Search around in today’s market however and you can find new and sporty coupes and convertibles which combine style, luxury and performance, and at the same time prove value for money.
From coupes like the Astra GTC and Ibiza to powerful convertibles like the upcoming Jaguar F-Type and Chevrolet Camaro, here are the top ten sports cars on sale and available in Perrys showrooms in 2012.
The French and sophisticated Peugeot RCZ is a two-door and four seat coupe known for its distinctive styling.
With the overall smooth bodyshape, along with the double-bubble roof and slick aerodynamics, the RCZ certainly looks the part.
The Peugeot’s engine range includes a 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre petrol turbo unit with 154bhp or 197bhp.
The RCZ has won numerous motoring awards including the 2012 Best Sports Car accolade from DieselCar magazine, and a prestigious Red Dot design award.
Prices for the Peugeot RCZ start from £21,210.
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The Jaguar XK Coupe is a British and cool sports car which can not only grab peoples’ attention but has plenty of pace on offer.
The standard model uses a 380bhp 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, allowing the XK to cover the 0-60mph sprint in just 5.6 seconds. Customers who want even more performance can look to the XKR and XKR-S models which produce 503bhp and 542bhp respectively.
All specifications also add a leather interior, sports seats and 18-inch alloy wheels as standard.
Prices for the Jaguar XK Coupe start from £65,430.
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Vauxhall Astra GTC
The GTC is a sporty three-door coupe version of the latest Vauxhall Astra. While it still retains a practical-sized interior, the styling both inside and outside is considerably more bold and aerodynamic overall.
Engine options with the Astra GTC include a 178bhp 1.6-litre petrol turbo, as well as a 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel unit. The 1.6 petrol is the most powerful option and allows the GTC to hit 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 137mph.
The Vauxhall’s standard equipment list features 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and air conditioning.
Prices for the Vauxhall Astra GTC start from £19,040.
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Renault Megane Coupe
The coupe specification of the Renault Megane is a considerably sportier model compared to its hatchback and estate counterparts.
Featuring a sleek body and an engine range which includes a 162bhp 2.0-litre diesel, the Megane can certainly hold its own against other sport coupes on the market today. Standard equipment on the Megane Coupe includes
For extra cash, fans of performance can pick a RenaultSport Megane 265 Coupe, which boasts 261bhp from a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 0-62mph time of just six seconds.
Prices for the Renault Megane Coupe start from £16,780.
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Seat Ibiza Sport Coupe
The latest Seat Ibiza range is available in a three-door sport coupe bodystyle, with the biggest differences compared to the hatchback laying at the redesigned side windows and rear pillars.
A specific sports suspension set-up is available with this car, as well as a 103bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine. There’s also a 1.6-litre TDI diesel with the same power output.
Standard equipment for the Ibiza Sport Coupe model includes front electric windows, remote central locking plus a CD and MP3 player.
Prices for the Seat Ibiza Sport Coupe begin at £9,995.
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Due to high demand the latest Chevrolet Camaro range will soon arrive in UK showrooms, after spending over a year on sale in the United States.
The Camaro is made to be an old-school two-door muscle car with flashly looks and huge grunt from a 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine. Customers have a choice between a coupe and a soft-top convertible.
Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, the V8 engine puts out 426bhp allowing the Camaro to cover 0-60mph in just five seconds and hit a top speed of 155mph.
Standard equipment with the Chevrolet Camaro includes Bluetooth, climate control and rear parking sensors.
Prices for the Chevrolet Camaro begin at £35,025 for the hardtop coupe.
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The upcoming two-seater F-Type is Jaguar’s highly anticipated and all-new sports car, which will hit the UK market during mid-2013.
Based on a shortened wheelbase of the four-seater XK convertible, the Jaguar F-Type will initially be sold exclusively as a soft-top convertible, but a hard-top coupe will eventually follow later in 2013.
Engine options for the F-Type are set to include a 250bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, which can be upgraded with 375bhp in supercharged form. There will also be a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 on range-topping models.
Reports estimate the 2013 Jaguar F-Type will start in a region of £55,000 when it comes to showrooms.
The Mazda MX-5 is one of the most popular convertibles to ever hit the UK market, and is an all-round highly-rated and reliable sports car.
The sharply-styled two-door model is available with either a soft fabric or metal folding roof.
Engine options are limited to two four-cylinder petrol units, a 124bhp 1.8-litre unit connected to a five-speed manual gearbox, or a 157bhp 2.0-litre engine with a six-speed manual or auto transmission.
The standard equipment list for the MX-5 includes electric windows, alloy wheels and heated mirrors.
Prices for the Mazda MX-5 start from £17,995.
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Alfa Romeo 4C
The Alfa Romeo 4C is a spectacular but also affordable new sports car which will arrive to the UK market during 2013.
The two-seater coupe has already received numerous awards at ceremonies for its impressive design. The Italian sports car also promises to be impressive behind the wheel, and will rival models including the Nissan 370Z and BMW Z4.
The 4C is expected to feature a lightweight carbon fibre bodyshell and a 230bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine, with power fed through the rear wheels. The 0-62mph sprint time is rumoured to be less than five seconds.
Prices for the Alfa Romeo 4C will reportedly start from just below £40,000.
The Renault Wind two-door and seat convertible is no longer on sale in Renault dealerships after it was removed from the range list back in February 2012.
However potential customers could get themselves a good deal on a used model by searching Perrys models online or by visiting the Perrys Renault dealership found in Aylesbury.
In return buyers will get a modern and boldly styled roadster with a one piece folding metal roof. The Renault Wind is actually based on the same platform as the nimble Twingo city car. Engine options include a 99bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol unit and a 131bhp 1.6-litre petrol unit.
The 131bhp unit allows the Wind to cover 0-60mph in 8.9 seconds and gives a top speed of 125mph.
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