Best two-seater sports cars

If you're after behind-the-wheel thrills, these used two-seater sports cars offer great driving fun for far less than you might think

James Allen
Mar 31, 2022
Toyota Supra side

Performance car buyers are very well catered for nowadays, as there are a huge array of different vehicle types to choose from - ranging from hot hatchbacks to sports saloons and even incredibly-quick high-riding SUVs. For some, though, nothing will float their boats better than that most traditional of performance car types: a two-seater sports car.

By and large, two-seater sports cars tend to provide exciting performance and handling, partly because they were developed from the outset to be fast and fun to drive. This is in contrast to a sporty version of a mainstream road car - even if the sporty version was developed alongside the regular model, it still needs to make a few compromises in areas such as practicality and comfort.

That’s not to say sports cars are too rowdy and raucous to be used regularly on the road. While this is the case with more specialised and hardcore sports cars, most of the options you’ll find on sale as brand new cars or listed on BuyaCar will generally come with the ride quality, ease of use and convenience features to allow them to be used every day, if you so wish.

If a used sports car appeals to you, there are plenty of options out there to suit your requirements and budget, ranging from more affordable two-seater coupes to sensationally-fast high-performance models with price tags to match. Read on for our picks of some of the best used two-seater sports cars that you can find listed for sale on BuyaCar.

Two-seater sports cars

1. Aston Martin Vantage

Used deals from £59,990
Monthly finance from £1,054*

As fast and as lovely to drive as they are, Aston Martin’s larger performance models such as the DB11 do lean more to the laid-back grand tourer rather than the lightweight sports car side of the spectrum. Fear not, though, for Aston Martin does do a more agile and nimble model called the Vantage, of which a few examples can be found listed for sale on BuyaCar.

Most of the listings you’ll find for used Aston Martin Vantages will likely be for examples of the current car, which debuted in 2018 and came with a punchy turbocharged V8 petrol engine. You may also find examples of the previous Vantage for sale, which depending on the variant will feature engines ranging from a snarly V8 to an incredibly powerful V12.

Irrespective of the model that takes your fancy, the Vantage promises to encapsulate the glitz and glamour of Aston Martin ownership in a compact and fun-to-drive two-seater package.

2. Audi R8

Used deals from £84,490
Monthly finance from £1,300*

When the original Audi R8 burst onto the scene in 2007, it took the sports car world by surprise; despite having no prior experience with a car of this type, Audi had brought to market a worthy adversary to performance models like the Porsche 911. It wasn’t a fluke effort, either, as the second-gen Audi R8 from 2016 can also hold its ground against its ultra-powerful peers.

A few variations of the Audi R8 have been sold over the years, ranging from entry-level versions with rear-wheel-drive to the regular variants that have great acceleration thanks to their four-wheel-drive traction. Regardless of the model, all versions of the newer Audi R8 model offer mighty performance, as the sole engine option on the car was a large V10 petrol engine that even in its least potent guise produced a mighty 540hp.

AUDI R8 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Ferrari 812 Superfast

Used deals from £264,950
Monthly finance from £0*

Should you crave even more performance than that, you’ll be pleased to know it’s possible to pick up a used sports car with even more power at its disposal. While they’re not a common site, we do tend to have listed for sale here on BuyaCar a few high-end supercars, and they don’t come much more extreme or exotic than the Ferrari 812 Superfast.

Befitting its name, the Ferrari 812 Superfast boasts sensational performance; Ferrari claims that this 800hp V12-powered two-seater coupe could rocket its way to 62mph from a standing start in just 2.9 seconds. While it’s ostensibly billed more as a grand tourer than a sheer sports car, the 812 Superfast’s sharp steering and impressive amounts of grip means it’s incredibly agile for such a big car, too.

You’ll need deep pockets to pick up a used Ferrari 812 Superfast, as even with used prices it remains a very expensive way into sports car ownership and potentially will follow many other Ferrari models into becoming a classic worth more than the original list price.

