Old Ferraris can be quite expensive, and that’s because of their historical importance. That’s why cars like the first Ferrari GTOs can go up to $45 million. They’re not bought because of their tech specs, since their capabilities seem puny in comparison with modern vehicles. Those first Ferrari GTOs only had 300 horses, and you get at least twice as many horses from the Ferrari Portofino, which is the cheapest in the brand’s lineup.
So yes, modern Ferraris are super-fast. But 10-year old Ferrari capabilities are still impressive. What’s more, you can get similar capabilities in new cars that won’t bankrupt you at all. The 2007 Ferrari F430 can get to 60 mph without launch control in just 4.2 seconds, and several new cars can match (or exceed) that performance with price tags that don’t exceed $65K.
Here are some of those cars that are basically fast and affordable:
Ford Mustang GT
The American auto industry seems to delight in offering plenty of horsepower without the accompanying price tag that normally comes with such a package. The Ford Mustang is a great example, as it costs less than $38,000. Yet it can get to 60 mph in a blistering 3.9 seconds and that’s without the Performance Package.
Dodge Challenger/Charger R/T Scat Pack
The base price is about $40,400 for the Challenger and $41,350 for the Charger. To add to the confusion, it’s available as a coupe and a sedan. But whichever model you get, you enjoy a 485-hp naturally aspirated V8 engine, RWD, and a time of 4.2 seconds to get to 60 mph.
Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE
Yep, it seems evident that this category is dominated by American muscle. If your budget goes up to $65K, then you can go ahead and get the Camaro ZL1 and its 650 horses. You can get to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and beat the Ferrari F430 in a straight-line drag race.
But you can also beat that F430 with the Camaro SS 1LE, and you get an extra $20,000 to play with in your bank account. Its zero to 60 mph time is just 4 seconds flat, and that’s with a 6-speed manual. With the 10-speed automatic transmission, it’ll go even faster.
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45
Its engine gives you 375 HP, and that’s enough to get it to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It also only costs $54,100. If you want to match the F430 with the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and save more money, then just get a secondhand 2014 model. That one gets to 60mph in 4.2 seconds too.
Mercedes-AMG C 43
If you can spare an extra $300, then perhaps you should just overlook the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and go with the AMG C 43. The C 43 looks better from the outside, and the interior is better and more spacious. It’s not as if it is also slow, since in 2018 it only needed 4.1 seconds to get to 60 mph. Now in 2019, they’re putting in an extra 23 horses so that time can be reduced further.
Porsche 718 Cayman
Yes, you were probably wondering when Porsche will make an entrance on this list. Don’t worry, as the brand does offer a sub-$65K car in the Porsche 718 Cayman, which starts at less than $61,200. This comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 giving you 300 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque. Matched with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, it’s enough to get you to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been overshadowed in the media by the ZR1 and its imposing 755HP output. Yet the Corvette with its regular 460 HP isn’t exactly slow either. Put in the Z51 package, and even with the 7-speed manual transmission it gets to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
This isn’t your grandpa’s Cadillac. The ATS-V was made to rival the BMW M3, and it’s got the $62,600 price tag and the 464 HP output to back up that claim. The twin-turbo V6 needs just 4.2 seconds to get to 60 mph, and that’s with the manual transmission. Opt for the automatic, and that time goes down to a blistering 3.7 seconds.
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