Wintertime means putting away sports cars, muscle cars, and toys for many enthusiasts. However, some vehicles are up to the task of conquering slippery streets and winter cold. If you don’t want to put away your sporty car for the winter, consider one of these excellent new all-wheel drive (AWD) options, like the Audi TT RS or Dodge Challenger GT AWD.
- Jaguar F-Type Coupe
- Audi TT RS
- Mercedes-Benz SL
- Dodge Challenger GT AWD
Is the Jaguar F-Type fast?
The Jaguar F-Type isn’t just a grippy wintertime option; it’s fast. The 2023 Jaguar F-Type Coupe only offers a single, formidable engine. Enter the F-Type R’s 575-horsepower supercharged 5.0L V8 engine. Car and Driver used that same mill to launch an older AWD Jaguar F-Type Coupe to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
That makes the AWD coupe faster than a comparable C7 generation Corvette Z51. Moreover, the V8-powered coupe’s AWD system promises to make the Jaguar model a year-round toy rather than a fair-weather plaything.
The Audi TT RS is a sporty car for winter with neck-snapping thrust
Audi’s little sports car, the TT, has been living in the shadow of brutish mid-engine R8s and fire-breathing RS model sedans for years. However, the German marque did create a scalpel-sharp road rocket in the Audi TT RS. The aggressive little coupe packs Audi’s Quattro AWD system standard, and it’ll handle your wintertime commute much better than a comparable Toyota GR Supra or Chevrolet Corvette.
Moreover, with a 400-horsepower turbocharged inline-five-cylinder (yes, you read that correctly), the TT RS is plenty swift. In fact, the grippy little sports car will hit 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.
Is the Mercedes-Benz SL all-wheel drive?
The Mercedes-Benz SL’s long and legendary story continues, and this time it includes winter-ready handling. That’s right; the 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL has standard 4Matic AWD, a feature that could keep luxury sports car fans driving well into the winter months. Better yet, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 packs a 577-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 to complement its grippy AWD system.
As a result, Mercedes’ flagship sports car is ready to handle your winter commute in style. Of course, you’ll have to contend with a $138,450 starting price point for the SL 55.
The Dodge Challenger GT AWD is a grippy, sporty car for winter driving
The Dodge Challenger GT AWD might not be as refined and luxurious as the other sporty winter cars on this list, but it deserves its spot. First, the Challenger is the only American muscle coupe on the market with optional AWD for wintertime commuting. Also, with a starting price of $35,440, the GT is a much more affordable option for enthusiasts who want a sporty car to drive in the winter than a Jaguar F-Type AWD Coupe or an Audi TT RS.
Unfortunately, though, none of Dodge’s V8 options marry up to AWD. Instead, fans will have to make do with a 3.6L Pentastar V6. Still, with retro looks and power to all four tires, the GT AWD is an excellent option for winter commuting.