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What, cheap speed? Your only option is to buy used. These cars are going to lack the latest tech and probably will not have fancy features like leather, but they will satisfy your need for speed. To make sure the list includes the best sports cars under $10,000 we double checked the pricing on kbb.com and went with the dealership price for a vehicle in excellent condition, fished around on Popular Mechanics, and hit up Consumer Reports.

2005 Mustang GT

The ’05 GT pushes our price point, coming in at $9,500, but it is worth it. The updated body style of the ’05 keeps the brand uniquely appealing. It also offers a powerful 4.6L V8 that provides 300 ponies and  320 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpms. The GT has a 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds with a manual transmission and a competent driver.

2000 Corvette Hardtop

The non-targa Corvette was offered in 1999 and 2000. While it does not feature the 385 hp engine in the Z06, it does offer a 5.7L V8 capable of 354 hp at 5,450 rpms. You will spend between eight and ten thousand dollars on this car depending on your market and the odometer reading. That is a fair price for a car that sprints from 0-60 in less than five seconds.

2002 Camaro Z28

No one in their right mind would dismiss the Z28 when talking about a great sports car. The 2002 featured a Corvette-sourced 5.7L V8 that produced 310 hp. The engine was super responsive to the accelerator, often taking inexperienced drivers by surprise. You could vault from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds or pass anyone at any speed. You can find great examples of the ’02 for around $6,000 in most areas.

2004 Mazda Miata MX-5

The Miata is a well established ”driver’s car”. It responds well to the accelerator and handles like a pro. In order to find the best 2004 Miata MX-5, you will want to look for the MazdaSpeed package. The MazdaSpeed offers an additional 36 hp, bringing it to a total of 178 ponies. While that is not a lot when compared to, say, a Corvette, it is more than enough considering how light this car is. This variant features a stiffer suspension and a heavy-duty gearbox. You can find an ’04 MazdaSpeed with decent mileage for around $7,000.

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX

The WRX is the most frequently modified four banger in the world. There are thousands of forums dedicated to modifying this car. The WRX also boasts one of the largest aftermarkets on the internet. Why? Because you can make this little car scream for minimal de niro. It offers a stock turbo-charged 2.0L engine that is quick and nimble from the factory. Additionally, the WRX holds the road like it is glued down. Not just glued, perhaps even part of the road itself. You can find a low mileage 2004 Impreza WRX for around $8,500 in most areas. Your best bet is to buy one that has not been modified. If you can find one!

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