Sports cars don’t have to be expensive. There are a lot of models on the market that are powerful, fun to drive, but still affordable. They are lightweight, but they have been paired with engines of the latest generation, great brakes, and the latest systems, so driving them is completely different than you may imagine. The most affordable sports cars for this year will be on the list. We have some impressive models here, and some of them will even be best used sports cars after some time. Anyway, let’s start with the most affordable models.
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata $25,500
Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most popular, small, sports cars in the world. This model continues the tradition original MX-5 set as standard. The latest version looks better than ever, it is paired with a great, 2.0L engine, producing 155HP. Maybe sounds too little, but this car is made from aluminum, so the weight is low as well. Thanks to it, you will get 139mph of top speed and 0-60 mph time in just 5.8 seconds. An even better part is cornering. All models were well-known for great handling, so this isn’t different.
Mazda MX-5 Miata is available with a soft top, and it is an affordable model. However, the manufacturer offers an RF version, with a hardtop. It is more expensive, but it looks much better. No matter which version you choose, you will get a superb engine, we mentioned and 6 gears manual. Automatic is optional. It is fuel efficient as well. It will achieve 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on a highway. The bottom line is simple. This is one of the best affordable sports cars ever made.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth $29,000
Another car on our list is similar to the Mazda we mentioned, but it is more exclusive. Nevertheless, the price isn’t much higher. Fiat 124 Spider was developed and made as a tribute to the 60s 124 Fiat’s model. It is standard operation for this car manufacturer like they did with the Fiat 500. There are some things you should know. The first one is the fact that Fiat 124 is made on the same assembly line in Japan where Mazda MX-5 is produced! They share a lot of components and if we remove the body, we will find the same base. Maybe you dislike this fact, but it is a plus side. It makes this model more reliable than other Fiat models.
Fiat 124 is one of thenew sports cars that is simply beautiful to look. It looks like no other car and it is classic and modern at the same time. The front and the rear side look simply astonishing. Although it is made in Japan, the engine and the drive train are tuned by the famous Abarth! It even comes with their badges. The power comes from the1.4L turbocharged engine, producing 165HP. The top speed is 136 mph and the 0-60 mph is 6.3 seconds. The fuel economy is 26/35 mpg. Another thing that must be mentioned is the limited slip differential. It makes cornering much better and the entire car fun to drive, so this is far more than just a simple Fiat. It also has a special exhaust system that makes it sound like a more powerful vehicle.
2017 Subaru BRZ $26,300
2017 Subaru BRZ has been upgraded. A new version brings a well-known 2.0L flat 4 engine delivering 205HP. It sends all that power to the rear wheels through 6 gears manual transmissions. The top speed is 134 mph and the 0-60mph acceleration is 6.2 seconds. If this doesn’t sound like much, keep in mind that it has been among the most popular affordable sports cars since the first version! Why? It offers a great handling, meaning that it is a slide-happy and thanks to the rear wheel drive, all kinds of stunts are possible.
The entire car is driver-focused, which means that the highest amount of attention has been directed towards the driver. As the result, you get a precise steering, great steering wheel, comfortable seats and a long list of gadgets. The design is modern, aggressive and highly popular among young drivers. Despite a powerful engine, this car manages 21/29 mpg, which is more than just good, especially if we know that the engine will rev up to 7.000 RPMs and that the sound it makes is amazing. It is definitely one of the sports cars on a budget to consider.
2017 Toyota 86 $27,100
Toyota 86 is basically the same car as the Subaru BRZ. They share the same components and they have the same performances. On the other side, Toyota 86 is slightly more expensive, probably due to the name. As we just mentioned, the engine is 205HP, 2.0L, located at the front. The rear wheel drive is obtained via 6-speed manual transmission. The automatic gearbox is available as well, but it will reduce the power of a car for 5HP. You won’t be able to tell the difference, though. Other specifications are the same. You will get 134 mph top speed, 6.2seconds 0-60mph time and a fuel economy of 21/28 mpg.
The interior is the same as the previous version had, so don’t expect too much, but you will get enough. The sound it produces is well-balanced and sounds powerful. The engine will rev up to 7.000RPMs, meaning that you will enjoy that amazing sound all the time. When you want to drive it slowly, you can and you will get a lot of head turns, thanks to the design, which is modern and sporty. Of all affordable sports cars,this may be the funniest to drive, thanks to a well-balanced chassis.
2017 Volkswagen Golf R $36,500
If you think that this is a cheap alternative of the Golf GTI, you are mistaken. Volkswagen Golf R is one of affordable sports cars that comes with more power than most drivers actually need. And yes, it is more powerful than the GTI! You get the2.0L engine, producing 292HP. It also has a 6 gears transmission (automatic is an option and it is faster 0-60 mph) and all-wheel drive. The engine is a masterpiece which makes the entire car sounds and goes better than any previous model. The R stands for sporty enhancements. It means that each driver gets a sports suspension, large 18 inch wheels, and a sporty sound.
