To emphasize handling, performance or thrill of driving sports cars are designed. They originated in Europe in the early 1900s and are currently produced by many manufacturers all around the world. Optimization of dynamic performances relating to the design of the sports cars without any specific requirements triggers the interest of the buyers. Though specifications are a part of the design like 2+2-seater or just 2 seats yet the thrill of driving always remains the same throughout.
In the United Kingdom, early recorded usage of the sports car was in The Times of India newspaper in early 1919. The first known term was known in 1928. Sports are basically the cars which show us the precedence of the performance of the car over its capacity. In today’s world, we all come across beautiful and overwhelming car designs but sports car always holds on to our heart since the early times for both its speed and glamour that it honors in the racing track. Let us look forward to some common characteristics of sports cars:
Seating layout – This is traditionally one of the most common layouts of a car with a fixed roof and 2 seats.
Engine and drivetrain layout – This highlights the location of the engine and driven wheels which is an essential part of the design of the sports car.
The basis for the sports car is traced to the early 20th century touring cars and roadsters, and the term ‘sports car‘ would not be coined until after World War One. The Mercedes included pioneering features such as a pressed-steel chassis, a gated 4-speed transmission, pushrod-actuated overhead inlet valves a honeycomb radiator, low tension magneto ignition a long wheelbase, a low center of mass and a very effective suspension system. Following the halt in sports car production caused by World War 1, Europe returned to manufacturing automobiles from around 1920. It was around this time that the term ‘Sports Car’ began to appear in the motor catalogs, although the exact origin of the name is not known.
The decade which followed became known as the vintage era and featured rapid technological advances over the preceding brass era cars. Engine performance benefited from the abandonment of tax horsepower (where vehicles were taxed based on bore and number of cylinders, rather than actual power output) and the introduction of leaded fuel, which increased power by allowing for higher compression ratio.
The decade following the Second World War saw an “immense growth of interest in the sports car, but also the most important and diverse technical developments very rapid and genuine improvement in the qualities of every modern production car; assisted by new design and manufacturing techniques a consistently higher level of handling properties has been achieved.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, several manufacturers developed supercars which competed for production car top speed record. In 1989, a new generation of Lotus Elan roadster was released which used a front-wheel-drive layout, a controversial choice for a “purist” sports car.
The Elan sold poorly and it was discontinued after three years. Inspired by the 1950s and 1960s two-seat roadsters from Italy and Britain, the Mazda MX-5(sold as the ‘Mazda Miata’ in the United States) was introduced in 1989. The MX-5 is the highest-selling sports car and remains in production to this day. There is no fixed distinction between sports cars and other categories of performance cars, such as muscle cars and grand tourers, with some cars being members of several categories.
Now arises the most important question apart from the designing, availability, the time of its origin, etc the factor that is most questionable is what is the cost of these sports cars?
Well, the answer is that here given below is a list of sports cars with low prices:
1.36 crore- the legendary M3 product portfolio. The current F82 BMW M4 coupe and F80 BMW M3 sedan come with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six engine that offers lots of driving fun. In global markets, there are several variants of the BMW M4 such as the M4 CS, M4 Competition and the top-of-the-line M4 GTS. For many, the M3/M4 line up is what defines BMW ‘M’ cars.
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2.27-2.33 crore-The Mercedes-AMG GT is one of the most stylish sports cars from the German brand in the market. Available in three variants, the Mercedes-AMG GT offers immense levels of performance powered by a 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo engine, allowing it to sprint to a top speed of 310km/h and clocking a 0 – 100km/h time of 3.8 seconds in the process.
2.20 crore- The Nissan GT-R or ‘Godzilla’ as it is famously called is currently in its sixth-generation model. The sports car was first introduced in India back in 2016 and offer a muscular and aggressive styling that matches its outright performance and handling. The Nissan GT-R comes powered by a 3.8-liter V6 clocking a 0 – 100km/h in under 3 seconds.
90.93-2.8 crore- The Jaguar F-Type is the British luxury car manufacturer’s flagship sports car and comes in four coupe and four convertible variants: regular, R-Dynamic, R and SVR. The Jaguar F-Type employs the brand’s lightweight aluminum chassis which gives both strength and dynamics to the sportscar. The Jaguar F-Type is available in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive formats. Regarding engines, the F-Type models come with a V6, V8 or even a four-cylinder Ingenium turbocharged-petrol engine.
85.95-89.95 lacks- The Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster models are two fun, nimble and capable sportscars. Being a Porsche, the 718 models has got its roots from the iconic 911 and showcases the German brand’s expertise in automobile engineering. Experts claim that Porsche is deliberately keeping the Cayman/Boxster models underprivileged. This is because, in theory, the mid-engine layout of the 718 models is more capable than the 911’s rear-engine format.
The Maserati GranTurismo is an example of the iconic Italian automotive design expertise. The sportscar is powered by a Ferrari-developed turbocharged V8 engine that showcases lots of performance while making a good exhaust note. The GranTurismo has got a convertible sibling which looks even more beautiful – the Maserati GranCabrio. The Italian trident is also more of a lifestyle product for many across the world.
1.11 crore- The Audi RS5 showcases a sharp design language along with modern interiors that house equipment such as the Audi virtual cockpit. The latest RS5 employs a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, tuned to make it an ideal performance coupe for both the city and open highway. Perhaps the main highlight of the Audi RS5 is the brand’s reputed Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
74.62 lacks- The Ford Mustang is one of the most favorite and popular sports cars on sale in India. While there are several variants of the Mustang in global markets, India gets only one – the Mustang GT. The Mustang GT comes with a 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 which makes quite a good exhaust note. Although sold only as a CBU, the Mustang offers some value-for-money when compared to other sportscars. It is also one of the best-selling sportscars in the country.
Therefore, these were some of the details about sports cars and their prizes respectively.
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