So we’ve told you where’s best to take a spring road trip…but what car should you choose to go in?
Well, if you’re in the market for something a little different, that’s perfectly road trip friendly, carry on reading…
Fitted with a 2.0 litre engine it’s good for a 0-60 time of 7.4 seconds, that’s even with the 45kg weight increase over its soft top brother.
That perfect 50:50 weight balance and rear wheel drive make the MX-5 RF a joy to drive. It will teach you a lot about balance, finesse and driving ability.
Prices start from £22,195 for the lesser engined 1.5 litre, £23,095 for the 2.0 litre in basic SE-L Nav spec.
Next up, and heading north in terms of price is a strange choice. The Audi S1, bear with us here.
With Quattro all-wheel drive and a turbo charged 2.0 litre engine, in a car this size is insane. It’s rapid at 5.8 seconds, but it only packs 228 BHP and 370Nm of torque…this engine has far longer legs in bigger cars so it’s turned right down to keep this pocket rocket the right side up.
It’s literally point and shoot quick, you can hoon around in complete confidence thanks to the Quattro beneath you. It feels every bit as engaging as an old school hot hatch.
Boot space is at a premium due to the little Audi’s size, but it’s a true miniature supercar in nature.
Now we take a big step up, the Jaguar F-Type V6 with 380PS, rear wheel drive. Coming in at £69,250 with the auto ‘box it gets to 60 in 4.8 seconds. Naturally it has the drop top for the open air motoring spring so dearly deserves.
Out of the F-Type range the V6S – as it used to be known – is the sweet spot. The V6 doesn’t quite have enough grunt and pace to it, the V8 has too much, but 380PS is the perfect balance between power, the looks, and performance.
Convertibles aren’t for everyone though, so if you want to save a few pennies you can go for the coupe with the same engine and gearbox for £63,765…bargain right!
Last but not least is what we would class as the most perfectly balanced car we have ever driven. It’s a surgeon’s knife, precise and sharp. The last generation Porsche Cayman.
Not even the Cayman S or the GT4, just a common all garden Cayman. It has a 2.7 litre flat six engine producing 271 BHP and 290 Nm of torque. 0-60 isn’t particularly quick at 5.5 seconds but it’s the way it handles that really sets the Cayman apart from anything else we have ever driven.
It’s flat however you place it, whatever you do to it, it stays flat. The steering is instant and super responsive, in fact it’s the whole feeling and feedback you get through the Cayman is just magical.
Interestingly, power wise it has more in common with the old Peugeot RCZ-R, same horsepower, the Peugeot has 40Nm more torque, but due to the lighter weight of the Cayman its 0-60 time is .4 of a second quicker.
That covers quite a range of budgets both new and used. All of them are sporty and performance in nature, so there’s bound to be something that piques your interest. If you see something you like, you can get them through used car leasing to make it efficient and easy. Just get out and hit the road.