Ever wondered what performance two-seater cars can be bought for money? Here are 5 two-seat sports cars that offer nothing but performance, exotic materials and crushing touring possibilities.
Two-seat sports cars are a rare breed, thoroughbred to provide maximum performance. Such cars make use of every element in them to provide better aerodynamics and power, tuned to provide a maximum dose of adrenaline. While this is a dream for many, some own such exotics, although they are not practical everyday drivers and may cost as much as an entry level car to maintain on its own.
For such performance seekers, it’s a small price to pay to own a car that is the ultimate driving machine. Let’s take a look at 5 two-seater sports cars owned by a few, and the best money you can buy in India.
No two-seat sports car list can exist without a Ferrari, in our case the 812. The Ferreri 812 is the only naturally aspirated V12 the Italian automaker currently sells and it incorporates some advanced aerodynamic features to make it as fast as possible. The body has channels to control airflow and the car uses a number of active and passive aerodynamics to keep drag as low as possible. The 812 is available as a coupé, hardtop convertible (GTS) and in a Competizione version, which is more focused on the track.
The Ferrari 812 is powered by a front-mounted 6,496 cc naturally aspirated V12 that delivers 789 hp and 712 Nm of torque using a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The Competizione uses the same engine, but the power has been modified to make 819 horsepower. The Ferrari 812 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 340 km/h.
Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimaea
If there is a Ferrari, a Lamborghini will follow. The two companies have a long history and are constantly trying to beat each other to the top. The Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae is the latest from the Italian automaker owned by VW and is limited to 600 units worldwide. One of them has found its way to India.
Lamborghinis are known for their wedge-shaped cars with sharp, angular designs and the Ultimae is no less, but it exudes a lot of flamboyance like the big aero wing for an active one, leaving it a little less subtle.
There’s nothing subtle about the engine though, as the Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae is powered by a 6,498cc V12 delivering 770 hp and 720 Nm using a 7-speed automatic gearbox. The Ultimae will have a four-wheel drive system that accelerates the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 208 seconds and reaches a top speed of 355 km/h. You can read more about the Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae here.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche has always been a thorn in the side of Ferrari and with its latest 911 Turbo S it continues to do so. Unlike the Ferrari 812 and the Aventador, the Porsche is powered by a 3745cc six-cylinder engine that uses two turbochargers to produce 641 hp and 800 Nm of torque. An 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox sends power to the rear wheels, allowing the 911 Turbo S to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 330 km/h.
Compared to the Ferrari and the Lamborghini, the Porsche 911 Turbo S uses half the number of cylinders to achieve comparable performance figures and the reason for this is perfection over the years. Also, compared to the aforementioned two sports cars, the 911 is a better daily driver and has a huge fan base worldwide.
Moving on from the Italians and Germans, the British offer some exciting two-seaters, the McLaren 720S being one of them. The 720S has it all: modern aerodynamic design, butterfly doors, chassis and body in exotic materials, a mid-mount engine, racing pedigree, Alcantara-clad interior and everything you expect from a two-seater sports car.
The McLaren 720S is powered by a 3,994 cc twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 710 hp and 770 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, enabling the 720S to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 341 km/h. The suspension is also advanced, as it uses a ProActive Chassis Control II active suspension system that uses accelerometers and pressure sensors to communicate with the car’s onboard computers to provide an accurate ride, and leverages findings from a PhD course!
Aston Martin DBS
The list of the top 5 performance two seater sports cars is another British brand, Aston Martin with the DBS. The quintessentially British two-seater is more of a grand tourer available with a V12, with the engine in the front and the gearbox in the rear, giving it good weight distribution.
The 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 on the DBS delivers 715 hp and 900 Nm of torque using an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The DBS accelerates from 0 to 100 km in 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 340 km/h. For those wondering why the DBS delivers less power compared to the others, the stress-free turbo engine is geared more towards revs than pure performance, which fits the intent of the car.