5 Track Cars Ready to Smash Lap Times in 2023
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.
Is Porsche Cayman GT4 RS street-legal?
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.
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.
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.
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