Here’s 10 performance cars you can use in winter

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Some performance cars simply aren’t good for driving in winter, however there are a number of options for those who do want to go fast in all weathers. We’ve picked 10.

As the winter months draw in, performance cars are traditionally hurried into garages, storage units and lock-ups to protect them from the elements. However, there are a few cars on the market today that needn’t be mollycoddled and can genuinely take whatever the winter can throw at them.

Here, we’ve picked out 10 performance cars that you can use throughout winter come rain, shine, sleet or snow.

Audi RS6 Performance

The RS6 uses a powerful V8 engine

However, don’t think you’ll be spiralling off into a hedge when things get slippy, as the RS6 uses Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system, allowing it to find grip no matter how treacherous the conditions. Add to this the RS6’s genuinely practical bodystyle and its better – though not brilliant – fuel economy, and you’ve got an ideal winter wagon.

Range Rover Sport SVR

The Range Rover SVR has a lot of go-anywhere capability

A supercharged 5.0-litre sends 542bhp to all four wheels, though you still get Range Rover’s Terrain Response off-road system – meaning all that power can be put to good use in all conditions. This does all come at a cost, particularly in fuel economy –22mpg to be exact.


Mercedes-AMG E63S

The E63S features all-wheel-drive technology

Ariel Nomad


The Nomad provides a hugely involving driving experience

A 2.4-litre Honda-sourced engine sends drive to all four wheels, while suspension with a huge amount of travel allows the Nomad to handle anything that is thrown at it. A tubular framework also means you’ll look like nothing else on the road.

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso

The GTC4 Lusso can be used in nearly all conditions

Thankfully, the GTC4 Lusso utilises a clever electronic all-wheel-drive system, meaning that it’ll be able to tackle snow and ice like no other Ferrari can – yet it’ll do so in supreme luxury, as you’d expect with a car from Maranello.

Bentley Bentayga

The Bentayga is one of the most luxurious cars on sale today

Of course, it has a lot of performance to offer too. With a turbocharged W12 powering this affair, it’ll hit 60mph in just four seconds before topping out at 187mph.

Volkswagen Golf R

The Golf R is hugely capable in all conditions

Whereas the two-wheel-drive GTI would be spinning its front wheels in poor conditions, the R’s all-wheel-drive system means the fun doesn’t have to stop when the weather turns sour.


The new M5 now features all-wheel-drive

You are able to lock that system to rear-wheel-drive only, but for the vast majority of the time it’s best left powering all four wheels – particularly in the winter months when traction is king.

Subaru WRX Final Edition

The WRX features a lot of rally-bred technology

A four-wheel-drive system, as well as rally-inspired suspension, makes the WRX Final Edition hugely capable in all weathers, while large Brembo brakes can effectively bring the whole thing to a stop.

Ford Focus RS

The Focus RS has rally-inspired technology

When you strip away the performance, you’re left with a genuine five-seater hatchback, so you’ll still be able to bring your friends along and save them from the cold.

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