Going fast is part of gear-head DNA. It’s the reason we get into the hobby in the first place. But speed usually doesn’t come cheap, and you always want the most bang for your buck. Here are some of the most undervalued performance cars to make your dollar go the furthest, the fastest.
Sure, it’s not a sports car, but prices on the Audi A8 always plummet like a stone, and with AWD and a variety of powerful engines, these cars make excellent value buys.
Ford Taurus SHO
Like the Audi A8, the Taurus is always looked over, mostly because it just looks like another big, Ford sedan. But the SHO comes with a TWIN TURBO V6 that makes a whopping 365 horsepower.
Even though early RX-8 were plagued with problems, the RX-8 is still just a fantastic performance bargain. Maybe the best handling car you can buy today for well under $10,000.
While it might have been resurrected as the Chevrolet SS, it looked way better in Pontiac trim. The standard one came with 256 horsepower, but if you can scoop up a GT, you’re looking at a tire-shredding 415 horsepower.
As it turns out, cars made by companies that don’t exist anymore don’t have a strong market. The late-model GTO may have looked plane-jane, but it packed 400 horsepower and you still got that awesome GTO badge.
Subaru Legacy 3.0R
The Impreza gets all the glory, by the 3.0R throws down 245 horsepower through an AWD system just the same, all be it with a list of better options.
A year ago, I would have said these were overpriced and were going to drop in value like a stone. The good news is I was right and the prices are coming way down. So now’s your time to pick one of these up start power sliding around your neighbourhood with a giant smile on your face.