Recently we’ve been previewing the exciting new models from a variety of categories set to reach Britain’s car showrooms over the course of 2014.
After previously checking out the best hatchbacks, the best large family cars and the best crossovers and SUVs due in 2014, now we turn our focus on to sports cars.
Our showrooms during 2014 are set to see the arrival of not just updated versions of current established sports cars, but the return of some classics to. Some of the most famous icons from the world of sports cars are bringing long-awaited new generation models to the party next year.
Featuring sleek coupes and stylish convertibles, here is our guide to the best sports cars anticipated for 2014.
Peugeot RCZ R
This is a hardcore version of the Peugeot RCZ coupe which is sure to be very fast, and very exciting to drive indeed.
In fact the RCZ R will be the fastest road-going car Peugeot has ever sold, thanks to its tuned 1.6-litre petrol engine.
Whereas the current range-topping RCZ offers 200bhp, the RCZ R has as much as 270bhp at its disposal. The RCZ R can go from a standstill to 62mph in only 5.9 seconds and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.
Other highlights of the RCZ R include the modified exhaust and two-tone 19-inch alloy wheels.Priced from £31,995, the Peugeot RCZ R is available to order now and first deliveries to the UK will arrive on 2nd January 2014.
Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe
It’s fair to say that many motorists have fallen in love with the stunning Jaguar F-TYPE. You only have to read about sales demands for the F-TYPE convertible and the general hype which surrounded its launch this year to get a gist of its popularity.
Following the launch of the original F-TYPE convertible, a new wave of customers are set to embrace this British brand sports car courtesy of the new hard-top coupe version.
Just as sleek and elegant as before, the F-TYPE Coupe very closely resembles the Jaguar C-X16 Concept, which inspired the F-TYPE to begin with.
The Coupe model has the same exciting engine range as the F-TYPE Convertible. The basic £51,235 F-TYPE Coupe uses a 335bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.
The mid-range F-TYPE S Coupe also has a V6 engine, but this model pumps out 375bhp. Topping the range is the F-TYPE R Coupe which has a mighty 5.0-litre supercharged V8 with a mouth-watering 488bhp.
Jaguar will launch the F-TYPE Coupe in Britain during spring 2014.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The new Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray will be officially sold to UK motorists starting from early 2014.Priced from £61,495, the latest version of this American sports car is sold in both hardtop coupe and soft-top convertible bodystyles.
A lot of time has been dedicated during the development of this car to make it a far greater handling car than any previous Corvette. Through the corners the Corvette has been fine tuned to match the best in the sports car market.
The main highlight though is undoubtedly the 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine, which produces 450bhp and allows the Stingray to go from a standstill to 60mph in under four seconds.
Nissan GT-R Nismo
The standard Nissan GT-R was already a superbly fast sports coupe; the Nismo version represents the most extreme version yet.
Like the standard Nissan GT-R, the Nismo version uses a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine. This now has a power increase of around 50bhp, giving the Nismo an estimated total of 591bhp.
The exact performance abilities of the GT-R Nismo have yet to be confirmed but it is bound to be mightily impressive indeed. After all, the standard GT-R can go from a standstill to 60mph in just 2.8 seconds.
Rumours from several media reports suggest that the GT-R Nismo can go from a standstill to 60mph sprint in an even more amazing time of 2.5 seconds.
The GT-R Nismo will launch in the UK market during the second half of 2014.
A new-generation Ford Mustang muscle car will go on sale in 2014 and it will be first Mustang to officially go on sale here in the UK for over 40 years.
That news is sure to excite many, since the Ford Mustang remains one of the most famous sports car names in the world. Next year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, so what better way to celebrate the landmark then buying one of these cool sports cars?
The new Ford Mustang will get an official European reveal next month in Barcelona, until then many details do remain unconfirmed. However wide-spread reports indicate the Mustang will be available with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. Other units reportedly available include a V6 EcoBoost and possibly a V8 engine as well.
Prices for the new Mustang will reportedly range between £30,000 and £60,000 depending on engine choice.