[2020 Edition] Current Performance & Sports Cars from Mainstream Brands

Everything You Need to Know About 2020 Performance Models Including Prices, Specs & Reviews

Updated: January 15th, 2020

We’ve provided a list of all the high-performance cars that are being sold in 2020 by mainstream brands across the globe, which include the likes of Chevrolet, Ford, Honda and Toyota. While most of these brands are known for their large scale production vehicles which cater to more economical and utilitarian purposes, they tend to produce some pretty special cars once in a while.

This is not just good for branding, but it is good for business too. While none of these cars are expected to contribute much, if anything, to their respective companies’ bottom lines, they are there to showcase their technological prowess to the consumer. Many of these brands have a decades-long relationship with their flagship cars, relying on them as effective marketing tools over the years.

The excitement generated from such cars is expected to trickle down into the rest of the lineup, although being mainstream brands, many of these cars are very affordable. It is this very fact that makes them so special – offering the same, if not better performance – even within the supercar-level performance class in some cases. More often than not, they are bargains within their category if not at the very least, top of their class.

Current Chevy Performance & Sports Car Models

2020 Chevy Performance Lineup

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Base price: $59,995
Engine: 6.2L naturally aspirated V8
Power: 490 hp @ 6,450 rpm
Torque: 465 lb-ft @ 5,150 rpm
0-60 mph: 3.0 s

Probably the most exciting thing to come from the American brand (and perhaps the entire automotive industry) for a long time, is the new mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. It is expected to go full-tilt against the likes of exotic brands such as Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren on the performance front, while costing substantially less to own. On paper, its bang-for-buck looks untouchable and potentially industry-disrupting. It comes in both coupe and convertible body styles.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Base price: $62,000 (est.)
Engine: 6.2L naturally aspirated V8
Power: 650 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 650 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
0-60 mph: 3.5 s

The all-new range-topping Camaro ZL1 is slated to come with the Corvette’s Z06 engine as standard, providing phenomenal value when it comes to performance. The track-oriented 1LE package adds performance upgrades that allow the car to handle and brake more capably. It is available in coupe and convertible body styles. The ZL1 has a 650-hp supercharged V-8 behind its aggressive-looking front end, and it offers drivers their choice of an engaging manual transmission or a lightning-quick automatic.

Current Ford Performance & Sports Car Models

2020 Ford Performance Lineup

2020 Ford GT350

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Base price: $60,235
Engine: 5.2L naturally aspirated V8
Power: 526 hp @ 7,500 rpm
Torque: 429 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.1 s

The Shelby GT350 is a powerful, yet nimble version of the Mustang that is equally at home on the race track as it is on the city streets. One of its most remarkable traits is its super high revving 5.2L V8 engine which redlines at an astronomical 8,250 rpm. The sport-tuned suspension is very capable on the circuit, but refined enough for daily use. The GT350R is available for those who prefer to have a more hardcore track-toy or weekend warrior via an even firmer chassis and a set of lighter carbon fibre wheels.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Base price: $73,995
Engine: 5.2L supercharged V8
Power: 760 hp @ 7,300 rpm
Torque: 625 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
0-60 mph: 3.3 s

There’s a lot to love about the GT350’s bigger brother – the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. It’s the most muscular of all of Ford’s vehicles, but it’s not just fast in a straight line with its supercharged 760 hp V8. The car can make its way around the twists and bends of the most technical racetracks really quickly, too. There’s a lot to love about the GT500. It’s the most muscular of all of Ford’s vehicles, but it’s not just a fast in a straight line, the car can make its way around a racetrack really quickly. Almost as quick as a Porsche 911 GT3 RS on track.

2020 Ford Focus RS

2020 Ford Focus RS

Base price: $45,000 (est.)
Engine: 2.3L turbocharged I4 w/ hybrid electric motor
Power: ~400 hp
Torque: ~400 lb-ft
0-60 mph: ~4.4 s

Expected to come with a hybrid powertrain for 2020, the new Ford Focus RS will be the most powerful version yet. The model will continue using the turbocharged 2.3L four-banger, which with the help of electric boost, will make up to 400 hp compared to the previous version’s 350 hp. More details are expected to be revealed later this year, with a release slated before 2021 comes around.

