MX-5 Miata base prices are slightly higher for 2018. The Sport model starts at $26,185, including the $890 destination charge; the Club is $30,045; and the Grand Touring is $31,085. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional on all three, and the price varies by model: $1,350 on the Sport, $600 on the Club and $1,075 on the Grand Touring.
A light, supremely balanced rear-wheel-drive sports coupe such as the 86 entices enthusiasts with its manual transmission, but there’s another choice, which is the subject of this test: a six-speed automatic transmission, which costs an extra $720 and brings paddle shifters to the back of the steering wheel.
In testing, our six-speed manual transmission (a 10-speed automatic is optional) matched the zero-to-60-mph time of the outgoing car at 4.3 seconds but opened 0.3-second and 3-mph gaps through the quarter-mile with a 12.6-second run at 115 mph. By 150 mph, the new GT was 2.4 seconds quicker.
The Chevrolet Corvette is entering its fifth year of production as the C7, the seventh generation of the top GM sports car, and it's enjoyed a highly successful run thus far. Gorgeous and astonishingly fast, with handling that's free from excuses, a base Corvette is a sports car bargain, a machine that performs well above its station in life.
2017 Honda Civic Type R. The Type R’s exclusive turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four makes 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. A short-throw six-speed manual is also on hand and the only transmission choice. They feed the front wheels through a helical limited-slip differential, which helps manage wheelspin for optimal traction.
November 13, 2017 - On a racetrack, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the highest-performing Vette in the nameplate's production history, Chevrolet says. On a racetrack, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the highest-performing Vette in the nameplate's production history, Chevrolet says.
The Cadillac ATS-V is a high-performance version of the luxury brand's compact car, the ATS. Available in four-seat coupe or five-seat sedan form, the ATS-V is powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine and has been extensively modified for better track performance.
What it is: The high-performance Ford Focus RS is the top performance version of Ford's compact car. Offered only as a four-door hatchback, the Focus RS is powered by a 350-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that drives all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.