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.
Final details about the 2016 Focus RS have just been revealed: this smokin’ hot hatch will be powered by an EcoBoost four-banger, should make at least 320 horses and will utilize a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive!
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.
Like McRae, multiple-time Canadian Rally Champion Pat “Rocket” Richard always had what it took to win with style. Richard's recent performance in Rally Baie des Chaleurs showed that desire in its entirety. His Subaru rally car just clipped the apex, sending it rolling onto its side and roof in a ditch. Since he didn't land on his wheels, he took it upon himself to get out of the car and help push it back upright while his co-driver, Alan Ockwell, stayed strapped in, ready to continue his pace notes.
The Japanese WRX takes the American-standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and ups the power to 269 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, up from 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. In the S4, power is sent through Subaru’s Sport Lineartronic continuously variable transmission to all four wheels.