It breaks our hearts to say that all gasoline cars are going extinct, and we’ll only be left with their electric counterparts. Despite some carmakers like Toyota trying to cater to us, the automotive enthusiasts, Tesla is still the face of everything electric. They have been creating renowned electric cars for what feels like forever, and their most affordable option is called the Model 3.
The base Model 3 costs anything upwards of $46,440, and although its hefty price tag, it’s only driven by the rear wheels, and overflows with cheap materials and unignorable panel gaps. We have to give credit where credit is due though, its 62.3 kWh battery manages to rocket the electric sedan from 0-60 in under 6 seconds, which is quicker than some modern sports cars. On the other hand, it’s only viable on short journeys since Tesla claims the Model 3 can only do 267 miles on a single charge. That might sound like plenty, but as we have seen in the past, EVs aren’t meant for road trips, and seldom reach their claimed distance with just one juiced-up battery.
10 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo ($43,500)
The Porsche 911 has always been a staple sports car that everyone loves to drive as much as they do staring at it, and if you’ve dreamed of owning one, but its $100,000 price tag was a deal-breaker, we have some good news. Finally, you can buy a 911 Turbo without cracking above $44,000.
The 996 generation of the 911 model range is seen by some Porsche purists as one of the most sensible 911s to drive, and the Turbo variant made it even more fun. Tucked underneath the rear wing was a water-cooled 3.6-liter six-cylinder turbo-boxer engine, and it pumped out more than 400 hp to all four of its wheels. Oh, and the best thing about it – it’s fast, really fast. The 996 Turbo has a top speed of 189 mph and came either with a 6-speed standard transmission or a smooth auto box.
9 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 ($31,500)
Outrageously perfect, that’s what the Mustang Shelby GT 500 is still to this day, and older models from the early 2010s cost just above $30,000. Every single attribute the standard Mustang GT had was maximized to the fullest extent. The GT 500 ended up weighing almost 4,000 lbs, so Shelby injected the Mustang with every known PED to man. As a result, underneath its bulky hood was a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 that churned out 540 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque, if that doesn’t compensate for its ponderous weight, we don’t know what could.
In the hands of a talented (and brave) driver, this buff Mustang won’t just look and sound the part, but when tamed correctly will leave its opponents in a cloud of dust and tiny rubber pieces as it eradicates the quarter-mile in just 12.7 seconds.
8 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution ($37,500)
Once upon a time, in a land very far away, the Japanese auto manufacturer, Mitsubishi, created some exemplary sports cars, and the last of its kind was the Evo X. It was more than just a riced out Lancer; all its air vents were functional, its rear wing contained the perfect amount of insanity, and above all, it was fast, almost too fast.
Hiding under its hood was a plain old turbo-four you can expect out of any ordinary vehicle today, but its specific 2.0-liter engine squeezed out more than 300 hp, and since it inherited its ancestors’ rally-focussed all-wheel-drive system, it resulted in the perfect race car on- and off-road. If you were looking for an affordable way to express your inner racecar driver, a 2014 Lancer Evolution boasts excellent value.
7 2014 Maserati GranTurismo Sport ($36,500)
It’s beautiful, one of the most beautiful four-wheeled machines ever created if we might say so ourselves, and if that’s not enough reason to love it, the list just goes on and on. Powering the GranTurismo Sport was a naturally-aspirated Ferrari-derived 4.7-liter V8 which generated more than 450 hp and a harmonious sound to fit its exterior.
But above all else, Maseratis lose their values like a mother loses triplets in a supermarket. Despite its suspiciously low price tag, GranTurismo models are actually some of the most reliable Maseratis ever created and are undoubtedly worth the gamble.
6 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S ($41,999)
Most of us know that there were two main engines offered in the Aston Martin Vantage, a 4.7-liter V8, or a 6.0-liter V12. But in between these two gigantic leaps, were small stepping stones provided for someone who craved just a little more excitement out of their Aston sports car, and that model is called the S. Aston Martins are also keen to depreciate over time, and a 2012 V8 Vantage S could be yours for less than $42,000.
We know S- and R- badges get plastered onto almost everything out there and more often than not mean virtually nothing, but when Aston unveiled their V8 Vantage S, they weren’t just trying to be flashy. With a boost of power, a faster transmission, and a short weight loss journey, the Vantage was putting out 430 hp and going from 0-60 in 4 seconds dead, about a half-second faster than the normal V8 Vantage.
5 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 ($38,200)
The last front-engined Corvette ever to leave Chevrolet’s showroom, the C7, is one of the most affordable ways to drive a flamboyant muscle car. Sure, driving a Mustang or a Camaro still signifies driver superiority, but a clean Corvette will always steal the show, especially this 2014 model.
Underneath its Olympic swimming pool-sized hood was a N/A 6.2-liter LT1 V8 that generated more than 450 hp, and if you were to find one fitted with the Z51 Performance Package, like this one for $38,000, it could dash from 0-60 in fewer than 4 seconds.
4 2014 BMW M5 ($44,500)
Why in your sane mind would you buy an underwhelming overpriced EV when you could be getting your hands on a more practical gasoline-powered four-door German muscle car like the BMW M5. The M5 name badge has been around for ages, but the F10 generation grants you the perfect balance between luxurious comfort and smile-inducing speeds – after all, it is a true M-car at heart.
And this Beemer isn’t powered by any ordinary heart, it was difficult to top the previous E60 M5’s V10 motor, but the maniacs at BMW equipped its successor with a 560 hp 4.4-liter V8 with two turbos latched onto it. This meant that the rear-wheel-drive super-saloon could run to 60 mph from a standstill in 4 seconds somehow. BMW’s Achilles heel has always lied in its maintenance costs, so we’d suggest paying more for a low-mileage example, like this 2014 M5 right here.
3 2008 Bentley Continental GT Speed ($42,500)
Bentley has created some extravagant heavyweight luxury cars meant for the richest of the rich, but one niche market they also tailored to, and still do, is the sophisticated racers. Take the Continental GT for example; a gorgeous cabin draped in leathers and wood too complicated to pronounce properly, and a stunning exterior as well, but the GT Speed… well the name says it all.
For less than $43,000 you’ll be receiving a turbocharged W12 that makes 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, in the real world that means this 5,100 lb British grand tourer can successfully complete the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds and go past the 200 mph benchmark.
2 2011 Jaguar XKR ($29,950)
So let’s presume the GT Speed was a bit too thirsty and lackluster around corners for your taste, but you also don’t want to opt-out for a mute EV, the Jaguar XKR is the answer to your prayers. Its supercharged 510 hp 5.0-liter V8 makes a tantalizing growl, its design is elegant, yet ferocious, and best of all, it doesn’t cost a dime over $30,000.
But wait, perhaps you don’t want to disturb your neighbors’ peaceful Sunday with your roaring cat, and you just want to go on a comfortable cruise… Jaguar has thought of it all. Its active exhaust allows you to maintain the serenity, but on the other hand, also allows you to wake the entire tri-state area by just a mash of the throttle.
1 2015 BMW M4 ($39,111)
If bland or boring is the way you like your rides, the BMW M4 won’t be tickling your fancy whatsoever. Unlike previous two-door naturally-aspirated M-cars, the F82 makes use of a twin-turbo straight-six that sends all of its 425 German horsepowers to the rear wheels and can be tamed by either an aggressive dual-clutch transmission or manual 6-speed stickshift.
So, in other words, the M4 was a belligerent beast that craved to go sideways at all times and made one hell of a noise to match its aggressive styling. For less than $40,000, you won’t regret the BMW M4 for even a moment.
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