best used sports car under 10k

best used sports car under 10k

Best Used Sports Car Under 10k

slide-3452250 Image Credit: AOL 2006 Mini Cooper S – Brandon TurkusFor just $10K, you can find a wide array of vehicles from the new Mini’s first (and best) generation. Thanks largely to its 1.6-liter, supercharged four-cylinder, there’s a terrier-like feistiness to the old R53, as this generation was known. While fine on its own, the Mini enjoys a robust aftermarket that can easily increase the standard 170 horsepower to something even more potent. Seriously, a modded Mini is a surprising straight-line performer. Also, a few simple tweaks will unleash the absolutely intoxicating whine from the Roots-type supercharger. But by far, the best thing about the old Cooper S is the way it drives. The R53, was built before Mini worried about silly things like ride comfort. It’s rough and uncouth on bumpy roads, but is absolutely dynamite on the right piece of pavement. Aside from maybe the Mazda MX-5, there is simply no car on the market that boasts such entertaining behavior at such a low price. As for why you should go for a 2006, specifically, there are a few reasons. Mini offered to paint the roof in Pure Silver, the only year such an option was available on the standard car, meaning there are a number of rare, standout color schemes (like my personal car’s Chili Red and Pure Silver color scheme). More importantly, though, 2006 was the final year of this generation, meaning the wrench-turners in Oxford should (and I say should) have turned out their best, most reliable work. That’s not to say the R53 is perfect – it’s English after all – but it’s a wildly entertaining, very handsome take on the small performance car. Research the 2006 Mini Cooper OverviewSpecs and PricingMore Photos New and Used Mini Coopers Get a Local Quote GO
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Best Used Sports Car Under 10k

For just $10K, you can find a wide array of vehicles from the new Mini’s first (and best) generation. Thanks largely to its 1.6-liter, supercharged four-cylinder, there’s a terrier-like feistiness to the old R53, as this generation was known. While fine on its own, the Mini enjoys a robust aftermarket that can easily increase the standard 170 horsepower to something even more potent. Seriously, a modded Mini is a surprising straight-line performer. Also, a few simple tweaks will unleash the absolutely intoxicating whine from the Roots-type supercharger. But by far, the best thing about the old Cooper S is the way it drives. The R53, was built before Mini worried about silly things like ride comfort. It’s rough and uncouth on bumpy roads, but is absolutely dynamite on the right piece of pavement. Aside from maybe the Mazda MX-5, there is simply no car on the market that boasts such entertaining behavior at such a low price. As for why you should go for a 2006, specifically, there are a few reasons. Mini offered to paint the roof in Pure Silver, the only year such an option was available on the standard car, meaning there are a number of rare, standout color schemes (like my personal car’s Chili Red and Pure Silver color scheme). More importantly, though, 2006 was the final year of this generation, meaning the wrench-turners in Oxford should (and I say should) have turned out their best, most reliable work. That’s not to say the R53 is perfect – it’s English after all – but it’s a wildly entertaining, very handsome take on the small performance car.
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Best Used Sports Car Under 10k

The Honda S2000 is the third and final Japanese roadster on our list of the best used sports cars under $10k, and it also happens to be the most potent. Blame the car’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, which pushes out 240 horsepower at over 8,000 rpm (although torque sits at a somewhat paltry 153 lb-ft). A six-speed manual was the only gearbox ever offered with the Honda S2000, and to sneak under our price cap you’ll need to find an early AP1 car, which means models built between 2000 and 2004. A word of warning: AP1 S2000s are notorious for snap oversteer during high speed cornering, so keep that in mind should you ever find yourself piloting one on a race track.
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Best Used Sports Car Under 10k

7. Honda S2000 Page 1 of 12 7. Honda S2000 The Honda S2000 is the third and final Japanese roadster on our list of the best used sports cars under $10k, and it also happens to be the most potent. Blame the car’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, which pushes out 240 horsepower at over 8,000 rpm (although torque sits at a somewhat paltry 153 lb-ft). A six-speed manual was the only gearbox ever offered with the Honda S2000, and to sneak under our price cap you’ll need to find an early AP1 car, which means models built between 2000 and 2004. A word of warning: AP1 S2000s are notorious for snap oversteer during high speed cornering, so keep that in mind should you ever find yourself piloting one on a race track.
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Best Used Sports Car Under 10k

7. Honda S2000 The Honda S2000 is the third and final Japanese roadster on our list of the best used sports cars under $10k, and it also happens to be the most potent. Blame the car’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, which pushes out 240 horsepower at over 8,000 rpm (although torque sits at a somewhat paltry 153 lb-ft). A six-speed manual was the only gearbox ever offered with the Honda S2000, and to sneak under our price cap you’ll need to find an early AP1 car, which means models built between 2000 and 2004. A word of warning: AP1 S2000s are notorious for snap oversteer during high speed cornering, so keep that in mind should you ever find yourself piloting one on a race track.
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Best Used Sports Car Under 10k

