Sports car

Mazda MX-5, the world's best selling sports car[1]

A sports car, or sportscar, is a small, usually two-seater automobile designed for spirited performance and nimble handling.[2][3] The term "sports car" was used in The Times, London in 1919.[4] According to USA's Merriam-Webster dictionary, USA's first known use of the term was in 1928.[2] Sports cars started to become popular during the 1920s.[5]

Sports cars may be spartan or luxurious, but high maneuverability and light weight are requisite.[6] Sports cars are usually aerodynamically shaped (since the 1950s), and have a low center of gravity compared to standard models. Steering and suspension are typically designed for precise control at high speeds.[7] Traditionally sports cars were open roadsters, but closed coupés also started to become popular during the 1930s, and the distinction between a sports car and a grand tourer is not absolute.[8][9]


Attributing the definition of 'sports car' to any particular model can be controversial or the subject of debate among enthusiasts.[10][11][12] Authors and experts have often contributed their own ideas to capture a definition.[13][14][15][16]

A car may be a sporting automobile without being a sports car. Performance modifications of regular, production cars, such as sport compacts, sports sedans, muscle cars, pony cars and hot hatches, generally are not considered sports cars, yet share traits common to sports cars. Certain models can "appeal to both muscle car and sports car enthusiasts, two camps that rarely acknowledged each other's existences."[17][18][19] Some models are called "sports cars" for marketing purposes to take advantage of greater marketplace acceptance and for promotional purposes.[20] High-performance cars of various configurations are grouped as Sports and Grand tourer cars[21] or, occasionally, just as performance cars.

Other Languages
العربية: سيارة رياضية
Bân-lâm-gú: Pháu-chhia
dansk: Sportsvogn
Deutsch: Sportwagen
français: Voiture de sport
한국어: 스포츠카
Bahasa Indonesia: Mobil sport
italiano: Vettura sport
Nāhuatl: Momomalacatl
Nederlands: Sportwagen
norsk: Sportsbil
norsk nynorsk: Sportsbil
Simple English: Sportscar
ślůnski: Auto szportowe
svenska: Sportbil
Türkçe: Spor otomobil
中文: 跑车