Most of us can’t afford a supercar or hypercar, but luckily we have fast cars that can deliver a similar experience and thrill, but on a smaller scale. If a person is endowed with the joy of driving a sports car, it’s hard to pass up that feeling. But that’s nothing new, right? Inexpensive sports cars like the MX-5 Miata, Ford Mustang, Camaro, and used Corvettes are very popular in the country. For a budget of $20,000 or less, these cars are among the safe choices that most people choose.
But gearheads are a different breed. They devote a lot more time, energy and resources to the automotive industry, whether on the consumer side or on the technical side. As a result, they learn things about automobiles that do not reach the ears of the common man. It can be a sleeping car that will make people underestimate it or a really good deal of a used car that will pass most people just because they don’t have one. not heard much. There will always be cars like these that won’t make much sense to normal people, but any gearhead who knows them will surely be impressed.
ten 2004Mitsubishi Galant LS
When we hear of the Mitsubishi Galant, we usually imagine an old sports sedan (or even a classic) from Mitsubishi that was once fast but can’t hold its own today. But the Galant has surprisingly made its way into the 21st century and also packed a punch, but not many people know about it.
It came with 2 engines and the 3.8 liter V6 was a beast that made 230 bhp! A ricer at a red light will think he can get you in your Galant LS, but a savvy gearhead will only be delighted to see a genius sleeper on the road.
9 2007 Mazdaspeed 3
Cars like the Golf GTi, Civic Type-R and Ford Focus dominate the hatchback market. But the Mazdaspeed 3 is a dark horse that people will mistake for an economy car. Mazdaspeed is the tuning house responsible for the championship-winning 787-B! At the end of the 90s, it became Mazda’s official in-house tuning company.
Consequently, Mazdaspeed knows what they’re doing, and the Mazdaspeed 3 is an affordable, reliable and, above all, capable hot hatch on the used market right now. After all, it’s a small hatch with a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that develops 236 hp and can do 0-100 km/h in under 6 seconds.
8 Fiat Abarth 124 Spider
The Abarth 124 Spider is basically a Miata with a different badge on it. But the small differences and the Italian style make the Abarth much cooler than the Mazda. They are all fitted with the widely used Fiat/Chrysler 1.4-litre turbocharged inline-4 that produces 160-164 bhp.
It’s not overly powerful, but it’s very fuel efficient and the power is enough to have fun with. Plus, you can tune or swap the motor, and voila! You basically have a Mazda MX-5 but more sleek and powerful.
7 2008-09 Lexus IS350
Buying a Lexus tricks people into believing that you prefer luxury and reliability over performance. Lexus cars, with the exception of the LFA and RC500, tend to provide an almost worry-free ownership experience when it comes to reliability. The IS 350 looks like a sweet little sedan from the outside.
But inside, it’s a 3.5-liter V6 that makes more than 300 hp! Not only that, it’s also RWD! Now, we all know what that combination means, right? Lexus quality assurance is just the icing on the cake. The IS 350 is one heck of a car that we can’t judge from the exterior or the badging.
6 2012 Ford Taurus SHO
The original Ford Taurus SHO was one of the first sleeper cars on the market. New models may not be as exciting, but the 2012 Taurus SHO brings back a lot of great memories. If you’re in a Ford that isn’t a Mustang or Focus RS, chances are it won’t be that fast. At least that’s what people think.
But the 2012 Taurus SHO is an all-wheel-drive car whose turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 produces as many horsepower as there are days in a year. As a result, overtaking cars on the highway is simply easy for this one.
5 2004 Pontiac GT
Since we started selling heavily depreciated European sports cars on the used market, they have become a logical choice over American ponies. But the 2004 Pontiac GTO isn’t just another muscle car. It’s a 400-hp V8-powered beast that certainly feels slower than it is.
The 6.0-liter LS2 works great with the Tremec T56 gearbox, and you can get plenty of power at all rev ranges. This makes the GTO very fast, but also very accessible at the same time. And it’s not too expensive either.
4 1994 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
When gearheads hear the word SVT, they know it’s going to be a good car. SVT stands for Ford Special Vehicles Team. The 1994 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra gets its power from a 5-liter V8 that produces 240 hp and 285 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm.
Another great thing about this is that it comes in an RWD configuration and has a 5-speed manual. The body design of this car is great both for handling and for having a little fun. Most people will probably call it another Mustang, and that’s part of the reason why it remains affordable.
3 BMW E36 M3
An old BMW will see its price depreciated no matter what. Fortunately, some of its older cars are now too good for their price, and the E36 M3 is undoubtedly one of them. Today, the M3 is a legend in the sports car segment.
The 240hp 3-Liter Inline-6 is totally reliable and is capable of handling quite a few tunes and mods. BMW added more comfort for the E36, so long drives aren’t a big deal. People may not think it’s a bad car at all, but only gearheads know how amazing and desirable this car is.
2 Honda S2000
Simply put, the Honda S2000 is one of the greatest sports cars of all time. To ordinary eyes, it may look like another two-seater sports car. But the S2000 is, in our books, a league above other sports vehicles. It can even be considered one of the best track cars in its price segment.
That award winning 2.0 liter engine (that spins up to 9000 rpm!!), the unique features, the affordability (although its prices are going up over time), the modability, everything about this car is awesome . And we don’t need to tell you how beautiful this car is, do we?
1 2011-2015 Subaru Legacy
In people’s minds, the Subaru Legacy is a family sedan primarily focused on reliability, luxury, and comfort. While it’s a fun car to ride, it’s even better to drive. If you can manage to get yourself one with the 3.6-liter flat-6 engine, you’re in for a treat. Its impressive 256hp power figure combined with Subaru’s proven AWD system is a recipe for ‘smiles per hour’.
It’s not a WRX STi, but it does the job for a lot less. Plus, rally legend Colin McRae finished third in his Legacy GT in 1993. If that doesn’t impress a gearhead, we don’t know what will.
Here are the 10 most underrated Italian sports cars of all time
About the Author