ST-Torque Best Buys of 2017

Sportscar

From top: Lexus LC500, Honda NSX, BMW i8 and Audi R8 V10 Spyder.
Lexus LC500.PHOTOS: ST FILE, ARIFFIN JAMAR
From top: Lexus LC500, Honda NSX, BMW i8 and Audi R8 V10 Spyder.
Honda NSX.PHOTOS: ST FILE, ARIFFIN JAMAR
From top: Lexus LC500, Honda NSX, BMW i8 and Audi R8 V10 Spyder.
BMW i8.PHOTOS: ST FILE, ARIFFIN JAMAR
From top: Lexus LC500, Honda NSX, BMW i8 and Audi R8 V10 Spyder.
Audi R8 V10 Spyder.PHOTOS: ST FILE, ARIFFIN JAMAR

Look no farther than the Lexus LC500 (from $500,800), this year's Straits Times Car of the Year. This unusual beauty has an uncommon blend of refinement, build quality and comfort for a sportscar. So, it is not just about raw power.

Along the same avenue is the Honda NSX ($928,999 without COE), a petrol-electric supercar that is lethal on the tarmac, (relatively) gentle on the earth and candy to your eyes.

The BMW i8 ($584,888) follows a similar recipe. The plug-in hybrid has a design to die for and a driving sensation quite unlike any other. The 2015 ST Car of the Year charms with those dramatic butterfly doors too.

If, however, you yearn for a car which packs a good old-fashioned wallop, nothing comes close to the Audi R8 V10 Spyder ($872,000). The hardtop may have an edge on the track, but the softtop enhances everything else this rarefied Audi delivers. Namely, drama, drama and drama.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 23, 2017, with the headline 'Sportscar'. Print Edition | Subscribe