Never has the choice of sports cars at the affordable end of the spectrum been greater, each offering thrills to match, and in some cases exceed, more expensive peers.
It's not all about brake horsepower at this end of the market, most of the cars in our top ten list put driving bliss ahead of raw, straight out performance. But we gurentee each will put a huge smile on your face.
Every significant component part of the driving experience of the Alpine A110 – from the rasping turbocharged torque of its engine to the hilariously immersive poise and panache of its handling – is all about the F word. It brings to life journeys and roads that rivals wouldn’t, and has handling for which your affection can only grow as you explore it more closely.
Anatomise the car and you won’t find too many mechanical ingredients or areas you could call genuinely exceptional; but put them all together and you can’t help but conclude that the A110 is much, much greater car – and achievement - than the sum of its parts would suggest.
Rarely does a car come along so devoted to driver involvement, and so singularly effective at it, even among affordable sports cars; the last time was probably with the Toyota GT86 in 2012, a car to which we also gave a five-star recommendation for its supreme fitness to the purpose of sucking the marrow out of every mile. The A110 is quicker, more agile, more effusive and ultimately even more fun. It deserves no less of an ovation.