The 9 Fastest Cars Under $35k

going-fast-on-a-budget

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.



01-Dodge Charger RT

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.



02-Chevrolet-Camaro-SS

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.



03-Mustang-GT

Mustang GT

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.



04-Hyundai Genesis Coupe 38 Track

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.



05-Mazda-MazdaSpeed-3

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.



06-Ford-Focus-ST

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.



07-Subaru-Impreza-WRX

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.



08-VW-Golf-R

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.



09-Nissan-370Z-Coupe

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.



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  • Rhys

    I wish those prices were the same here in Australia :( Taxes suck…. Golf R is more like $55,000 here for example.

  • BRAMM

    you guys forgot to mention the Skoda RS 2.0 TFSI!

  • PantsFire

    Toyota (Scion) FT-86 / Subaru BRZ ???

  • http://www.facebook.com/luisortizmba Luis Ortiz

    Not completely sure but I think the new Mercedes Benz CLA fits the criteria. It definitely starts under $35k and it’s a Benz! :)

  • requits

    Theyre slow as F***. so no.

  • Jeremy

    Mini Cooper S and Mini John Cooper Works both have a better 0-60 and 1/4 mile than the VW and the Mazda and are under 35k.

  • PantsFire
  • Mike Bryant

    You missed the BMW X1 28i (about 31k). 0-60 in 6.3 so, quicker than the Speed3 and the Golf R and as quick as the Charger.

  • Alex

    Hate to be picky, but a lot of these times are on the slow side. Even slower than Car and Driver’s times which are usually semi-gentle starts. Also, that picture for the Impreza WRX is a picture of an STi.

  • JoeBlow

    The Civic Si is faster than the Dodge on this list.

  • http://twitter.com/Tdorworth Tyler Dorworth

    sorry but you shouldn’t be compiling any lists about cars if you (all) didn’t know what a Golf R is. not to mention this is a pretty short list; raise the bar.

  • Billiam

    Yeah but this is on a site called Cool Material. This isn’t Men’s Health Magazine.

  • matt

    thats probably without a clutch murdering launch. i know for a fact the wrx can break 60 under 5 secs but that takes half the clutch’s life away when done correctly

  • Ahad K

    9 of the fastest cars YOU have mentioned. There are plenty more out there too: One more example >>>
    2008 Infiniti EX35 AWD 0-60 mph 6.1 Quarter mile 14.4.
    And the 2013’s actually have a 3.7 liter engine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1436640210 Winston Heard

    fast vs. quick… some of the cars in the comments (minis, civics, etc.) are light, nimble and quick, but don’t have the top end speed of the bigger engined cars up here. and this is coming from someone that would love to own a BRZ.

  • Pouta

    a 12.8 E.T. for the ‘stang, with stock tires ?
    that’s impressive !

  • do your research

    Forget about the cars they didn’t mention. There is so much inaccurate information in the actual article. Talking WRX and showing STI, Speed3 is 263 ponies but 285 of fun (at crank). This article is garbage.