Sports cars are impractical by nature, which is why automakers also build extremely fast sedans, wagons and SUVs. While some of these cars can be fantastic, it’s hard to beat a dedicated sports car for sheer fun. So we compiled a list of the most practical sports cars on sale, and it’s been narrowed down to only include two-door cars that are not based on a lesser model (no M4 or C63 AMG, therefore). These are purpose-built sports cars that are also very practical for everyday use.
Usually when someone thinks of McLaren, they don’t think of practicality. However, the Sports Series was meant to be the most usable McLaren ever and the 570GT is the most practical of them all. The 570GT comes with a glass rear hatch, whereas the 570S simply has an engine cover that doesn’t open. With an additional “frunk,” the 570GT is easily the most practical model McLaren has ever built. It is also one of the fastest, courtesy of a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. This is also the only car on this list that could comfortably be called a supercar, adding to the 570GT’s overall brilliance.
One of the biggest flaws with sports cars is that they often have a tiny trunk that isn’t large enough to store big items. The Chevrolet Corvette does not suffer from this issue. The convertible Corvette has a decent trunk, but the Stingray’s hatch is absolutely enormous. Open up the rear hatch on a C7 Corvette and you’ll easily be able to pack enough luggage for both passengers with room left over. This area can also be used to store the car’s removable roof panel. The Corvette is even fairly efficient and can achieve 29 mpg on the highway thanks to cylinder deactivation.
The original GT-R was based on the Nissan Skyline. However, Nissan dropped the Skyline name when it unveiled the first ever GT-R for the US market, the R35. The GT-R’s trunk is not as impressive as the other cars on this list, but its AWD drivetrain makes it a fantastic sports car even in harsh weather. The GT-R has four seats, making it one of the best cars on the list for scaring multiple friends on a back road. Nissan gave the GT-R a more luxurious interior for 2017 without negatively altering the blistering performance that everyone has come to expect from the brand’s flagship sports car.
The Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman is the second mid-engined car on this list. The clever engineers at Porsche took advantage of this unique layout to give their most affordable sports car two trunks. The 718 Cayman is a bit more practical than the Boxster because of its rear hatch, but both have very usable frunks with extra space in the rear. Many people say that the 911 is a practical daily driver because of its tiny rear seats that can (in theory) also be used as a storage shelf. However, the 718 twins are even more practical for hauling.
We can already hear the angry screams for including a hatchback on this list. The GTC4Lusso is technically classified as a shooting brake, but it’s still a Ferrari. Not only does this car feature a large hatchback, it also has four usable seats and AWD. We were going to fill this spot with a two-seater like the AMG GT or Jaguar F-Type, but we couldn’t deny that the Ferrari was not only more powerful, but also more usable. This is the only Ferrari that will rip up a track and be able to make an Ikea run immediately afterwards. The most powerful GTC4Lusso has an amazing sounding naturally aspirated V12 engine with an impressive 680 hp.