How would you like a reasonably-priced sports car? I’m willing to bet that if you’re reading this site, you’ve always had a hankering to get your own set of speedy wheels, right? If you’re into this idea, then you’ll be happy to hear that you can get a great car for less than $60K. In this list, we’ve chosen 10 of the best to ignite your passions.
10. Mazda MX-5 Miata
Ah, the Miata. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. You’re fast enough to speed around most traffic, with a 0-60 of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of around 135 mph. That’s not all though, you handle like an absolute dream, with every moment spent driving you being pure fun. To top it all off, your MSRP is a reasonable $32K.
9. BMW M2
While the M2 is small compared to its bigger M Sport brothers, it packs no less of a punch. This little Beemer is the pitbull of its class, packing a three-liter straight-six that produces 360 horsepower. As you’d expect from a BMW, it is also exceptionally fun to drive, with comfortable suspension, superb handling and a pure muscular strength that provides incredible driving sensations. Price? $55K
8. Dodge Charger SRT 392
Have you ever driven a Chrysler 300C SRT? If you have, you’ll know how fun they can be. The Dodge Charger SRT 392 is basically one of those, reskinned. Packing 485 horsepower, but with a huge and comfortable interior, it is fun as hell. It’s not a delicate car, indeed, it’s the sledgehammer to the M2’s scalpel, but if you’re after a big, beefy American muscle car, you can’t go wrong with this beast, priced at $51K.
7. Fiat 124 Spider Abarth
How would you like a Miata with a little more Italian flair? If that’s what you’re after, well, you’re in for a treat, because the Fiat 124 Spider is exactly that. Abarth are Fiat’s tuning house, well known for doing nasty things to the 500. On the 124, they’ve added 36 ft-lbs of torque, shaving a decent amount of time off the 0-60 sprint. It’s a low-slung Italian sports car in the best possible way, and at a belter of a price of $28K
6. Infiniti Q60 Red Sport
Remember when Infiniti were basically a nothing company? When you hardly ever saw one on the roads? Those days are long behind us now. The Q60 Red Sport offers a consummately speedy executive car, powered by a twin-turbo V6 that knocks out 300 horsepower. It cruises well, it’s comfortable, and when you want it to be, it can be as fast as bats out of hell. It’s a good-looking car too, which will make your co-workers jealous. Its MSRP is set at $57K.
5. Ford Mustang GT
Are there any names more evocative than the Ford Mustang? When you buy it, you’re not just buying a car, you’re buying over 50 years of American automotive heritage. The 2018 model will jump to 60 in less than four seconds. That’s right, supercar performance springs from this car like a fountain. The interior is a bit more barebones, but that’s a muscle car for you. If you want speed at any cost, then you’re going to be happy, because this machine doesn’t cost very much at all. The MSRP of the GT is just $35K.
4. Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4-Matic
Yep, this car has just four cylinders, but that doesn’t matter. It’s still crazy fast, thanks to some wonderful handiwork by Mercedes and AMG. The coupe kicks out 381 horsepower, taking the car from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 155 mph. The car handles beautifully, while the interior is made of fine materials, and is pretty plush. The ride is firm, but that’s what you want from a car whose primary mode is a coupe. The price is $50K, but it’s a car that will make just about anyone envious.
3. Chevrolet Camaro SS
I didn’t want to ignore Chevy on this list, that’s the sort of thing that gets you death threats. The Camaro SS is a truly monstrous muscle car, packing a 6.2-liter V8 inside a stylish body. Inside, there’s a premium-feeling cabin, with no more ugly plastics. The handling is better than you’d probably expect, while the engine produces a wonderful 477 horsepower. The retail price? $48K.
2. Honda Civic Type R
The longtime favorite of the boy racers, this car may not have the prestige of its German cousins, but it’s a worthy car nonetheless. Its MSRP is just $35K, and it’s thunderously rapid. The car’s got sharp, angular looks that hark back to older sports cars. The turbocharged 2-liter engine can hit 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, it’s pretty darn practical, and it’s just plain fun. If you like the looks as much as I do, then you’re in for a treat at a low, low price.
1. Jaguar F-Type
When a car is pitching itself as a spiritual successor to the legendary and incredibly beautiful Jaguar E-Type, you sit up and take notice. While the F-Type cannot live up to its own hype, it has a damn good try. The cabin is as classy as you’d expect from the famous British marque, and made from excellent materials. The trunk is spacious, it’s got solid tech, and driving is very good fun indeed. The base price is $59K, and for that, you get a turbo four-cylinder engine producing 296 horsepower. All the other engines available produce over 380 horsepower, so if you need a little more oomph and can afford it, you can grab yourself a V8.