In many cases buying a fast car requires dropping a lot of coin. Fortunately, that does not always have to be the case. There are several new cars on the market that combine decent horsepower with enough torque to pique your interest and toss a solid 0-60 your way as well. The 2015 models are flooding dealerships as we speak, but there are plenty of unsold 2014s left. So, if you shop for new 2014 models, you can stretch your dollar even further.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-spec
Never equated Hyundai with speed? You are not alone. The automaker has been trying to shake its image as a budget-minded provider with fresh styling and more powerful engines. The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-spec features a 3.8L V6 engine that offers 348 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. To increase the fun, the R-spec is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission. The R-spec also jumps from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds. You can find a 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-spec for $28,000 in most areas.
Subaru Impreza WRX
At this point is almost becoming cliché to mention the WRX on a list of fastest production cars. I almost feel like the proverbial Captain Obvious. The WRX features a 2.5L turbocharged boxer engine that offers up 265 hp and 244 lb-ft of torque every time you start it up. Did I mention that it will sprint from 0-60 in just 5.2 seconds? We priced out a 2015 for this one because some changes to the WRX are on the way which many enthusiast say will destroy the car. So, the base 2015 Subaru Impreza WRX starts at $26,000; however, if you want the best of the best, a 2015 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, you will have to pony-up at least $36,000.
Not to be confused with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the GTI is a great hatchback that combines tight handling with a responsive 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine offering up 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. You can buy the GTI with a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual (DSG). Surprisingly, the DSG offers a quicker 0-60 at 6.4 seconds, but an experienced driver can get a 0-60 of 6.9 out of the pure manual. You can find a 2014 Volkswagen GTI Wolfsburg edition starting at $23,000. The 2014 Volkswagen GTI Drivers edition starts at $27,000.
Scion is another company that evokes images of small underpowered gas savers with frugal price tags. While many of the automakers offerings do fit that billing, the FR-S is an exception. The FR-S features a 2.0L boxer engine that refuses to be intimidated. It offers a peak output of 200 hp, 151 lb-ft of torque, and a curb weight that makes you think it is on a constant diet. Its 0-60 of 6.5 seconds is nothing to sneeze at either. You can find a 2014 Scion FR-S Monogram Series(the top trim level) with the standard six-speed manual transmission for $28,000.
Another surprisingly spry Hyundai offering is the Veloster. Of course, to get the performance you want, you will need to buy the Turbo trim level, but why wouldn’t you? The 2014 Veloster features a 1.6L turbo-charged four-banger that pushes out 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque with a 0-60 of 6.8 seconds. Those are respectable numbers for a car that is so reasonably priced. You can find a 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo for under $23,000 in most North American markets.
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