These New-Age Luxury Sports Cars Are At The Top Of Their Game In 2019by | August 06, 2019
Enzo Ferrari, the famous founder of the Ferrari Grand Prix racing team, and subsequently of the Ferrari brand that is today synonymous with luxury once said, "The fact is I don't drive just to get from A to B. I enjoy feeling the car's reactions, becoming part of it."
Anyone with an affinity for racing or sports cars will relate to the aforementioned line, but what is it that truly makes a luxury sports car such a coveted novelty? For starters, it could be the rush of adrenaline that these high-speeding vehicles provide to enthusiasts, or perhaps the pleasure of owning a rare luxury that never fails to please. But whatever the reason, the luxury sports car market is booming with an array of options for you to pick from. But before we head on to determine the reigning sports cars of 2019, here are the details you need to know.
A Brief History of Luxury Sports Cars
Trolley cars were the most popular means of transport in the days of yore and a major transformation took place in 1913 when Henry Ford introduced the assembly line, reducing the time required to assemble a car. By the 1950s, cars had become a post-war luxury, with sales increasing in the decades that followed. As cars became common, everyone who could afford a smarter version wished for something distinct and even more luxurious, a car that stood the test of time whilst standing out from the crowd. As opposed to today when cars are machine-made and sometimes finished by hand if required, earlier times saw luxury cars as a completely handmade novelty, made from scratch and furnished with rich materials. Case in point: The Rolls Royce Silver Cloud that took three months to build hand, and came complete with 12 coats of paint.
Trends in Sports Cars In 2019
It goes without saying that high performance and comfort should amalgamate seamlessly in a luxury sports car. But if you are specifically looking for advanced trends in a sports car in 2019 and the years to come, make way for customised holographic, electric cars and vintage models that cater to the nostalgia for an age gone by. In order to go the environment-friendly route, more and more companies are looking for alternatives that reduce pollution. Another leading trend is the necessity of a sports car that can function just as well on the roads as on the racetracks.
Further, new-age accessories and high-end interiors are all the rage, with innovations to make your latest luxury sports car your best buy. Expect designs that entice and technology that only gets better with time.
The Best Sports Cars In The World
When it comes to sports cars, there are a number of factors that need to be kept in mind. Of course, there is the design element that captivates and forms the first impression, as is the technical aspect of it all that ought to be considered. Keeping in mind all the factors involved, we've rounded up the best luxury sports cars in the world. Read on to find out more.
Available as a coupé and a corvette, the Chevrolet boasts of a smart, sleek design and high-performance features that make it a top-notch option when it comes to sports cars. With exceptional horsepower (read speed that packs a punch), you can rely on it to vroom you on the racetrack in a matter of seconds. It goes without saying that the Chevvy is supremely fuel-efficient, receptive, and its multiple engine options only make it a more coveted choice to add to your collection of luxury sports cars. The two-seater with a spacious trunk incorporates user-friendly technology and features interiors that focus on comfort.
Price Tag: As per its website, the price of the Chevrolet Corvette starts at INR 84.93 lakhs
Aston Martin Vantage
Would you want to be the beaming owner of a sports vehicle that has been voted the 'most elegant car'? We know we would. Winning the title at a French automobile show in 2014, the Aston Martin is known to achieve an unbelievable speed of 328 km/h. Founded in 1914 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, Aston Martin has upheld its tradition of providing precision and power, factors you can expect in the sports car in discussion as well. Featuring a seven-speed manual transmission and about 95 kg lighter, the Aston Martin Vantage delivers spectacularly.
Price Tag: The price of the Aston Martin Vantage starts at INR 2.95 crores onwards
Featuring a strong, dynamic exterior, the Mercedes-AMG GT may be a tad bit bigger than most luxury sports cars but excels in every department. The two-seater features a horsepower of 350 to 430 kW and is available in both coupé and convertible versions. When it comes to interiors, the sports car houses a contoured seat in leather, giving the driver and the accompanying person the maximum comfort during the ride. Additionally, expect LED rear lights and new daytime running lights in the front that make its appearance even more attractive.
Price Tag: Price starts at INR 2.16 crores
Equipped with a horsepower of 405 and a six-speed manual transmission, you can expect the BMW M2 to make waves and rightly so. The price is not overtly staggering, as is with most sports cars, making it a serious option to consider. The smartly engineered exteriors that feature massive air inlets look promising, adding to its overall appeal. High, optimum performance and a great response surely make it a pleasure to drive on racetracks and should you be looking for the perfect sports car to own this year, the BMW M2 fits the bill.
Price Tag: Price starts at INR 81 lakhs
Porsche needs no introduction and to its credit, the Porsche 911 lives up to its glorious brand name. Reminiscent of the 1960s and complete with all the essential features a sports car should house, this luxury buy boasts of twin-turbo engines that go up to 420 horsepower. It's not just the technical aspect that is praiseworthy; aesthetically, the car comes with striking features that make it near-impossible to resist it. Available as both coupé and convertible, its high-end interiors also house a first-time introduction—a cupholder placed in the centre. Teamed with lane assistance and indispensable night vision, the Porsche 911 is the luxury sports car for keeps.
Price Tag: Price starts at INR 79 lakhs
A far more versatile and better version of the California T model, the Ferrari Portofino packs in a sharper, smarter, and faster update that makes it a coveted luxury sports car to own. Pick the coupé or the convertible; the roof takes only a quick 14 seconds to draw back. Making excellent use of 12 different alloys, the exterior of this luxury sports car is steely and strong, while the interiors are rich and equipped with an array of technology that is user-friendly.
Price Tag: The price starts at INR 3.5 crores
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
If you thought a horsepower of 526 was a distant dream, we urge you to think again. Featuring this and much more, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 makes for a valuable buy when it comes to sports cars. Its sleek exteriors and design features are captivating, to say the least, and if that wasn't enough, it also reaches a hot 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, making it one of the top luxury smart cars to own this year. A vast interior trunk, two cupholders, an illuminated glove box, a nine-speaker sound system, and a safety-belt restraint system are some of the additional features that come along with this luxury buy.
Price Tag: Starts at INR 71.62 lakhs
Maserati GranTurismo MC
Try if you must, but avoiding the Maserati GranTurismo MC's timeless Italian looks is something of a task in itself. Featuring a classic exterior that impresses, the insides of this luxury sports car boasts of a more than eight-inch wide touch-screen for entertainment, and detailed attention to design. As the website suggests, the original concept of the luxury car launched in 1970 "involved fitting a sophisticated race car engine into a luxurious, handcrafted sedan", something it achieves impeccably. On the technical front, a hydraulic power steering and high-performance in terms of power and speed are what one can expect.
Price Tag: Price starts at INR 2.25 crores
Audi R8 V10
Available in a coupé version and seats for two, the Audi R8 V10 cranks up to a speed of 330 kmph and comes equipped with a sound system, CD and DVD player, speakers at the rear and the front, brake assist, central locking, and much more. The smart exteriors feature adjustable headlights, along with integrated headlights to drive through smoke and fog. Speaking of the design, the Audi R8 V10 puts on an innovative front that is enticing, to say the least.
Price Tag: Starts at INR 2.72 crores