The Best New All-Wheel Drive Sports Cars According to U.S. News

Back in the day, driving a sports car on anything but a sunny day made for a harrowing experience. The good news is that these days, several new sports cars are available with all-wheel drive. The even better news is that U.S. News & World Report recently highlighted the following models as some of the best new all-wheel drive sports cars.

The 2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance Quattro is an all-wheel drive sports car that provides plenty of thrills

A red 2021 Audi R8 driving, the R8 is one of the best new sports cars with all-wheel drive
2021 Audi R8 | Audi

According to U.S. News & World Report, there’s a lot to like about the 2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance Quattro. It’s not only one of the best new sports cars with all-wheel drive, but this supercar also a comfortable, high-quality interior. From its driver-centric cockpit to its Audi MMI Touch system, the 2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance Quattro makes nary a compromise when it comes to its interior.

But let’s get back to what’s under the hood of this new supercar. At the heart and soul of the 2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance Quattro is a 5.2-liter V10 engine. Churning out a thrilling 602-hp and 413 pound-feet of torque, U.S. News reports that this new supercar will move from zero to 60 mph in a mere 3.2 seconds.

The 2021 Acura NSX is a hybrid-electric supercar with all-wheel drive

A blue 2021 Acura NSX driving at sunset
2021 Acura NSX | Acura

The 2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance Quattro isn’t the only new supercar with all-wheel drive. As a matter of fact, the 2021 Acura NSX is also available with it. And, much like the R8, the Acura NSX was picked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best new all-wheel drive sports cars. Though, it’s really no surprise as to why.

Driven by a hybrid-electric powertrain that combines a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with three electric motors, this year’s new Acura NSX offers up a total of 573-hp. Paired with a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and also standard with Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, Car and Driver reports that its 2021 Acura NSX managed a 3.1-second run from zero to 60 mph.

The 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance AWD is one of the best new sports cars

A red 2021 Tesla Model 3 driving along the mountains, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 is one of the best new sports cars with all-wheel drive
2021 Tesla Model 3 | Tesla

The 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance AWD also found itself among the best new all-wheel drive sports cars, reports U.S. News. This year’s new Tesla Model 3 Performance AWD also comes equipped with performance-tuned brakes, a lowered suspension, and a carbon fiber spoiler. According to U.S. News, this new sports car can also move from zero to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.

Perhaps what’s most enticing about this new sports car with all-wheel drive is its price. While both the Audi R8 and the Acura NSX will have you spending roughly six figures, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance AWD won’t. In fact, this new Tesla is among the most affordable new sports cars on the list and starts at just $56,990.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan is a new electric sports car with all-wheel drive

A light blue 2021 Porsche Taycan driving
2021 Porsche Taycan | Porsche

Say the 2021 Porsche Taycan is more your style. After all, it’s a four-door sports car that’s a tad more practical than most vehicles on the list. The good news is that’s not all it has going for it either. As a matter of fact, U.S. News recognized the 2021 Porsche Taycan as one of the best new electric sports cars with all-wheel drive.

When equipped with all-wheel drive, the 2021 Porsche Taycan offers up a full 429-hp. It also comes equipped with an overboost function that brings maximum horsepower up to 522-hp. According to U.S. News, this new electric sports car can also go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds while also delivering “incredible handling abilities.”

The 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe is one of the best all-wheel drive sports cars of 2021

A grey 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe on the track
2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe | Porsche

Last but certainly not least is the 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe. This all-wheel drive sports car is among both the best and the most well-known. It comes powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine generating 443-hp and 390 pound-feet of torque. It’s also available with either a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.

U.S. News isn’t the only one singing the 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe’s praises, either. As a matter of fact, Car and Driver had plenty to say about it too. “No matter the application, every 911 has astonishing acceleration, especially when the gleefully good launch control is utilized,” said Car and Driver.

“Best of all, the 911 is as comfortable as ever and also better to drive.”

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Plenty of new sports cars are available with all-wheel drive

If you want a new sports car with all-wheel drive, you’ve got plenty of options to consider. But when it comes to determining which is the best option for you? Well, that’s going to take a test drive.
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