We are living in a golden age of fast affordable cars, coupes, sedans, and hatchbacks that push the limits of performance without simultaneously doing serious damage to one’s bank account. Champagne speed on a beer budget is the order of the day for 2016, and even teetotalers can appreciate the outrageous horsepower and handling available from a wide range of modern automobiles that are inexpensive to own, operate, and in most cases, insure.
So without further delay lets take a look at the the top 10 affordable fast cars:
10. BMW M235i: $33,845
Reminiscent of classic BMW coupes of yore, the 2-series offers connected steering, rev-loving engines, and corner-hugging handling. (There’s a convertible, too.) The base engine is a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo four; a Track Handling package adds an adaptive suspension and upgraded steering and brakes. The M235i has a 320-hp 3.0-liter turbo six. Transmission choices for all are either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. Rear-drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional.
9. Volkswagen Golf R: $36,470
If you love the GTI but crave more power, check out the Golf R. The R is an all-out performance model with a 292-hp turbo 2.0-liter four, all-wheel drive, a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, and a six-speed manual. A six-speed automatic with launch control is optional. Sadly, the automatic is faster to 60 mph by 0.7 second, at 4.5 seconds. Standard luxury features include satellite radio, heated seats, keyless entry with push-button start, and Bluetooth.