affordable sports cars

affordable sports cars

Affordable Sports Cars

Affordable sports cars exist for one reason – to offer all of their splendor to those of us that usually can’t afford luxury cars, supercars, or even top tier muscle cars. Japanese roadsters offer superb handling, quick revving and genuinely fun drive, but they aren’t the only ones. Domestic cars can be affordable too, and offer all of this at the same time as well. Heck, even German cars have been known to become affordable if you’re patient enough to wait before buying them. What’s more, all of them can become laughably cheap over time. And while their prices drop considerably, their performance remains more or less intact. You won’t pay much for them and nothing will hold you back for it. You’ll be able to squeeze out the most of them without feeling guilty about forcing them too much. This is why cheap used sports cars can be a fine investment. You can drive them until their their soul leaves their body and move on to the next one. Here are ten such affordable sports cars to choose from. Oh, and only one nameplate per manufacturer to keep things fair. And, no Mazda Miata. It’s getting seriously boring. Not the car’s driving dynamics which are hellishly fun, but its inclusion on every single related list. Consider this the honorable mention.   PreviousNext
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Affordable Sports Cars

Affordable sports cars exist for one reason – to offer all of their splendor to those of us that usually can’t afford luxury cars, supercars, or even top tier muscle cars. Japanese roadsters offer superb handling, quick revving and genuinely fun drive, but they aren’t the only ones. Domestic cars can be affordable too, and offer all of this at the same time as well. Heck, even German cars have been known to become affordable if you’re patient enough to wait before buying them. What’s more, all of them can become laughably cheap over time. And while their prices drop considerably, their performance remains more or less intact. You won’t pay much for them and nothing will hold you back for it. You’ll be able to squeeze out the most of them without feeling guilty about forcing them too much. This is why cheap used sports cars can be a fine investment. You can drive them until their their soul leaves their body and move on to the next one. Here are ten such affordable sports cars to choose from. Oh, and only one nameplate per manufacturer to keep things fair. And, no Mazda Miata. It’s getting seriously boring. Not the car’s driving dynamics which are hellishly fun, but its inclusion on every single related list. Consider this the honorable mention.  
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Affordable Sports Cars

Affordable sports cars exist for one reason – to offer all of their splendor to those of us that usually can’t afford luxury cars, supercars, or even top tier muscle cars. Japanese roadsters offer superb handling, quick revving and genuinely fun drive, but they aren’t the only ones. Domestic cars can be affordable too, and offer all of this at the same time as well. Heck, even German cars have been known to become affordable if you’re patient enough to wait before buying them. What’s more, all of them can become laughably cheap over time.
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Exotics might get all the attention, but affordable sports cars typically triumph when it comes to sales. The availability of inexpensive performance cars that deliver thrills and fun, at a price that won’t require a second mortgage on your house, has only increased in recent years, with a host of automakers getting in on the action. It used to be that you had to turn to the used market for your affordable sports car fix, but nowadays it’s as easy as walking down to your local new car dealership and taking a test drive. Let’s take a look at 10 affordable sports cars currently in showrooms.
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Photo Credit: Scion Page 1 of 12 Exotics might get all the attention, but affordable sports cars typically triumph when it comes to sales. The availability of inexpensive performance cars that deliver thrills and fun, at a price that won’t require a second mortgage on your house, has only increased in recent years, with a host of automakers getting in on the action. It used to be that you had to turn to the used market for your affordable sports car fix, but nowadays it’s as easy as walking down to your local new car dealership and taking a test drive. Let’s take a look at 10 affordable sports cars currently in showrooms.
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Likewise, narrowing down the list wasn’t easy. Money is subjective, after all, and one person’s cheap car could be someone else’s extravagant dream. So for the purposes of this story, The Drive started by focusing on cars that all can be bought for less than the median new car purchase price in America—roughly $34,000, according to Kelley Blue Book. Then we leveraged our combined decades of journalistic experience to cull that list down to the most entertaining cars.(After all, this isn’t Every Cheap Sports Car of 2017; this is The Best Cheap Sports Cars of 2017.)
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All three Ford Mustang models are rear-wheel-drive, and all come with a manual transmission as standard—though the EcoBoost and GT models also now offer a 10-speed automatic transmission that’s new for the 2018 model year. Those two fast cars also come in both coupe and convertible forms (the Shelby is only available with a solid roof). The 2018 model year upgrades also include a host of new technological features, like a digital 12-inch instrument panel, pedestrian detection technology, and, weirdly enough, a start button that pulses in time with a horse’s heartbeat. Ford Mustang Base Price: $25,185 Chevrolet CamaroChevrolet2017 Chevrolet Camaro SSOnce the subject of jokes for its bloated styling and T-top roof, the Chevy Camaro has grown all the way into one of the best sports cars on the planet. While the 6.2-liter V-8-powered SS making 455 hp and the supercharged V-8-engined ZL1 packing 650 hp have the power to run neck-and-neck with cars costing three times as much, even Camaros with the lesser 335-hp 3.6-liter V-6 or 275-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four are still plenty of fun to drive. And there’s even a 1LE track package available for V-6 and V-8 models that pushes this cheap sports car even closer to supercar territory. Whether coupe or convertible, every new Chevy Camaro comes with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, but you can grab it with an automatic (an eight-speed unit on everything but the ZL1, which gets a new 10-speed transmission) should you desire. And while it may have the soul of a classic muscle car, the Camaro offers plenty of 21st Century tech features, like standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi, standard touchscreen infotainment, and an available head-up display.
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This is one of the finest sports cars to ever come out of Japan, and one of the greatest Z car ever made. It packed a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with a pair of blowers that pumped out 300 ponies and hit 60 mph in the mid-5-second range. And it handled like a dream, despite a relatively heavy weight, thanks to its innovative high-capacity active-suspension system. Like most Japanese sports cars of this era, it’s hard to find one that’s unmolested by aftermarket modifications. But if you can find a clean one it will offer the same virtues that made these cars popular back in the day: high performance with everyday reliability.
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Technically known as the Mazda MX-5 Miata, this little sports car has been winning over sports car lovers since 1989 with its infectious character. It may rarely be the fastest car in the room, but with its nimble balance, delicate controls, and open roof, it’s one of the best sports cars at any price. The fourth-generation model may pack just 155 hp, but with a curb weight of around 2,400 pounds, that’s more than enough ponies to entertain even the most aggressive driver. While the six-speed manual gearbox is the obvious choice for true roadster fans, the six-speed automatic serves the Miata well enough. Even the base model of this cheap sports car come with LED headlights, Bluetooth, and cruise control; higher-spec versions add on touchscreen infotainment systems, navigation, and automatic climate control. And for 2017, the MX-5 now comes in a sleek retractable hard top version, the Miata RF. Mazda MX-5 Base Price: $24,915 Volkswagen GTI
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But you don’t have to spend a lot to get a fast car—even a new one. American showrooms these days are filled with cheap sports cars for sale. Better yet, thanks to the advances in automotive manufacturing and technology over the last few decades, these affordable sports cars are every bit as fast on the straightaways and in the turns as the iconic speed machines of the past.

Published on Feb 10, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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