If you're looking for a fast, cheap car, you could do worse than these ten.
Hellcats, Mustang GTs, and even Corvettes get routine praise from the motoring media for offering big power and big performance at a fraction of the cost of some of their competitors. But let’s face it, new cars are still really expensive. Yeah, 707 horsepower for under $70,000 is almost unbelievably good deal when you think what we used to pay for 400-horsepower supercars, but it’s still a bottom line beyond most of our monthly take-home pay.
Every real gearhead knows that there’s one major performance enhancer that won’t even get your fingernails dirty: depreciation.
And, let’s face it, even for a new car, 300 horsepower is still a pretty solid output. Consider that, according to the EPA, the average car sold in the U.S. in 2016 had just 229 hp. So finding a vehicle that offers 300 or more, for a four-figure price tag, would seem to offer up a lot of interesting motoring possibilities – at least until your scratch-off habit pays off and you get your 911 Turbo order in.
What follows then, is a list of cheap fun. Your local prices might vary, but we used the authoritative NADA Guide, in “very good” condition and with 80,000 miles on the odo, as a standard for finding our price. Is every vehicle here (ordered by age) a perfect sporting machine? Far from it. But each offers great power for the thinnest wallets amongst us. Give it a read, and be sure to tell us after in comments which cars would make your personal 300-hp, $10K list.