Is there any better way to spend your life than cruising around pristine strips of tarmac in a blindingly fast sports car? Didn’t think so.

To get you on your way we’ve trawled the leasing world for ten outstanding sports cars you can lease for under £500 per month.

So put your feet up and pick out your next set of wheels!

Wild enough to covet yet affordable enough to buy, the Boxster has carved out a nice little following in the UK. Take one for a test drive and you’ll understand why the Boxster has just a dedicated and loyal fan base.

The new 718 Boxster was introduced last year, replacing the previous iteration which had been in production since 2012.

The biggest change with the new 718 is the loss of its iconic flat-six in favour of a fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder block.

Gone are the wild screaming starts and howling downshifts that won over so many hearts.

While Porsche might have lost a small portion of diehard fans by ditching the old engine, I’m definitely not one of them. The new 718 Boxster looks, feels, sounds and drives better than ever.

Even with the standard 300hp 2.0-litre engine, it roars from 0-60mph in under five seconds and onto a top speed of 177mph.

The re-tuned chassis, which borrows its steering system from the 911 Turbo, feels fantastic wherever you are. Upgrade to Porsche’s Active Suspension Management and things get even better. It’s flat and smooth and accurate and unbelievably fun on windy roads.

Inside, the design, detailing and build quality are all top notch. Although, considering Porsche has copied the whole interior straight from the vastly more expensive 911, we’d expect nothing else.

My only gripe is that the entry-level package is pretty basic with sat-nav, Bluetooth and DAB radio all optional add-ons. Expensive optional add-ons. Very expensive optional add-ons.

Still, who buys a Boxster to listen to Chris Moyles on the radio?

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Porsche 718 Boxster Roadster

4 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.5
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 158 - 205g/km

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When you look at the Audi A5 the word that comes to mind isn’t flashy. It’s not ostentatious either. Nor is it aggressive, flamboyant or chic.

The word is executive.

It’s big and powerful. It’s a director’s car. An engineer’s car. A cardiac consultant’s car.

And what a car it is. The A5 handles exactly how you expect it should — like a precisely engineered German dream.

Under the bonnet, you've got five decent engines on offer, ranging from a petite 2.0-litre TFSI to a chunky 3.0-litre TDI quattro. If you can't find something to suit your particular blend of petrol headedness, there's not much hope for you!

Internally, the A5 goes back to the executive mould. A virtual cockpit, outstanding infotainment system, beautiful materials and the widest gearstick ever constructed make the A5 a truly joyous place to be.

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Audi A5 Coupe

14 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 1.4 - 3.2
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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If the Ford Mustang was a person, I get the feeling it’d be truly terrifying. Six foot five, built like a tank with piercing, angry eyes. Say the wrong thing and you’ll be flying head-first through the nearest window.

Yep, the Mustang is a thing is super aggressive motor.

After the looks, the most important thing about an American muscle car is the engine. With the Mustang, you’ve got the choice of an economical 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost and a full-on 5.0-litre V8.

If you want the full muscle car experience, I think you know which one to get.

The V8 block sounds exactly like it should with a booming bassy roar underpinning every single thing you do. The 0-60mph time sits at just under five seconds and you’ll top out at a brisk 155mph.

It’s fun. A lot of fun. Almost too much fun for British roads.

Inside, Ford’s designers have really upped their game, upgrading both the design and build quality. The driver’s seat in a Ford Mustang is now quite a pleasant place to be, which is a nice bonus for a muscle car!

The driving experience is surprisingly good too. With all new rear suspension, the Mustang finally handles like a car and not a rigid metal box with a huge engine bolted on.

The front suspension’s also received a bit of a tune-up, which delivers much better feel through the steering wheel.

All in all, the Mustang is a hugely enjoyable, modern American muscle car.

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Ford Mustang Fastback

21 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 5.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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An old-school sports coupe with no delusions of grandeur and no qualms about what it is, the Nissan 370Z is a sporty motor for those who like raw speed.

The 370Z’s handling isn’t exactly what you’d call sophisticated. The steering is heavy and the gearbox is prehistoric.

The official manual from Nissan reads: “Stick both hands on the wheel, pump yourself up and wrestle the car around corners.”

(Okay, it doesn’t really but it should.)

Compared to the lightweight steering in something like a 718 Boxster, it’s a completely different experience. Not a bad experience — far from it — but not one for the casual motorist.

Sitting in the driver’s seat, it’s obvious that Nissan didn’t waste their budget employing interior designers. Everything you need is there but it’s not a thing of beauty. Cheap plastics cover every surface and the dash design feels a bit dated.

But that's missing the point.

The 370Z isn’t about plush interiors and fancy dials.

No, the Nissan is for driving round Brands Hatch or Silverstone and finding out how hard you can stamp on an accelerator. And you don’t need a fancy infotainment systems for that!

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Nissan 370z Coupe

4 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3
  • Engine: 3.7
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 245 - 276g/km

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The Abarth 124 Spider looks like the love child of Sylvester Stallone and a retro muscle car. It’s big and blunt and powerful and looks like it wants to steal the keys and drive itself off into the sunset.

