The new Toyota Supra 3.0 is an impressive sports car, no doubt about it. However, what if you don’t care for the styling, the badge, or the sound that a 3.0L six-cylinder engine makes? Some premium pre-owned options are available that will keep up with or smoke a new Supra. If you’re willing to look for them, there’s a Hellcat, a Corvette, and a Tesla for you.
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat gets a lot of hate. Still, Dodge gave us a muscle car that could hit sixty in just 3.7 seconds
It has been the better part of seven years since Dodge gave us the Challenger Hellcat. Riding in on the excitement of a design update, the Challenger Hellcat was the most ambitious car had made up to that point. The muscle car packed a 6.2L supercharged V8 engine, Bilstein adaptive suspension, and a choice of smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. The result: a 4,400 lb monster capable of hitting sixty miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds. While it might not be Tesla Roadster fast, it is undoubtedly swift. What’s the best part? Savvy shoppers can get a collectible Hellcat for less than the 2022 Toyota Supra 3.0’s MSRP of $51,890.
Chevrolet’s new mid-engine Corvette is a different kind of animal, but is its predecessor faster than a Supra?
The Chevrolet C8 Corvette was supposed to bring supercar performance to the work-a-day consumer, but that didn’t happen. Dealers hoarded them and engaged in shameful markup, initial purchasers gouged resale prices, and supply couldn’t keep up with demand. As a result, the mid-engine car routinely sells for over $100,000. However, performance enthusiasts can get a naturally aspirated V8-powered Corvette as fast as a new Supra for a little less cash.
The base model C7 generation Corvette is speedy. The C7 packs a sharp LT1 eight-cylinder engine, producing 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. However, if you’re a shrewd customer, you might even track down a Z51 C7 Corvette, complete with magnetic-ride suspension and an electronic rear differential.
The C7 with a Z51 package will hit sixty in 3.8 seconds, just as quick as the new Supra. However, if you don’t mind a few miles, you’ll get a sports car with a raucous V8, removable roof panel, and arguably better looks for your money. Again, it might not be Tesla quick, but it’s a sweet American sports car.
No list of performance cars would be complete without a wild card. Enter the Tesla Model S P85D
The Tesla Model S is a leap forward in EV technology first and performance head-scratcher second. The mere idea that a four-door sedan can outrun supercars is mindblowing. The Tesla P85D isn’t the top-of-the-line S, but it is quick enough and has depreciated enough to make this list. Although Kelley Blue Book puts the average list price of a P85D at around $54,875, it’s not too far from the Supra’s price. However, for that money, you get an elegantly styled family car that MotorTrend coaxed to sixty in just 3.1 seconds.
Keep in mind that these are used cars, and the Toyota Supra is new, fast, and under warranty
Although Kelley Blue Book says you can get a used Hellcat for as little as $41,000, the Supra is new. While new cars have their bugs to sort out, they also come with warranties and an entire lifetime of driving ahead of them. These cars are also pretty close to the Toyota Supra’s price, so you’re not saving much. What you can get is a car with much more character by choosing any one of these three vehicles. Also, if you want to buy something that makes a lot more sense than the Supra, you’ll have to wait for the hotly anticipated Nissan Z. Scroll down to the following article to read more about how the incoming Z is a better choice than a Supra.