167Nm of torque. The model has a 0-62mph sprint time of 9.9 seconds, along with a 121mph top speed.
The Mazda MX-5 soft-top will return average fuel economy of 39.8mpg, while emitting 167g/km of CO2.
On the other hand, two engines are available for use in the Mazda MX-5 roadster coupe: a 1.8-litre petrol unit and a 2.0-litre petrol powerplant.
Depending on the version chosen, the model has a 0-62mph sprint time of between 7.9 seconds and 9.9 seconds, along with a top speed between 123 and 136mph.
The Mazda MX-5 coupe will return average fuel economy of between 36.2mpg and 39.8mpg, while emitting between 167g/km and 181g/km of CO2.
We can’t say no the soft-top version, so our pick of the range is the Mazda MX-5 Sport Venture version.
The BMW Z4 is a sleek and sexy sports car that is sure to set pulses racing among motorists.
Priced from £27,735, the BMW Z4 is available in two trim levels: standard and M Sport.
As with all BMW models, the Z4 roadster comes well equipped. Standard kit includes dual-zone climate control, automatic Xenon headlights, leather seats, DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB socket and electrically-folding hard-top.
Opting for the M Sport-specified models will add extra features such as 18-inch light alloy wheels, sport seats, M leather steering wheel, M sports chassis and M aerodynamics package.
Numerous powertrains are available for the BMW Z4 roadster: sDrive18i, sDrive20i, sDrive28i, sDrive35i and sDrive35iS.
Depending on the version chosen, the BMW Z4 will emit between 159g/km and 219g/km, while returning average fuel economy of between 30.1mpg and 41.5mpg.
The model is quick, with the BMW Z4 able to complete the benchmark sprint in 4.8 seconds and go on to a top speed of 155mph.
With excellent performance, our pick of the range is easily the BMW Z4 3.0 sDrive35i M Sport.
Aston Martin DB9
When you think of Aston Martin, you think of James Bond, with both being classy, gadget-packed and British. The excellent Aston Martin DB9 is no exception.
Priced at £131,995, the Aston Martin DB9 is easily the most expensive car on this list, but it’s also the most luxurious. Only one version of the DB9 is available to buy, but rest assured that it has enough for any motorist.
As with any luxury motor, standard equipment is plentiful and of the upmost quality. The Aston Martin DB9 comes fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlamps, automatic temperature control, full-grain leather interior, heated front seats, leather sports steering wheel, cruise control, sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors and 700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby Pro Logic II.
The list of optional equipment is also extensive, with customers able to specify such additional features as larger alloys, different seating arrangement, 1000W Bang & Olufsen Beosound audio system, lightweight seats and black Alcantara steering wheel.
The timeless Aston Martin DB9 is fitted with a beastly, all-new 510bhp 6.0-litre AM11 engine, generating a whopping 620Nm of torque.
With such power at its disposal, the Aston Martin DB9 can sprint from zero to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds, before going on to reach a dizzy top speed of 190mph.
Only one version of the Aston Martin DB9 is available, so it is up to the customer to choose whether or not to add any other luxuries to this beauty.