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Owning a sports car is a dream for many car enthusiasts. For most of these dreamers, a sports car might be too out of their budget to become a reality. Fortunately, there are some sporty cars in the market that are affordable. In fact, one Dodge car is ranked as one of the cheapest and fastest sports cars in the market. It’s too bad it will be discontinued soon.

Which Dodge is one of the cheapest and fastest sports cars?

A dark gray Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat shows off its dual-snorkel hood at sunset.
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat | Stellantis

Driving enthusiasts looking to get some cheap(er) thrills behind the wheels can look into the Dodge Challenger. According to iSeeCars, the Challenger tops the most affordable sports cars list. The publication rated it with a quality score of 8 out of 10 for its “ample power and acceleration.”

Aside from the higher SRT trims, which offer massive power, the Dodge Challenger comes standard in V6 guise. Don’t let the lack of cylinders fool you; the base Challenger can still get up to 60 mph from a stop in about 5.3 seconds which is impressive. The 3.6-liter V6 puts out 303 hp, which should be adequate for anyone looking to get their feet wet in the muscle car segment. Additionally, the base-trim Challenger has a starting price of $30,545,

However, power-hungry enthusiasts may prefer the up-level trims with their more-powerful V8 engines. Those engines include a 375-hp 5.7-liter V8, a 485-hp 6.4-liter V8, and a 717-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8. With that kind of power, the Challenger can go from 0-60 mph in only 3.5 seconds. Unfortunately, the Dodge Challenger will be gone after the 2023 model year, so anyone looking for a new model should act quickly.

The Chevrolet Camaro is another fast and affordable option

Car and Driver tests vehicles like the 2023 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2023 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 | Chevrolet

Enthusiasts looking for a cheaper muscle car alternative may find much to like in the Chevrolet Camaro. The Camaro has been dubbed the “everyman’s sports car” for its great handling and daily drivability. The editors at iSeeCars ranked the Camaro as their second pick for the cheapest and fastest sports cars, and it’s easy to see why.

The base Camaro has a starting MSRP of $26,100 and comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. Although it only has 275 hp, the little engine can make the car from zero to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds. If more power is needed, a 335-hp V6 is available, as is a 355-hp V8, which can make the car cover the same distance in about four seconds. Lastly, the Camaro can be outfitted with a 650-hp, 6.2-liter V8, which zooms it up to 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds.

Surprisingly, the Mazda MX-5 Miata got third place

A white 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports car shows off its convertible top.
A Mazda MX-5 Miata | Mazda

Most enthusiasts may not consider the Mazda MX-5 Miata to be fast, but it sure is spritely. Despite its lack of power under the hood, the little roadster is proficient in carving up tight canyon roads and race tracks. Don’t get us wrong, the 181-hp, four-cylinder engine is still fun to rev up to the redline, and it’s quite fuel-efficient as well.

According to the EPA, the MX-5 can get up to 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for a car in its class. Ultimately, any enthusiasts that are looking to get into the car of their dreams could make it a reality with one of these three cars. Especially if they’re only looking to spend $35,000 or less.