Some people will tell you that an AWD sports car is really only for when the weather takes a turn for the worse, while others will tell you that any AWD sports car is the thing to have for maximizing performance come rain, snow or, ‘shine.
Honestly, as much as we love the big power slides that are easily done in a traditional rear-wheel drive, we’d have to agree that all-wheel drive generally makes for a faster car. If speed is your thing, we’d say that an AWD sports car is for you.
So with that in mind, here’s our take on the top 5 best AWD sports cars from around the world.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
The legend that is the Porsche 911.
Porsche has been producing the 911 since 1963 – that’s around 55 (yes, FIFTY-FIVE) years of solid production for this one model. Of course, the latest incarnation of the 911 is a little different from early models, but the lines, shape, and heritage are all plainly there.
The 911 Turbo S is one of the only 2-door AWD sports cars in its class that has four seats and usable cargo space. Chances are, you’ll want to be able to carry more than a fanny pack if you’re planning on using the car for anything more than a sunny Sunday driver.
The Turbo S has a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 which produces around 580 horsepower and returns between 19 – 24 mpg (city/highway). Although, we’d take a guess that fuel economy isn’t high on the list of most people seriously considering this car. Zero to sixty happens in just 2.6 seconds (that’s superbike fast) and official dealer prices start just under $190,000.
When Porsche first introduced the 911, and for many years after, it was considered tail-happy – you could quite easily pick your desired spot of greenery and head through it backward as the tail stepped out, flinging you through the corner. Ever since the vehicle evolved to an AWD layout, however, the handling has been tamed, making the 911 Turbo S one of the finest ‘driver’s cars’ out there.