Porsche is the ultimate in luxury sports cars, and the Boxster is the pinnacle of performance and design in this elite class. The decked out GTS model has a 3.4-liter, six-cylinder, 330 horsepower engine with top speeds of over 170 miles per hour and zero to 60 acceleration in just 4.4 seconds. The interior packs a punch as well, featuring a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system, 10-speaker Bose surround sound, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and gorgeous, supple leather seats. Love the feel of the wind in your hair? Open the power convertible top on the fly and soak up a little sun. Of course, this beauty is made for driving, not for cargo — don’t expect to haul golf clubs or even a small suitcase while you’re driving the Boxster.
If you want an 8-speed automatic transmission paired with a massive V8 engine and all-wheel drive, you’ll want to take a spin in the new Jaguar F-Type. With 550 horsepower and an active exhaust that produces a serious rumble, the F-Type is made for performance, going zero to 60 in under four seconds and reaching top speeds of over 185 mph. It’s known for lean, tight cornering with little or no roll and supple, responsive handling. Jaguar didn’t scrimp on interior design, either, with supportive, well-positioned seats and a pleasing panoramic sunroof. Techies will appreciate the smartphone connectivity, infotainment system with 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and rear camera system. Some reviewers say the Jaguar F-Type gives the Maserati Gran Turismo a run for its money.
The Corvette is America’s quintessential luxury sports car, and the 2016 models live up to their iconic status. Both the Stingray and the Z06 come with a manual 7-speed transmission, but you can punch it up with the optional supercharged V8 and 8-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is impressive, with zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds; the full-throated soundtrack is a thrill to the ears. The interior is driver-focused, with a heads-up display and Performance Data Recorder to monitor your performance stats. Heated leather seats, a snappy infotainment system with Apple’s CarPlay, push-button start, OnStar, and an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot add to the driver’s comfort and convenience. Edmund’s calls the 2016 Corvette the world’s best sports car bargain. Looking for a luxury car that’s as fun to drive as it is to look at? You can’t go wrong with any of these three top luxury performance cars.