Before Ford officially releases the next-generation Mustang, most likely called the S650, we need to analyze the current S550 Mustang; what makes it so special and where it compares to other modern sports cars. So let’s talk about what the current Mustang offers: The base model Mustang costs $28,600, is powered by a 2.3-liter Ecoboost turbocharged inline-four similar to that of the last Ford Focus RS, and comes with 310 hp actually pretty impressive, but we’re all real fans of the Mustang GT, the true modern muscle car. The GT, priced at $39,000, has a hideous 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 under its hood, good for 450 horsepower, and is available with a manual transmission to increase its appeal to motorists worldwide. Of course, if you had the extra money, you could also upgrade to a Shelby Mustang.
But let’s say you find the Mustang almost too cliche and want to get behind the wheel of another sports car that’s a little more unique than the average American pony car. There are endless options to choose from ranging from sports cars built in Italy, Germany and some American alternatives. Let’s look at a few Sports car 2022 We’d go with the Mustang and a few that the GT reigns supreme over.
10 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (We Wouldn’t)
The Dodge Demon was a huge leap in terms of what street-legal production cars can achieve in terms of straight-line speed, but these days Demons sell for well over their MSRP, so if we had to choose a direct competitor to the Mustang GT there isn’t one other choice than the Challenger Hellcat.
It’s certainly more powerful than the Mustang, with its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 717 hp and 656 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels only, but of course that comes at a price – $67,000, to be precise be. For those who enjoy finding traction and have a death wish, we’d recommend paying the extra dough for a Hellcat, but from a purely objective point of view, the Hellcat isn’t worth the extra money.
9 Mercedes-AMG SL 43 (We Wouldn’t)
After some waiting, Mercedes finally announced that they will be launching the new SL 43 in late 2022. It will not come with a V8 biturbo engine or with six cylinders; The SL 43 will use a turbocharged four-cylinder that’s good for 376 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, but an electric motor will help alongside the ICE to add some extra punch. So it’s going to be pretty powerful and looks a lot fancier than a Mustang, but then why would we choose a Mustang over the SL 43?
You see, apart from lacking the perfect sound of a V8, buying a sports car from a reputable brand like Mercedes comes at a price. For now, we don’t have any confirmation from Mercedes itself as to what a SL 43 will cost, but the SL 55 will cost around $135,000, so we can only imagine that it will cost twice as much as the Mustang.
8th BMW Z4 M40i (We wouldn’t)
Let’s get straight to the elephant in the room, the BMW Z4 M40i and the MK5 Toyota Supra are two completely different cars that happen to use the same engine and chassis configuration, no jokes or naming are made. The BMW Supra has a stout 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six under its hood that produces 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, and it has a 0-60 time of under 4 seconds, so it is decently fast.
But again, the Z4 and SL 43 are very similar, and both cost over $50,000. With that huge price gap between it and the Mustang, we can’t justify spending all that extra money just for a little more luxury.
7 Jaguar F-Type (we wouldn’t)
If we were to compare the current Mustang GT to the previous generation Jaguar F-Type, this entry might have looked a little different, but the new F-Type has lost some of its passion through evolution and raised its MSRP heavily. A new P450 F-Type will cost you more than $70,000, and in return you also get a 5.0-litre V8 engine, but only the British Kat also has a supercharger.
But even with the supercharger, the Jag only makes 444 hp, which is 6 ponies less than the Mustang. If you ask us, not only is the Mustang more powerful and affordable, it looks better too. Credit must be given where credit is due, and between the two, the F-Type’s growl is certainly more intoxicating than the Mustang’s groan.
6 Lexus RC-F (We Wouldn’t)
Some cars like the Nissan GT-R just stay around for far too long with only minor updates, but Lexus’ RC-F is now getting too old, and 2022 has die-hard Lexus fanboys yearning for a successor.
The latest RC-F is fitted with a 5.0-liter V8 engine pumping out 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque, and as things look on paper it looks like a worthy Japanese Mustang rival, but as are all good things, there are some flaws. The RC-F costs a whopping $68,000, and that doesn’t even mention the Fuji Speedway Edition, which costs north of six figures, but worst of all, the RC-F isn’t offered with a standard gearbox at all.
5 Nissan Z (We would)
Now we’re getting closer to the second half of our list, the cars we’d prefer over a Mustang GT. First up we have probably the most talked about sports car of the year and the sole reason for the existence of the 6-speed manual Toyota Supra, the new Z from Nissan.
It’s called the Z, just that, and it packs a gorgeous 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels. The Z’s main features are its respectably retro styling and, of course, its optional 6-speed shifter, but most importantly, it’s only $41,000, and we think it’s worth every penny.
4 BMW M240i (We would)
We get it, we’ve been busy slamming overpriced sports cars earlier on this list, but BMW’s latest M-Light car really is value for money.
The new M240i comes equipped with BMW’s rear-biased xDrive system, which handles the 382bhp of the turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six to ensure a 0-60 time of just 3.6 seconds without slowing you down to push the rear end around corners if you want to. This BMW retails for $50,000, but despite its price, we’d still recommend saving up and buying one of these over a Mustang GT.
3 Chevrolet Corvette C8 (We would)
When Chevy revealed that their new Corvette’s engine would be placed in the center of the frame instead of under the hood like all previous iterations, the transmissions were taken aback, but as time would tell, it was worth the risk. The new C8 Corvette has a listed MSRP of around $63,000, but dealerships are marking these baby supercars, so when looking for one, make sure you don’t get scammed.
Why are we calling this a baby supercar, you might be wondering? Let’s throw out some statistics. The 2022 Corvette features a naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter, mid-engine V8 that puts out 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels only. Consequently, the C8 has a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds and a top speed of almost 185 mph. Imagine how ridiculous the Z06 will be…
2 Porsche 911 (We would)
The 911 is by far the most expensive entry on our list, coming in at just over $100,000 for a base model Carrera, but even then it’s a phenomenal car that’s worth all the bucks. A base model Carrera comes with a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that delivers 379 hp and 371 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, and if you pay a little more for the Carrera S, a 7-speed stickshift is also available.
Despite being the cheapest 911, it can still hit 60mph from standstill in 4 seconds dead and will forever be more special than any brutal American car like a Shelby GT500. And of course, if you happen to have more than $200,000 lying around, we’d have no hesitation in recommending the 911 Turbo S.
1 Alpine A110S (We would)
And finally, we have something French to round out our Alpine-built list, the A110S. This little beauty is the reincarnation of the classic rally car built by Renault and its personality is similar to that of a Porsche Cayman, but with a bit more pizzazz.
The A110S weighs less than 2,500 lbs, and because it’s so light it not only corners like a sharp knife on a stick of butter, it also needs no more power than a lawnmower to excel in performance. Still, the A110’s 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder squeezes out an overwhelming amount of power for such a small car – 288 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It may not have the rallying cry of a 5.0 Mustang, but it definitely has more than enough charisma to be endless fun for drivers.