Performance cars are built for speed and excitement, and sometimes that engineering costs enough to vault a vehicle into luxury-priced territory even if it isn’t technically a luxury car. As a result, not all luxury performance cars are crafted to please shoppers who demand the most opulent accommodations, or the greatest brand cachet.
At Daily News Autos, we prefer to focus on price and engineering, as evidenced by our list of the most impressive models in the luxury performance car segment. They might not all be fancy, but they do treat drivers to world-class acceleration, braking, handling, and more. Some also feature singularly deluxe appointments.
During the voting for our annual Daily News Autos Awards, the five following models are our top picks when it comes to luxury performance cars. We lead with the award winner in the segment, followed in alphabetical order by the runners up during the voting process. All prices include destination charged.
Feel free to use our selections as a resource if you’re shopping in this segment.
Best Luxury Performance Car: 2018 Porsche 911
Icons don’t get much more iconic that the Porsche 911. With its razor-sharp handing and breathtaking acceleration, this sports car delivers the highest level of performance, while remaining comfortable enough to serve as an agreeable daily driver. Its cabin is luxurious, and the 911’s extensive list of available features gives drivers a chance to create a one-of-a-kind product. Available as a coupe or convertible, the extensive 911 lineup opens at $92,150. Base models come with a 370-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine.
Runner Up: 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
The Giulia Quadrifoglio’s Italian design aesthetic gives its sheet metal a warmth and sensuality that mark this car as something special. But its talents don’t end there: this Alfa Romeo sedan also comes with a potent powertrain and crisp, rewarding handling that has the power to elevate your driving experience to fresh heights. A 505-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 lives under the hood, and pricing starts at $75,095.
Runner Up: 2018 BMW M2
BMW’s M models have long held a fond place in the hearts of enthusiasts, and the M2upholds this high standard with its strong acceleration, precise handling, and authentic driving dynamics. This coupe keeps things simple, offering just one body style and one trim level. A 365-horsepower turbocharged 6-cylinder engine is standard, and pricing begins at $55,495.
Runner Up: 2018 Chevrolet Corvette
Fast, fun, and brash, the Chevy Corvette offers drivers a chance to experience automotive excellence filtered through a uniquely American lens. This legendary sports car provides voluptuous styling and stunning performance, and it’s sold in coupe and convertible body styles. Check the right option boxes, and it even comes across as somewhat luxurious. Base models come with a 455-horsepower V8 engine, and pricing starts at $66,590.
Runner Up: 2018 Kia Stinger GT
Kia took a few people by surprise with the new Stinger GT, a model that shows the brand is capable of crafting a vehicle with the performance chops to go head-to-head with the very best. The Stinger GT has sheet metal that is low-slung and assertive, and its cabin is solidly assembled and nicely designed. While it lacks the snob appeal of certain rivals, it offers accessible pricing and value that is hard to ignore. The Stinger GT is powered by a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6, and it has a starting price of $39,250.
By: Warren Clarke, NY Daily News