These are the 10 cheapest used cars that will do 150 mph
If like us you’re a speed-obsessed gearhead on a budget, the classifieds are full of 150+mph rides for less than you might think, the only requirements are time and patience. Where to start? Japanese sports coupes are going to be the safer route, over-engineered and extremely reliable with more standard features than you can live without, Nissan and Subaru have all the bases covered.
Want something bigger and stronger? Homegrown V8-powered sedans, coupes and sports cars offer the biggest bargains, American cars generally have more cubic inches than any other country. However, the winner for the most cylinders and horsepower goes to a foreign intruder, a super saloon no less, closing in on 200mph. Going fast for less is easier than you think, with small budgets giving you a surprising amount of performance on the used car Marlet.
ten Nissan 350Z
Going back two generations in Nissan’s Z car lineup, the 350Z can be had for cheap, just how far you’re willing to go is going to be reflected in the mileage. However, with some research and a bit of patience, low milers turn up for less than $10,000.
It’s probably a good idea to avoid anything spoiled, any gains over previous ambitious owners are usually not worth it, and let’s be honest, in factory spec 155mph should be plenty. under the hood, Bomb-proof 3.5-litre V6 engines delivering up to 287 hp with rear-wheel drive, even novice gearheads should be able to keep the 350Z under control.
9 BMW M5 E60
Not only is the BMW M5 E60 cheap to buy, with prices starting around $12,000 for a 2008 model, but it’s also one of the fastest four-door sedans ever made, peaking at 190mph.
Being of German descent, even the bigger ones are a safe bet, BMW knows a thing or two about build quality and reliability. However, the big selling point here is a muscular naturally aspirated 5-liter V10 under the hood. In “normal” use by depositing 400 hp, that is to say until you press the “M” button to unlock an additional 100 horsepower who sees the M5 blitz as nothing less than a true supercar at sixty.
8 Maserati Quattroporte GT
Continuing the performance sedan theme, the Maserati Quattroporte offers a combination of 168mph performance with Italian flair, on the used market a bargain at $10,000 with 70,000 miles under its wheels. At this point, gearheads are probably wondering why is it so cheap? Ask any previous owner how much they paid new, compared to resale values.
To be brutally honest, Maserati’s build quality isn’t the best, but considering all the serious issues that have long since been fixed, that and a 4.2-liter V8 under the hood making 400bhp, it is easy to be supported by the Quattroporte. charm.
7 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Stupidly cheap when new, the Chrysler 300 SRT8 as a used buy seems like the bargain of the century, with dozens of well-maintained examples under $10,000. They can be found even cheaper if you don’t mind a few battle scars that can easily be rectified with a professional valet.
Granted, it’s not in the same league of refinement as the BMW or the Maserati, but that’s not the SRT8’s mandate. Chrysler takes a regular sedan and puts a 425-hp 6.1-liter Hemi V8 under the hoodgiving this four-door sleeper a top speed of 173 mph, and let’s be honest, nobody saw that coming.
6 Chevrolet Corvette C5
It’s no secret that the Corvette is the best-selling sports car in the United States due to incredibly cheap new list prices that make its European rivals look stupidly overpriced. But in a straight fight it’s just as fast if not faster, the base C5s are good for 176 mph.
Inevitably there are some downsides to budget prices, cheap plastics litter the interior, exterior panels also feel a little flimsy, but there’s no doubt that the combination of lightweight construction and 345 hp generated by Chevrolet’s 6.2-liter LS1 engine. Huge popularity means there are thousands of C5s under $10,000.
5 Pontiac GT
An unloved Australian import, Pontiac’s latest version of the legendary GTO name only lasted four years in production, which made selections a little trickier. Gearheads in the know realizing that, despite its down-under origins, this one is a future classic.
Trawling the classifieds reveals a few gems though, $11,000 secures a 2004 model with a 350-hp 5.7-liter LS1 V8, think Corvette C5 in a 2+2 body, and you’re on target. Needless to say, sharing a similar powertrain to the C5 translates to nearly identical performance, with the GTO peaking at 175 mph.
4 Subaru WRX
Hailing from the land of the rising sun where engine horsepower figures never seem to match top speeds, Subaru’s WRX entered the battle with just 265 hp of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a claimed top speed of 155 mph and sixty flashes passed in 4.8 seconds. Maybe horses in Japan are much stronger than their western counterparts, or maybe the “unofficial” borderline one is just that.
Either way, the WRX, like every Subaru since the Impreza’s dominant world rally charge, has been a strong performer in every scenario, making it one of the best sports cars the world has ever seen. money can buy, with the used market teeming with examples for $7,000 or less.
3 Hyundai Genesis 3.8
Before becoming a brand in its own right, the Genesis name adorned one of the lesser known sports coupes imported from Asia. Available in two trim levels, either a 2-liter 4-cylinder or a hotter 3.8-liter V6, the latter good for 162 mph flat out. Sure, Hyundai isn’t a name we’d normally associate with high-performance cars, at least not until the Genesis brand emerged, but this one was pretty good.
For a fraction under $9,000, you get all the kit you could want, standard items that would have cost extra with other brands. The aforementioned icing on the cake, 3.8 liters and 333 hp, is hard to ignore, regardless of the badge.
2 Mercedes-Benz CLK350
Mercedes’ three-pointed stars are often seen as a status symbol, indicating success and quality, which many believe comes with a high price tag. It might come as a surprise that, in convertible or coupe form, the CLK350 could be had for as little as $5,000 without looking dated, stick a custom nameplate on a 2009 model and no one would be wise.
Generally speaking, the CLK350 represents the mid-range, equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 developing 268 hp capable of hitting Mercedes’ self-imposed speed limit of 155 mph, with sixty to come in 6.2 seconds. It’s worth pointing out that across the lineup, from small supercharged engines to V8s, all CLKs are speed-limited.
1 Ford Mustang GT Prime
Gearheads willing to accept minor embellishments from previous owners can easily find a Mustang GT Premium on the cheap, with $8,000 securing tidy examples. Why embellishments? Chances are the tastefully modified cars have already been phased out, increasing their top speed to 155mph, with Ford in its wisdom imposing a general limit of 140mph fresh from the factory.
The best part, Mustang GTs are real pony cars with the more desirable 4.6-liter V8 engine in place of the tamer six-cylinder models, so you get all the performance and noise you could want. .
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