Ever wondered what two-seater performance cars money can buy? Here are 5 two-seater sports cars that offer nothing but performance, exotic materials, and continent-crushing touring capabilities.
Two-seater sports cars are a unique breed that has been carefully developed to deliver optimum performance. Such automobiles make full use of every component in order to improve aerodynamics and power, and are calibrated to deliver the maximum amount of adrenaline. While many people dream of owning such exotics, they are not practical everyday drives and can cost as much to maintain as an entry-level car.
For such thrill seekers, owning a car that is the ultimate driving machine is a tiny price to pay. Let’s look at five two-seater sports cars that just a few people own and are the best money can buy in India.
Two-Seater Sports Cars
1. Ferrari 812
A list of two-seater sports cars would be incomplete without a Ferrari, in this case the 812. The Ferreri 812 is the Italian carmaker’s first naturally aspirated V12, and it has a number of unique aerodynamic characteristics to make it as quick as possible. The car combines a number of active and passive aerodynamics to keep drag as low as feasible, and the bodywork incorporates channels to regulate airflow. The 812 comes in coupe, hardtop convertible (GTS), and Competizione trim levels, which are more track-oriented.
Powering the Ferrari 812 is a front-mounted 6,496 cc naturally aspirated V12 that makes 789 bhp and 712 Nm of torque with the help of a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The Competizione uses the same engine, but the power is tweaked to make 819 bhp. The Ferrari 812 can do a 0 to 100 kmph sprint in 2.9 seconds while attaining a top speed of 340 kmph.
2. Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae
If there’s a Ferrari, there’s also a Lamborghini. The two corporations have a long history of competing against one another for the top spot. The Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae is the latest model from the VW-owned Italian automaker, and only 600 units will be produced globally. One of them has arrived in India.
Lamborghinis are known for their wedge-shaped cars with sharp, angular looks, and the Ultimae is no exception; however, it foregoes some of the flamboyance, such as the large aero wing, in favour of an active one, making it significantly less subtle.
There is nothing subtle about the engine though, as the Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae is powered by a 6,498cc V12 that makes 770 bhp and 720 Nm with the help of a 7-speed automatic gearbox. The Ultimae gets an all-wheel-drive system that helps the car accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 208 seconds and reach a top speed of 355 kmph
3. Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche has always been a thorn in Ferrari’s side, and the new 911 Turbo S is no exception. The Porsche, unlike the Ferrari 812 and Aventador, is powered by a 3745cc six-cylinder engine with two turbochargers that produces 641 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque. The 911 Turbo S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 330 km/h thanks to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
When compared to Ferrari and Lamborghini, the Porsche 911 Turbo S utilises half the number of cylinders to reach comparable performance figures, and the reason for this is perfection over time. In addition, when compared to the two sportscars previously discussed, the 911 is a better daily driver and has a worldwide following.
4. McLaren 720S
Moving away from the Italians and Germans, the British produce some exciting two-seaters, one of which is the McLaren 720S. The 720S has it all: sophisticated aerodynamic design, butterfly doors, exotic-material chassis and body, mid-mounted engine, racing pedigree, Alcantara-wrapped interior, and everything else a two-seater sports vehicle should have.
The McLaren 720S is powered by a 3,994cc twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 710 horsepower and 770 Nm of torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels, allowing 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 cutting-edge, with a ProActive Chassis Control II active suspension system that combines accelerometers and pressure sensors to connect with the car’s onboard computers to provide a precise ride, and it was developed using findings from a PhD course!
5. Aston Martin DBS
Another British marque, Aston Martin, rounds off the top five performance two-seater sports cars with the DBS. The typically British two-seater is more of a grand tourer with a V12 engine in the front and the gearbox in the back, resulting in a decent weight distribution.
With the help of an 8-speed automated gearbox, the DBS’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 produces 715 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque. The DBS accelerates from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 340 kilometres per hour. Now for those wondering why the DBS makes less power compared to the others, the stress-free turbocharged engine is more focused on touring than outright performance, suiting the car’s intention.