You like to go fast, right? Unfortunately, speed usually comes at a price. If you can’t afford the price tag of, say the latest 911 GT-3, don’t fret, we have you covered. Presenting our selection of 9 autos that will get your adrenaline pumping without breaking the bank. The criteria? Simple. Must go 0-60 in less than 7 seconds, quarter mile in less than 15 seconds and, most importantly, be price under $35,000.
Dodge Charger R/T
Yeah we know, usually these cars are brandishing “to protect and serve” with a couple cherries and berries on the roof. But with good reason, the Charger is meant to go fast. The Charger R/T model gets you a Hemi V8 with 370 horsepower and 395 lb/ft of torque. Starts at $29,995.
Chevrolet Camaro SS
Of course we all want a new Corvette Stingray in our garage, but if we could afford that, we probably wouldn’t have made it past the title of this article. Enter the Camaro SS. With 20 inch wheels, Brembo brakes, and retro Camaro looks, you can get where you are going in style. The 6.2 liter V-8 pushes 426 horsepower. Starts at $$32,635.
You can’t have a list of go-fast cars that doesn’t include the Mustang GT. The GT started the late model, affordable performance movement back in the late 80s. With a redesigned 5 liter engine, the classicly styled Mustang puts out 420 horsepower. For history buffs, the 1987 Mustang GT 5.0. put out 225 horsepower. Times they do change. Starting at $30,750.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
You have to give Hyundai credit. From their humble beginnings making, shall we say, less than attractive cars, they have done a complete 180. With sleek styling, Xenon headlamps, and 19 inch wheels, the Genesis Coupe is downright good looking. The track edition’s 3.8 liter V-6 pumps out an impressive 348 horsepower through a 6 speed manual transmission and rear wheel drive. Starting at $33,000.
Mazda MazdaSpeed 3
With its tuner looks and plethora of MazdaSpeed goodies, the MazdaSpeed 3 is a definite addition to our list. Features include 18 inch wheels, a huge bulged and scooped hood, and a turbocharged 2.3 liter engine which cranks out 263 horsepower. While torque is not a real strong point, the MazdaSpeed still gets the job done with room for 5. Starting at $24,200.
Ford Focus ST
Ok, we get it. It’s just a Focus, right? Think again, this is the Focus ST. The ST we think is short for steroids. Ok, it really means Sports Technologies but in the case of this amped up Focus, anything could be true. An intercooled turbo 2.0 engine generates 252 horsepower through a 6 speed tranny and stainless steel exhaust. Starting at $23,700.
Subaru Impreza WRX
Of course the WRX is on this list. The hatchback WRX features aggressive styling with hood scoop, 17 inch wheels, and intercooled & turbocharged 2.5 liter boxer engine. Combined with venerable Subaru AWD means that not only can it go fast in a straight line, it also earns its keeps when the road gets curvy. Or dirty for that matter. Starting at $25,795.
VW Golf R
Personally, we had never even heard of this. We knew there was a Golf and a GTI but Golf R? Well, we are glad we know. VW takes a Golf, puts on Xenon headlamps, 4 Motion AWD, and DOHC turbocharged 2.0 liter engine to make one very formidable Das Auto. Starting at $34,195.
Nissan 370Z Coupe
Sure, the 370Z is not the aptly nicknamed “Godzilla” Nissan GT-R, but it is no slouch either. The 370Z combines aerodynamic looks, 18 inch wheels, rear wheel drive, and a 3.7 liter V-6 to make for a very spirited ride. Starting at $33,120.