best used sports cars

best used sports cars

Best Used Sports Cars

Given 25 grand to spend on a car that’s fun to drive, what would you buy? Would you take the safe road and get a new car such as a Mazda MX-5 Miata or a Volkswagen GTI, which come with the security of a warranty? Or are you a risk taker willing to go after something special that might be a decade old and have serious wear issues and plenty of miles, maybe a used Acura NSX? It’s a dilemma that will be argued noisily forever, but we’re here to stick our collective necks out in hopes of providing some answers. We’ve gathered nine cars—two are new and seven are used—that can be purchased for about $25,000. The cars were chosen by the staff for a lot of personal reasons, including performance, style, and relative practicality. Several are cars that we have long lusted after but most of us never could have afforded when they were new. Used-car prices fluctuate all over the place, so we relied on the Kelley Blue Book 1993–2007 Used Car and Truck Guide—using the estimated prices for cars in good condition that are sold between private parties—as well as the used-car Web site AutoTrader.com. We don’t own a used-car lot, so we had to borrow cars from owners. We asked the owners to meet us at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, for a free-for-all day of driving. We cycled through the cars, driving both on the racetrack and public roads around it. Since all of the used cars were in varied condition—the 1999 Mercedes E55 AMG we borrowed had almost 200,000 miles on it—we didn’t rate them by our ritual rules that govern comparison tests. In the pages that follow, we recount what the cars felt like and what items buyers should be wary of. We also rate the used cars in three categories—operating costs, curb appeal, and fun to drive. So which one is the most fun? Which one would we buy? That depends on whom you ask. View Photos View Photos 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Next Page
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Best Used 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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Best Used 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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Page 1 of 12 When looking for a used sports car, the passage of time does wonders to help reduce the cost of entry. Like luxury cars, the best used sports cars – in most cases – suffer from serious depreciation that puts them in the realm of the possible for those with a more modest car-buying budget. For the price of a well-equipped family sedan you can easily find yourself driving around in a used sports car that will offer outstanding performance and exceptional handling. Sometimes, you’ll pay even less than that to get your road-going thrills. Let’s take a quick look at 10 of the best used sports cars currently on the market.
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When looking for a used sports car, the passage of time does wonders to help reduce the cost of entry. Like luxury cars, the best used sports cars – in most cases – suffer from serious depreciation that puts them in the realm of the possible for those with a more modest car-buying budget. For the price of a well-equipped family sedan you can easily find yourself driving around in a used sports car that will offer outstanding performance and exceptional handling. Sometimes, you’ll pay even less than that to get your road-going thrills. Let’s take a quick look at 10 of the best used sports cars currently on the market.
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10 Best Used Sports Cars – 10 – 2011 BMW 1M Page 1 of 12 10 Best Used Sports Cars – 10 – 2011 BMW 1M The 2011 BMW 1M is the unicorn on our list of the best used sports cars. Also known as the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, this diminutive Bavarian barn burner was only built for a single model year and as a result there are very few examples for sale on the secondary market. Commanding a premium when you can find one, the BMW 1M took the 1 Series platform and injected it with steroids, resulting in a 335 horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine under the hood paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Capable of 369 lb-ft of overboosted torque, the 1M also offers an enthusiastic suspension system, unique exterior styling, and big brakes.
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10 Best Used Sports Cars – 04 – 2006-2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Page 1 of 12 10 Best Used Sports Cars – 04 – 2006-2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a heavy hitter on the used sports car scene, as it comes with an aluminum frame, a larger and more powerful engine, and a stiffer suspension when compared to the already formidable standard Corvette. The first two years of the C6 generation’s Chevrolet Corvette Z06 production (2006 and 2007) offer the best value for bargain-hunting buyers, with a 505 horsepower, 7.0-liter V-8 engine that also produces 470 lb-ft of torque coming as standard equipment. This exceptionally fast vehicle also features a six-speed manual transmission, upgraded cooling systems, and beefier brakes for the ultimate in track day dominance.
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10 Best Used Sports Cars – 08 – 2005-2006 BMW M3 Page 1 of 12 10 Best Used Sports Cars – 08 – 2005-2006 BMW M3 Why are we going back so far to bring you a BMW M3 on our list of the best used sports car? It’s simple, really: the naturally-aspirated straight-six found in the E46 generation BMW M3 was a sweetheart of an engine, and 2005-2006 were the last two years of production for this model. The M3 coupe’s 3.2-liter motor is good for 333 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, and while an SMG automated manual transmission was available, we recommend sticking with the less-troublesome six-speed manual gearbox that was standard with the car. Like all M3’s, these ones feature quick steering, a reinforced and track-friendly suspension system, and unique styling cues that set it apart from other versions of the BMW 3 Series.
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10 Best Used Sports Cars – 03 – 2012 – 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Page 1 of 12 10 Best Used Sports Cars – 03 – 2012 – 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 The Ford Mustang Boss 302 is that rare example of a major company keeping its promise to build only a few examples of a highly popular automobile. The Ford Mustang Boss 302 only graced dealer showrooms for the 2012 and 2013 model years, but it left an indelible impression on anyone with the good fortune to have driven the muscle coupe. Much more like a sports car than the standard Mustang GT on which it was based, among other improvements the Boss 302 introduced a track-tuned suspension system, a dramatically-revised 5.0-liter V-8 featuring 444 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, and a ‘track key’ that activated a secondary engine management system when used (for off-road purposes only, of course). Output is sent to the rear wheels through a Torsen limited-slip differential and a six-speed manual transmission.

Published on Jan 6, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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