Don’t you sometimes wish that your car can zoom to 60 miles per hour in a matter of seconds? Cars that can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour don’t really have an exorbitant price tag. Well, if you’re planning to own one, here are your options:
1. C5 Corvette
C5 Corvette that was popular from 1997 to 2004. This two-seater sports car comes as a convertible, coupe, and hardtop. The sports car amazes with a lightweight frame which makes it agile and more fun to drive.
The 1998 model can zoom to 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds, while the newer 2004 model can do the same in 4.2 seconds. And because it is a Corvette, the resale value won’t dip when you decide to sell it later on.
2. Ford Mustang GT
There’s also the Ford Mustang GT that had models from 2003 to 2011. For under $20,000, you can enjoy raw power enough for you to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 5 seconds. What many car enthusiasts like about the Mustang is that it won’t cause a lot of money to maintain it. Although you may find the interiors a bit dull, this sports car still is a good deal for under $20,000.
3. Subaru Impreza
If you want a smaller sports car with a powerful engine, then you might want to check out the Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STi. Your $20,000 budget should be enough to buy the second-generation, meaning models that were released from 2000 to 2007. If you can find a good dealer or direct seller, then the third generation (2007-2009) is within your reach.
How fast is the Subaru Impreza? The WRX STi is capable of racing to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, while the 2008 model can race from standstill to that speed in 4.8 seconds. The WRX STi is also preferred because of its better suspension, brakes and more powerful engine. Keep in mind that the WRX STi third generation is a hatch while the older models from 2004 to 2007 are sedan.
4. BMW M3 E46
You’d think that for under $20,000, a BMW is out of your reach. Think again. There’s the BMW M3 E46 that has a 330 horsepower engine enough for you to reach 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. You’ll love the sports suspension although you should have no qualms using it for daily commute. It is available with a six-speed manual or automated manual transmission.
5. Infiniti G35 Coupe
The Infiniti G35 Coupe is another fast car that you can have at a reduced price by opting for second-hand models. Nissan had it in the market until 2006, and was replaced by the Infiniti G37 Coupe in 2008. In terms of speed, the latter is faster to reach 60 miles per hour. It can do so in 5.3 seconds, while the G35 Coupe can do so in 5.5 seconds.
Because the Infiniti Coupe is considered an upscale car, the chances are high that you can nab a second-hand model in good condition compared to other models like the Subaru WRX.
6. Honda S2000
If you are fond of Japanese cars then you might want to go with the Honda S2000. This car can rev up to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. It is a rear-wheel drive car with two seats, plus its 4-cylinder engine running at 9000 RPM.
This car was manufactured by Honda to celebrate its 50th anniversary, so it can be relied upon in terms of power and performance. You might get distracted with its cramped interiors and noisy engine, but you’ll love the superb steering.
7. Nissan 350Z
Equally fast is the Nissan 350Z, a rear-wheel drive, two-seater sports car that is available as a convertible and hatchback-coupe. It has plenty of power that allows it to reach 60 miles per hour in a mere 5.5 seconds. It boasts of the popular 3.5 liter V6 VQ engine.
8. Mazda RX-8
The Mazda RX-8 can also impress you with its looks and performance. It can accelerate to 60 miles per hour at 6.4 seconds. The model was first introduced in 2004. Seven years later, Mazda stopped producing this car due to plummeting sales. This four seat sports car, however, is loved by many sports car enthusiasts for its rotary engine and excellent steering.
9. Pontiac GTO
The Pontiac GTO from 2004 to 2006 is another nice, fast car that can zoom to 60 miles per hour in six seconds. Even in its heydays, the car was sold at under $20,000 so there should be no problems for you finding a Pontiac GTO that suits your budget.
These are just some of the fastest cars that can zoom from standstill to 60 mph in six seconds or less. Ask your local car dealer about these cars that you can buy for less than $20,000.
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