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Super-Fast Sports Cars That Somehow Won’t Break The Budget

Cameron Eittreim April 1, 2022

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12: Dodge Stealth R/T Turbo

The Chrysler partnership with Mitsubishi in the 1990s was quite a fruitful endeavor, and Chrysler definitely benefited more than Mitsubishi with this partnership. The Dodge Stealth is a highly underrated sports car that shares its entire design with the Mitsubishi 3000GT. This twin-turbo sports car has the performance to rival a Toyota Supra, while at the same time providing its own unique styling (via Driving Line).

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Given that you find a Stealth in decent condition, the car provides excellent value for the price. You can’t go wrong with the twin-turbo engine and the interior is fairly luxurious as well. Many of these cars have been kept in original condition or have low mileage, which means you’ll enjoy this car for years to come.

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11: Audi S4

There is just something about a compact Audi model that makes owning one a great experience. The S4 is the epiphany of this with modern Audi engineering and a rev happy motor. Most of these S4 models can be had for a small price, and they offer great features. The engine is one of the most reliable power plants Audi has ever used in a car (via The Truth About Cars).

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Even when the car was brand new the styling and performance was lauded by the automotive press. The S4 had a sort of timeless styling that has made the car quite popular in the used market. But its prices have remained steady and you can get a great deal on an S4 and have a car that performs better than you’d expect.

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10: Alfa Romeo 4C

When Alfa Romeo made their triumphant return to the American automotive market, there was a lot of speculation on how the brand would do. Their vehicles have been doing great and the 4C is a sports car that is well worth grabbing. You can get a used one for a great price and this is one of the most honest roadsters you’ll ever drive (via Car & Driver).

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Alfa-Romeo has always been the “driver’s” car and the 4C lives up to that expectation. The lightweight design of the car and luxury options make it a pleasure to drive. The short wheelbase gives the car that same open-road feeling that the Mazda Miata does and the rev-happy engine is begging you to drive it.

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9: Aston Martin Vantage

Another Aston Martin model worth noting is the Vantage that was on the market in the 2000s. The styling of the car was in line with the rest of the Aston Martin lineup from this era. The performance was above average and managed to live up to the expectations the brand had set fourth (via Motoring Research).

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Aston Martin has maintained a high performance reputation that rings true even today. The Vantage is one of those cars that has stood the test of time. You can find one for an affordable price, enjoy all the luxury features, and the car has all the characteristics you’d expect from a Vantage from this time period.

Audi A4 via Motor Trend
Audi A4 via Motor Trend

8: Audi A4

Building on the same successful formula of the S4, the A4 is an equally fun-to-drive Audi. The engineering is top of the line and the car had a completely revised exterior. The reliability of the S4 has gotten high marks from previous owners and the automotive press., which means buying a used one is a great investment (via Car Gurus).

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But when it comes to the Audi A4, the most important thing is the performance, and the A4 delivers in spades. The car is one of the most notable Audi models to take on the recent design changes. The engine is one of the best, and the engineering gives the car a top-notch feeling even for a used model.

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7: Audi A6

Sometimes you want more than a compact car, and the Audi A6 is a large and in-charge luxury sedan. No matter which version of the A6 you pick, the car offered stellar performance for the price. The interior is spacious, and the styling of the A6 is timeless when you compare it to other full-sized sedans in this segment (via New Car Test Drive).

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Living up to the Audi heritage is not an easy task but the A6 did it quite well. The car drives great and can make a great deal if you have been yearning for a true performance car. Although most enthusiasts will go for the S4 or the TT, the A6 is often the understated variant of the Audi lineup.

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6: BMW 850CSI

What was once considered a supercar the BMW 850CSI has aged like fine wine. The car has also depreciated in value and one of the reasons for this is that the car has a lot of issues with its electrical. But if you are willing to put up with constant maintenance, the 850CSI is a car that will leave a smile on your face every time you drive it (via Motor Trend).

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Prices for the 850CSI have drastically decreased in the last decade, and you can find higher mileage models for even less. But the car had a wonderful amount of power and luxury for the price. The 850CSI is by far one of the best used sports cars you can get for the money and one that will leave you smiling.

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5: BMW 525i

The BMW 525i is by far one of the most underrated cars in the BMW lineup. This sedan from the 2000s is highly regarded for its performance and design. The standard luxury features that you’d get from the factory make the car a comfortable driving experience, to say the least. But it’s the performance that makes the car shine and one of the best sports car values you can get right now (via Cars Guide).

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There are a couple different variations of the 525i, including a wagon model that is highly coveted. This platform is general was one of the better designs that came out of BMW. The resale prices haven’t ballooned like many other models from this same time period, which has made the 525i a great entry-level sports car.

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4: Cadillac CTS-V

When Cadillac introduced the CTS-V, it was the first modern sedan the brand ever had before it was released. The stying and the design were counter culture to everything that Cadillac had offered before. The performance from the stock model was promising. When coupled with the manual transmission, the CTS and CTS-V where surprisingly fun to drive (via Motor Trend).

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First generation CTS-V models are still fairly reasonable when it comes to the pricing and these cars are easy to come by. You can find one that has been well maintained and still offers a lot of life left for the price. There are a number of performance sedans from this era, but the CTS-V should be at the top of your list.

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3: Mercedes-Benz 600SL

The Mercedes-Benz 600SL was a variable supercar in every sense of the word. The design and the engine were far technologically advanced compared to anything else on the market. The 600SL in particular added many modern luxury features that we take for granted nowadays, such as a power top and built-in phone (via Car Gurus).

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When the 600SL hit the market, it was at the top of the Mercedes-Benz line. The blend of technology and interesting features made the car well received with enthusiasts. Another interesting thing about the 600SL is the fact that it has depreciated quite a bit in terms of value, so drivers can find them very affordably.

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2: Lexus IS200

With the first two Lexus models of the 1990s being smash hits for the brand, it was only a matter of time until another model entered the market. That model was the IS200, which was a compact sedan that was actually an import from overseas. The IS200 had many interesting features, and the performance was exceptional (via Consumer Reports).

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The automotive press praised the IS200 for its initial design and reliability. The interior was fairly basic when compared to other Lexus models at the time and was the only Lexus that came with cloth seating. But the purpose of the car was to attract a young demographic and it did just that.

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1: Porsche Cayenne

The thought of Porsche introducing an SUV model was a novelty at the time of the Cayenne’s release. But the SUV did quite well in terms of sales and ended up becoming a smash hit for Porsche. The performance of the Cayenne was in line with any of the sports cars being sold at the time (via Car & Driver).

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The most popular model was the Cayenne Turbo that ended up a sales success for Porsche. The Cayenne was by far one of the most popular models at launch in Porsche’s history. This is the car that basically birthed the sports car themed SUV movement that we have today. Without the Cayenne, there would have never been a Lamborghini URUS.

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