Because Everyone Goes Grocery Shopping Now and Then
Sports cars aren’t practical purchases. Usually. Life has a way of forcing us to prioritize function over fun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little of both. Here are some true sports cars that won’t leave you hanging for that midweek grocery run or trip to the airport.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Completely new for 2015, the Volkswagen GTI features improved steering and an upgraded chassis for a more refined ride. Packing a maximum 217 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, the GTI takes well under 6 seconds to hit 60 mph. But inside the cabin, the GTI is no less practical than a traditional Golf, offering 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold down the seats, and that number jumps significantly.
Want a Corvette with a little extra space for passengers and cargo? The Chevrolet SS packs the C6 ‘Vette’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine good for 415 hp under the hood, but it also offers plenty of room for five passengers and has a bit more trunk space than the Corvette at 16.4 cubic feet.
2015 Audi TT Coupe
This one comes out of nowhere. The Audi TT may look tiny on the outside, and honestly, its 2+2 seating arrangement calls for rather small seats in the back. Despite this limitation, you’ll likely have little problem stashing gear in this car. Its hatchback design makes for easy access to the trunk, which measures 13.1 cubic feet. The rear seats fold to nearly double this space.
As one of the most practical sports cars on the market, the Challenger has plenty of legroom for five passengers. The trunk offers 16.2 cubic feet of space, far more than the Camaro or Mustang. The 60/40 split rear folding seats help provide extra storage space when needed.
There are more than a dozen Panamera models to choose from, with prices ranging from about $93,000 USD to more than $260,000 USD. But even on the standard model, drivers benefit from practical features such as a power tailgate, a cooled glove box, and heated seats. The Panamera is rated to store 15.7 cubic feet of gear in the trunk. Fold down the rear seats, and that space expands to 44.6 cubic feet.
Powered by a 4.0-liter, turbocharged V-8 engine with 450 hp, the Audi S7 isn’t as docile as it looks. It’s a great place to pack four passengers and an incredible amount of cargo. The diamond-stitched leather seats fold down to create additional room.
Ford Mustang Coupe
For 2015, the Ford Mustang receives a more upscale interior with soft-touch materials. Although rear legroom can be tight, the trunk has plenty of room for a few big pieces of luggage. Fastback coupes offer more trunk space than convertible versions, naturally.
Dodge Charger Hellcat
As the most powerful production sedan ever built, the 707-hp Charger can’t be beat in terms of blending power and functionality. It can reach 60 mph in 3.1 seconds on the track, but on city roads, it’s quieter and ready to please. A spacious cabin with plenty of storage cubbies, a cavernous trunk, and 60/40 folding seats accommodate all kinds of cargo.
The Mercedes SL has been a symbol of elegance since the 1950s. The current SL550 is a grand touring roadster powered by a standard 4.7-liter V-8 with 429 hp. With the top up, it has 13.5 cubic feet of space. Lowering the top, however, drops that number to just 8.5 cubic feet.
Hop into the Corvette, and you’ll find very little space to put a backpack or even a purse behind the two seats. Open the trunk, however, and you’re rewarded with 15 cubic feet of space. Even convertible versions (pictured here) offer a decent amount of cargo room.
Bentley Mulsanne Speed
At nearly 220 inches long, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed is a mere 10 inches shorter than a four-door Ford F-150 SuperCrew, so it’s no surprise those exterior dimensions translate into plenty of room inside the cabin for four passengers. At 15.6 cubic feet, the trunk space is pretty decent for a sports car that is perhaps most desirable for its luxury amenities and 6.8-liter V-8 producing 530 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque.
Dodge Viper SRT
Known for its pure, visceral supercar appeal, the Viper might raise a few eyebrows when people realize how much trunk space it has. With 14.7 cubic feet, it is easy to fit a few large pieces of luggage in the trunk. The new Viper also benefits from a posh interior decked out with hand-wrapped leather on the dash and leather and Alcantara accents on the seats.
Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG
Is it a coupe, hatchback, crossover, or something else? Mercedes says the model is its entry-level SUV offering. When paired with AMG technology, the model has 355 hp from its 2.0-liter inline-four. Cargo space is tight for its segment, but the GLA ranks pretty well compared to other sports cars. More than 17 cubic feet is available in the cargo hold — 43.6 when the seats are folded.
BMW 328d xDrive
Automakers tend to throw around the term “sports wagon” willy-nilly, but the BMW 328d is actually worthy of the title. With 280 lb-ft of torque and a low-revving nature, the car feels a lot quicker than its 3,900-pound body would lead you to believe. Another one of its main attributes is space; a power tailgate grants access to a wide cargo-loading area and sizable trunk space.
This midsize model started the four-door coupe trend. It manages to perfectly blend style with functionality, and drivers can fit plenty of gear in back. The trunk holds 15.3 cubic feet of gear, more than enough to gather groceries.