When you peel away the jaw-dropping styling, what you find beneath is the body of a Fiat 124 Spider. However, Abarth claims the two couldn’t be more different.

To start with, the Abarth is leaner. The engineers have scrapped anything non-essential and you can feel it on the road! It stops in the blink of an eye and turns on a dime.

Next, they upped the performance. The Abarth’s 1.4-litre engine might be smaller than the units in other sport cars but its supercharger ups the power output to 168hp — easily enough to keep most petrolheads happy.

Finally, Abarth tightened up the suspension, which has made the ride unbelievably tactile. You can feel every layer of tarmac through the wheels, which is such a joy compared to the disconnected experience you get in most modern sports cars.

I really can’t speak highly enough of the Abarth. It’s a sports car made for petrol heads rather than footballers and it never failed to put a smile on my face.

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Abarth 124 Spider Roadster

2 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 1.4
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 148 - 153g/km

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The Toyota GT86 is a truly sensational sports car.

Its naturally aspirated engine and skinny tyres throw the focus back on the driver. There’s a whole lot of feedback through the wheel to tell you exactly what’s going on under the wheels and the handling is precise and lively.

You get one engine option — a 200hp 2.0-litre Boxer engine — which does the job and then some! Low rev power lags a little bit but get the engine screaming and it’ll feel like you’ve stepped on a rocket.

Inside, the styling is basic but competent. The two-tone aesthetic is intricate without being fussy and bold without being brash.

Find a road by the coast where it's warm enough to drop the top and you'll never want the tarmac to end!

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Toyota Gt86 Coupe

2 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 2.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 164 - 196g/km

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Since they’re based on the same basic platform, the Mazda MX-5 and the Fiat 124 Spider are very similar cars. That's why I went for the super-tuned Abarth version mentioned above.

Okay, back to the Mazda.

First launched 25 years ago, the MX-5 was a breath of fresh air in the sports car world. Small, fast and light with rear-wheel drive and a punchy naturally aspirated engine, there was nothing fancy about the Mazda. It looked good, sounded great and was a blast to drive.

Set up for feedback, everything about the car just feels brilliant. The gears slot into position with a weighty clunk, the skinny tyres let you feel every bump in the road and with the the soft top down you can enjoy the wind in your hair.

Under the bonnet, you get two options — a 129bhp 1.5-litre or a 157bhp 2.0-litre. Yes, that sounds a bit underpowered compared to the 200bhp Toyota or the 300bhp Nissan but you’ve got to remember how light this car is.

Tipping the scales at just over a tonne, the MX-5 doesn’t need a huge engine to get off the line like an absolute rocket. With the smaller 1.5-litre, you'll get from 0-60mph in around 8 seconds.

Pick up the larger 2.0-litre and you'll knock about a second off that. You also get some nice additions with the bigger engine like Bilstein dampers to cut down on body roll and a limited-slip diff to keep you planted through the corners.

Don’t discount the smaller engine, though. It’s super willing and has all the power you’ll need for tight twisty country roads.

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Mazda Mx-5 Convertible

7 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Sports
  • Drive: M
  • CO2: None

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Initial Rental: £924.91 inc VAT

The Lexus RC is a welcome break from the petrol-drenched coupes that make up the rest of this list. A smart hybrid, the RC is the perfect choice for the refined speedster.

From the outside, the RC’s styling is superb. From the gentle curving lines of the bonnet to the sharp angular shape of the grille, everything just oozes sophistication.

Inside everything is bang on trend too. Soft-touch materials cover every single surface and every dial, knob and button feels precisely engineered. Adding to the luxury, even the basic models are well specced with sat-nav, keyless entry and DAB radios as standard.

On the road, the Lexus is quite a bit more sedentary than you’d expect. You don’t really get a tingle up your neck when you stamp on the accelerator but you'll not really care when you're sat in the opulent interior.

Even the RC’s big brother, the Lexus RC F, fails to live up to its sporty styling and delivers a lacklustre experience on the track.

But maybe that misses the point of the RC. It’s a classy car for classy people. It’s not something you’d buy to take to your local track day.

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Lexus RC Coupe (2015)

0 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 2.0 - 2.5
  • Fuel: P, H
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 113 - 168g/km

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Just look at the Alfa Romeo 4C! Ooooo! I mean, do we really need to say anything else?

Well, apparently two sentences don’t make a review so yes I do.

The Alfa looks like the type of concept car you see at high-profile motoring events. The kind of car you look at and know that it’ll never get built.

I mean, just look at those huge sweeping air ducts above the rear wheels! They belong on an F1 beast not a production car!

So it’s easy on the eyes but what’s it like on the road?

In a word, outstanding.

There’s a 1.3-litre turbocharged engine under the bonnet delivering 240bhp to the wheels. Pound for pound, that works out the same power-to-weight ratio as an Audi R8.

What’s more, unlike a lot of other sports cars, there’s a direct connection between the wheel and steering rack, which lets you feel the road and the performance of the tyres.

Inside things are smart and functional. Digital dials, carbon fibre, aluminium and leather cover every surface but the design isn't anything special. But when the driving’s this good, who really cares?

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Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

0 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 1.7
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 157g/km

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