The Five Best Bargain Supercars on the Planet

July 16th, 2010

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Some of us go through life yearning to own a supercar.

After plastering images of Ferraris and Lamborghinis to our bedroom walls as kids, the dream of having a real one in the garage never really dies.

Sadly, most of us will never have the ability to place a new Prancing Horse or Pagani Zonda in the driveway. But that doesn’t mean we can’t save enough scratch over time to consider a cheaper alternative to the supercar heavy hitters. While we won’t get the pedigree of a DB9, we can have the thrill of supercar performance while staying on somewhat of a budget.

Keep reading for five of the best bargain supercars available today!

Nissan GT-R

2011 Nissan GT-R

The GT-R in no way can be considered cheap. But starting around $85,000, it’s a bargain compared to the cars it competes against on the track. The GT-R lapped the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife in 7 minutes, 35 seconds, trailing the Pagani Zonda F by only 2 seconds and the Koenigsegg CCR by just 1. And the GT-R is a good $600,000 cheaper than either!

Ford Shelby GT500

2011 Ford Shelby GT500

A certain level of exclusivity is required by the supercar set. While calling any Mustang a supercar is a stretch by anyone’s imagination, the GT500 pumps out 550 hp and, for 2011, will have a production run of only 5,500 units. With a starting price of under $50,000, this ‘Stang manages to offer an equation that many will consider simply super.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E63 AMG

2011 E63 AMG

This German hotrod is powered by a 32-valve, 6.2-liter V8 that generates an amazing 518 horsepower and 485 pound-feet of torque, all contributing to a cheek-flapping 0-60 acceleration time of 4.4 seconds. For a starting price of about $85,000, you get some serious prestige to go with that speed.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The Z06 proved that an American car could take on the best from Europe. Actually, let’s take that a step further: The Z06 exposes European models as overpriced snobs. Starting at about $85,000, it’ll hang tough with the Italian models costing twice as much or more.

Lotus Exige

2010 Lotus Exige

In reviewing the Exige, Edmunds said, “If you’re looking for a car whose sole purpose is to dominate the racetrack or canyon roads, look no farther than the 2010 Lotus Exige.” What more should a supercar be? Add in the Exige’s exotic look and $65,000 price tag, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a go-fast bargain.

What “supercar” would you buy for less than $100,000?

-tgriffith

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  1. tgriffith
    November 15th, 2010 at 19:16 | #1

    @ Chris
    You’re right, Chris, the CTS-V should be on this list! Any car with a Nurbugring time of 7:59 and starting under $65K should not have been overlooked.

  2. Chris
    November 14th, 2010 at 20:21 | #2

    Why is the CTS-V, a car that would thrash the E63, not in the lineup? It’s over 20 grand cheaper too!

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