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These cheap cars will impress any real gearhead

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 loves driving a performance 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


Red 2004 Mitsubishi Galant - sleeper sports car
Through the NHTSA

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.


2004-2006 Mitsubishi Galant GTS - Cool Sleeper Sports Car
Via IFCAR at Wikimedia Commons

It came with 2 engine options and the 3.8 liter V6 was a beast that produced 230 bhp! A ricer at a red light will think he can get you into your Galant LS, but a savvy gearhead will only be delighted to see a super sleeper on the road.

Related: This Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Is a 750-Horsepower Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing


9 2007 Mazdaspeed 3


Mazda Mazdaspeed3 2007
through Mazda

Around 2007, cars like the Golf GTi, Civic Si, and Ford Focus dominated 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.


Mazdaspeed 3 2012
through Mazda

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 Mazda 3 with a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that develops 263 hp and can do 0-100 km/h in under 6 seconds.

Related: 10 reasons why the Mazdaspeed 3 is perfect for driving enthusiasts

8 Fiat Abarth 124 Spider


Fiat 124 Abarth Spider
Through Fiat

The Abarth 124 Spider is basically an MX-5 Miata with a different badge and a different engine. But the Italian style makes 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.


Fiat 124 Abarth Spider - Rear
Through Fiat

It’s not overly powerful, but it’s very fuel efficient and the power is enough to have fun with. Plus, you can tune the motor, and voila! You basically have a Mazda MX-5 Miata but more sleek and powerful.


7 2008-09 Lexus IS350


The 2009 Lexus IS 350 on the road
Through Lexus

Buying a Lexus tricks people into believing that you prefer luxury and reliability over performance. Cars from Lexus generally offer an almost worry-free ownership experience when it comes to reliability. The IS 350 looks like a sweet little sedan from the outside.


2009 Lexus IS 350 rear view
Through Lexus

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.

Related: 2009 Lexus IS 350 Throwback


6 2012 Ford Taurus SHO


Via: Ford Motor Company

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.


Taurus SHO rear 3/4 view
Ford

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, the performance is breathtaking and overtaking cars on the highway is simply easy for this one.

Related: The Evolution Of The Ford Taurus SHO


5 2004 Pontiac GT


Pontiac GTO - Front
Via Mecum Auctions

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 350-horsepower V8-powered beast that certainly feels slower than it is.


Pontiac GT
Via Mecum Auctions

The 5.7-liter LS1 works great with the Tremec T56 gearbox, and you can get plenty of power at all rev ranges. This not only 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


Fourth generation Ford Mustang: intervening years 1994-2004
via Hemmings

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.


1994-Ford-Mustang-SVT-Cobra
by mecum

Another great thing about this is that it comes in an RWD configuration and has a 5-speed manual. The chassis 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


P90233285_highRes_the-bmw-m3-coup-e36--1
Via: BMW Group

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.


Blue BMW E36 M3
By: Flickr

The 240hp 3-liter Inline-6 ​​is completely reliable and is capable of handling quite a few mods. BMW has added more comfort for the E36 M3 compared to the E30 M3, 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.

Related: Here’s What Makes The BMW E36 A Great Project Car

2 Honda S2000


Honda S2000 - Front
Via Mecum Auctions

Simply put, the Honda S2000 is one of the greatest sports cars of all time. To many onlookers, it may look like another two-seater sports car. But the S2000 is, in our books, a league above most rivals. It can even be considered one of the best track cars in its price segment.


Honda S2000
Via Mecum Auctions

These award-winning 2.0 and 2.2 liter engines (which spin up to 9000 rpm in the case of the 2.0!!), unique features, affordability (although its prices increase over time), mod-ability. Everything about this car is awesome. And we don’t need to tell you how beautiful this car is, do we?

Related: Why Would You Want a Honda S2000 Over a Mazda MX-5

1 2011-2015 Subaru Legacy


2015 subaru legacy
Via: six-speed blog

In most people’s minds, the Subaru Legacy is a family sedan that’s all about reliability 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’.


2015 Subaru Legacy interior
Via: six-speed blog

It’s not a WRX STi, but it does the job for a lot less. Plus, rally legend Colin McRae came third in his Legacy GT in 1993. If that doesn’t impress a gearhead, we don’t know what will.


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