There probably isn’t a single person on earth who wouldn’t want to drive a proper performance car. OK, that might have been a bit of an unsubstantiated claim, but we know a LOT of people who can’t wait to get behind one of those expensive cars with such unusual specifications that you can’t help but feel like they’re concept cars.
Even the most practical people who drive basic everyday cars are always fascinated with these fancy 5, 6, and 7 figure feats of engineering. But the reality is that most of us can’t afford these awesome cars. Or can we?
It looks like we can, but not right away. Instead of selling everything you own or falling into crippling debt, all you have to do is wait a few years for these cars to drop in value, and scoop one right off the resale market. Can’t wait to meet your future performance car? Here are the 15 performance cars that are set to become future bargains:
15. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
Who doesn’t love a good Camaro? The famous nameplate doesn’t disappoint with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. The ZL1 shares an engine with the Corvette, the ZL1 buzzes with the Corvette Z06 supercharged V8 engine, churning out 650 horsepower, and pairing well with its modified suspension and optimized driving dynamics.
14. Cadillac ATS-V
Cadillac came in strongly against the Mercedes C Class and the BMW 3 Series with the Cadillac ATS-V. The ATS-V has signature Caddy styling that is further accentuated by its brilliant power: it has a 3.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine with 464 horsepower, enabling it to storm from 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds.
13. Dodge Challenger Hellcat
Performance cars were never the same after the Hellcat entered the scene in 2014. The Hellcat comes with an unbelievable 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine with an output of 707 horsepower, which is enough to propel the Hellcat from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds. It also has a top speed of 200 mph.
12. Fiat 500 Abarth
Performance doesn’t just mean power, it also means fun. Although the 500 Abarth is equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with a 160 horsepower output, it’s still quite a fast car, with a unique and fun identity. It’s also practical and its MRSP is somewhat moderate at $19,000.
11. 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
The 1968 Mustang Fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt is one of the most famous Mustangs ever, and fans were really excited for the 2019 Bullitt model. The latest Bullitt has a V8 engine with 480 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.
10. Jaguar F-Type
The Jaguar F-Type is one great looking car. The 2020 model starts from $62,625, and for that hefty price you get a smooth rear-drive coupe powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 296 horsepower. The F-Type’s other trims include a 340 hp as well as a 380 hp option.
9. BMW M2
Fans are head over heels for the BMW M3 and M4 models, and so BMW took the opportunity to produce a more affordable two-door coupe to address a wider market. The 2015 M2 runs with a 3-liter turbocharged straight six engine with 365 horsepower and performance-tuned suspension and brakes.
8. Porsche 718 Cayman S
We know and love the Cayman, and we know and love the 911. The Porsche 718 Cayman S gives us the best of both worlds, with a flat-six engine that produces 350 horsepower and that Porsche quality that other automakers strive to match. The Cayman S has a heavy standard price tag at $67,000.
7. Toyota GT86
The GT86 can’t be considered Toyota’s most powerful production, but it’s still a high quality ride. It runs on 200 horsepower, but that’s more than enough for the GT86 to dazzle with impeccable driving dynamics, low weight, precise handling, and overall fun driving. It’s also more affordable than competitors, at $30,000.
6. Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The Z06 is a package that comes with the C7 Corvette, and it takes the already awesome 7th generation Corvette to a whole new level. Its supercharged engine can dazzle with 650 horsepower, and it has tons of new features and performance tweaks. Its base price is an expensive $80,000.
5. Volkswagen Golf R
The VW Golf R easily dethrones the Golf GTI as Volkswagen’s most capable hatchback. It has a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 309 horsepower, and it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. Not only that, its exterior is also very hip.
4. Ford Focus ST
Another great hatchback next to the VW Golf R is the Ford Focus ST, which blew so many minds when it came out back in 2012. The ST has a powerful 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower. It’s also quite affordable, with a base price of $26,000.
3. Alfa Romeo 4C
The Alfa Romeo 4C goes back to the basics of sports cars. It’s incredibly lightweight due to its carbon fiber tub, cramped interior, and no power steering components or luxury features. The 4C only needs its 1.8-liter turbocharged engine to deliver 238 horsepower and a top speed of 160 mph.
2. Honda Civic Type R
Right out of your racing dreams is the Honda Civic Type R. Proud spoilers and intricate aerodynamic features say that the Type R means business, which it absolutely does with a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine delivering 306 horsepower and moving the Type R swiftly to a top speed of 170 mph.
1. Subaru STI WRX
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Staying true to its reputation as the supplier of affordable performance cars, Subaru has given us the STI WRX, which packs a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat four engine, producing 305 horsepower. The WRX comes with a lively all wheel drive, 6 speed manual transmission, and 160 mph top speed.