10 Best Lightweight Sports Cars

Porsche Cayman, Mazda Miata, BMW 2 Series
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The Best Way to Add Performance: Add Lightness

There are a couple of ways to make a car go fast. Either you can put a massive engine under the hood, like in a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, or you can put the car on a diet, reducing the amount of weight that the engine needs to propel.

Some of the best sports cars on the market choose the latter option, trading extra ounces for quick acceleration and lithe handling. In fact, if you make a car light enough, even a small engine can provide an excellent driving experience.

On the following slides, we explore some of the best lightweight sports cars you can buy today. The average new car weighed 4,035 pounds in the 2015 model year, according to the EPA; all of the cars on this list weigh less. We’ve left the exotics out, focusing on mainstream models that range from super-affordable to just slightly outrageous. Check out our picks on the following pages.

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