Sports cars are usually associated with high fuel consumption. After all, power comes at a price. For comparison only, the original Dodge Challenger reaches 1 mpg! New cars are different and more fuel efficient. Nowadays we have fuel efficient sports cars which are still fast and offer an interesting ride, but they use less fuel than ever before.
1. 2017 BMW i8 – 75 mpg
All individuals who like futuristic cars and want to enjoy fast and quiet speed, BMW i8 was the best choice. A redesigned version is coming in 2017, and it simply brings improvements in all aspects. The engine is still 1.5L, with 3 cylinders, but it offers 231HP. At the front, there is an electric motor with 121HP. Combined, this car reaches 75 mpg.
Using the electric motor only, drivers can expect around 22 miles. The top speed when the car is in electric mode is 75 mpg! The unique drivetrain made this care a 4-wheel drive vehicle, paired with 6-gears automatic transmission truly has a lot of advantages on the driving capabilities.
2. 2017 BMW 4 Series – 37 mph
BMW Series 4 is a good-looking car with great performances. Of course, if you are looking for a fuel efficient vehicle, 2.0L engine is recommended. It may be economical with 37 mpg on a highway, but it is powerful. Thanks to a turbocharger, the power output is 248HP.
Rear-wheel drive and 6-speed manual are also recommended for a better fuel economy. However, 8-gears automatic and all-wheel drive are possibilities as well. Some optional extras you may consider are emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and Apple CarPlay.
3. 2018 Ford Mustang – 30 mpg
How many of you still don’t believe Ford Mustang can even be on the list? We all know that these cars are all but economical. Well, the new model, which will become available in 2018, uses 2.3L, an engine with 310 HP. It is actually more powerful than the 3.7L engine (300HP).
The top speed is 163mpg and even then, the car will stay economical. You can expect around 19 mpg in the city when driving casual. Interesting: A 2018 model with 5.0L engine will be available as well. It isn’t fuel efficient.
4. 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman – 28 mpg
Porsche 718 Cayman is powered by a 2.0L engine which produces 300HP. Of course, it is a turbocharged version. Transmission is 6-speed manual or 7 speed automatic and the real-wheel drive is only one available. The top speed is 171 mpg and 0-60 mph time is 3.9 seconds. Nevertheless, the fuel consumption is only 28 mpg!
All Porsche cars are sporty vehicles, so Cayman shares the same passion. It is lightweight, powerful and perfect for drivers who want to push their cars to the max.
5. 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata – 29 mpg
Miata Sport A6 is the version we have been looking for. It brings us plenty of improvements, but the essence of a small Japanese car is still present. Since the day it was launched, this has been one of the best fuel efficient sports cars on the market. Obviously, there is no V6, but the 2.0L, with 155HP, is amazing no less.
Transmission is 6 gears automatic. It ensures smooth shifting and it allows to the driver to feel more responsible for the driving. Air-conditioning, ABS, airbags, cruise control and traction control are standard. On a car with this price, these are impressive facts.
6. 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI – 28 mpg
In 2017, Volkswagen released their Golf GTI. This is an improved version, built to be even faster and even more economical. Under the hood is the same 2.0L, a turbocharged engine with 220HP. GTI has been one of the most fuel efficient sports cars for the last couple of years and a new model with 28 mpg still follows the same path.
Transmission choices are 6-speed manual or automatic. Automatic is very good, but still, manual offers more fun while driving. Interesting: GTI is ideal car for teenagers due to lower insurance rate.
7. 2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC43 – 27 mpg
For the year 2017, Mercedes-AMG SLC43 will be completely different. First of all, traditional V8 will be terminated, so you can get only 3.0L, V6. Still, this engine produces 362HP, which is 53 less than the V8. However, fuel consumption of 27 mpg is much better that the previous version. In a few years, the just mentioned V6 will have more power than the old V8 and it will be even more economical!
The suspension on this car is phenomenal. In essence, it is a completely different system than other SLC models have. It makes sporty driving easier and allows you to have more fun, without compromising the safety.
8. 2017 Chevrolet Corvette – 25 mpg
The first figures of Chevrolet Corvette are the V8 engine, 6.2L with 455HP and 8-speed automatic. All of this suggests that fuel economy is poor and probably one of the worst among sports cars. In real world, this car is economical. It will achieve 25 mpg on a highway and 16 mpg in a city. In both situations, you will be driving a real American icon, with more power than you actually need.
An interesting option is 7-speed manual transmission. It may be confusing at the beginning, but once you understand the mechanism, it is simply perfect. The top speed is 175 mpg and 0-60 mph time is 3.9 seconds. Don’t forget about impressive looks and design features that made this car so popular. Addition: Racing seats, carbon ceramic brakes, and improved suspension cost almost $10.000 as optional extras.
9. 2017 BMW M2 – 22 mpg
M2 is one of the most popular BMW models at the moment. It brings all the advantages of M3 in a smaller, lightweight chassis. The engine is inline 6, with slightly less than 400HP, paired with manual transmission (6 gears). This fact only made M2 a driver’s car! In addition, the engine has a capacity of 3.0L. Sporty design, suspension, and brakes are standard.
ABS, traction control, airbags, navigation system are just a small glimpse of the features you can get from this car. Today, it may be one of the last cars which still use plenty of electronics, but allow for the driver to experience complete, manual control of the vehicle.
10. 2017 Acura NSX – 21 mpg
Acura NSX is a hypercar, so this fuel consumption you can see is impressive no less. The power output is 573HP from 3.6L, V6 engine, and 3 electric motors. Obviously, this configuration offers 4-wheel drive. 0-60 mph time is 3.6 seconds, while the top speed is 191 mph.
The car in question isn’t very popular, but as a technical accomplishment, it is one of the best on the planet. Additional facts about it include 9-gear automatic transmission, 4-wheel ABS, cruise control and wheels of 19 inches (forged aluminum).
All of these cars are powerful and fast, but they are slightly different than other sports cars. The fuel economy is much better, so they can be driven as everyday cars, without having to make any sacrifices. Believing that all sports cars are not economical is just an illusion.