Entering the gleaming halls of a used car dealership, everyone is looking for a great deal. However, getting a good deal on a car goes beyond the amount you pay the dealer. You need to assess the quality of the car, the benefits it offers and the long-term operating costs. If you keep this in mind, you’ll soon notice that the number of cars that can fit in your boxes is rapidly decreasing.
Even if you’re looking for a sleek, fun-filled coupe or convertible, but only have a limited budget to work with, you still have several great sports car options to choose from. When looking for a used sports car, you choose between everything from powerful American models to European luxury cars and JDMs designed to perfection. That said, you don’t have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a sports car that gives you an attractive look and impressive performance. Your future car may not be able to compete with high-end supercars, but many options will put a smile on your face without making a huge dent in your wallet. Here are a few to get you started.
10 2016-2020 Nissan 370Z
You probably heard how awesome this car was because of its appearance in Fast & Furious. This Nissan shares the same DNA as its older brother, the GTR, but at a much lower price. The Nissan 370Z has a futuristic design that has aged well and is still attractive.
The powerful V6 engine under the hood not only looks good, but also performs well. Due to the smooth handling and the first-class equipment available, this car can be considered as a large touring car. A used 370Z costs about $30,000.
9 2016-present BMW M2
However, one of the most amusing aspects of German automakers is that so many of their greatest victories are the result of accidents. This is BMW’s M vehicle, which is one of the base models, bringing the price down to $54K.
It’s still a lot of money, but it’s a steal compared to other high-end luxury sports. The price of this German luxury car is currently around $40,000-$47,000. Top Gear called it “one of the best driver’s cars period” after all, for a reason.
8 2017-present Honda Civic Type R (FK8)
Honda’s Civic Type R is a hot front-wheel drive hatchback with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 306 horsepower and a super-fast six-speed manual transmission. For just under $38,000, they built this hot hatch to beat the biggest supercars.
The five-seater is one of the fastest front-wheel drive cars on the market. They fly off the shelves when they arrive in the showrooms.
7 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
The term Hellcat brings to mind tire smoke and drag racing, and this ultra-powerful edition of the Dodge Challenger muscle car lives up to those expectations. The 2020 Dodge Challenger is a return to the original model, which debuted in 1970.
It’s brash and exciting, even in its less powerful guise. Regardless, the Hellcat is by far the best value for money on this list in terms of horsepower. For just $68,000 you have 717 horsepower.
6 2009-2013 C6 Corvette ZR1
The most famous and recognized American two-seat sports car in history, going from zero to sixty in about three seconds and reaching a top speed of 210 miles per hour, is monster territory. However, given the speed of the ZR1, we can only assume that it deserves the title of an all-American supercar.
The C6 ZR1 was also the most expensive Corvette ever built. A 2009 ZR1 started at $103,300 and rose to $112,575 in 2013. However, in today’s pre-owned market, you can get it for $61,000.
5 Ariel Atom 3
Some of you already have a great car that you drive on a daily basis, but you’ve saved enough money to buy a performance car for track days. If so, look no further than Ariel’s $30,000 job-ready monster.
The engine of the 300 has been modified with a supercharger to increase the power from 245 hp to 300 hp. In a car this small, this level of performance makes Ferraris and Lamborghinis feel sluggish, which is scary.
4 2005-09 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
The Mercedes SL is a renowned car with a heritage that evokes images of fame, elegance and wealth. Some argue that the SL65 AMG’s 604 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque is excessive for a road car.
Used models today cost about $45,000. The personality, engineering genius and rarity of these cars have all contributed to their extraordinary value retention. The SL65 cost $182,000 new, plus options; these cars were never cheap to begin with, and they aren’t now.
3 2012-15 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe
In the past 111 years, Chevrolet cars have attracted attention and achieved excellent marks. The Alpha platform Camaro completed the nameplate shift from a heavy pony car to a light, sporty sports car. Chevy has a flair for huge power engines.
Perhaps the best deal is the ZL1 bundle. For about $32,000, you get the same 6.2L supercharged V8 engine pumping out 580 horsepower as the ZO6 Corvette, along with bad aero and ultra-grippy tires.
2 2005-2014 Fifth Generation Ford Mustang GT
It would be practically difficult to compile a list of high-power, low-cost cars without including the model that popularized the concept in the first place. When the 2005 Mustang was first released, it cost between $20,000 and $31,000 for the V6 coupe RWD and $31,000 for the GT premium convertible RWD.
Considering that many of these used ponies in good condition are available for around $10,000, this is a great option for a car that can stay polite while burning tires if necessary.
1 2008 Porsche Cayman
You have not been cheated. We can have a reasonably modern Porsche for less than the cost of a new Camry. Featuring a mid-mounted 2.9-liter six-cylinder boxer engine rated at 265 hp and 221 lb-ft. torque you get an exotic design, a structure that sticks to the road and characteristic of Porsche’s capabilities.
The Cayman S accelerates to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 271 mph. Plus, you can brag about your Porsche! For less than $20,000.
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