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These are the Best Sports Cars for the Money

By TheCarzingTeam November 16, 2022 | Car Reviews

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Car buyers who are shopping for a new sports car aren’t looking for the most fuel efficient model. Sports cars are designed for their speed, and those who drive them might choose models based on the car’s reputation or notoriety, the design, or even the top speed.

While the price of a sports car might be higher, buyers still might want the most bang for their buck. What are the best sports cars for the money? These are some of the coolest sports cars on the market (and, yes, several are budget-friendly):

  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Porsche 911
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Ford Mustang

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The Corvette debuted in 1953. For nearly 70 years, the Corvette has been a speed staple in the Chevy lineup. The 2023 Corvette Stingray has a starting MSRP of $64,200. It can hit a top speed of 194 MPH and features a 495-horsepower engine. The Stingray can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds.

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Miata is an affordable sports car; it starts at $27,650, which makes it appealing for buyers who have a budget of less than $30K. The Miata features an 181-horsepower engine and can reach a top speed of 143 MPH and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 6 to 6.4 seconds.

2022 Porsche 911

The 911 Carrera is the least expensive 911 in the lineup; it starts at $106,100. It can reach a top speed of 182 MPH and features a 379-horsepower engine. The 911 can accelerate from 0 to 60 in four seconds. However, the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet has a starting price of $228,900. It features a 640-horsepower engine and can reach speeds of 205 MPG. The Cabriolet can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 2.7 seconds (that’s with the Sport Chrono Package, though).

2022 Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro is an affordable option for those who don’t want to splurge on the higher-priced Corvette. The 2022 Camaro starts at $25,000; depending on how the Camaro is equipped it can feature a 275-horsepower engine or buyers can upgrade to 650-horsepower. The Camaro can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.5 to 6 seconds (again, depending on the engine). Hotcars notes that the Camaro’s top speed is 165 MPH.

2022 Ford Mustang

Like the Camaro (and even the Porsche 911), buyers have their choice as to which type of Mustang they want. The Mustang starts at $27,470. However, the Mustang Shelby GT500 starts at $79,420. The base Mustang (the EcoBoost Fastback) features a 310-horsepower engine; Hotcars reports that it can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds and can reach speeds of 145 MPH. Ford’s top Mustang model—the Shelby GT500—features a 760-horsepower engine and can reach speeds of 205 MPH. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds.

Best Sports Cars for the Money

These Sports Cars are Being Discontinued

Car buyers might notice that while the Ford Mustang and both the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro are listed as the best sports cars for the money, both the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger are not on the list. While these vehicles are both good sports cars for the money, Dodge is discontinuing these models.

The Challenger and the Charger will not return for the 2024 lineup. MarketWatch reported that Dodge plans to focus on electric models. In addition, the site noted that the emissions and fuel efficiency of these models weren’t complementing the new electric future.

Those who want one of these classic ‘muscle cars’ might move to purchase one of the last models. However, older Challengers and Chargers are available, too. Buyers on a more limited budget might look at pre-owned and used sports cars.

The 2022 Challenger has a starting price of $30,825. It features a 303 to 807-horsepower engine and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 4.3 to 6.5 seconds. The 2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody can reach speeds of up to 203 MPH.

The 2022 Charger has a starting MSRP of $32,500. Depending on the trim/engine, the Charger features a 292 to 797-horsepower engine that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.9 to 7.1 seconds.

Best Sports Cars for the Money

These Sports Cars are Luxury (or Couture) Options

For those who want the best sports car and have nearly a bottomless budget, there are many models with price tags that can soar to seven figures. Lamborghini and Ferrari are top-tier sports cars (and competitors) that might leave others in the dust.

Topspeed dedicated an article to the fastest Lamborghinis. The Lamborghini Venemo took the top spot, clocking top speeds of 221 MPH. Forget the standard 0 to 60 specs. The Venemo can accelerate from 0 to 124 MPH in 8.9 seconds; it can hit 62 MPH in 2.8 seconds. The Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 was noted to hit a speed of 217 MPH (second place); it can accelerate from 0 to 62 in 2.8 seconds. Both models feature a V-12 engine.

Ferrari is no slouch when it comes to speed. Topspeed also focused on the fastest Ferrari models. The fastest Ferrari is noted to be the Ferrari 812 Superfast; it can hit speeds of 211 MPH. The Superfast can accelerate from 0 to 62 in 2.9 seconds.

When comparing the fastest Lamborghini to the fastest Ferrari, it’s clear that the Venemo can’t be outpaced. How do these cars compare by price, though? Motor1 reported back in 2019 that the Veneno Roadster was originally priced at $4.5 million, but it sold at an auction for $8.3 million. The site noted that this was the highest price for a Lamborghini at auction.

In comparison, a 2022 Ferrari 812 Superfast is now around $401,500. However, the most expensive Ferrari isn’t this particular model. The most expensive Ferrari is the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, which sold for $70 million at auction.

Best Sports Cars for the Money

The Future: Electric Sports Cars are Speeding Onto the Market

As more car brands begin to shift their focus to electric power, sports cars might move to electric, too. In fact, there are several electric sports cars for buyers interested in electrified speed.

Buyers can reserve a Tesla Roadster online. The Roadster will reach top speeds of more than 250 MPH and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds. It will offer an estimated range of 620 miles. According to Tesla’s site, the base reservation for a Roadster is $50,000. Car and Driver reported that the Roadster will start at $200K.

What other sports cars are electric? Buyers can choose these models:

  • Porsche Taycan Turbo
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • Audi e-tron GT
  • Porsche Macan

Electric Speed Might Not be as Speedy

While there are several electric sports cars on the market, the specs on speed vary. Buyers focused on electric sports cars also need to consider the car’s range. This spec denotes how far the car can drive on a fully charged battery. 

Like fuel efficiency, driving habits can impact the expected range. Driving faster can result in decreased range, so car owners who drive with a lead foot might notice a lower range (and they might need to charge their vehicle more frequently).

Porsche Taycan Turbo

The Taycan Turbo starts at $153,300. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 in three seconds and can reach a top speed of 162 MPH. It offers an estimated range of 275 miles.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Mach-E starts at $43,895. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds and offers an estimated range of 314 miles. However, the Mach-E can only reach a top speed of 124 MPH.

Audi e-tron GT

Don’t confuse the Audi e-tron GT with the e-tron; one is a sports car, but the other is an SUV. The e-tron GT has a starting MSRP of $102,400. It can feature an engine that offers up to 637 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds. The e-tron GT has an estimated range of 238 miles. Motor1 reported that it can hit top speeds of 152 MPH.

What’s the Best Sports Car for the Money?

When shopping for a new (or used) sports car, buyers definitely have an array of options. The Mustang, Corvette, Camaro, Porsche 911 and Miata might be classic choices. However, some buyers have a nearly bottomless budget.

The fastest sports cars can be high-priced investments. The Lamborghini Venemo had a starting price of $4.5 million when it debuted, and it sold at auction for much higher. Ferrari models can start in six figures and soar to eight figures (depending on the model’s rarity).

As more manufacturers move to electric power, though, sports cars might become electrified, too. Several electric sports cars are available, and the most powerful electric model can be reserved online. The Tesla Roadster will be able to reach speeds of more than 250 MPH, and it will have the longest range of any model on the market.

Electric sports cars could be the future for those who crave speed. While the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger will be discontinued after the 2023 model year, these cars won’t disappear from the market completely. Buyers will still be able to find used and pre-owned Chargers and Challengers. In addition, new models might replace these classic favorites.

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