Mention the word supercar and most people start to think of the zeros on the price tag. The Lamborghini Murcielago can cost as much as $400,000. The Ferrari Enzo is nearly $700,000. And, the most expensive sports car, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sports has a price tag of $2.4 million dollars (that’s 5 zeros).
While it’s true that top performance usually comes at a premium, there are manufacturers and models that offer impressive cars at more reasonable rates. In fact, the following “supercars” are surprisingly affordable in comparison to the above-mentioned models:
The Porsche name is synonymous with luxury and performance. It’s also synonymous with expensive, but the Porsche Boxter goes a long way toward stretching that perception. At a price tag of just under $50,000, this 245 horsepower 2.7 liter supercar offers the performance of a Lamborghini for a fraction of the price.
The Lotus brand name is another luxury sports car with a typically stratospheric price tag. However, the Lotus Elise is a wonderfully affordable supercar with great pedigree at less than $50,000. This lightweight performance vehicle (less than 2,000 pounds) uses all of its 190 horsepower engine to reach 60 mph in less than 5 seconds!
The BMW name may be more closely associated with luxury than performance, but there are actually a few impressive performance models in their inventory. The BMW M3 is at the top of this heap, as the intended sports car standout in its 3 Series line. This car has some serious power, able to reach 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds.
Chevrolet Corvette C5
The Chevy Corvette brand sets the standard in the American supercar arena. For a half a century, the Corvette has been producing nearly 350 horsepower at an amazingly affordable $40,000. The C5 is able to reach 60 mph in a mere 4.7 seconds (in comparison to other performance vehicles, that’s top speed value).
The Mitsubishi name might not immediately be equated with performance, but the cult-like popularity of their Lancer model is proof that they are doing something right. At around $40,000 for 300 horsepower, this one weighs in as the cheapest power producer on this list (or any list for that matter).
These prices may not be pocket change, but they certainly make supercar performance much more attainable to the general public.