In a world that is increasingly interested in the efficiency and economics of cars, it can be difficult to find something that is truly exciting. There is nothing quite like getting behind the wheel of a car that is meant to give you a real thrill without worrying about things like fuel consumption and smart technology. Sometimes, it is enough to simply enjoy yourself and if you have been looking for the right vehicle for that, you know how hard it can be.
Fortunately, there are still some automakers that are focused on performance and fun instead of cost-effectiveness and practicality. Knowing what the best sports cars for 2022 are and what they have to offer can help you make the right choice at the dealership. By having a good idea of what is out there, you can drive away happy knowing that you are in for some fun on the road.
2023 Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 has long been known as one of the most exciting consumer-grade sports cars on the market and the brand new model is certainly no exception. In its 70th year of availability in North America, the 2023 911 is now available in an American Edition GTS Cabriolet trim level. This extremely limited-edition vehicle features a seven-speed manual transmission, Azure Blue paint, and a black leather interior with red accents.
The engine that is available in this and the rest of the trims is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six putting out 379 horsepower at the most basic level with 443 and 473 horsepower being produced by some of the higher trim levels. The interior of the 2023 911 is understated and relatively functional with a digital gauge display and a low, sporty driving position. It also features a 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system that uses a combination of voice commands and buttons on the steering wheel. The system features a Wi-Fi hotspot as well as Apple CarPlay wireless and Android Auto wired connectivity.
2022 Ford Mustang
There are few muscle cars more iconic and legendary than the Ford Mustang and the 2022 model year is bringing even more options to the driving public. The 2022 Mustang is available in a wide variety of appearance packages including the Ice White Edition, the Stealth Edition, and the California Special, which is available on the V8 GT model. You can also get the Stealth Edition, which features black trim and black-on-black interior and exterior, with Ford’s four-cylinder EcoBoost powertrain.
The basic trims of the 2022 Mustang come with Ford’s EcoBoost 2.3-liter inline-four-cylinder engine, which puts out an astonishing 310 horsepower due to the turbocharger. If you want to upgrade to the Mustang GT, you can get the V8 powertrain, which puts out 460 horsepower with a much throatier howl. The interior of the 2022 Mustang is a throwback to the spartan, functional interiors of the original car. The optional touchscreen infotainment system comes with Ford’s Sync 3 software and the vehicle also comes standard with Ford Sync Connect, which allows you to control and monitor the Mustang from your smartphone.
2023 Toyota GR86
Toyota may not be the first automaker that comes to mind when thinking about supercars or the ultimate driving experience, but the 2023 GR86 is certainly on its way to making that name for itself. For the 2023 model year, this affordable sports car hasn’t changed much since the last iteration. The only real difference is the addition of the GR86 Special Edition, which comes with the same powertrain and equipment as the Premium model but with Solar Shift orange paint, a high-performance exhaust system, and all-black 18-inch wheels.
The 2023 GR86 features a horizontally-opposed 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine made by Subaru that puts out 228 horsepower. It comes with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and features a zero-to-60 time of just 5.4 seconds, which is a marked improvement on the 6.2-second time of the previous model year. While the GR86 is a two-door coupe, it has seating for four people, although the rear seats may be better suited to children than adults. It also comes with a 7-inch digital gauge cluster with controls that allow you to switch between Normal, Sport, and Track driving modes.
2022 Chevrolet Camaro
Just like the Mustang or the Chevrolet Corvette, the Chevy Camaro is a classic muscle car that has been updated for the 21st century. For the 2022 model year, there weren’t any changes made to the Camaro from the previous model, and the body style options of coupe and convertible have remained the same, as have the engine options.
The available powertrains in the 2022 Camaro are the base four-cylinder putting out 275 horsepower, the V6 producing 335 horsepower, and the classic small-block V8 that puts out a whopping 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. This last engine is available in the LT1 and SS editions of the Camaro. There are three different transmissions available including a six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic, and 10-speed automatic. The solid, rear-wheel-drive chassis make for a fun driving experience with a lot of responsiveness on the road. The interior of the 2022 Camaro has a fairly basic, straightforward look but, as with previous generations, the visibility leaves quite a lot to be desired. The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is user-friendly and organized and the Camaro can also be purchased with a large suite of optional safety features like blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning.
2023 Subaru BRZ
If you have been in the market for a new car that combines both reliability and performance the 2023 Subaru BRZ could be a great option for you. With a lightweight, responsive feel that features a lot of feedback in the steering wheel, the BRZ is a compact coupe with a lot of power and get-up-and-go. The engine is a 2.4-liter flat-four putting out 228 horsepower, which is more than enough to make the compact BRZ as quick as it is fun to drive. On top of that, it comes with all the practicality and dependability you would expect from a Subaru vehicle.
One of the biggest advantages of the BRZ as a sports car is the fact that it gets some of the better gas mileage in the category. The automatic version of the BRZ gets 25 mpg combined with 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The interior features a 2+2 configuration with more than enough forward visibility, which can be a major issue with many sports cars. The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system can also be controlled by touch or with physical knobs, making it much more user-friendly than most.
