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Choosing a car to drive to the track, set blisteringly quick lap times, and then drive home with the air conditioning on is a tricky proposition. However, even with the industry push for electric vehicles (EVs) and dwindling supply of manual-equipped cars, some road-legal track stars persist. Check out these razor-sharp corner carvers, like the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, Honda Civic Type R, and BMW M2. 

What are the best track cars?

Track cars should be riotous fun, scalpel-sharp, and in some cases, street-legal for the drive home. These five track-ready performance cars are up to the task. 

  • Ford Mustang Mach 1
  • Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
  • Toyota GR Supra 3.0
  • Honda Civic Type R
  • BMW M2

Can a Mustang be a good track car?

Contrary to the popular sentiment of Mustang critics, some trims of the Blue Oval’s pony car can carve corners. For instance, the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach 1 packs performance components from the now-discontinued Shelby GT350 and GT500 to produce an apex-clipping 470-horsepower 5.0L V8-powered track-ready car. 

Moreover, the Mach 1 ditches the GT’s Getrag-sourced manual transmission. Instead, the Mach 1 packs a Tremec manual or quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. However, fans who want track-day smiles will have to go with the Tremec. 

The 2023 Porsche Cayman GT4 RS isn’t just street-legal; it’s a road car with track credentials so outstanding that the Zuffenhausen automaker may have created a vehicle with its own 911 GT3 in its sights. 

A gray Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS poses on a track.
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS | Volkswagen Group

The 493-horsepower super-Cayman clocked a 2:40.5 lap time at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), 0.1 seconds quicker than the venerable 911 model, per Car and Driver

What makes a Toyota GR Supra 3.0 an excellent track car?

In addition to the BMW-Toyota collaboration that is the Supra’s turbocharged 3.0L inline six-cylinder B58 engine, the 2023 Toyota GR Supra 3.0’s optional manual transmission makes for an enthusiastic track car. Better yet, the Toyota model starts at around $54,095; it’s more affordable than a comparable BMW M2. 

Is the Honda Civic Type R fast?

The 315-horsepower 2023 Honda Civic Type R is the most potent Type R in the model’s history. As a result, the Civic Type R can knock out a sprint to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. 

Still, while it’s not as fast as a rival hot hatch like the Volkswagen Golf R, it’s a manual-equipped, rev-happy track car. 

A white 2023 Honda Civic Type R hot hatch car corners on a track.
2023 Honda Civic Type R | Honda

Is BMW M2 a single or twin-turbo application?

The 2023 BMW M2 produces 453 horsepower courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 3.0L inline-six-cylinder engine. Better yet, the M2 offers an optional six-speed manual transmission and tail-happy rear-wheel drive (RWD), which means smiles for miles on any circuit. 

What do you think of these track cars? Tell us in the comments below!

An orange 2023 BMW M2 slides around a track.

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