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15 Best AWD Sports Cars in 2021

2020 Porsche 911 / Photo Credit: Porsche

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A sports car turns into far more than an occasional driving companion and weekend plaything when fitted with all-wheel drive. Having this added grip helps when the weather doesn’t cooperate and roads turn slippery.

It also increases everyday performance, as each tire is fed power and the car sling-shots its way around tight corners and down straightaways. In circumstances where a front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicle might be left spinning its wheels looking for traction, an all-wheel-drive sports car will keep powering its way forward and inspiring extra confidence in the driver.

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How We Ranked These AWD Sports Cars

We compiled a list of every sports car sold today with all-wheel drive fitted as standard, or available as an option. The prices listed reflect the lowest MSRP for these 15 vehicles when equipped with all-wheel drive.

To determine the Best AWD Sports Cars, we considered a number of factors, including horsepower, base price with AWD, the cost to upgrade to AWD, and our own driving impressions.

2020 Audi A5 / Photo Credit: Audi

2021 Audi A5 / Photo Credit: Audi

1. 2021 Audi A5

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • A5 – 201 hp turbocharged 4-cylinder
    • S5 – 349 hp twin-turbocharged V6
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $41,800
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $0

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2018-2021 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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2020 Nissan GT-R / Photo Credit: Nissan

2021 Nissan GT-R / Photo Credit: Nissan

2. 2021 Nissan GT-R

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • GT-R – 565 hp twin-turbocharged V6
    • Track Edition and Nismo – 600 hp twin-turbocharged V6
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $113,540
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $0

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Shopping for a Used Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R has had the same basic design since 2009, and you could save by considering an older model.

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2020 Acura NSX / Photo Credit: Acura

2021 Acura NSX / Photo Credit: Acura

3. 2021 Acura NSX

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • NSX – 573 hp twin-turbocharged V6 w/three electric motors
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $157,500
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $0

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The Acura NSX first arrived for the 2017 model year. Before this time, sales of the first-generation NSX stopped in 2005.

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2020 Dodge Challenger / Photo Credit: FCA

2021 Dodge Challenger / Photo Credit: Stellantis

4. 2021 Dodge Challenger

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • SXT and GT – 303 hp V6
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $31,295
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $3,000

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The Challenger received its last major update for the 2015 model year. All-wheel drive only became available in 2019.

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2021 Jaguar F-Type / Photo Credit: Jaguar

2021 Jaguar F-Type / Photo Credit: Jaguar

5. 2021 Jaguar F-Type

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • P380 – 380 hp supercharged V6
    • F-Type R – 575 hp supercharged V8
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $81,800
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $20,200

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The 2021 F-Type received an exterior makeover, but the basic structure of the coupe and convertible date back to the 2014 model year.

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2020 Audi TT / Photo Credit: Audi

2021 Audi TT / Photo Credit: Audi

6. 2021 Audi TT

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • TT – 228 hp turbocharged inline 4-cylinder
    • TTS – 288 hp turbocharged inline 4-cylinder
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $49,800
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $0

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The current generation of Audi TT received its most recent update back in 2016.

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2020 Porsche 911 / Photo Credit: Porsche

2021 Porsche 911 / Photo Credit: Porsche

7. 2021 Porsche 911

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • Carrera 4 – 379 hp twin-turbocharged flat 6-cylinder
    • Carrera 4S – 443 hp twin-turbocharged flat 6-cylinder
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $106,500
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $7,300

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Shopping for a Used Porsche 911

Porsche redesigned the 911 for the 2020 model year, though the previous generation is extremely fast and well-engineered. A used 911 with all-wheel drive could save you lots of money.

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2021 BMW 4 Series / Photo Credit: BMW

2021 BMW 4 Series / Photo Credit: BMW

8. 2021 BMW 4 Series

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • 430i – 255 hp turbocharged inline 4-cylinder
    • 440i – 382 hp turbocharged inline 6-cylinder
  • 2020 MSRP w/ AWD: $48,500
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $2,000

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Shopping for a Used BMW 4 Series

BMW completely redesigned the 4 Series for the 2021 model year. You can save money buying a used model or certified pre-owned BMW from the previous generation.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

9. 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • C300 – 255 hp turbocharged 4-cylinder
    • AMG C43 – 385 hp twin-turbocharged V6
    • AMG C63 – 469 hp twin-turbocharged V8
    • AMG C63 S – 503 hp twin-turbocharged V8
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $49,200
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $2,000

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This generation of C-Class dates back to the 2015 model year.

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2020 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport

2021 Infiniti Q60 / Photo Credit: Infiniti

10. 2021 Infiniti Q60

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • Q60 Pure – 300 hp twin-turbocharged V6
    • Red Sport 400 – 400 hp twin-turbocharged V6
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $43,650
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $2,000

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The Q60 first arrived for the 2017 model year. Other than additions like standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Q60 has remained largely unchanged.

