Sports cars encompass a broad category of high-performance automobiles, from the Mazda MX-5 Miata to the Porsche 911. Some of the most exciting and interesting automobiles available, and typically not as expensive to maintain as exotic supercars. Sports cars, on the other hand, have more usable horsepower, which improves the driving experience. Most sports cars are built to withstand more abuse than your average vehicle because of how they were designed.
The additional cost of this engineering is passed on to the customer. However, you can still find affordable fast sports cars. Today, a price tag of $45,000 marks the threshold between reasonable and exorbitant for high-performance automobiles. There are both brand-new and pre-owned models on the list, and some of them are quite famous among car nuts. These sports cars are the fastest you can buy for under $45,000 and they cover a wide range of performance categories.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a sports car, albeit not the most powerful kind. With a starting price of $28,050 for the soft-top convertible and $38,950 for the RF model, it is also the least expensive model here. The soft top weighs 2,260 pounds (1,025 kg) and the RF weighs 2,363 pounds (1,072 kg), and both are powered by a 2.0-liter engine good for 184 horsepower and 151 pound-feet (205 Nm). This makes the MX-5 one of the best momentum cars and allows it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.2 to 6.5 seconds. Nearly half the price of a model from the year 2023 can be paid for a used example from the current, ND generation. The Miata is also very reliable and has low operating costs.
Toyota GR86/ Subaru BRZ
The Toyota GR86, now in its second generation, is a direct rival to the Mazda MX-5. The GR86 successfully surpassed its predecessor, the rather sluggish 86, to become the most reasonably priced two-seater coupe on the market today. New GR86s start at $28,400, which is comparable to the price of a Mazda MX-5. Dyno tests show a slightly higher horsepower figure for the 2.4-liter boxer-four’s 228 hp and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. When compared to the two-seater Miata, the addition of rear seats increases practicality. The GR86 weighs more than the Miata does at its curb (around 2,800 pounds/1,270 kilograms), but its well-balanced chassis makes it just as eager to take on the corners. Reliability reports are mixed, primarily due to the Subaru engine, but there are high-mileage outliers.
Infiniti Q60 3.0t
The Q60 is a good example of when Nissan’s luxury division nails it. The new Nissan Z, like the 370Z before it, is a luxury sports coupe built on the same platform as the previous generation. A brand new Q60 with the 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6 costs more than $45,000, but you can find excellent examples that are one to three years old for significantly less. You can find a RedSport with the 400-horsepower version of the VR30 DDTT engine if you look hard enough, but you’ll have to settle for a higher-mileage example to stay within your price range. The Q60 can be had with either all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, and this is independent of the engine size. The 370Z’s seven-speed automatic is the sole transmission choice. Even though 2022 was the final year you could buy a Q60, there are still plenty of them out there looking for their first owner.
To complete its transformation from a value automaker to a premium one, Hyundai launched a new luxury division called Genesis. The 2023 Genesis G70 is one of the few premium models currently available for less than $45,000, and it is a sporty luxury sedan. Even though you’re not upgrading to the more desirable twin-turbo V-6 model, the G70 still offers adequate performance despite its base 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. Before the 2020 refresh, buyers could also choose a manual transmission, but now only an automatic transmission with eight gears is available. After the Hyundai Genesis, this is Hyundai’s second rear-wheel-drive platform, and it’s already shown that it can keep up with the industry leaders.
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