Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. An automobile designed for high speed and power, tight handling, and flashy looks.
n. a small low car with a high-powered engine; usually seats two persons [syn: sport car]
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."