Everybody wants a Lamborghini or a Ferrari, but very few people can afford to buy these expensive cars. But if you want those supercars for the speed rather than the looks, then you’re in luck. Here are five very fast cars that cost less than $20,000.
2012 Toyota Camry SE: a fast car can also be practical
At just $12,000 for a 2012 or older Camry SE, this Toyota sedan packs a lot of punch for its size and price tag. Armed with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that gets 268-hp, the Camry SE is not only a practical car, but it’s also a powerful one too.
With that sporty configuration, the Camry SE can hit a top speed of 137 miles per hour and it can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 7.2 seconds. Of course, these aren’t Ferrari-like numbers, but the Camry SE also provides a smooth, comfortable ride and it also gets about 25 combined MPG.
2013 Volkswagen Golf R: a fast little hatchback
Hot Cars says you’ll have to look around and perhaps stretch your budget a bit, but for about $20,000, you can find yourself a 2013 VW Golf R that has a pretty powerful engine for its size. The R trim of the Golf comes with a 2.0-liter 256-hp engine and it can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 6 seconds according to Autoblog.
It can also hit a top speed of 130 miles per hour but apparently it’s been speed-limited to that. The Golf R also gets a pretty good fuel economy of about 23 combined MPG. For a fast and sporty hatchback, the Golf R is a great mix of fun and practicality.
2008 BMW M3: luxury and speed
This may be a decade old M3, but it’ll still cost you about $20,000 according to Hot Cars. However, despite being an old M3, it’s still an M3 and it still comes with all the features and specs that you’d expect an M3 to have.
It has a wonderful 414-hp 4.0-liter V8 engine that allows the M3 to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds. It can hit a top speed of 155 miles per hour which isn’t shabby for a decade-old car.
On top of that, it still looks like any other M3, and so it’ll so be a beautiful car to drive around in.
2009 Ford Mustang GT: an affordable muscle car
For about $16,000 according to Hot Cars, drivers can enjoy this version of the classic American muscle car. The 2009 Mustang GT has a 4.6-liter V8 that generates 300-hp. That massive V8 can propel the Mustang from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 5 seconds and it can reach a top speed of about 143 miles per hour.
The 2009 Mustang doesn’t look like a classic Mustang does, but it’s as powerful as the classic Mustang is and it’s beautiful in its own way too.
2003 Chevy Corvette: an oldie but a goodie
Like many of the other cars on this list, the 2003 Corvette is old but it still has plenty of power especially for its price tag. At about $16,000, drivers can feel this Corvette’s massive 5.7-liter V8 in action. It generates about 405-hp and it propels the Corvette from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 4.8 seconds.
This Chevy can also hit a top speed of about 175 miles per hour in the coupe variant. It certainly isn’t as hyped up as the mid-engined Corvette is, but for less than $20,000, drivers can have this very powerful and very fast car in their garage.