2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata
In the canon of compact, affordable sports cars, the Mazda MX-5 Miata looms large, figuratively speaking. This zippy roadster has gotten a lot of improvements for the 2022 model year including the elimination of the six-speed automatic transmission in favor of the manual version, new Kinematic Posture Control, which automatically applies brake pressure when turning for tighter cornering, and a new color choice of Platinum Quartz Metallic. You can also choose the Club trim, which now automatically comes with the Brembo BBS Recaro package for a high-performance braking system.
The 2022 Miata’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. This powertrain, as small as it is, has a zero-to-60 time of just 5.7 seconds, making it incredibly quick and responsive when you hit the gas. The cabin of the 2022 Miata is as snug as is to be expected with the steering wheel, pedals, and shifter taking more of a priority than almost anything else. The touchscreen infotainment system can be controlled by a large knob and analog switches, which are incredibly convenient, especially if you are focused on how much fun you are having while driving.
2023 Toyota Supra
The Toyota Supra has always stood apart from the crowd, especially when it comes to the exterior style and futuristic aesthetics. The 2023 Supra is no different and has all the excitement you could want from something that has a much higher price tag. For the 2023 model year, the Supra has gotten a six-speed manual transmission that is now available for no extra cost if it is added to the inline-six model. The suspension has also been re-tuned and there is a new driving mode called Hairpin+ that gives one of the rear tires more wheelspin for tighter cornering.
The two engine options with the 2023 Supra are a turbocharged 255-horsepower four-cylinder and the larger 3.0-liter inline-six that is made by BMW and puts out a massive 382 horsepower. Even with the lower-end four-cylinder engine, the 2023 Supra still has a zero-to-60 time of 4.7 seconds. The Supra’s interior is very driver-focused and features handsome colors and high-end build quality. It also features an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a digital gauge cluster that is fully customizable.
2022 Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger is another wildly popular muscle car revival with a lot to offer both serious and casual drivers. For the 2022 model year, there haven’t been any new changes to the Challenger aside from a new car alarm. The base engine is a 305-horsepower V6 but it would be a shame to get a Challenger without a Hemi. The new Challenger has an available 5.7-liter V8 putting out 375 horsepower and a massive 6.4-liter V8 putting out 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. All powertrains are available with either a manual or ZF automatic transmission.
The ride quality in the 2022 Challenger is sharp and responsive, making it a great choice if you are looking to have some fun on the road. The simple design of the interior is both comfortable and relatively functional with a much roomier feel than other vehicles in its class. It also comes with Dodge’s straightforward Uconnect infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
2022 BMW Z4
When it comes to automakers that are famous for their sports cars, you can almost do no better than BMW. The 2022 Z4 is a perky convertible with a lot to offer and can be a great alternative to the Porsche Boxster if you want something a little more practical and reliable. For the 2022 model year, the Z4 isn’t much different than the previous iteration except for the removal of ambient lighting and wireless smartphone charging. Even at its most basic price, the Z4 has a lot to offer and is an incredibly good value for most car buyers.
The 2022 Z4 has two engine options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder putting out 255 horsepower and a twin-turbocharged inline-six putting out 382 horsepower. Both options come with an eight-speed automatic transmission but you can manually change gears with the included paddle shifters if you switch the Z4 to Manual mode. The interior of the Z4 is just as high-quality as you would expect from a luxury automaker like BMW and even though it isn’t very big, it has a lot of creature comforts like a wind blocker and interior storage.
2022 Audi R8
The R8 is Audi’s most high-end sports car model and it has the MSRP to prove it. However, the outstanding performance specs and unmatched style could be well worth the price for the right driver. For the 2022 model year, the Audi R8 received a 30-horsepower boost and both the coupe and Spyder convertible can come with a Sport Exhaust package and a Dynamic package. The Dynamic package comes with ceramic brakes and Nappa leather racing seats for the ultimate driving experience.
The 2022 R8 features a V10 engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The base version of the V10 engine puts out 562 horsepower while the upgraded Spyder version has a power output of 602 horsepower. With standard adaptive suspension, it is responsive and incredibly nimble in the corners. The interior is very minimalistic but also incredibly comfortable with simple controls and a driver-centric layout. It also comes with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital gauges and complete wireless connectivity.
2023 Jaguar F-Type
Luxury sports cars are usually fairly unique in their execution but the 2023 Jaguar F-Type is in a class of its own. For the 2023 model year, Jaguar has dropped most of the engine options in favor of the wildly popular V8. With two engine options including a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 putting out 444 horsepower and an even higher-performance V8 putting out 575 horsepower, there is enough muscle here for almost any kind of driver or application. The more powerful of the two engines has a zero-to-60 time of just 3.5 seconds, which is sure to get your heart racing.
The cabin of the Jaguar F-Type is focused entirely on the driver with six-way power seats and faux-suede accents. Every iteration of the 2023 F-Type comes with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Jaguar’s InControl Touch Pro software with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It also comes with some high-end standard safety features like forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
While more practical vehicles like hybrids, hatchbacks, and all-wheel-drive SUVs are taking over the market, there is still room for high-end and affordable sports cars that make driving fun again. Some companies, such as Tesla and Lexus are trying to combine the two qualities but there will always be something about a car that is made for excitement and joy on the highway. Knowing what is available and what the market has to offer can help you decide on the perfect car to get your blood pumping whenever you get behind the wheel.