4. Jaguar F-Type

Used deals from £27,795
Monthly finance from £484*

Jaguar has built many different sports cars over the years, and the latest entry in that long lineage is the current Jaguar F-Type. Just like its nameplate suggests, the F-Type is billed as the spiritual successor to the iconic Jaguar E-Type - and, while we’ll let you decide whether the new car lives up to its predecessor in the looks department, its performance credentials are certainly less up for debate.

For the fastest-possible used Jaguar F-Types, you’ll need to opt for a model with the brawny supercharged V8 under the bonnet. However, if you plan on using your used F-Type as an everyday car of sorts or your budget can’t quite stretch to the V8 models, there are also versions that use turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder and supercharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines, which still offer good performance (even the 2.0-litre models can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in under six seconds) yet promise to be more affordable to buy and run.

JAGUAR F-TYPE BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Lotus Exige

Used deals Limited stock

If you think modern-day sports cars have become too big, too heavy and too complicated, then more pared-back models like the Lotus Exige could be the tonic you’re after. To help improve the car’s performance and handling, Lotus engineered the Exige to be as lightweight as possible, and only offered the car with the bare essential kit. So stripped out was the Exige, even floor mats were optional extras.

Combine this light weight with engaging handling and explosive performance courtesy of a supercharged 350hp V6 petrol engine, and you end up with a Lotus Exige sports car that’s thrilling to drive. Do bear in mind that, due to the car’s loyal following, used values remain very high - and will likely remain so for a while, since a true successor to the Exige doesn’t appear to be on the cards anytime soon.

6. Nissan 370Z

Used deals Limited stock

While there is a new Nissan coupe, in the form of the Nissan Z, the Japanese car maker has ruled out bringing it to the UK. Therefore, if you’re specifically seeking Nissan two-seater sports car thrills, you’ll need to browse the used car listings and be on the lookout for now-discontinued models such as the Nissan 370Z.

Even though the Nissan 370Z was available to order from new until 2020, in many ways it’s more of an old-school sports car in comparison with many of its rivals. You won’t find any small turbocharged engines here, as the 370Z only ever came with a big and muscular 3.7-litre petrol V6, and the Nissan’s steering weight is on the hefty side by modern performance car standards, too.

For some, though, that’s all part of the Nissan 370Z’s appeal - it really engages you with the driving process, rather than watering it down with tonnes of sound deadening, super-light steering and a small, economy-focused engine.

NISSAN 370Z BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Porsche Cayman

Used deals from £38,990
Monthly finance from £612*

The Porsche 911 may be the bigger headline grabber, but don’t let that put you off if you’re planning on picking up a used Porsche Cayman. It’s still a great pick if you’re searching for a second-hand sports car, and the Cayman could even be the better car for you than its more expensive 911 sibling.

With sharp handling and good power from even the entry-level 2.0-litre models, the Cayman drives and goes down the road as you’d expect a Porsche sports car to. Because it has good visibility and doesn’t take up that much space on the road, the Cayman is also easy to place accurately on the road, which bodes well if you plan on using your Porsche as a daily driver; it's easy to drive, but still very enjoyable.

8. Toyota GR Supra

Used deals from £40,990
Monthly finance from £524*

Prior to the new car’s launch in 2019, it had been nearly two decades since Toyota last sold the Supra in the UK, so there was a lot riding on the latest version. The wait for Toyota sports car fans was worth it, though, as the Toyota GR Supra offers impressive performance and engaging handling, yet is also comfortable and refined enough to be driven every day - as long as you can afford the running costs, of course. However, those running costs are still far less than with many other performance cars.

Because it’s been a little while now since the first Toyota GR Supras started arriving in the UK, it means a few examples are now available to buy on the used market. A used or nearly new Toyota GR Supra is handily more affordable than a brand-new version, too, though do bear in mind that strong demand means GR Supra values remain strong, with the more powerful 3.0-litre models generally commanding a premium over the less potent 2.0-litre cars.

TOYOTA GR SUPRA BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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