Budget performance cars are a critical part of the mod life. They’re an affordable option for young enthusiasts just entering the market—and many times, drivers develop lifetime allegiances to the makes or models that they start with. Luckily for you, many automakers are focusing on affordable performance in 2015. So Revvolution decided to put together a list of this model year’s fastest entry-level performance cars. The criteria were simple: under $35,000, over 200 horsepower, zero to 60 times under 6 seconds and quarter-mile times under 14 seconds.
Now that 2015 is here, some of those machines are more than 10 years old. Which means that we no longer have to buy new to score one helluva performance bargain! So we dug through the archives and came up with the 9 best used performance cars that can be bought for under 30 grand.
We may no longer have the Boss 302, but Ford saw our disappointment and delivered a Shelby GT350 with a flat-plane V-8 and a 8,200 RPM redline. We're impressed.
Standing out in the Ford Mustang world is hard. With millions sold over its 50-year history, it seems like everyone and their mother owns one, or has owned one at one point. It’s America’s sports car that exudes styling and performance almost unlike anything else ever offered. Take Mark Sullivan’s custom 1965 fastback Mustang for instance. This two-tone screamer is far from ordinary. With a black-on-orange paint scheme and a slammed appearance, the Mustang turns heads wherever it is.
Project cars come and go, some leaving you breathless, while others turn into Frankenstein creations that should have remained only ideas. A truly unique project car requires months or even years of patience to finish. Throw together three differing opinions and the knowledge to back each one and you have one of the toughest builds around.