5 'Affordable' Exotic Cars You Can Buy Right Now
Say you’re in the market for a used car, but rather than settle for a Civic, you want something that’s going to turn heads at every corner, something like a high-end sports car. Problem is, you need to do it all without breaking the bank. Lucky for you, there are a few high-powered, handsome exotics on the used market that aren’t out-of-this-world expensive. You might not have known that you can get an Aston Martin for just a bit more than a fully-loaded Toyota Camry, or a Lotus for less than a BMW 3 Series. 2008 Audi R8 Price: $79,995
For this Audi R8, I’m using the term “affordable” loosely. Yes, it costs $79,995, which is expensive. But consider this: brand new in 2008, this car was close to if not exceeded $100,000. And with only 22,139 miles on the example seen here, you’re getting about a $20,000 discount from new, or $7,761 below market price (according to TrueCar).
The performance is still there too. Under the hood is a 4.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower. This one comes with all-wheel drive, an automatic transmission, and a clean bill of health. For the price, you won’t find another sports car that matches performance and daily usability.
2009 Nissan GT-R
If you’re looking for a sports car that is truly timeless, look no further than the Nissan GT-R. Being a 2009, it was only the second year of production for this now iconic coupe, but that doesn’t mean you should disregard it entirely.
Power still comes from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, and an advanced all-wheel drive system makes it one of the most potent performance vehicles on the planet. Even with a few prior bumps and bruises to the exterior, as noted by CarFax, the structural integrity of the car remains in tact. At this price, it’s a steal.
2008 Maserati GranTurismo
Born and bred in the hills of Modena, Italy, the Maserati GranTurismo is one of the last true performance vehicles to come from the brand before the strong arm of FCA muscled its way in.
There’s a big V8 and 405 horsepower under the hood, putting it well in the class of the other cars on this list. A clean history and a simple, yet elegant silver exterior make this GranTurismo well worth the 40 large. Try finding another at this price; go ahead.
2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
You probably looked at the price and thought to yourself, “that must be a typo." Nope; for $39,999, you can buy a freakin’ Aston Martin. And don’t worry, the CarFax come back clean. Everything on this Aston—from stern to bow—remains intact (aside from some aftermarket wheels).
This V8 Vantage is well below what it was brand new in 2006. At its helm is a six-speed manual gearbox, and a 380-horsepower V8 roars under the hood. It truly is a thing of enthusiast dreams.
2010 Lotus Evora
Sure, for a few grand cheaper, you can pick up a relatively similar Lotus Exige. But when you remember how barren it is, and how much engineers intended for it to be a vehicle for the track, the Evora seems like the better choice of the two.
It’s more comfortable, more usable—but still features a six-speed manual gearbox and signature Lotus handling. At 240 horsepower, it’s not the most powerful car on this list, but it is the lightest, tipping the scales at just 2,077 pounds, and one of the prettiest.
(Note: We can't guarantee that every car on this list is perfect. Always be sure to reach out to the dealer if you have questions.)