We all have another dream car we want to own someday, whether it’s a feisty little sports car like the Toyota GR86 or an admittedly obnoxious hot hatch like the VW Golf R, or as most people wish, a unique supercar like the Vector W8. . Dreams like these seem unrealistic and are only meant for the one-percent in life, but we’re here to tell you otherwise. It’s not necessarily about how much money you have, but how you spend that money. We’ve put together a list of your best options when looking for a used supercar that won’t break the maintenance cost or purchase price.
all the supercars on our list are no older than 1990, and the newest came out just 8 years ago. Also worth noting is that these cars won’t exceed $40,000, and they won’t break down every other day of the week. Owning a supercar is much easier than you might have initially thought, and maybe that childhood dream of yours during a flamboyant, fast, orchestra on wheels is much more achievable.
10 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG ($32,500)
The Mercedes-Benz CL 65 is a beautiful gas-guzzling super that combines exquisite excellence with a German-built 6.0-litre V12 powerhouse. Inside, the Merc is decked out in the most supple of leathers, as well as refined carvings and electronically adjustable heated seats.
Under the hood, though, it’s anything but tame; the CL 65 has a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 that sends more than 600 horsepower to the rear wheels. Sure, this might not be as exotic as a Ferrari, but it’s definitely something that will stand out from the crowd, and it’s a great bargain considering we found a low mileage example for under $33,000†
9 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo ($39,000)
Porsches aren’t considered a true supercar by many purists, but once turbochargers were thrown into the mix with the 930-generation 911, things took a turn for the worse and it’s clear that the latest 992 Turbo S is an absolute monster. Today we are talking about the 996 generation of the 911 Turbo, by far the most underrated.
Tucked into the back of the 911 is a 3.6-liter, twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produced 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. All of its power is distributed across all four wheels, so that means the 996 Turbo can achieve a 0-60 time of just 4.2 seconds when paired with the six-speed manual transmission. As for the prices of these unsung Porsches… we recommend spending as much money as you can, as prices start from just above $20,000, but anyway, they all seem to be pretty reliable†
8 1994 Dodge Viper ($40,000)
Now we are talking. A real animal that is not only fast, but also dangerous, the one and only Dodge Viper. The first generation Vipers are not only famous for their naturally aspirated 400-horsepower 8.0-litre V10 engines, but they are also famous for their sheer lack of driver and passenger safety. Listen to us, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, aside from the obvious of course.
The 1994 Viper RT-10 was a roofless snake that only came with a six-speed manual transmission, and it said nothing about traction or stability control… it didn’t even leave the factory floor with ABS. Viper prices have skyrocketed in recent years, so we’re not sure how long these deadly traps will remain viable, but if you happen to find a well-maintained one like thischerish her.
7 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage ($38,000)
We have two very different Aston Martins that will be on our list today, and first up we have the more chic of the bunch, the DB7 Vantage. If the DB7 sounds familiar to you, but you’re not sure why, it’s because the DB7 was the forerunner of the famous DB9; they both had V12 engines, similar design languages and both an incomparable presence on the road.
The DB7 had a 5.9-litre V12 crammed under the hood that put out 420 horsepower, which may sound average in today’s time, but on straights it can still keep up with a modern sports car like the new Toyota Supra, the main selling point because you can you feel more special behind the wheel of an Aston than a Toyota.
6 1991 BMW 850i ($28,000)
Not many people know about the existence of the first generation 8 series since the latest generation 8 series caught all the attention, but if you happen to be one of those who remember the first 8, you know why it is so special. Not only did it have a sharp and angular design with flip-up headlights and a royal family, but the 850i in particular was equipped with a 5.0-liter V12 that squeezed almost 300 horsepower out of it.
It wasn’t lightning fast, nor was it extravagant, but because the 850i was such a seamless cruiser with a good figure and a new price tag of nearly $100,000, people were drooling over it. A well-maintained 850i can be bought on the market today for just under $28,000, but remember that the 850i is also a real investment piece. It’s worth noting that if you have deeper pockets, we recommend you look for an 850CSi.
5 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 ($33,000)
Listen, Corvettes are a difficult breed to categorize. Some consider it sports cars, others consider it muscle cars, but we think it all depends on the trim level you choose. For example, the new C8 Corvette can be classified as a high-performance sports car or a baby supercar, but in the 90s, the C4 ZR-2 Corvette was a full-fledged supercar.
0-60 happened in just 4.5 seconds, and because it came with a stick shift and no electronic limit on the speedometer, you could go from burning some rubber to reaching its top speed of 175 mph, all the while doing the full control the ZR-1.
4 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage ($34,000)
Okay, we get it. You crave something more modern, something that will remain timeless for years to come, but also packs a punch when you accelerate. In that case, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is the perfect contender. As the name suggests, the V8 Vantage has a naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8 that pumps under the hood and produces 380 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque… but it gets even better.
A few years ago, a Vantage could be found for a pinch of over $20,000, but because of the crazy world we live in today, prices have gone up. However, we still argue that paying $34,000 for a baby Aston Maritn is an absolute bargain to get a taste of what it feels like to be James Bond.
3 2013 Jaguar XKR ($31,000)
How does this sound for a supercar: 510 horsepower from a supercharged 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8, a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds, a top speed of 274 mph when optional with the Dynamic Pack, and an unparalleled growl from the exhaust† Oh, and don’t think you’ll spend even a second driving a cheap, plain-looking budget supercar, the XKR is a true driver-focused Jag worthy of the beast on its grille.
So now that we’ve thrown the stats out, all we need to know is that these modern British muscle-powered sports cars are worth about $30,000 on the second-hand market for now, but if the future is as V8-less as it seems, there never will be. that Jaguar makes that totally matches the raw tenacity of the XKR.
2 2009 Maserati GranTurismo ($27,000)
And our runner-up for best-used supercar for a budget-conscious buyer is the Maserati GranTurismo, and we can hear all the keyboard warriors raging because Maseratis aren’t reliable. In all fairness, Maserati has never been, and still isn’t overly reliable, and very prone to depreciation as a brand, but the GranTurismo is far more reliable than say a Quattroporte and that’s why it’s on our list.
In terms of performance and exterior, the GranTurismo is absolutely fantastic. It has a sexy, sleek design that doesn’t look dated, and because of its symphonic Ferrari-derived 4.2-liter 405-hp V8, it’s definitely worth its less than $30,000 price tag†
1 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ($36,000)
Oh, all previous offers were too tame for you† Well, here’s the ultimate supercar for those of you on a budget – and it’s a Corvette. No ordinary ‘Vette’ however, it is the C6-generation Z06. For less than $40,000 you can build one of the most insane American supercars ever. The Z06 was equipped with a massive naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8 hidden under the hood that sends more than 500 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, but even more impressive is its 0-60 time of just 3.6 seconds. .. but it gets better.
The Z06 also came with a standard six-speed transmission, so you’re always in full control; of course that depends on how good your driver is, because taming 505 ponies isn’t easy, especially when you know that if you don’t let go of the accelerator, the Z06 can hit 198 mph.