For the base price, mentioned here, you get satellite radio, Bluetooth, start/stop button, heated seats and keyless entry. For more gadgets, the price will have to be increased. The fuel economy is 22/30 mph, which is impressive if you know that this car has almost 300HP. Because it is made by Volkswagen, we can expect a long lifespan, reliability and a great re-sell value. It is also one of the best sports cars in this price range and a much better alternative than GTI.
2017 Ford Focus RS $38,700
A few years back, Ford announced that the Focus RS will have all-wheel drive and more than 300HP of power. That year they introduced a front-wheel drive car with less than 300HP. However, the version they have mentioned is available right now. This model comes with an impressive 2.3L engine, placed at the front that sends 350HP on all wheels. Wheels are 19 inches and they are paired with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports. The transmission is 6 speeds, but the true secret is in the entire drivetrain. It sends power and torque in a different way than most 4 wheel drive cars do. As the result, the handling is phenomenal and the level of grip is even better. This is one of the affordable sports cars that can be used as a rally car without a problem. Ford targets young people who want an affordable rally car.
Other performances are above average as well. The top speed is 165 mph, the 0-60 mph is 4.6 seconds and the fuel economy is 19/25 mpg. It isn’t the most economical car on the planet, but it offers a perfect balance between the cost and the performances.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS $44,400
You probably believe that Chevrolet Camaro SS simply cannot be one of the affordable sports cars, but as you can see, you have made a mistake. It isn’t more expensive than Focus RS, but this is a real muscle car with real racing pedigree. The design is modern and different than any other car has. Performances are above the range as well. The most powerful version comes with a V8, producing 455HP, and a 6.2L capacity. The top speed is 165mph and the 0-60mph time is 4.1 second. Fuel consumption is 16/25 mpg.
There is a more affordable version as well. You can choose a model with 2.0L engine, and 275HP, or a V6 with 335HP and 3.6L engine. The rear wheel drive is standard, so as 6 speed manual transmission. 8 gears automatic is available as well.
2017 BMW M240i Coupe $45,500
Maybe the Camaro SS is a much better deal when it comes to affordable sports cars, but for the extra money, you can have a racing icon, the BMW. You will get 335HP, from a 3.0L 6 cylinder engine, placed at the front. The rear wheel drive is standard, but you can get all-wheel drive. This model is very popular and it is going to be one of the best cars in 2017!
The top speed is limited to 155mph and the 0-60 mph time is 4.3 second. The fuel economy is 21-32 mpg. If you want more, you can get it. BMW offers a Track Handling package that will improve the handling, brakes and the steering and make this model even faster on the track. As with all models made by this manufacturer, you can expect reliability.
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman $58,000
Porsche 718 Cayman is believed or not, one of the cheapest sports cars if we compare it to the direct rivals which cost 2-3 times more! For this money, you will get 300HP, rear wheel drive and a 6 speed manual transmission. 7 speeds automatic is available as well. The top speed is 171mph and the 0-60 mph time is 3.9 seconds. The fuel economy is 22-28 mpg.
Inside, you get plenty of equipment, including the 7-inch touchscreen as standard. Seats are comfortable and the entire car is driver-focused. The ride is reasonably comfortable and racing driving style is more than just possible. If you are looking for a bit more expensive, but still one of the affordable sports cars this is the car for you. For your money, you also get a mind-engine sports car, so this may be a bargain!
2018 Audi TT RS $60,000
Don’t be confused with the 2018 year number! This model will be available in a few months, and it is one of more expected cars. The main reason for that is 5-cylinder 2.5L engine producing the 400 HP. As all other 5-cylinder engines, the sound it makes is simply different than anything you have heard before. For thesporty ride, you get the4-wheel drive and a 7-speed automatic transmission, with a manual mode. The aerodynamics has been improved, compared to theprevious model, thanks to better air intakes and a fixed rear wing.
The 0-60time is 3.6 seconds, the fuel economy is 19/25 mpg and the design is standard for Audi. However, inside you get a beautiful interior, a lot of equipment and a high-quality sound system. Of all affordable sports cars, this may be the most interesting to you. Of course, it isn’t the most affordable, but keep in mind that you are getting a truesports car with well-known Quattro all-wheel drive. This also makes it one of the safest cars you can possibly buy, due to the fact this drivetrain is known for superb performances in all weather conditions. If you live somewhere, where snow is a common thing, this model is the one to choose.