Hybrid sports cars are for quitters. The good folks at Aston Martin surely don’t quit—they’ve been trying to keep the V12 alive for as long as they can. And it was only up until about a year or two ago that Aston gave buyers an automatic gearbox option in the Vantage. While it may end up being a losing battle for the V12, it’s a valiant effort nonetheless by those persistent Brits.
It’s not a V12, but the new Dodge Viper’s 8.4-liter V10 is still the largest engine in any car on the road today. That monster sends 640 horsepower to the rear wheels from a manual gearbox, and the only reason it has traction control is because it the U.S. government told Dodge it had to. Thanks, Obama.
Sure, it doesn’t have a big, gnarly V8 like it used to, but the new Ford GT is still refreshingly old school. The design pays homage to the original GT40 that killed Ferrari on the track, but brings it more into the modern age. Old school meets new school in the best way possible.
Lotus Evora 400
The Evora walks a fine line between the term ‘sports car’ and ‘supercar’, leaning more towards the former. But with the introduction of a 400-horsepower Toyota V6 under the hood, we can safely say it’s trotting around in supercar territory. A manual gearbox, a minimalistic interior, and a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds. It’s throwback Lotus purity all over again.
If you’re like me, you probably first fell in love with this car when it was in the hands of Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear. It’s built using carbon fiber and stainless steel. It has a twin-turbo Volvo V8, a manual gearbox, and no ABS because screw safety. This is about as old school as they come in a modern supercar.