By Collin Woodard May 9, 2016 These ten used performance cars may not be legends of zero-maintenance reliability, but they’re far more engaging than any economy commuter, and buying one won’t break the bank. View Gallery 10 Photos 1 of 10 2 of 10 3 of 10 4 of 10 5 of 10 6 of 10 7 of 10 8 of 10 9 of 10 10 of 10 1 of 10 Audi S4 (B6) Most people will see a handsome luxury sedan, but what they might not detect is the hammer under the hood. The B6 S4 packs a 4.2-liter, 40-valve V8 making 339 horses in stock form, with Audi’s legendary dynamics and Quattro all-wheel drive, all for less than $10,000 with a little hunting. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 2 of 10 BMW 540i (E39) No one’s going to argue that the M5 version wasn’t a better driver’s car, but the 540i is the E39 you want to own. And even though it doesn’t have 400 horsepower, the 540i’s low-end torque will keep you plenty entertained. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 of 10 Chevrolet Camaro SS (F Body) If your idea of having fun is going fast in a straight line, you’re going to have a hard time beating the Chevrolet Camaro’s bang for the buck. You’ll have to be careful in the corners, but you’ll sure have fun in the straights. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 4 of 10 Dodge Neon SRT-4 The Dodge Neon is cute and generally competent, but the turbocharged SRT-4 version is viciously quick. Just be careful of buying someone’s heavily modified project. And look out for torque steer. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 of 10 Infiniti G35 Coupe Any G35 coupe you find is going to be at least 10 years old, but the design still looks great, even today. They’re fun, surprisingly quick, and a great deal. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 6 of 10 Lexus IS300 If you’re considering a used BMW 3 Series but you value reliability, look no further than the first-generation Lexus IS. The IS300 only had 215 horsepower, but its excellent handling and handsome design make up for it. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 of 10 Mitsubishi 3000GT Looking at the Mitsubishi lineup today, it’s hard to imagine that the company behind the Mirage used to build a world-class sports car. But at the time, the 3000GT was exactly that. The one you want is the twin-turbo, all-wheel drive VR4. They’re steadily increasing in value, so get one cheaply while you still can. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 8 of 10 Nissan 300ZX Before the Nissan 350Z, there was the 300ZX. It’s a screaming deal for anyone looking to get their hands on a rear-drive Japanese sports car, and if you can find a Twin Turbo coupe in good condition, you’ll have one of the darlings of 1990s import performance. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 of 10 Porsche 944 Used Porsche 911 prices are skyrocketing, but if you’re on a budget, you can still buy a Porsche. The 944 might not be the 911, but it’s still a great performer for your money. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 10 of 10 Volvo V70 R If you want a performance car but still need something practical, the Volvo V70 R is a great answer. It’s a station wagon with nearly 300 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and an available manual transmission. What more could you want? Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Next Everything You Need to Know About Managing Cars Skip Ad Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
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Best Used Sports Car Under 10k

These ten used performance cars may not be legends of zero-maintenance reliability, but they’re far more engaging than any economy commuter, and buying one won’t break the bank. View Gallery 10 Photos 1 of 10 2 of 10 3 of 10 4 of 10 5 of 10 6 of 10 7 of 10 8 of 10 9 of 10 10 of 10 1 of 10 Audi S4 (B6) Most people will see a handsome luxury sedan, but what they might not detect is the hammer under the hood. The B6 S4 packs a 4.2-liter, 40-valve V8 making 339 horses in stock form, with Audi’s legendary dynamics and Quattro all-wheel drive, all for less than $10,000 with a little hunting. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 2 of 10 BMW 540i (E39) No one’s going to argue that the M5 version wasn’t a better driver’s car, but the 540i is the E39 you want to own. And even though it doesn’t have 400 horsepower, the 540i’s low-end torque will keep you plenty entertained. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 of 10 Chevrolet Camaro SS (F Body) If your idea of having fun is going fast in a straight line, you’re going to have a hard time beating the Chevrolet Camaro’s bang for the buck. You’ll have to be careful in the corners, but you’ll sure have fun in the straights. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 4 of 10 Dodge Neon SRT-4 The Dodge Neon is cute and generally competent, but the turbocharged SRT-4 version is viciously quick. Just be careful of buying someone’s heavily modified project. And look out for torque steer. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 of 10 Infiniti G35 Coupe Any G35 coupe you find is going to be at least 10 years old, but the design still looks great, even today. They’re fun, surprisingly quick, and a great deal. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 6 of 10 Lexus IS300 If you’re considering a used BMW 3 Series but you value reliability, look no further than the first-generation Lexus IS. The IS300 only had 215 horsepower, but its excellent handling and handsome design make up for it. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 of 10 Mitsubishi 3000GT Looking at the Mitsubishi lineup today, it’s hard to imagine that the company behind the Mirage used to build a world-class sports car. But at the time, the 3000GT was exactly that. The one you want is the twin-turbo, all-wheel drive VR4. They’re steadily increasing in value, so get one cheaply while you still can. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 8 of 10 Nissan 300ZX Before the Nissan 350Z, there was the 300ZX. It’s a screaming deal for anyone looking to get their hands on a rear-drive Japanese sports car, and if you can find a Twin Turbo coupe in good condition, you’ll have one of the darlings of 1990s import performance. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 of 10 Porsche 944 Used Porsche 911 prices are skyrocketing, but if you’re on a budget, you can still buy a Porsche. The 944 might not be the 911, but it’s still a great performer for your money. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 10 of 10 Volvo V70 R If you want a performance car but still need something practical, the Volvo V70 R is a great answer. It’s a station wagon with nearly 300 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and an available manual transmission. What more could you want? Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Next Everything You Need to Know About Managing Cars Skip Ad Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Best Used Sports Car Under 10k

Published on Apr 3, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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