10 Best Fun & Fast Cars For Real Motorists

Some cars are convenient for the daily commute, some are reliable and eco-friendly, and some just look beautiful. But the reason most driving enthusiasts get excited about cars is because they want to move fast and have fun while they're at it. If you're someone with a need for speed, you'll love our list of the quickest cars on the market. Every one of these vehicles is engineered for awesome acceleration and impressive top speeds, and they also offer great handling that real motorists will appreciate.

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1. Caterham Seven Convertible

For car aficionados in search of the purest driving experience possible, it’s tough to beat the Caterham Seven Convertible. This super-lightweight sports car was first produced in 1973, based on the older Lotus Seven, and its go-kart design has barely changed since. A high price tag and complete lack of modern conveniences mean that it’s not for the faint-hearted, but it more than makes up for this with its raw power and driving pleasure. How does a 0-60 mph time of under three seconds sound to you?

White Volkswagen Golf GTI

2. Volkswagen Golf GTI

A high-performance version of Volkswagen’s hugely successful Golf hatchback, the GTI delivers excellent engine power and impeccably smooth handling. It looks impressive, too, with a stylish balance of racy dynamism and urban sophistication. You’ll love how quickly it responds to your steering and how well it grips the road, allowing you to take corners and zip around city streets with ease. Just like most other premium VWs, it offers a comfortable ride, with the elegant, minimalist interior that the German manufacturer is known for. Decent cargo space means that you won’t be sacrificing practicality, either.

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3. BMW 4 Series

BMW’s 4 Series was first launched back in 2013, as a racier replacement for its popular 3 Series compact executive coupe. It’s a vehicle that exudes class and luxury both inside and out, with a sleek, streamlined body design to match its plush cabin. And while its engines are refined and smooth, they don’t hold back when it comes to power. The most expensive trim currently has a 2.0-litre petrol that provides up to 242 bhp, and it’ll get you to 62 mph from standing in just over 6 seconds.

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4. Toyota GT 86

One of the most unique cars on this list, the GT 86 was first launched by Toyota back in 2012. It’s an incredibly agile, well-balanced machine. And while its engines might provide a touch less oomph than the very best sports cars, what the car does offer is an unrivalled level of precision in its handling. Besides this smooth driving experience, another advantage that the GT 86 has over its more prestigious rivals is affordability – it sits at the lower end of the luxury racing vehicle market.

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5. MINI Cooper S

This icon of automotive design and 1960s British culture still has the ability to turn heads when it’s out on city streets. The Cooper S brings sporty refinement and precision, while retaining the MINI’s classic lightweight, agile structure. So, although it’s not one of the fastest cars in the world, it allows you to manoeuvre with a real sense of freedom and joy. The engines aren’t too shabby either, kicking out enough power to do 0-62 mph in under 7 seconds. It’s also a car that boasts a huge range of customisation options, so driving enthusiasts can really make their model stand out from the crowd.

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6. Peugeot 308 GTI

Another hot hatch that competes with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Peugeot 308 GTI offers a similar balance of fun and everyday practicality. Such an appealing combo in an extremely affordable package meant that we couldn’t leave this car off the list. You’ll really love how lightweight it is for its size, as this makes it an extremely nimble, fast car on the road. Plus, the handling is also enhanced by its responsive steering. Under the bonnet, the 308 GTI’s efficient 2.0-litre engines will be kicking out over 250 bhp, keeping pace with nearly every car in its class.

Red Mazda MX5

7. Mazda MX-5

No list of the most fun and fast cars would be complete without Mazda’s record-breaking MX-5. Since its launch back in 1989, it’s become the biggest-selling two-seater convertible sports car of all time, surpassing one million units sold in 2016. What makes it so popular is the modernist simplicity of its design and the unbeatable driving enjoyment that it offers. As light as a feather, it has racy acceleration, fine-tuned suspension and sharp steering that allows you to float around corners. Twisty country roads are a real joy to navigate in this one.

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8. Skoda Superb 280 Sportline

First launched back in 2001, the Skoda Superb 280 Sportline is an undiscovered treasure in the sports saloon market. Its roomy interior and affordable price point make it one of the most sensible choices on this list. But that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in the racy thrills that serious drivers crave. Its large size gives it a real feeling of stability that will make you want to test its limits. Meanwhile, its muscular engines are more than up to the task, getting you from 0-62 mph in as little as 5.5 seconds.

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9. Porsche 911 Turbo S

Some cars demand your attention, and the Porsche 911 has always been one of the most demanding vehicles on the market. And with the Turbo model, a turbocharged engine and rear wing add mind-blowing performance to its classic German luxury, making it impossible to ignore. The latest Turbo S model has a 0-60 time of just 2.5 seconds and eventually tops out at around 205 mph. Despite the car’s intimidating speed, it’s also a surprisingly slick ride, with handling that’s truly dynamic but no more challenging than your average hatchback.

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10. Honda Civic Type R

It’s a competitive field, but the Type R might be the reigning champion of hot hatchbacks. A great choice if you want to drive fast, it offers a level of raw power that’s close to what you’d expect from a straight-up sports car. Honda first added it to the Civic range back in 1997, and since then it’s evolved to offer a bold sense of style, with an unbeatable driving experience to match. Its throaty engines can propel you to a maximum speed of 169 mph, and the adjustable suspension means you can easily switch back and forth between everyday composure and racing aggression.

Whether you’re exploring the fun side of driving for the first time or you’re a racing veteran, the cars on this list are guaranteed to get your heart pounding. They offer more than enough power to tear it up on the road, and the kind of handling that’ll allow you to enjoy all of the speed and acceleration. But you’ll easily be be able to bring them under your control for daily commutes too. Take a look at our available used models to see what deals we have on these cars, and start living life in the fast lane.

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