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In an ideal world, where money is no object, it’s cool to tool around in sports cars costing six figures. But for most of us working slobs, a used sports car for under $40,000 is much more attainable.

Our friends over at MojoMotors.com posted their top picks, and we whittled it down to a more manageable five. Of course, we came up with our own input. After all, no list is perfect, except for ours.

2012 Audi TTS The Audi TTS is a good choice for those who think the Audi TT is too feminine. Its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo pumps out 265 horsepower and just eats up the curves. A 2012 model can be had for about $30,000.

2013 Mitsubishi Evo They hit the nail on the head with the reminder that this is a great performance sports car with a pretty lame interior. But heck, it does have all-wheel drive and 291 horsepower cranked from yet another 2.0-liter turbo engine. So what if the interior is cheap? You should be able to pick up a 2013 Evo for about $30,000.

2012 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 MojoMotors recommends a standard GT Coupe, but why go for the somewhat ordinary? For $36,000 you can get a 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 coupe. 550 horsepower at that price? Where do I sign up?

2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe OK, so this one isn’t really used. But you can buy a new Hyundai Genesis coupe for about $35,000. In my humble opinion, it’s a vastly underrated sports car for all it delivers. I just love its 348-horsepower, direct-injected 3.8-liter V6 engine.

2012 BMW M3 It’s tough to argue against a BMW M3 — it’s a fairly perfect car thanks to its 4.0-liter V8 that produces 414 horsepower. It’s a 3 series on steroids. Sure, the insurance and maintenance might kill you, but that’s one of the joys of buying used. You should be able to find a 2012 model at a dealer retail price of about $37,000.