Best Sports Car for 2014

With 2014 approaching fast, the world’s automakers have some truly delightful all-new models set to set the sports car scene on fire with new hybrid technology and powerful turbocharged engines. The world’s best sports cars and supercars constantly push the limits of what was previously thought possible in the areas of engine output, efficiency, and the use of light yet strong materials. Here are what we think are the best sports cars of 2014.

Here are a few of the top sports cars coming to showrooms for the 2014 model year, from the sub-$30,000 drop-top version of the popular Scion FR-S to a menacing new Ferrari hybrid supercar expected to cost more than $1.5 million.

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo

In late 2012, Porsche debuted its all-new 911 Carrera sports car, riding on a completely new platform for the first time since the 1990s. Codenamed “991″ in Porsche chassis-code nomenclature, the newest 911 is longer, wider, smoother-riding and even more capable than the 997-generation car it replaces. But until the 2014 model year, the new 911 was not available in its potent Turbo form, relying instead on naturally aspirated flat-six-cylinder engines.

That will all change in late 2013 or early 2014 with the debut of the 2014 911 Turbo. With its widened rear haunches and active aerodynamic panels both front and rear that automatically adjust in response to current driving conditions. Thanks to a turbocharged version of essentially the same 3.8-liter ‘Boxer’ flat-six engine that powers the 2013 911 Carrera S, the new Turbo will output 520 horsepower in standard form and up to 560 horsepower in the upscale ‘Turbo S’ trim level. Priced from around $150,000, the car’s top competitors will be the Audi R8, Nissan GT-R and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

2014 BMW M3

The BMW M3, in continuous production through four generations dating back to the late 1980s, is one of the industry’s top true sports cars that is also civilized enough to make a suitable daily driver. BMW just debuted its new-generation 328i and 335i Sedans in 2012, and the M3 will follow by the end of 2013 as a 2014 model. The next M3, riding on BMW’s new ‘F30′ chassis, will only come as a four door sedan. That’s because two-door 3-Series coupe and convertible cars are being redesigned for the 2014 model year and will bear a new name, the BMW 4-Series. An M4 will follow the M3 to market by around a year as a 2015 model.

The 2014 M3 will make the switch from the current car’s naturally aspirated V8 engine to an all-new inline-six-cylinder engine with multiple turbochargers. Though the brand has not yet revealed complete details on this powerful mill, rumors point to the use of three turbochargers including a brand-first electric turbo. Power output will ring in at right around 450 horsepower and 450 foot-pounds of torque, an increase of more than 100 foot-pounds from the current 2013 BMW M3. As for the current model, BMW says it’s completely sold out through the end of its limited production run.

2014 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Convertibles

When the Scion FR-S entry-level sports car, and its mechanical doppelganger the Subaru BRZ, debuted for the 2013 model year, critics and early adopters alike fell in love with its tossable, highly capable handling, its high-revving ‘Boxer’ flat-four-cylinder engine, and its Toyota 2000GT-inspired exterior styling. Subaru’s and Toyota’s versions of the car are essentially the same and were developed as a joint venture, with Subaru providing the engine and suspension and Toyota handling the body, chassis and styling.

The FR-S, priced from around $25,000, has done extremely well with buyers and has earned high praise from the automotive press, drawing comparisons behind the wheel to cars such as the Porsche Cayman that sell for twice as much. Now there will be a convertible version, set to debut in time for Summer 2014. The FR-S and BRZ convertibles will seat four passengers and will employ a traditional canvass soft top rather than the folding hardtop becoming increasingly popular with competing cars. Power is expected to remain at 200 horsepower, a modest figure by sports car standards, but turbocharged versions from both Toyota and Subaru are in the cards. Pricing for the convertible is expected to start at just under $30,000.

2014 LaFerrari

As the much-anticipated successor to Ferrari’s famed Enzo Formula 1-style supercar, the LaFerrari marks a quantum leap forward in sports car technology. Ferrari has fitted its new $1.5-million-dollar flagship with both a powerful mid-mounted V12 gasoline engine and an electric drive system with multiple permanent-magnet electric motors. Total combined peak power output measures a staggering 949 horsepower and 663 foot-pounds of torque, good for a 0-to-62-mph dash of just 2.7 seconds and a 205-mph top speed.

While, unlike the competing McLaren P1, the LaFerrari does not have the capacity to function on electric power alone as Ferrari says this would be inconsistent with the car’s world-conquering character, this top-dog Ferrari is not only powerful but highly efficient. Ferrari says the car will only be available for sale to the brand’s most long-standing and ardent buyers, or those who have purchased multiple Ferrari and Maserati cars in the past.