Top 10 Sports Cars To Buy In The UAE — Quick Accelerating & Dynamic Cars That Give You An Adrenaline Rush

The idea of owning a supercar or hypercar more often than not remains a dream for the vast majority of the car-buying population. However, one can get close to realising this dream by getting a sports car. In this DubiCars Guide, we list out the Top 10 Sports Cars To Buy In The UAE.

The term sports car was first used in the 1920s to describe two-seater roadsters that placed emphasis on dynamic driving abilities that include quick acceleration, handling that induces a grin on the driver’s face, and an overall enjoyable driving experience. They aren’t the most practical cars out there, but who cares about practicality when you’re having fun?

In this Top 10 list, we include sports cars that are either front, mid, or rear-engined. However, we have excluded cars that can be counted as supercars, grand tourers, hypercars, and even sports cars that aren’t road-legal and more racetrack-oriented. 

10. Lotus Emira

One car replacing three existing cars in a car manufacturer’s portfolio is unheard of. However, the Lotus Emira did just that. Launched in 2021, the Lotus Emira will eventually replace the Lotus Evora, Exige and Elise. It is also touted to be Lotus’ last internal combustion-powered car. In terms of design, the Lotus Emira draws inspiration from the Lotus Evija high-performance electric sports car. 

As a result, it is Lotus’ most stylish sports car yet. The base version of this sports car is powered by a 2.0-litre inline-4 turbo-petrol engine producing 360hp. It is also available with a Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre supercharged V6 producing 400hp. The fact that this can also be optioned with a manual transmission makes it all the more enticing.

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9. BMW Z4

It was in 1989 that the BMW first introduced the Z moniker when it launched the Z1 two-seat roadster. The Z stands for Zukunft which is the German word for future. BMW stuck to the Z series moniker and introduced the Z3, Z8, and then came the Z4 in 2003. While the Z1, Z3, and Z8 were discontinued, the Z4 stuck around and is currently the only sports car BMW produces. 

The current-gen BMW Z4 was first launched in 2018 with BMW’s latest design language and is only available in the convertible body style. The latest Toyota Supra is also based on the BMW Z4. The sports car can be had with either a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 or a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-6 engine. Transmission options include an 8-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual gearbox.

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8. Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster

The current-gen Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster is a modern sports car with a bootload of tech and powerful engines. However, unlike most other cars on this list, the SL is not one that appeared in the last 2-3 decades. The Mercedes-Benz SL traces its roots back to the legendary 300 SL which debuted in 1952. 

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is still known as one of the most gorgeous cars ever built. Well-kept examples of the 300 SL fetch millions of dirhams at auctions even today. The same gorgeous car DNA is also found in the current-gen SL. The base engine option is a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 engine while a larger, more powerful 4.0-litre V8 produces 577hp and 800Nm. The V8 is the engine to go for with such a sports car.

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7. Nissan Z

This is yet another Z in the automotive world that attained legendary status. It first appeared way back in 1969 on the Nissan Fairlady Z. It went on to become one of the most loved JDM sports cars of all time. Seven generations of the Nissan Z have been produced so far and all of them are legendary in their own way. 

The 240Z, 260Z, 280ZX, 300ZX, 350Z, 370Z are some of the legendary cars to have come from the Z family over the years. In 2018, Nissan unveiled the current-gen Nissan Z. It is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine producing 400hp and 475Nm. Buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual transmission and a 9-speed automatic.

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6. Porsche 718 Boxster

Porsche is most known for its 911 series of sports cars. However, enthusiasts and Porsche Aficionados would know that Porsche also makes two other brilliant sports cars named Boxster and Cayman. The Boxster was first introduced in 1996 to woo buyers looking for a more affordable yet engaging sports car.

Since then many variations of the Porsche Boxster have been produced with varying engine and transmission options. However, across all variants and models, the sports car achieved its goal of giving drivers an exhilarating experience. The base variant of the current-gen 718 Boxster is powered by a four-cylinder Boxer engine producing 296hp and 375Nm. The top-spec Boxster GTS 4.0 sees the output go up to 394hp and 430Nm.

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5. Mazda MX-5

Some say it is the greatest sports car of all time, while many others say it is among the greatest sports cars of all time. The fact is, the Mazda MX-5, also known as the Mazda Miata created a new level of affordability in the sports car segment. Hence it became the best-selling sports car in all of history.

The Mazda MX-5 has over the years accumulated several awards for the best sports car. Most importantly, it also received the most important sports car made in the last 25 years award. The first gen MX-5 was launched in 1989 and four generations of the sports car have been produced so far. The current-gen MX-5 is powered by a 2.0-litre inline-4 petrol engine producing 181hp and 205Nm.

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4. Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra is one of the automotive greats of all time. Its popularity peaked when it starred in the Fast & Furious franchise. However, street racers and tuners knew of the Supra’s potential even before Fast & Furious and the rest of the world caught onto it. The first-generation Toyota Supra first debuted way back in 1978 as a sportier and more powerful version of the Toyota Celica.

The first three generations of the Supra made their mark on the world of motorsports and enthusiasts loved them. However, it really took off with the debut of the fourth generation in 1993. The 2JZ-GTE inline-6 engine is one of the most tunable engines in the world and is capable of producing up to 2,000hp in its highest-tuned form. It was produced until 2002.

In 2019, after a 17-year hiatus, the Supra name returned to the market. However, this time around, Toyota wasn’t involved much in the development. Instead, it is a rebadged version of the current-gen BMW Z4. It is even powered by the same BMW 4 & 6-cylinder engines.

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3. Aston Martin Vantage 

As far as legendary cars go, the Aston Martin Vantage is right up there. The car of choice for James Bond, the Aston Martin Vantage started life as a rather drab inline-6 powered version of the DBS. However, it soon evolved into a completely different car and since then has been powered either by a V8 or a V12.

The first V8 Vantage debuted in 1977 while the first V12 Vantage debuted in 1999. The current-gen Aston Martin Vantage is a perfect blend of aggression and class. It looks angry yet gorgeous at the same time. The V8 Vantage is powered by a 4.0-litre AMG-sourced bi-turbo V8 engine while the V12 Vantage is powered by Aston Martin’s very own 5.2-litre twin-turbo unit.

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2. Jaguar F-Type

The Jaguar E-Type is often referred to as one of the most beautiful cars of all time. Its successor would have to be just as gorgeous if not more attractive and many felt Jaguar couldn’t pull it off. However, with the F-Type, they did. Debuting in 2013, the Jaguar F-Type left everyone stunned with its beauty and it might just be the most beautiful car on this list.

The Jaguar F-Type underwent a facelift in 2019 and is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as the base option. However, more powerful variants are available, with the most powerful one featuring a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 that produces 567hp.

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1. Porsche 911

Some call it the holy grail of the sports car world, others say it is the greatest car ever and it still is the bedroom wall poster car for hundreds of thousands across the world. The Porsche 911 first debuted way back in 1964. It was developed as a more powerful and sportier replacement for the Porsche 356 which was the company’s first production model. Early versions of the Porsche 911 were powered by air-cooled engines and yet they were very powerful. 

It is also unique in the fact that the 911 is the only car on this list with a rear-mounted engine. The current generation of the Porsche 911 is available with a variety of engine options. The base version is powered by a 380hp six-cylinder boxer engine. The most powerful version is the 911 GT3 RS which is powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder boxer engine putting out 517hp.

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