If you’re looking for a sports car you can safely enjoy long-term, buying new is the way to go. Here are the coolest ones you can buy on a budget.
Sometimes, buying a new car makes a lot more sense than buying a used one. Despite the steep initial price, new cars tend to make up for it all in the long term, thanks to lower maintenance and repair costs. Not to mention they’re more reliable and often perform better. This is without taking into consideration all the risks of buying a used car.
And while people would often prefer more functional options like SUVs and sedans to make the most out of their money, there is always that hidden desire to ride some of the fastest and most gorgeous-looking sports cars.
So what’s stopping everyone from doing so? Well, the prices that go along with these cars. But in reality, the sports car classification is a blanket that covers a vast selection of vehicles that can vary in design, build, and prices. So whether you’re the average 9 to 5 Joe or a multi-millionaire tycoon, you can be sure that there’s a sports car out there with a price tag that you can save up for. Here are just some of the fastest budget-friendly sports cars you can buy new.
9 Dodge Challenger – $28,095
If you’re not into the conventional modern styling of today’s sports cars, the Dodge Challenger may be what you’re missing. It doesn’t only carry the Dodge history but also has modern quirks blended into the classic styling.
The 2020 Dodge Challenger offers five engine types including Hellcat engines. Depending on the variant you choose, you can have a Challenger churning out 305 up to 797 horsepower. If you’re looking at the most powerful pony, you can expect a sprint of 0 to 60 in only 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 203 miles per hour. But the base version’s 305 horsepower is just enough to have some serious fun, and it costs no more than a Prius.
8 BMW Z4 Roadster – $49,700
BMW creates some of the most coveted cars in the market. Thanks to their quality vehicles, they were able to build a good reputation that’s well reflected in the price tag.
But unlike the rest of their products, the BMW Z4 is a more affordable option if you want that white, black and blue logo on your ride without the usual hefty cost. This beautiful machine uses the rear wheels to achieve a top speed of 155 miles per hour. It also comes in a drop-top style that makes the car look more expensive than it actually is.
7 Chevrolet Camaro – $29,000
The Chevrolet Camaro is one of those models that require little to no introduction at all. These days, if you’re looking for a car that’s as striking in performance as it is in design, the Camaro is your best bet.
The 2020 update comes in two sporty versions – a coupe and a convertible. There are five trims to choose from with the base Camaro offering up to 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft of torque. You can also get the 2019 model in a bright yellow color that the 2020 update isn’t available in.
6 Ford Mustang – $26,670
Ford Mustangs are some of the last lineups of cars that bear the muscle car DNA from long ago. Though it’s far from what people back then have woken up to, we’re glad this descendant was made more affordable for the people today.
A 2020 Ford Mustang comes with a dependable 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine that lets the car have 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Aside from typical safety features, it also comes with added kicks like a Personal Safety System for both the driver and passenger.
5 Subaru WRX STI – $27,495
Subaru has never been in line with the biggest and most famous luxury carmakers in the world. But they certainly have a lot to offer. One good proof of this is the Subaru WRX STI.
The four-door sports car may not be as expensive or lavish as your typical Lambo or Ferrari but it carries a few features that may just get you to spend that well-earned cash. First off, it comes with a generous direct-injection turbocharged power mill that can pour out 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. As a standard, all WRX models – including the STI – runs using all four wheels and are fitted with Brembo brakes.
4 Mazda MX-5 Miata – $26,580
Despite being in existence for nearly 31 years, it’s surprising to know that the Miata has had very little changes over the years. It still has that iconic face and the slightly curving edges at the headlights.
These days, you can get a base Miata or as they call it, the Sport variant, for $26,580. Whichever you pick, you’ll find a good 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G 4-cylinder engine under the hood. It also comes with a few smart features like Smart City Brake Support and a Lane Departure Warning System.
3 Nissan 370Z – $30,090
Real car enthusiasts have a keen interest in the cars that survived for so long. If you’re that type who has a liking for these types of sports cars, then you must know the 50-year old Z lineup from Nissan.
The classic series is putting up their latest contribution to the sportscar scene with the Nissan 370Z. There are two V6 engine options. One is a 3.2L variant capable of 332 horsepower while the other is a 350-horsepower Nismo engine. It comes in both automatic and manual transmission so you can bet that there’s a Nissan 370Z for everybody.
2 Subaru BRZ – $28,845
The current tagline for the BRZ promotion seems to be saying that this affordable sportscar is as responsive as it gets. But for the price tag of 28,845, here is what you really get.
All models come with the 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer engine. This amazing power source can churn out up to a whopping 205 horsepower. This is mated with a balanced six-speed manual transmission on all models. But they also feature limited edition ones with automatic transmission. The 2020 BRZ can go from 0 to 60 in only 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 143 miles per hour.
1 Toyota 86 – $27,060
Originally named as Sports 800, who knew that the Toyota 86 legacy would live this long? Thankfully, the 86 looks and drives far from how the original model did – making it one of the most affordable sports cars today.
For $27,060, you can get the base model with a 2.0L four-cylinder boxer engine. There is also the standard 6-speed manual transmission that enthusiasts are sure to love. Overall, the 86 is a great car guaranteed to give you that sportscar experience at a price you can afford.
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