Midst the rumour that says, “The car is dead,” the sports car most definitely isn’t. Of course, it does depend on how you define “sports car.” Is it, as strict definitions would say, a topless two-seater that can be raced in a pinch? Or is it, as a broader definition would indicate, merely a two-door car, or a fast version of a mainstream sedan?

We’ve taken a position midway between, limiting “sports car” to performance-oriented two-doors. That means no Subaru WRX, no Volkswagen Beetle, no Fiat 500.

The end result is 25 cars that have sold some 28,000 copies in Canada through the first 11 months of 2017, a group of cars that offer more performance than ever, a group of five quintets that prove this is the golden era of automotive enthusiasm.

Granted, slightly more than half of the sports car market’s volume stems from the trio of leaders: American muscle cars all.