Fast Furious and up to 53MPG.
The mission - should we choose to accept it - is to find five thrilling sports cars with fantastic fuel efficiency. But surely that is “mission impossible”. Sports cars tend to be powerful, after all, and that means they get through gas like Ethan Hunt gets through bullets. But no. There are some fairly fast – and some very fast - cars that sip fuel like a condemned spy sips his final drink. The 124bhp Mazda MX5 1.8i SE, for starters, hits 62mph in 9.9 seconds and averages 39.8mpg. It is therefore more fuel efficient than the base-spec Renault Scenic - and that is a compact multi-purpose vehicle rather than a thrilling sports car. The Mazda MX-5 also has tremendous looks, pin-sharp handling, and excellent build quality. Furthermore, this two-door convertible has moved beyond fashionable to the realm of iconic. Why? Because it is the latest in a long line of capable sports cars from its manufacturer. All for £18,595 which is less than Ethan Hunt's haircut.And there is more. The Toyota GT86 Automatic also averages 39.8mpg. It is, however, significantly faster than the Mazda MX-5 1.8i SE. This 2.0-litre 197bhp petrol therefore hits 62mph in 8.2 seconds. Sounds perfect for quick getaways. Its engine – which is from Subaru – is a flat-four so the cylinders pump left and right rather than up and down. That enables it to be mounted low in the car which helps the handling. And yes, it handles beautifully. This two-door coupé also has four seats so Ethan Hunt can take his family on missions. All from £26,495. That said, some adventures require German cars rather than Japanese. Roll out the BMW Z4 sDrive28i. This sharp-handling convertible averages 41.5mpg which is remarkable for a sports car that hits 62mph in 5.7 seconds. Power comes from a 2.0-litre 245bhp petrol engine which is smooth, refined, and bolted to six-speed manual transmission. All for £34,095. This beast is also available with optional extras that make life undercover more cosy. Highlights include the: television (£810), the heated steering wheel (£155), the electric memory seats (985), and cruise control £255). The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 200 BlueEFFICIENCY Auto is even more fuel efficient. As such, this 1.8-litre 181bhp petrol averages 43.5mpg. That is impressive for a car that rockets to 62mph in 7.0 seconds. This convertible also has a beautifully crafted cabin which is both stylish and comfortable. This complements its 225-litre boot which is comparable to a city car, so there is plenty of room for spy memorabilia such as kidnapped dignitaries. Plus, it a Mercedes-Benz so it is relaxing and fun to drive. All for £31,505. But there is one even more fuel efficient sports car to consider. The Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TDI Quattro Sport returns 53.3mpg. That is fantastic. Its 2.0-litre 167bhp diesel engine ensures it is fast too. Ethan Hunt can therefore hit 62mph – and charge away from his enemies - in only 7.6 seconds. He can also corner with confidence thanks to the four-wheel-drive system. All for £28,585. Or, should Hunt buy that Renault Scenic?