2020 Ford GT

2020 Ford GT

Base price: $500,00 (GT), $1.2 million (GT II)
Engine: 2.3L turbocharged I4 w/ hybrid electric motor
Power: 647 hp (GT), 700 hp (GT II),
Torque: ~400 lb-ft (GT)
0-60 mph: ~3.0 s

The base GT’s mid-mounted twin-turbo V-6 makes 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The GT enters 2020 without any changes, but there is a track-only model called the Mk II that will be sold in limited numbers (45 units). The 700-hp Mk II features a stripped-down interior, numerous chassis upgrades, and significant aerodynamic add-ons.

Current Honda Performance & Sports Car Models

2020 Honda Performance Lineup

2020 Honda Civic Type R

2020 Honda Civic Type R

Base price: $37,230
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged I4
Power: 306 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm
0-60 mph: 5.0 s

The new CTR was presented at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon. The updates to the car should help with some of the overheating complaints that were making their rounds. To address these, a larger grille is being fitted to improve engine cooling. The Type R will also get a Boost Blue exterior color that’s exclusive to the model. Additional updates include a modified front suspension that includes new dampers. This should allow the front-wheel-drive car to handle more smoothly and steer with improved feel. The 2.0L turbo four remains unchanged.

2020 Honda NSX

2020 Honda NSX

Base price: $159,495
Engine: 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 w/ electric motors
Power: 573 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 476 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
0-60 mph: 2.9 s

After receiving some minor upgrades for the 2019 model year, the 2020 NSX is essentially unchanged from last year’s model. There is a new paint color available called Indy Yellow, which is a throwback to one of the original NSX’s iconic color schemes. The NSX retains the 573 hp, twin-turbocharged V6 with 3 electric motors and 9-speed DCT used in previous years. It still delivers supercar looks and performance in an everyday livable package. Some pundits call it a “light” Porsche 918 and that says more than anything else. Under-appreciated, but a worthy hyper car.

Current Lexus Performance & Sports Car Models

2020 Lexus Performance Lineup

2020 Lexus RC F

2020 Lexus RC F

Base price: $65,295
Engine: 5.0L naturally aspirated V8
Power: 472 hp @ 7,100 rpm
Torque: 395 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.5 s

While the RC F is the high performance variant of the brand’s luxury coupe – in keeping with the brand’s ethos – the car is more posh than visceral in spite of its upgrades. Powered by a 472 hp V8 engine and given a more aggressive body makeover, the RC F remains a well-rounded car and is completely fulfilling as a sporty grand tourer. For 2020 there is also a more expensive Track Edition ($97,675). The Track Edition gets 5 extra horsepower for a total of 472hp. Carbon fiber help shed extra weight, as does a standard titanium muffler and connector pipes, and lightweight wheels.

2020 Lexus GS F

2020 Lexus GS F

Base price: $85,010
Engine: 5.0L naturally aspirated V8
Power: 467 hp @ 7,100 rpm
Torque: 389 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.6 s

The model-topping GS F provides the Lexus lineup with naturally aspirated V8 performance in a 4-door guise. At a time when everything is going turbocharged, or even electric – an 8-banger without forced induction is kind of a cool thing to see. That makes it seem all the more strange that one would end up in a Lexus sedan which emphasizes luxury more than a puristic driving spirit. The engine is sufficiently powerful and does provide those delightful aural acoustics that are soon to be another casualty of automotive advancement.

2020 Lexus LC500

2020 Lexus LC500

Base price: $92,950
Engine: 5.0L naturally aspirated V8
Power: 471 hp @ 7,100 rpm
Torque: 398 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.9 s

The range-topping luxury coupe continues to use the same naturally aspirated V8 power plant seen in the rest of the brand’s performance lineup. Notable features include the adjustable suspension which serves to provide a remarkable fusion of performance and comfort.
For 2020, the LC 500 remains virtually unchanged, although Lexus has gone on record to say a convertible variant is definitely on its way, perhaps later in the year.

