Congratulations, you’re expecting! While you’re probably thrilled, you could also have that sinking feeling that you’ll never drive anything nice again. Bye-bye Miata, so long Mustang, goodbye Cayman. Off to the land of crossovers, minivans, and SUVs, right? Wrong.
We’re living through a golden age of performance, and there are an astonishing number of cars out there that can handle family duty, look good, and still kick ass when you want them to. From hot hatches to absurdly powerful SUVs and to seven-seater EVs, you have more options than you ever have before if you need practicality and speed.
Speedy, big-engine coupes and impossibly gorgeous supercars will forever hold a special place in our hearts, but when you’re looking for something a bit more practical, these eight high-performance cars won’t let you down.
1. Audi S6
With few exterior features and cues setting the S6 apart from its little sibling, the A6, the 4.0-liter twin turbo V8-powered Audi S6 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A healthy 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque will take care of zero to sixty in 3.9 seconds. Believe it or not, the car is actually quicker than its 2006-2011 predecessor, which packed a Lamborghini-sourced 5.2-liter V10. It isn’t cheap, as you’d expect, but for $71K and up, it’s a lot of car for the money.