Our favorite Luxury Sports Cars
While the term luxury sports car seems like a misnomer, essentially this segment attributes cars that provide sportscar level performance without compromising on comfort. We list our favourite luxury sports cars from 2018.
5. Maserati GranTurismo
The recently refreshed Maserati GranTurismo achieves iconic status considering it’s design hasn’t changed much in the decade since its launch in 2007. The grand tourer from Italy is available in two different variants, the Sport and the aggressive track-inspired MC. The GranTurismo is powered by the naturally aspirated 4.7-litre V8 engine built by Ferrari in Maranello. It produces 460PS of power with a peak torque of 520 Nm. Transmission duties on the latest GT are handled by a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
4. BMW 8-Series Sports Coupe
After a 20 year hiatus, BMW introduces the 8-Series Sports Coupe. A low-slung exterior design, an elongated silhouette with a slim window graphic and a floating roofline shaped the rear with distinctive "double-bubble" contouring provides the 8-series with a very aggressive stance. Customisable and personalised displays can be called up in both the instrument cluster and the 10.25-inch Control Display. A flat menu structure that has been optimised for touch control permits fast access to all settings and functions.
3. Next generation Porsche 911
Now in its 8th generation, the iconic Porsche 911 gets a significantly muscular exterior while adding many new technological features. The next generation of flat-six turbocharged engines has been further developed and is more powerful with 450 PS in the S models. Additional highlights include Porsche Wet mode to make driving on wet roads even safer, Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, as well as comprehensive connectivity that uses swarm intelligence. The offering is completed by three exclusive digital services: the Porsche Road Trip app for extraordinary journeys, the Porsche 360+ personal assistant, and the web-based Porsche Impact emissions calculator for neutralising your individual carbon footprint.
2. Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2
While the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 leans towards being a sports car and less on luxury, we cannot ignore the fact it is being built by Ferrari, a luxury sports car maker. The Ferrari Monza SP1 was designed as a single-seat road car that offers a truly unique experience behind the wheel. The second configuration, the Monza SP2, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen and a second roll-bar, is instead a two-seater enabling a passenger on board. Equipped with the most powerful engine Maranello has ever built, a 800 hp V12, they can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds. Add to that luxury partners presenting the appropriate racing attire to bring back the past.
1. 2019 Aston Martin Vantage
British car maker Aston Martin launched the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage. Power for the new Aston Martin Vantage comes from an AMG sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 tuned for 503 bhp and 685 Nm of peak torque. All that power is sent to the rear wheels via the ZF-sourced 8-speed transmission with paddle shifters. The new Vantage is the first Aston Martin to be fitted with an e-differential, and can reach 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds.