7 Most Affordable Super Cars Under 100k
Most people associate super cars with speed and performance, but also with high prices and expensive maintenance. Is that really true however? Does a super car really have to cost you an entire fortune or can you purchase one at a reasonable cost? Now, we know that $100,000 is a lot of money, but that’s relatively affordable for a super car. Considering a lot of mainstream cars such as big Audis and BMWs can reach $60-70k with full options these days, super cars are not that unattainable to a lot of people. With simple and easy finance and leasing options, owning one is easier than you might think. In case you’re pondering over this particular matter yourself, here’s some food for thought in the form of several relatively inexpensive super cars which can now be yours for less than $100k.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
We just had to start this list off with a Corvette. And not just any Corvette, but the definitive Z06 Corvette. What makes it so special? Well it’s only the fastest ‘Vette ever built. A 6.2-liter supercharged V8 pushes out 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels alone through either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed auto with shift paddles located behind the steering wheel. It will hit 62 mph in under three seconds and it’s just about the fastest road-legal track car you can buy. Want one? Sticker price is $80k, but you can find them a lot lower if you decide to go used.
Porsche 911 Carrera S
It may not be the full-fat GT3 RS or even the GT3, but the base Carrera S is still plenty quick for most people. The 3.8-liter horizontally-opposed six-cylinder at the back pushes out 400 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, capable of propelling it to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The 7-speed manual is fast and precise, but the PDK is the one to go for if you’re after laptimes. Is it a super car? That’s open for debate. The fact of the matter is that it can be daily driven on the work days and still beat most super cars at the track on the weekend. At an MSRP of exactly $98,000 it just makes it into our list.
If you’re looking at used cars, pretty much any Aston Martin built in the last ten years or so will slide right under that magic $100k marker. We’re talking DB9s, Vantages, you name it. Astons depreciate like crazy. A DB9 worth over $200k when new has lost over half of its value by the time it’s 5 years old. You get a choice between coupes and convertibles, V12s and V8. Pick your poison really.
Godzilla himself. Nissan’s GT-R has always been a tempting proposition. When it made its first debut back in 2009, it was named the super car killer. It could basically annihilate any sub $500k Ferrari or Lamborghini for less than a fifth of the price. Over the years it’s received several updates, the most recent being a major facelift last year, but it’s still essentially the same car. Newer examples (2014-2016) with the 550-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 can be found in the $80-$90k price bracket, but if you’re content with 485 hp the earliest 2009-2010 can be found in the medium to high $60,000.
Think of it as the baby Ferrari. It’s got the killer looks, the evoking Italian name and a soundtrack to die for. The GranTurismo has to be one of the most handsome cars ever made. It’s not as elegant or as dignified as an Aston, but it bristles with aggressiveness and character. If it were a person, it would flail its arms around and run about everywhere. The earlier 4.2-liter V8 is good for 405 horsepower, but it has nothing on the more powerful 4.7-liter V8 developing 440 horsepower. Earlier versions came with the six-speed ZF, with the latter getting a 6-speed sequential semi-auto from the Ferrari 599. Models post 2010 start at $55k and go up from there, but you can get in the low $40,000 range if you’re not afraid to get an earlier car with higher miles.
Bentley Continental GT
The Continental GT just might be the only legitimate luxury super car. Yes, the Aston comes close, but it’s got nothing on the large Conti. It puts luxury first and everything else second. Although you can technically find newer V8 models within price if you look hard enough, earlier W12-powered Continentals provide the true Bentley experience. For the most part the engine is bulletproof, but you will be paying maintenance for what was once a $200k+ car. It’s a good thing then that prices drop down well into the $60,000 range for earlier 2002-2005 cars.
Ford Shelby GT350R
The GT350R is the most competent Mustang ever made. Not the most powerful, but the fastest overall. It will beat most sport and super cars around any race track, without even breaking a sweat. Its secret trick? Ford’s all-new 5.2-liter V8 with 526 horsepower, 429 lb-ft of torque and an 8500 rev limit. It’s got fully independent suspension, massive Brembo brakes, a slick six-speed manual and a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds. At just $61,000 it’s arguably the most fun per dollar value of any car currently for sale. Not technically a super car, the GT350R has evolved from its pony and muscle car origins into this gray sports/super car hybrid area.