22 City / 28 Hwy
More than a cute toy, the MX-5 Miata is a great back roads and track day plaything. It is sporty, but affordable and racy, and also fun at less-than-license-threatening speeds. There's even an available folding hardtop if the weather turns bad. It is the best-selling sports car ever for good reason.
19 City / 27 Hwy
Sometimes you want a little cache to go with your small car fun, and Porsche delivers that with its zippy mid-engine coupe. Of course the original Boxster roadster version is still available for top-down excitement. We like the hard top Cayman coupe's lines and stronger body shell better than the convertible, but take your pick.
12 City / 18 Hwy
No other company has the sports car heritage that Ferrari possesses, and each new model that comes out carries a visceral connection to the legends that have come before. It is as if there is a stop on the production line in Maranello where, just after they install the ability to produce soul-inspiring engine sounds, they marinate the cars in history so the heritage of a half-century of Formula One and sports car racing oozes from the new model's pores.
16 City / 26 Hwy
Time was when the Corvette was described as an "American" sports car, warning us that it wasn't a real one, just our local facsimile. That hasn't been the case in a while and today's C6 Corvette is world class in every respect except maybe reputation. Time for that reputation to catch up with the reality that the Corvette is exceptional.
11 City / 20 Hwy
When Volkswagen bought Lamborghini, the corporate parts bin got a lot of interesting new pieces in it. One result is the stunningly fabulous R8 Spyder, which looks great, drives great and attracts phone-wielding paparazzi like a reality starlet.
13 City / 22 Hwy
Coming back from brief bankruptcy-induced hiatus later this year is the answer to car nuts' pub debate question, "Why can't they build something really exciting anymore?" The Viper is raw-edged, for good and ill, making it perfect for its fans and avoidable for its detractors.
12 City / 19 Hwy
Sophisticated drivers ask themselves, WWJBD? ? What Would James Bond Drive? The evidence is clear that he prefers Aston Martins, and with good cause. And we prefer two-seat Astons, because they forgo the charade of the faux back seat in the larger models. Just remember to pick up the tux from the cleaners.
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