Have you ever been to your local racetrack and been surprised when a regular sedan wins a good race? When we think of fast cars, we usually think of a lot of money. We don’t need high-dollar signs to move quickly. Here are 10 very cheap cars that will satisfy your need for speed. These options start at less than $10,000 for cars in good shape and go up to $15,000 for cars that have been well taken care of. Some of these cars are obvious choices, some are surprising, and a few give us a taste of what it’s like to be rich and live in luxury.
2005-2013 Subaru WRX STI
A great way to start off is the Subaru WRX STI. This car gets good gas mileage, can last for many years, and has an all-wheel drive system that is known all over the world. With a little bit of clearance, this baby can go anywhere, from the top of the paved roads in a national forest to the local racetrack. The best thing about this car is that it can make you feel like a speed racer without taking away from its ability to be used for everyday tasks and by a family. It has four doors and is easy to drive in snow, rain, or sleet. It was made with safety in mind. So, this car is for you if you want a strong race car for cheap or if you have a family and want a fast ride after dropping your kid off at soccer.
2015 Infiniti Q50
The Infiniti Q50 looks like the type of car in which a movie star races into the sunset. Two quality powertrains are offered with this Infinity model in North America. The starter is a 3.7-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC 24-valve V-6 coming in at 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. This hot ticket races out of the gate immediately! The car even scored a 5-Star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The best part is that a 2010-2015 version of this model is available on the market currently for less than $15,000.
1990-2006 Chevy Corvette C4/C5
A classic sports car like a Corvette can be found online for cheap and with a lot of miles on it. Even after all these years, the 2000 Corvette is still thought of as the fastest car in America. Its Z51 performance handling package comes with larger front and rear stabilizers to keep improving the quality feel of a Corvette. This speedy little thing has 345 horsepower. It has heavy-duty vented brakes for maximum protection on quick stops, curves, and turns. The 5.7 L (350 cu in) LT1 V-8 is in the C4 from 1993 to 1996. We can see that the C5 has an LS1 engine with 345 horsepower. Models from the 1990s and early 2000s can be found online for less than $10,000.
2008 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT
We’ve seen the BMW 228i, which is a fancy version of dirt cheap, but a name like Maserati is where real luxury lives. You can find a used Maserati for sale online for less than $15,000. It has a 400-horsepower V-8 engine that is 4.2 liters in size. This version of the Quattroporte was new, but it was based on a popular model from before. The new look is edgier and more modern than the old one, which will make old fans want to come back again and again.
2012 Hyundai Genesis
The Hyundai Genesis surprised me with its standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes 210 horsepower and the option to upgrade to a 3.8-liter DOHC V-6 engine that makes 306 horsepower. When a small, light coupe has this much power behind it, it means it can get going very quickly. Hyundai advertised this model as “the ultimate upgradeable, affordable, turbocharged rear-wheel drive performance platform.” The Genesis has a sport-tuned suspension that makes it easy for the driver to use the rear stabilizer bars to their fullest. On the other hand, it leaves everyone else in the dust. This model sells for less than $15,000 right now.
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