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Supercars used to be toys for the super-rich, but these days, it is possible to find some models that even we can afford if we really wanted to.
We all love supercars, however, when new, most of them are super expensive. Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens, Aston Martins, etc all cost over six figures new; more than most of us actually earn per year. For this reason, most supercars will remain a bedroom poster or a phone wallpaper for us.
However, times have changed. There are actually a handful of exotic supercars out there which you can pick up for peanuts. These supercars carry the same passion, excitement, and soul they did when new. Most of all they are all bound to put a huge smile on your face.
BMW I8 $60,000
It is crazy to think that the BMW I8 once started at over $148,000 but now you can happily get one for less than $60,000. This revolutionary supercar did not fare well in terms of depreciation but at the end of the day, this car looks stunning.
Butterfly doors, striking looks, and punchy performance. What more could you want? Under the hood is a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder and a 98kW electric motor. Combined the two pushes out 357hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 takes place in 4.4 seconds before topping out at 155m mph. The I8 was made to make a point by BMW that the technology is possible.
10Ferrari 360 Modena $60,000
The Ferrari 360 Modena is an ultimate exotic from the lands of Italy. The successor to the F355 back in 1999, the 360 took a completely new design approach. It was designed to be a lot curvier. The 360 packs a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V8 pushing 395hp and 275 lb-ft of torque which made this car hit 60 in only 4.5 seconds. Flat out the 360 will hit 183 mph.
The 360 is an ultimate exotic which you can buy right now for as little as $60,000. An insane price for a Ferrari. This thing still breaks necks everywhere it goes and the flat plane V8 just sounds insane. This car revs past 8000 rpm creating opera when it shifts.
9Nissan R35 GTR – $32,000
Yes, you can get a GTR for as low as $32,000. Less than some family SUVs. The GTR is arguably a supercar with a 3.8 liter turbocharged VR38 inline 6 unit. The cheapest models, the gen1, push out 480hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. Later models pushed upwards of over 530hp. It is no slouch hitting 60 in only 3.2 seconds (under that in newer models). Flat out you will be doing 196 mph (over 200 in newer models).
The GTR scares off most supercars. It is absolutely rapid and the evolution of the GTR has been crazy. The Nissan GTR is by no means a slow car and won’t be for a very long time. Yes, it does lack quality in some areas, but it will make up for that in the straights hugely.
8Dodge Viper SR 1 $30,000
The Viper SR 1 is the first of the Dodge Viper series. It packs an infamous 8.0L V10 pushing out 400hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. This beast could sprint to 60 in only 4.6 seconds before topping out at 165 mph. The Viper is a true supercar with crazy looks. This car is just perfect for places such as Miami or Santa Monica. It belongs near the sun and sand, which it should since the roof is a nightmare.
The Dodge Viper SR1 is also pretty cheap with starting prices of $30,000. It is a bargain that will appreciate seeing as it is a classic. The Viper is perfect for the drivers. Here are 15 reasons why it is so good.
7Lamborghini Gallardo Gen 1 – $80,000
One of the more expensive cars on the list but you can have a Lamborghini for just $80,000 and sometimes a bit less. The Gallardo is Lamborghini’s best-selling car of all time and even Jeremy Clarkson had one. It was one of Lamborghini’s greatest supercars and it really did show Ferrari who’s boss.
Under the hood lays a 493 hp 376 lb-ft of torque 5.0 V10 pushing the car to 60 in 4.2 seconds flat out hitting 194 mph. An insanely fast car even in modern standards. The V10 engine is a gem and nowadays is facing extinction.
6Audi R8 4.2 – $55,000
The Audi R8 4.2 is a cheaper alternative to a Gallardo. Yes for a bit more you can upgrade to the V10 R8 but the 4.2 V8 is more balanced. Under the hood, you get a 4.2-liter V8 pushing 414hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 takes place in 4.6 seconds with a flat out speed of 187mph.
The R8 was also famously featured as Tony Stark’s car in the Iron Man films by Marvel. If he chooses it to be his choice of vehicle then so can you. An insanely good car that has won many awards over the years.
5Jaguar F-Type R – $40,000
The Jaguar F Type R is one of the more brutal supercars. Under the hood is a 5.0L supercharged V8 pushing out 542hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, which means 0-60 takes place in 4 seconds before topping at 186 mph. These things are noisy and can scare most muscle cars out there.
The F-Type R is a tire squealer. It will rip through tires as it just loves to powerslide. RWD models can be a handful in the wet though. The F-Type R is perfect if you just want a car that is completely crazy.
4Aston Martin Vantage – $34,000
The gentleman’s supercar, the V8 vantage was launched in 2005 and was an ultimate hit. Designed by Henrik Fisker, it cost upwards of $100,000 new. Nowadays you can get your hands on one for as little as $34,000. Under the hood is a 380hp 302 lb-ft of torque V8. The car would climb to 60 in just over 5 seconds before topping out close to 170 mph.
The V8 vantage is a very comfortable car but it still is quite agile and precise. The engine sounds very muscular too. It is a stunner with swan-like doors and even nowadays it still gets a lot of looks.
3Acura NSX – $50,000
Here is an ultimate classic supercar we all know and love. It is by far one of the best drivers’ cars from the 1990s. Influenced by F1 technology, this mid-engined supercar packs a transverse-mounted 270hp 3.0 V6 pushing out 270hp (upgraded to 290hp in 1997).
The NSX is an ultimate JDM legend by no means but compared to its rivals from Nissan, Toyota, and Mazda the NSX is just so much more. The NSX actually gunned for Ferrari and Porsche, embarrassing both the 348 and the 911 at the time. An ultimate icon that is bound to go up in value any time soon.
2Porsche 911 996 Turbo – $35,000
The Porsche 996 was never the most loved 911 but the Turbo model is extremely quick. Under the hood is a 3.6-liter Mezger Flat-6 derived from the GT1 LeMans winner. The power output was 414hp and 415 lb-ft of torque (444hp on X50 pack). The Turbo could accelerate to 60 in 4.4 seconds (4.2 X50) and flat out the Turbo could hit 187 mph (189 mph X50).
The 996 Turbo is a true exotic. It was a key rival to the likes of the Ferrari 360 and the Aston Martin DB7. This European exotic was once a millionaire’s toy with prices past $100,000 back in the early noughties. Now you can pick a decent one up for as little as $37,000.
1Mercedes SL55- $24,000
The Mercedes SL55 is by no doubt a supercar. It looks amazing, sounds amazing and it is fast. Under the hood is a supercharged 5.4 liter V8 pushing out 493hp, which is a similar output from a Ferrari F430. The SL55 also produces 516 lb-ft of torque. The car shoots to 60 in 4.5 seconds with a limited top speed of 155mph (a limiter to 186mph is an option). However, Mercedes claimed that de-restricted the SL55 would hit 208mph.
The SL55 was at the time of launch in 2002 the fastest automatic car in the world. Jeremy Clarkson even owned one of the first SL55 models. It is a great car that was once priced at over $100,000. It is a bargain right now, and they do provide a lot of value for money.
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