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7 High Performance Cars That Are Also Budget-Friendly


Relatively inexpensive sports cars are becoming a rarity in today’s SUV-heavy market. But if it’s been a dream of yours to own a high-powered, road-burning, fast-as-heck sports car, they really are out there.

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New cars have never been more expensive and many used classic models tend to frustratingly appreciate over time rather than lose value. However, pursuing your driving dreams of owning a mighty eye opener won’t go in vain if you do your research.

As TopSpeed noted, there are plenty of budget-friendly, high-performance cars available to those willing to take a chance on a 5- to 20-year-old model, like a 2002 Chevy Corvette C5 ($21,000), a 2010 Jaguar XKR ($18,000) or a 2016 Ford Mustang V6 ($16,000). Due to gift of depreciation, even a Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe from 1999 or a Bentley Continental Flying Spur from 2006 could be yours for around $13K, according to the site.

Of course, you have to consider some things when you’re buying a vintage vehicle. Chiefly, how much it’s going to cost you in future maintenance fees. Paying more for a new high performance model, like a 2023 Chevrolet Camaro ($27,795 MSRP), will give you a rebellious ride without repeated repair headaches.

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7 High Performance Cars That Are Also Budget-Friendly

Here are seven new and used high performance cars you should be able to finagle for less than $30,000.

2024 Toyota GR86

  • Price: $29,495

Starting with something brand new, the Toyota GR86 shares a platform with the Subaru BRZ and has the same updated features as its twin. The newest model has a base price under $30,000 and surprising power and easy driving, even at top speeds, noted U.S. News & World Report.

2016 Ford Mustang V6

  • Price: $16,000

Mentioned above, TopSpeed lists the starting used price for a Ford Mustang V6 at around $16K, which is in line with Kelley Blue Book’s fair market range for this model and year. For that, you’ll get performance, power and a classic design that never goes out of style. “A muscle car with genuine crossover appeal,” said Edmunds.

2005 Maserati Quattroporte

  • Price: $11,000

Yes, a Maserati. Albeit one with a few years on it. Heavily styled, the Quattroporte (“four doors” in Italian) is comparable to full-sized sedans like the Audi S8 and BMW 745i. The forthcoming 2025 version will set you back around $150,000, but used 2017 and 2005 models can be had for around $26,000 and $11,000, respectively, per Carfax and TopSpeed.

2006 Chrysler 300C SRT8

  • Price: $9,000

Over $42,000 when new, you should be able to scoop a great deal on a 2006 or later model fairly easily. A bit boxy by today’s standards (although it kind of looks “Bentley-esque,” noted Car and Driver), the 300C SRT8 is unique in its mix of performance and refinement. With 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque from its high-compression-ratio 6.1-liter engine makes this a muscle sedan that might be a perfect if you can get one in good shape and with a relatively healthy maintenance history behind it.

2014 Audi RS 5

  • Price: $29,000

A quick search on shows $30,000 to be a typical price for the RS 5 (Kelley’s has the fair market price closer to $25K). That’s still a good chunk of change, but you’re getting a lot under the hood. A 450-horsepower 4.2-liter V8, standard all-wheel drive, an upgraded suspension setup and a 7-speed dual-clutch paddle-shift automatic gearbox make this one hard to beat, said Morningstar.

2023 Subaru BRZ

  • Price: $28,525

The BRZ is very similar to the Toyota GR86. Both performance coupes have a great price and a peppy naturally aspirated 2.4-liter flat-four engine with 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. But Car and Driver narrowly picked the BRZ over the GR86, feeling it simply drives better.

2002 Chevrolet Corvette C5

  • Price: $21,000

No matter the year, you’re going to have to pay to own a Corvette. Even a 21-year-old model should cost you $21,000, noted TopSpeed. If you love to turn heads while you put the pedal down, this model has beautiful curves and it’s 5.7-liter V-8 engine can go from 0-60 miles per hour (MPH) in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 175 MPH.

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