Who doesn’t love exotic cars? They are the closest thing you can get to a race car because they are built for performance and speed. Supercars are a mix of pushing the limits of how much power you can pull out of an engine but also providing more comfort than a race car.
For that reason, people with extreme wealth are usually the ones driving them around town. They are not cheap to buy nor are they cheap to maintain. Owning an exotic car is a status symbol in society and the cost of entry is very steep.
However, affordable options do exist. The only caveat is that you will be compromising the newer models for the older ones that are at a lower price point.
Fortunately, with some research and patience, you can find some amazing bargains in the used car market. If you want to gain exclusive access to the supercar owners club, we have compiled a list of 15 supercars that will cost you less than $30,000 to get you started.
15 1991 Honda NSX – $29,000
When you think of Honda, you might think of affordable family cars that are reliable and fuel-efficient. In North America, the car was branded as the Acura NSX. Nonetheless, it is a supercar that was designed to keep up with the Porsche 911 GTs and the Corvettes.
The car features a 3.0L V6 which is a very stark contrast to the bigger displacement motors that can be found in other exotic cars. This car was designed to keep up with the V8 motors that are found in Ferrari engines while offering more reliability and a cheaper price point.
14 2006 Lotus Elise Roadster $29,991
The Elise is unique among its peers. It does not have a beefy large-displacement motor. In fact, the Federal version of the Elise S2 came with a Toyota Celica GT-S motor. Despite the 1.7L 4-cylinder engine, it can still do 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and handles corners like a beast. The reason why it can do so much with so little is because it weighs half the size of your average car. The insane weight reduction allows for better handling and better acceleration.
13 2013 BMW M5 – $25,000
Although many wouldn’t consider this a supercar, the M5’s twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 which pulls 560 hp would beg to differ. This thing is a beast. Extremely powerful but refined with all of the new technology that BMW put into this generation. When BMW adds the “M” badge to their cars, one should already assume that it is a performance machine, ready to tear up some asphalt.
12 1993 Toyota Supra MK4 $30,000
The Supra MK4’s engine is what put it on the map. The twin-turbocharged inline 6 2JZ-GTE motor produced 320 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque—which is already some impressive numbers for the early ’90s. However, tuners realized that you can easily pull more power out of this reliable motor. It quickly became a fan favorite. The right aftermarket enhancements can pull over 1000 hp out of the car—putting it in hypercar territory.
11 1997 TVR Cerbera $20,000
After years of outsourcing their motor from Range Rover, TVR decided to build their own V8 in house. This motor was then put into the Cerbera and made it into a cult legend. To illustrate, TVR partnered with race engineer Al Wellings to create the AJP8 aka as the “Speed 8”. It is a naturally aspirated 75-degree, flat-plane, 4.2-liter V8. So if you are looking for a car that rips, the Cerbera is an awesome option.
10 2005 Bentley Continental GT – $19,990
The Continental GT costs $159,000 brand new. Enough time has passed where you can now purchase a 1st-generation for under $30,000. Regardless of its age, if the car is kept in good condition—you can still expect some serious power from it. The GT gets its power from a 552 hp twin-turbocharged four-overhead-cam 6.0-liter W-12 engine. That translates to a top speed of almost 200 mph and a 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
9 2004 Maserati Spyder $19,800
The Maserati Spyder was conceived by two automotive giants. When Fiat acquired Maserati and put Ferrari in charge of rebuilding the brand. The collaboration between Ferrari and Maserati brought us the F136 motor that can be found in the Spyder. The car does 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, a top speed of 175 mph and has a 390 horsepower V-8 motor that will put out 332 foot-pounds of torque. You are getting Ferrari performance but at a fraction of the price. Now, you can find first-generation models for a good bargain in the used car market.
8 2001 Aston Martin DB7 – $18,900 (just 35k miles)
If you have ever wanted to feel like James Bond, now you can do it on a budget. Aston Martins have made numerous cameos alongside agent 007. If you dig into the history of the DB7, you’ll find that it has a little bit of everything. Is it a Ford? is it a Jaguar? who really knows? What we do know is that the 01 DB7 has a monstrous 5.9L V12 motor that puts out 420hp and 400 ft-lb of torque. It does 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 185 mph.
7 1983 Ferrari Mondial – $17,900
If your dream is to own a Ferrari but you don’t have the money, The Mondial is a great option. You can’t beat that price. It doesn’t get as much love as other models like the California or LaFerrari, but it is still a Ferrari. The automaker is known for building performance machines and although the Mondial is modest, it won’t cost you an exorbitant amount of money. Owning a classic Ferrari is still better than not owning any Ferrari.
6 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 $24,000
The Z06 sports is one of the most powerful engines that General Motors has ever made. Corvettemuseum.org lists off some very impressive specs —”The Z06’s LS7 7.0L engine delivers 505 horsepower (377 kW) in a 3,132-pound (1,421 kg) package – a combination that delivers 0-60 performance of 3.7 seconds in first gear, quarter-mile times of 11.7 seconds at 125 mph and a top speed of 198 mph (as recorded on Germany’s Autobahn).” This car is ready for any track day and you don’t need to break the bank to own one.
5 1999 Porsche 911 $17,340
1999 was the year that Porsche made the most changes to the 911. First, they swapped the traditional air-cooled engine for a water-cooled flat-6 motor. The car also got a redesign for its shell sharing the same front-end as the Boxster. For performance, you can expect 296 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
4 2004 Jaguar XKR – $16,000
For less than $20,000 you can drive a Jaguar XKR. It shares the same platform as the DB7 since both Aston Martin and Jaguar were both financially backed by Ford during this time. The XKR ran a 4.0L V8 that pushed 370 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque. It was electronically limited to a top speed of 155 mph and does 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds.
3 2008 Porsche Boxster S – $15,795
The Boxster can be considered the little brother to the 911. It is what you buy if you can’t afford the latter. As a result, you can find a newer Boxster in the used car market for around the same price as an older 911. The car got its name from its box engine. A naturally aspirated flat-6 motor with 295 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.
2 2008 Maserati Quattroporte – $14,395
The Maserati Quattroporte provides really good value if you are looking to drive an exotic car without paying a huge chunk of money. Unlike most exotic cars, the Quattroporte can be used as a daily driver. The name literally translates to “Four Doors” due to the fact that it is marketed as a luxury four-door sedan. Just because you can pick up your kids from school does not mean it is your average family car. It still has an impressive naturally aspirated dry sump 4.2L V8 engine which produces 400 hp and 339 ft-lbs of torque.
1 2006 Mercedes CLS55 AMG $12,000
This C Class has four doors and delivers 469 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque from a 5.4L supercharged v8 motor. This car may look like a family car but you can definitely get impressive performance out of it. The price range is low enough that even the average person can afford to experience that kind of power.
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