It’s been quite a year of new sports cars coming on the market. I have to say it was hard to pick just 5 cars to recognize as the best of the best. So here are my top 5 sports cars of 2015, let me know yours!
5. While number five is the worst rating you can get in this competition, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is by no means a bad car. In fact, the car is brilliant. Like all other RS’s before it, the 991 RS is ready to attack whatever track you throw at it. With 500 horsepower coming from a traditional Porsche six-cylinder engine, the 991 RS is blisteringly quick, 0-60 mph comes in 3.1 seconds and top speed clocks in at 193 mph. The design of the GT3 RS is striking with turbo-like air vents at the rear and more air vents up on the front fenders. In the back you get a massive rear wing, every little bit of down force helps. Undoubtedly this 911 GT3 RS is one of the fastest cars here, but all the cars on this list are fast. So why does this car get number five in the rankings? Well unfortunately Porsche has scrapped the beautiful manual transmission that you can find in all of the RS’s before the 991. Now to change gear you just pull a flimsy chrome paddle on the back of the steering wheel, keep your foot down, and off you go. This makes the car faster in all respects; however, it takes away the emotion from the driver. No longer is the driver really in full control of the weapon that is the GT3 RS. There are some rumors that Porsche is bringing the manual transmission back to the GT3 RS in the future. All we can do is hope.
4. In fourth sits the Ferrari 488 GTB Spider. Ferrari took a gamble bringing a turbo to their flagship model, but they delivered with an incredible engine, as it seems they always do. While I dread the fact that engines are downsizing or going turbo, Ferrari did a phenomenal job with their new 3.9 liter V8 turbo engine. The engine is faster than before and has almost instant throttle and gearbox response. But it must be said that it’s just not the same compared to the naturally aspirated engines of previous generations. The new 488, which replaces the legendary 458, has lost some of the Ferrari passion. The sound is not quite the same as before. I also don’t quite care for the large air intakes on the sides. Despite these gripes I have with the 488, I can still live with the package Ferrari has brought to the car. I think the design of the car is gorgeous and especially in the Spider version. Additionally I think the Spider gives the driver greater enjoyment with fresh air circulating through the cabin and the exhaust sound a little bit clearer than in the standard 488.
3. The Mclaren 675 “Long Tail” or “LT” is on another level of performance. The car is wicked. The LT uses the same twin-turbo V8 from the 650S (the car its based on) but has 25 more horsepower and is nearly 220 lbs lighter. These numbers are crazy considering how good of a sports car the 650S is. Some people call the LT a “baby P1,” and I would have to agree. The 675 also comes with carbon aero pieces on the front splitter and a massive active aero spoiler at the rear to generate greater down force and to act as an air brake under breaking. Mclaren claims that the 675 LT will hit 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, wow. You could call this car the “track” version of the Mclaren 650S. The Mclaren 675 LT is an all-around awesome supercar that will surely turn heads and set the fastest lap times.
2. If you thought the Mclaren 675 LT was a wicked supercar then I don’t even know how to describe the Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce. Maybe I could say it’s beyond wicked? Either way the Aventador SV is the definition of what a supercar is and should aspire to be. With its unrivaled aggressive looks, long and wide body, a new rear wing and diffuser, a roaring V12 engine, and adrenalin pumping speeds, the Lamborghini Aventador is the ultimate supercar. Thanks to its 740 horsepower and AWD system the SV sprints to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, the quickest on this list. However watch out for the hefty price tag eclipsing the $500,000 mark.
1. The best car of 2015 is, without a doubt, the Porsche Cayman GT4. Why? Because the Cayman GT4 is everything I could ever want in a car. A 6-speed manual transmission, a nice rear wing, a 3.8 liter V6 engine from a 911 Carrera S, and many performance parts straight from the GT4’s big brother, the GT3. While the Cayman GT4 is all about performance, it isn’t about the numbers when you compare it to a Ferrari or an Aventador SV. It’s refreshing to see a car that’s all about driving pleasure and an experience centered on the driver. Another great factor about the Cayman GT4 is the price point: $85,595. This is by no means cheap but what you get out of the car for the price is like no other car on the market. As it stands so far the GT4 is only appreciating in value because of the rarity of the car, sounds like a good investment. The Porsche Cayman GT4 is just such a balanced car all the way around the board. The power, cornering speeds, transmission, looks, investment, and driving pleasure are all balanced to make a car of near perfection. That is why I believe the Porsche Cayman GT4 is the best sports car of 2015.