5 scorching summer sports cars with huge savings

08 March 2022 Blog

Get set for a summer of unforgettable motoring with a nearly new sports car

Maybe it’s just us, but we’ve just felt the first tender warmth of spring sunshine and we’re already pining for long summer days behind the wheel, exploring new roads, countries and cafes with no plans past sunset. You can’t beat summer driving – roof down, radio on and with a powerful engine at your beck and call. 

Let’s ignore the hordes of flies that inevitably sacrifice themselves on your headlights and the fact it’s probably going to be raining – summer driving is something we can all look forward to. 

With that in mind, here are 5 of our favourite cars for summer motoring – and all of them are available to drive away today at Motorpoint. Get in.

BMW 4 Series

Available in convertible or hardtop coupe forms, the BMW 4 Series is a sublime all-round package that makes warm-weather motoring more satisfying than writing on a banana skin with a biro (try it and thank us later). 

For a start, it’s a slinky looking thing that reeks of premium appeal, but it’s also pretty practical so far as two-door coupes go. The back seats are actually usable, and the boot’s not tiny either so you can go on a big European roadtrip in it. We love the fact that the convertible has a proper metal roof, so when you need to crank out some Autobahn miles you can whip it up and sit in silence, or with some serious tunes pumping out of the excellent stereo. Factor in its sharp handling and powerful engines and you’ve got a winner.

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Audi TT

Say it quietly, but the current Audi TT is about to be killed off – and will eventually be replaced by a bigger, heavier electric crossover. Luckily for you, we have several tasty TTs in stock, all mixing sharp handling with effortless style, bank-vault build quality and digital drivers’ displays that were cutting edge when they first appeared with the TT in 2014, and still look fresh today.

Like the 4 Series, the TT is available in hardtop and convertible forms, and with a range of potent petrol engines. The regular TT gets a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 230 or 245hp, while the TTS sports 306hp and a four-wheel-drive system for a thrilling 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds – that’s as fast as a Ferrari 360 from the 1990s. 

The top spot on the TT charts goes to the rip-roaring TT RS, which somehow fits a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine under its bonnet, which not only sounds phenomenal (your neighbours may not approve), but gets from 0-62mph in a stomach-churning 3.7 seconds. If that doesn’t spell ‘summer fun’ then we’re not sure what does. Bring on the hot weather and some warm, twisty roads.

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Mazda MX-5

Think of a two-seater sports car and you’ll probably think of a Mazda MX-5. The Hiroshima-based brand’s lightweight sportscar first came out in 1989, and the latest generation (called the ND) appeared in 2015 – but it still shares the original’s cheap-to-run and fun-to-drive approach to life.

Not only does the MX-5 look like a barrel of fun from 50 yards away, it has a properly fun personality. You can get it with either a 1.5 or 2.0-litre petrol engine and both love to be revved hard, and the manual gearbox is so satisfying you’ll wish every other car had the same setup.

Sure, it’s not the fastest kid on the block, but once you’ve sampled the MX-5’s dainty lightweight chassis and simple-to-use convertible roof, you’ll wonder why other sportscars exist. If there’s a single vehicle that epitomises the sheer fun of driving on a hot summer’s day, it’s the MX-5. It’s also the least expensive car on this list by some margin, and you’d be wise to give one a go…

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Ford Mustang

If the Mazda MX-5 is a lightweight thing that zips down a road like a delicate, effortless butterfly, the Ford Mustang is a charging bull that’s had a few too many pies. It’s big. It’s heavy. It’s loud. But it makes up for all of that with an oversized 5.0-litre V8 engine that sounds as though it’s come straight from the world of American motor racing.

Again, the Mustang’s available in hardtop or convertible forms, and although it grips well and feels a lot more connected to the road than previous versions, it’s still a car you drive reasonably gingerly around corners… before hammering it down the next straight in a roar of beautiful noise. It’s a proper event of a car, from the moment the summer sun catches the lurid paintwork to the second you fire up that engine and feel it rock the whole car from side-to-side as you blip the throttle. 

It’s the perfect summer recipe: those looks, that engine and *that* noise. Heaven. Just try to ignore the fact you’ll struggle to get more than 25mpg… it’s only a summer fling, right?! Actually, Mustang owners tend to find them very hard to let go of.

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Jaguar F-Type

The Jaguar F-Type is a bit like a British version of the Mustang. Big, beautiful looks and a range of powerful engines combine with an interior that looks and feels leagues ahead of the big Ford. It’s a much more sophisticated car than the Mustang when it comes to cornering too, and you could happily use it as your comfortable daily driver when you’ve had your fill of summer fun.

F-Types come with either a powerful 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine, or a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 or 5.0-litre V8 engine. The V6 and V8 sound demonically silly, with lots of cracks and pops from the exhaust on every gearshift (it’s also an automatic-gearbox-only sort of car). They’re incredibly fast but thirsty – and the 2.0-litre version feels quick enough while still giving you the feeling that you’re in something very special indeed. Stick the roof down, set the sat-nav to Nice and take a week getting there. You’ll love it.

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