A sports car (sportscar) is a small, usually two seater, two door automobile designed for spirited performance and nimble handling. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the first known use of the term was in 1928.
Sports cars may be spartan or luxurious, but high maneuverability and minimum weight are requisite. They may be equipped for racing, "especially an aerodynamically shaped one-passenger or two-passenger vehicle having a low center of gravity and steering and suspension designed for precise control at high speeds."
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, hot hatches and the like, generally are not considered sports cars, yet share traits common to sports cars. Certain models, such as the AMC AMX can "appeal to both muscle car and sports car enthusiasts, two camps that rarely acknowledged each other's existences." Some models are sometimes called "sports cars" for marketing purposes to take advantage of greater marketplace acceptance and for promotional purposes. Performance cars of various configurations are grouped as Sports and Grand tourer cars or, occasionally, as performance cars.
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