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Best sports cars arriving in 2024

There are still new and interesting options coming into the sports car segment.

The herd of sports cars available to those on a budget continues to thin, as does the number of options for fast cars with petrol engines, but a couple of cars set to debut in 2024 keep things grounded.

Electrification looks like, for a while at least, it might make performance cars exclusively six-figure options - even Hyundai's top dog tops the $100K mark.

While half our list below might be electric, the other is made up of familiar classics that, at varying levels, remain attainable fun for the masses.

01. Audi SQ8 e-tron - Q2

Pricing for the SQ8 is yet to be confirmed.

The model previously known as the Audi e-tron will make its new-name debut as the Q8 e-tron in 2024, bringing with it a new top-spec SQ8 version.

The SQ8 e-tron costs $173,600 plus on-road costs in SUV form, while the Sportback coupe version charges a $7000 premium.

Its three-motor electric drivetrain makes more power, a total 370kW and 973Nm, resulting in a 0-100km/h sprint of 4.5 seconds.

Read more about the Audi SQ8 e-tron:

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02. Ford Mustang - Q2

After a delay, the new Ford Mustang will finally arrive in Australia in 2024, well after its late 2022 reveal.

Its standard GT spec will make 362kW and 563Nm from its venerable 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8, but a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder will power the Mustang EcoBoost with 235kW and 475Nm.

A top-spec variant called the Dark Horse will join the ranks, boasting a 373kW and 567Nm version of the V8. All variants will have the option of a six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic transmission.

 

Read more about the Ford Mustang:

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03. Hyundai Ioniq 5 N - Q1

The ‘N Grin Boost’ mode allows the Ioniq 5 N to hit 100km/h in 3.4 seconds.

Step aside, Kia EV6 GT - the Ioniq's N-tuned version is here with 448kW and 740Nm, making it 18kW more powerful than its cousin.

On top of that, the Hyundai electric sports car boasts an 'N Grin Boost' mode with 478kW and 770Nm outputs, temporarily allowing it to hit 100km/h in 3.4 seconds.

Chassis reinforcement, rally-inspired drive axles, a different steering column and rack, lightweight brakes and even N Active Sound+ (with a fighter jet inspired noise) are all unique to this wild electric car.

Read more about the Hyundai Ioniq:

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04. Mazda MX-5 - Q1

Not the next-gen roadster we've all been waiting for, but an updated version of Mazda's sports car darling set to arrive here in early 2024.

With new features and capabilities comes upped pricing, now $41,370 before on-roads for the base manual.

Changes include a new asymmetric limited-slip differential (LSD) with a cam mechanism to improve deceleration stability, steering tweaks and Mazda's Connected Services that can contact emergency services in the event of a crash.

Read more about the Mazda MX-5:

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05. Mercedes-AMG GLC SUV and Coupe - Q4

Likely to show up in late 2024 are these two performance big hitters of the brand's most popular model range.

Both are powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, producing 310kW of power and 500Nm of torque in the 43, while the top-dog 63 makes 500kW and 1020Nm with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

If the latter sounds familiar, it's because it's the same drivetrain as that of the AMG C63 E Performance - ooh la la!

Read more about the Mercedes-AMG GLC SUV and Coupe:

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06. Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupe - H1

The CLE is strictly a two-door, launching first as a hard-top coupe, with a Cabriolet to arrive at a later date.

The BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 have a new rival from Merc in the CLE Coupe, a blend of C-Class and E-Class set to arrive in the first half of 2024.

Topping the model's variants is the CLE450 4Matic, with a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and total outputs of 280kW/500Nm.

A lesser 150kW/320Nm CLE200 and 190kW/400Nm in CLE300 4Matic could also come to Australia, both powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupe:

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07. MG Cyberster - H2

The Cyberster electric sports car will push past $100,000.

Still somewhat mysterious is the first sports car from the modern MG as we know it, dipping back to its pre-SAIC-ownership days and bringing us a drop-top.

But this ain't your grandad's MG B, this is a 231kW, rear-drive, 1.85-tonne electric luxury item, and that's just the 'base' model. An all-wheel-drive version with a 150kW front motor and a 250kW rear motor is also on the cards.

Pricing? Not yet, but expect it to be fairly steep given the performance on offer and the general theme of electric cars costing a fair heft more than a petrol version would.

Read more about the MG Cyberster:

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08. Subaru BRZ - January

The BRZ previously only had EyeSight in its automatic guise.

The twin to the Toyota GR86, Subaru's rear-driver (rare!) is set to gain the brand's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology in manual for the first time, allowing for adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning.

Also to arrive is the tS version with STI suspension, Brembo brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, a set of 18-inch aluminium wheels and a Torsen LSD - for about $5,000 more than the base version's $43,790 before on-roads asking price.

The BRZ's 2.4-litre naturally aspirated flat four-cylinder petrol engine still makes an unchanged 174kW/250Nm.

Read more about the Subaru BRZ update:

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09. Nissan Z Nismo - 2024

More power, more torque, but one pedal less. Apparently the Nismo version of the Nissan Z sports car is too powerful for the manual gearbox, so this $94,000 (before on-road costs) coupe is going auto-only.

Just 100 cars will be available in the first delivery batch, with reservations offered first to existing Z customers.

The Z's twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 makes 309kW/520Nm in the Nismo version, 11kW and 45Nm more than the standard, powering the rear wheels via a nine-speed automatic.

Its 19-inch Rays wheels which are half an inch wider and lighter than the base Z, while upgraded engine cooling, bigger front brakes, chassis and suspension adjustments, and launch control join the fray.

Read more about the Nissan Z Nismo:

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10. Volkswagen Touareg R - Early 2024

Volkswagen's plug-in hybrid large SUV is the big dog of the R brand.

A family SUV with 340kW and 700Nm, a 0-100km/h sprint of 5.1 seconds and the ability to tow 3.5-tonnes. Do you need it? No, but we're glad it exists.

Volkswagen's plug-in hybrid large SUV is the big dog of the R brand, literally, with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged engine and electric motor.

It'll top the Volkswagen range here, and its price will reflect that - it starts from $129,990 before on-road costs.

Read more about the Volkswagen Touareg R:

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11. Hyundai i30 Sedan N - March

Updated styling, new 19-inch forged alloys and the addition of Hyundai's new light bar – as per its new design language – are the reasons behind the extra cost.

An $1800 price rise brings the 2024 model of i30 Sedan N to a new starting price of $52,000 before on-roads, but updated styling, new 19-inch forged alloys and the addition of Hyundai's new light bar – as per its new design language – are the reasons behind the extra cost.

Alongside the style tweaks, Hyundai has altered the chassis and ESC software slightly with "motorsport-derived" changes,  though the same 206kW/492Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine remains.

Also new are intelligent speed assist, additional USB-C outlets, a revised wireless charging bay for larger phones, and Hyundai's new Bluelink connected services suite.

Read more about the Hyundai i30 N:

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