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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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?