While the term ‘sports car’ usually brings about images of a flashy Ferrari Enzo or a luxurious Lamborghini Gallardo, the same term is also almost synonymous to price tags bearing figures that the average Joe cannot imagine getting on his day job. Almost–because if you are a sports car enthusiast who is in the market for an affordable sports car, you can actually get powerful ones at a lesser cost. In this list are ten sports cars with awesome performance at a great price value.
1. The quick and agile Mazda MX-5 Miata is a good sports car to consider. It is great on gas, has good handling, and impressive build quality. One of the pluses of owning this is its long-term value.
Starting MSRP: $23,560
2. Another sports car to consider is the Ford Mustang Coupe. It has V6 210 horsepower, bigger tires, and fog lit grilles.
Starting MSRP: $22,145
3. If you want the lightweight version of the Ford Mustang Coupe, the Pontiac Solstice would be good for you. It is cheaper, has 177 horsepower, and it has good handling and response.
Starting MSRP: $24,000
4. When it comes to sturdy value, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe fits right in with its rear-wheel drive sports car abilities. It is comparable to the Infiniti G37 but costs significantly less. It may lag a bit in terms of sports performance but as a whole, it is a great package.
Starting MSRP: $22,000
5. If Mazda MX-5 Miata made it to this list, so should the snazzy Nissan 370Z. It is a stylish sports car that is fast, has incredibly good looks, and an interior cabin that spells out quality. It offers power and utmost capability at an affordable price.
Starting MSRP: $30,410
6. The Toyota Solara Convertible is another good addition to the list. It is a sleek four-seater, with a curvy tail. It also has a neat interior and a dual color scheme option.
Starting MSRP: $20,180
7. You can also check out the gas-saving Chevy Cobalt 2005 series that has also been receiving critical acclaim. It has a low weight to horsepower ratio, summing up to better acceleration; clear versatility at a modest price.
2005 Starting MSRP: $13,625
8. Another Mazda made its way to the list: the RX-8. The Mazda RX-8 (sport-type model) is a cheaper alternative to Ferraris and Porsches. Its impressive profile includes rear opening doors that resemble swinging Ferrari doors and an engine with 9000 rpms/238 HP. Its body has great curves and a sturdy overfenders—a sumptuous combination of power and good looks, not bad for a price of under $28,000.
Starting MSRP: $27,245
9. Gliding along is the BMW Z4, inheriting some style from the 7-Series. It offers almost the same fun experience as the more expensive 6-series to the driver.
Starting MSRP: $46,000
10. And last but not least is the Mitsubishi Eclipse, which would please anyone who’d rather go for the tamer look, instead of the usual aggressive-looking sports car models.
Starting MSRP: $20,699
Yes, you can definitely enjoy affordable sports cars having comparable horsepower, comfort, audio options, traction, and style as McLarens and Shelbys, without making a huge dent on your bank account.
NOTE: All prices indicated are for 2010 – 2011 models (unless otherwise stated).