Current Nissan Performance & Sports Car Models

2020 Nissan Performance Lineup

2020 Nissan GT-R

2020 Nissan GT-R

Base price: $115,335
Engine: 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6
Power: 565 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque: 467 lb-ft @ 3,300 rpm
0-60 mph: 2.8 s

The venerable Nissan GT-R is still going strong, on its now decade-old R35 platform. Given incremental, yet important updates every model year, the GT-R has stayed relevant even though it remains in theory, the same car since 2009.  With its regular improvements has come an equally consistent increase in the sticker price. Competition within the supercar segment has gotten a lot more contested as well. So while the GT-R no longer boasts the same value-for-performance when it debuted all that time ago as an exotic supercar destroyer, it is still by all accounts a top performer amongst the very best that’s out there.

2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo

2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo

Base price: $280,000 (est.)
Engine: 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6
Power: 600 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque: 481 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
0-60 mph: 2.5 s

The GT-R has gotten faster and better each year, and 2020 is no exception particularly with the Nismo model. The 2020 Nismo is the first production-spec GT-R to benefit from sharing parts directly from the GT-R GT3 race car. The new GT-R Nismo is lighter, more responsive, has better aero, is more efficient at cooling and brakes better. In fact, overall power figures for the 2020 car remain unchanged; the key difference is that this newest version utilizes the same turbocharger hardware used in its GT3 version, which Nissan claims will significantly improve engine response and acceleration.

Current Tesla Performance & Sports Car Models

2020 Tesla Performance Lineup

2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance Dual Motor -

2020 Tesla Model 3 Performance

Base price: $65,200
Engine: Electric dual-motors
Power: 450 hp
Torque: 471 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 3.5 s

The Model 3 itself is a pretty revolutionary car, offering its currently unrivaled combination of performance, utility, range and price. The Performance model allows you to experience this at the highest levels. With absurd acceleration, nimble handling, and a price well below the 6-figure mark even when optioned-out, the Model 3 Performance is set to sell a lot of units. The trim comes with its own unique 450 hp dual-motor drivetrain and has all-wheel-drive as standard.

2020 Tesla Model S Performance

2020 Tesla Model S Performance

Base price: $101,190
Engine: Electric dual-motors
Power: 762 hp
Torque: 713 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 2.4 s

The Tesla Model S is widely recognized as being the first true “tech car” on the planet. Tesla continues using the model blueprint from 2019, offering just the two trims for the Model S in 2020 – Long Range and Performance. Naturally, the Performance model is considered top of the range, with its mind-boggling figures justifying its place there. It is capable of doing 0-60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. Here we are in the year 2020 with “full self-driving capability” on the horizon for this model. Awesome performance sedan, a beast.

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster (coming soon)

The fastest production car (0-60 mph) ever made. Period. When Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, promised a surprise during the Tesla Semi Unveiling Event, the world was not ready for what he had planned. Capable of reaching 100 mph in just 4.2 seconds, this electric supercar is capable of completing a quarter mile in as little as 8.9 seconds. Musk has hinted that the top speed will be above 250 mph. I wouldn’t be surprised at all as this car does come packed with 755 ft lbs of torque. Yes, you read that right. Expected some time in the next few years.

Current Toyota Performance & Sports Car Models

2020 Toyota Performance Lineup

2020 Toyota Supra

2020 Toyota Supra

Base price: $50,945
Engine: 3.0L turbocharged inline-6
Power: 335 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque: 365 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
0-60 mph: 4.1 s

It has been a long wait since the last Supra was around – 21 years, for those who weren’t counting. Five years ago, Toyota unveiled the unique FT-1 Concept. Early in 2019, they officially revealed its new Supra sports car. The model debuted with more buzz around it than any other Toyota car before it. The car is the fastest Toyota-badged vehicle to date with a 0 to 60 time of just 4.1 seconds. It is powered by a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 engine that makes 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Its low center of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution should help make it a popular choice for enthusiasts and track warriors alike. Moreover, it has a double-strut-spring front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, and comes standard with 19-inch wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, as well as Brembo brakes.

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