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2020 BMW 2 Series Coupe / Photo Credit: BMW

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe / Photo Credit: BMW

11. 2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • 230i xDrive – 248 hp turbocharged inline 4-cylinder
    • 228i xDrive Gran Coupe – 228 hp turbocharged inline 4-cylinder
    • M240i xDrive – 335 hp turbocharged inline 6-cylinder
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $37,900
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $2,000

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The current 2 Series was introduced for the 2014 model year. All-wheel drive first became available in 2015.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

12. 2021 Mercedes E-Class Coupe

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • E 350 – 255 hp turbocharged inline 4-cylinder
    • E 450 – 362 hp twin-turbocharged V6
    • AMG E53 – 440 hp twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $64,950
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $2,500

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This generation of E-Class arrived for the 2017 model year, though updated versions of the coupe and convertible models arrived one year later.

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2020 BMW i8

2020 BMW i8 / Photo Credit: BMW

13. 2020 BMW i8

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • i8 – 357 hp turbocharged inline 3-cylinder w/two electric motors
  • 2020 MSRP w/ AWD: $147,500
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $0

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The BMW i8 first arrived for the 2014 model year. There have been only small changes to this plug-in hybrid-powered sports car. A roadster was added in 2018. BMW discontinued the i8 following the 2020 model year.

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2020 Lexus RC / Photo Credit: Lexus

2021 Lexus RC / Photo Credit: Lexus

14. 2021 Lexus RC

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • RC 300 – 260 hp V6
    • RC 350 – 311 hp V6
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $44,810
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $2,690

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2015-2021 Lexus RC models have similar styling. You could save money by purchasing a used model.

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2020 BMW 8 Series / Photo Credit: BMW

2021 BMW 8 Series / Photo Credit: BMW

15. 2021 BMW 8 Series

  • Trims/Engines With AWD
    • 840i xDrive – 335 hp turbocharged inline 6-cylinder
    • M850i xDrive – 523 hp twin-turbocharged V8
  • 2021 MSRP w/ AWD: $87,900
  • Cost to Upgrade to AWD: $2,900

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The current BMW 8 Series arrived for the 2019 model year.

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More About the Best AWD Sports Cars

This list of 15 vehicles contains a wide range of makes and models, not to mention a broad swath of prices. At the top of the price range are cars like the Acura NSX, BMW i8, Porsche 911, and Nissan GT-R. These four vehicles alone have a combined output of more than 1,800 horsepower.

Of these cars here, none is more iconic than the Porsche 911. Having been on sale continuously since 1963, the latest generation sharpens this rear-engine coupe into an even faster and more agile speed machine. The standard Carrera 4 Coupe is motivated by a 379-horsepower turbocharged flat 6-cylinder engine and is capable of sprinting from zero to 60 mph in only four seconds.

While the Nissan GT-R has been around for more than a decade in its present form, there’s a good reason this all-wheel-drive sports car is nicknamed “Godzilla.” Thanks to its 565-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine and a host of electronic aids tasked with keeping all this power under control, the GT-R needs only three seconds for the same sprint to 60 mph.

It takes the likes of a Bugatti Chiron or Lamborghini Aventador – both of which have all-wheel drive as standard – to accelerate harder than this blocky Nissan. And while the GT-R’s price of $113,000 is steep, it’s a fraction of what you’d pay for these two other stratospherically priced supercars.

Now if speed and fuel economy is what you’re after in a sports car, look no further than the Acura NSX and BMW i8. Both are hybrids, with electric motors and lithium-ion battery packs working in cooperation with a gas-fed motor. The soon-to-be-discontinued i8 can travel 18 miles on pure battery power before its turbocharged 3-cylinder engine springs back into action.

Meanwhile, the NSX offers no fewer than four drive modes: Sport, Sport+, Track, and Quiet. These transform this mid-engine sports car into a snarling racing machine, to a docile 2-passenger coupe capable of whirring away on electric power for short distances. Like the GT-R, all-wheel drive is standard and helps manage the more than 500 horsepower generated by Acura’s advanced powertrain.

Not every sports car fitted with all-wheel drive costs a fortune or needs massive amounts of power to put a smile on the driver’s face. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and C-Class coupes, for example, offer a blend of refinement, performance, and room enough for four adults to enjoy the ride. Each is offered with all-wheel drive as an option on both the 2-door hardtop and convertible variants. While neither is what you’d call inexpensive, they’re far more within the range of everyday car shoppers than some of the exotic models we’ve included.

In fact, the three least expensive models deliver more than enough style and substance to keep you entertained – and the car pointed in the right direction should you happen to speed your way over a slippery surface. The Dodge Challenger is a rare muscle car in that it offers all-wheel drive as an option. Limited to the entry-level model fitted with a 3.6-liter V6, this motor still provides a substantial 303 horsepower. It doesn’t hurt matters that of its closest rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, the Challenger also has the roomiest cabin and largest trunk.

The BMW 2 Series and Infiniti Q60 are further proof that adding all-wheel drive onto a sporty coupe can make a good thing that much better. With its quick reflexes, the 2 Series is a delight to drive no matter if it’s powered by the standard turbo-4 or optional turbocharged inline-6. The Infiniti Q60 also balances a luxurious ride with acceleration to pin you into your seat, especially when equipped with an optional twin-turbo V6 with 400 horsepower.

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