The 5 Fastest Cars Under $50,000
Posted by: Lydia on 22/03/2018
Fast cars are fun, but they can also be pricey. The usually-hefty price tag associated with those amazing vehicles can definitely make a big dent in a car fan’s bank account. Oftentimes this means a difficult choice when it comes time to buy your next car: do you purchase one that’s zippy but expensive, or economical but a little dull?
Fortunately, you don’t always have to choose between speed and affordability. Check out this list of Australia’s 5 fastest cars available for under $50,000 - then decide which one to put on your next car shopping list.
1. Subaru WRX
Where else to begin this list but with the wonderful WRX? For many years now, this Japanese rallying icon has been the affordable speedster of choice for car gurus around the world.
Going 0-100 in 6.5 seconds, the WRX boasts a 6.0-litre V8 engine, and a robust 268hp.
With a turbocharged engine and AWD, the WRX has drawcards across the board.
The great thing about the WRX is the feeling it delivers when driving. Subaru has acquired a legendary reputation off-road - and on - for a reason. This vehicle is not simply an imitation of a real race car - it truly feels like a street legal racer. Priced at around $43,000, it will be a difficult vehicle to ever say goodbye to.
2. Kia Stinger
For many years, Kia was a quiet achiever in the world of autos, but in more recent years the brand has emerged as a real giant. Having already seen its Sorento model win car of the year in 2015, it has more recently won kudos for the sharp Stinger - as it well should, as the fastest car Kia has ever built.
Going 0-100 in a blistering 4.9 seconds, this car is the dream ride of choice for anyone who loves a bit of zip when they take off. With RWD, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the aggressive contours that muscle car fans know and love, this car promises love at first sight for any speedster. And at the affordable price of around $48,000, this one will delight your bank account, too.
3. Renault Clio RS 200 Cup
This Renault is a fabulous little vehicle that flies under the radar but really packs a punch.
Retailing for around $38,000, this car will get you from 0-100 in 6.7 seconds. And it’ll do it with beautiful European styling that has won Renault a devoted following in France and beyond.
The great thing about this Renault is its combination of sophistication and practicality. With razor-sharp handling, it will travel beautifully through tight city streets and along huge coastal freeways alike. At the same time, its 5-door setup means this vehicle is ready for a bit of rough-and-tumble if required. It’s a fantastic combination of glamour and grunt at a very accessible price.
4. Mazda MX-5
The Mazda MX-5 is among the most beloved vehicles on the planet. This compact sports car has a rich pedigree in racing and is affordable at approximately $37,000.
Going 0-100 in 7.1 seconds, the MX-5 is a great vehicle for someone who’s seeking a speedy ride but prefers to just dip their toes in the water before making the full transition to a speedster.
And the MX-5 offers a unique additional incentive beyond its speed: a community experience. When you buy an MX-5, you’re also buying into a huge community of fans that have found in this auto the perfect representation of the old saying ‘Good things come in small packages’. Don’t be surprised to find your purchase of this vehicle is quickly followed by sign-ups to car clubs, roadshows, and great Australian road trips with fellow MX-5 fans.
5. Ford Focus ST
The Ford Focus ST may look unassuming at first. But beneath the sleek urban style is some hefty muscular power that will deliver on any road, any time. Going 0-100 in 6.2 seconds, this vehicle’s performance is complemented by Recaro racing seats and a turbocharged direct-injection engine. And all of this can be had for around $38,000.
Put simply, the Ford Focus ST is the affordable vehicle of choice for those who long for weekend track days to floor the engine to their heart’s content, but also want a ride with an extra bit of rev for their weekday commute.
Your Options if You’re Short on Cash
With the average adult yearly wage in Australia being around $80,000, a $50,000 price tag on a car isn’t as intimidating as it once was. Just the same, there are many car fans who are just starting their careers, have young and growing families, or are retired and focused on conserving cash.
In these cases, there are still options available. For example, the trade-in value of your current car could give you the boost you need to be able to afford the fast car you really want. And it’s no secret that newer model vehicles can be purchased used at a much lower price. So, if you have your eye on a model now but don’t have the cash to spare, check in on the secondhand market a year from now to pick up a speedy ride at an even better price.
Certain vehicles will always come with a big price tag. That’s part of the fun - we all love to see the glamour of a Formula One race in Monaco, an IndyCar event at Daytona Beach, or the release of the newest Bugatti in France. The prestige and glamour is enjoyable - but the car world is at its best when everyone can have fun behind the wheel.
That’s why the five vehicles listed above are so great. Each of them is a desirable vehicle at an affordable price, and they’re each very distinctive. So if you struggle to pick a favourite, buy one now, and buy another in a few years’ time. You’ll have fun now, and enjoy the feeling of knowing your next speedy car will be affordable, too.
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