The number of cars on sale today is mind-numbingly high, and companies like BMW and Mercedes, who are trying to fill up even the smallest gaps in the market, aren’t exactly making your task as a consumer any easier.
See the list with 22 cars that you can buy with less than $50,000:
22. Ferrari 328 GTS ($45,000)
For just $45,000 you will be able to find yourself a great car with a 3.2 L engine, 270hp and 231 lb-ft of torque. It goes from 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds.
21. Ferrari F355 ($43,000)
To hear an F355 owner talk about their car is to hear an unending narration of perfection in performance and all the little things Ferrari does so well. That is, until they get into the expenses of maintaining one. However, this is not a car for an everyday ride as the engine will require replacement every three years or so.
20. Ferrari 456 GT ($40 000)
The 456 was designed to serve as an everyday car not in terms of fuel efficiency, but rather in the reliability of the V12 engine, electrical units and mechanics. This means that with this car you shouldn’t fear damage with regular use.
19. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C ($40,000)
If you want a modern way to experience and relive the Lotus Elise then the Alpha Romeo 4C is the closest you can get to that experience. Everything about it is geared towards the interaction between the driver and the car. You will not enjoy this car on your day to day drives, but on a track it comes alive.
18. 2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport ($37 000)
if you ever wanted to drive what feels like a concept car straight from a motor show and enjoy some of the other things Fisker did well, you can have this car for slightly less than $40,000.
17. Aston Martin V8 Vantage ($35 000)
The Aston Martin Vantage is a car with an appealing presence. Designed by the legendary Henrik Fisker to compete with trendsetting supercars like the Porsche Carrera. It is both powerful and elegant without sacrificing the thrill of neck-breaking speed.
16. Dodge Viper ($35 000)
Bold and breathtaking are the hallmarks of all the Dodge Viper models. A powerful V10 engine is under the hood while its muscle car heritage shows in it’s handling.
15. Jaguar F-Type ($32 000)
It commands a presence without being intimidating and it oozes class that in a way belies its power. The interior is plush too, with extra supports added to the seats and strong side bolsters which are useful when taking on corners. However, for $32,000 you get a performance car that holds its own against competitors and sets you apart from the crowd.
14. Maserati GranTurismo ($30,500)
During its launch in 2007, the Maserati GranTurismo seemed to be the car the car that would finally rival the Porsche 911. Its exterior beauty is matched by the luxurious interior. You will want to watch out for the tires though since they may need replacement every 12,000 miles or so.
13. 2010 Lotus Evora ($30 000)
The Lotus Evora holds a unique position as a truly spacious and comfortable Lotus. Its close competitors are the 911 and the Cayman S which are both faster. However, the other two lack the romantic feel, the enthralling feel and the superior handling that comes naturally to a Lotus car.
12. Porsche 911 ($30 000)
There is a lot to admire about the Porsche 911 and many reasons to own one. Its looks and performance and continuous evolution ensure you have a range of distinct models to pick from over the years.
11. Nissan GT-R ($29 000)
The Nissan GT-R has built a legend and is the only car on this list that can equally rival the Porsche 911 in terms of cult following and adoration over the years. However, it goes one step extra in terms of fuel efficiency, the precision in steering, driving comforts, speed and maintenance costs.
10. 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Zo6 ($27 000)
It has always been given the most powerful engine in the Corvette range and has always matched against contemporaries, especially exotic models like the Porsche 911.
9. 2013 Jaguar XK/XKR ($27 000)
The Jaguar XK and its XKR variant are an exhibition of the sublime and gorgeous. Almost faultless handling comes with a perfect balance between traction and comfort.
8. Ferrari 360 ($26 000)
Its aluminum body, chassis and suspension ensures a low total weight which, when balanced against the 400 hp from the 3.6 L engine, allows for great handling and great performance. Further, it still grants you the fast speed you want, going from 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds. The only trouble with it is the fuel consumption.
7. Aston Martin DB9 ($25 500)
The Aston Martin DB9 is a gorgeous and powerful car. Despite the success of the DB7, this was the car that was credited with keeping the brand in the business.
6. De Tomaso Pantera ($25 000)
Only 7,260 units were ever made meaning they have acquired some value in rarity, especially for those that have been well maintained and furnished which can cost six figures. With an extensive search you should be able to find the earlier 70s models for as little as $25,000, though you will have to be wary of the refurbishing work put in it.
5. Acura NSX ($25 000)
Regarded by many as one of the best performance cars ever made, it matches its gorgeous looks with a jet-like performance especially in handling. The Japanese crafting ensures owners do not have to worry about parts failing after a thousand miles or regular use while its fuel efficiency does encourage regular use.
4. Ferrari 308 ($23 000)
The Ferrari 308 is a car whose price has thankfully reduced due to the low prices of its predecessors. It still however remains quite expensive.
3. Ford Shelby GT 350 ($20,000)
With 662 hp gushing from its powerful 5.8 L V-8 engine, a massive 631 lb-ft of torque, 202 miles per hour as the top speed and 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds. It was also the last the car to benefit from the input of the legendary Carroll Shelby, and what a masterpiece it is. It corrected the flaws of its predecessors and came with many trappings of modern technology.
2. Ferrari Mondial ($10,800)
The Ferrari Mondial was designed as a family supercar from its 2+2 seats, the room and even handling. Doing 0-60 in 8 seconds and having 214 bhp may not have inspired many but it had a number of firsts for Ferrari when it launched, including being the first Ferrari to use power steering and fuel injection.
1. Lotus Elise ($10,000)
The Lotus Elise has earned a reputation as a purists’ modern car with bold curves and deceptively fast speeds. There is a fear of high maintenance costs, but these are largely unfounded given the Toyota engine that allows for easy servicing and maintenance.
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