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Every time you start your turbocharged car, you want to pound the gas pedal and start jamming gears as fast as possible. Just sitting in a turbo makes you feel like you want to find a nice track somewhere and get into the twisties.

Unfortunately, that exhilaration does not come cheap. If you are looking for a new turbo, then you can expect to pay close to the $30,000 price point that we have set for this article. We have put together a short list of five new turbos that have a sticker under 30K. Hopefully, you will find one on the list that meets your needs.

Subaru WRX

Formally badged under the Impreza name, the WRX is listed as a stand alone vehicle for the 2015 model year. There are still many trim levels available that feature either a 2.0L or 2.5L turbo engine. The WRX STI is the top of the line trim level, adding AWD to the fun, but it is well out of the price point here. You can find a well appointed WRX base sedan with a 265 hp 2.5L turbo that hits right at 30K.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR

Mitsubishi is an almost forgotten automaker here in the North American market. It is often known for poor performance and sad, almost depressing body styling. Fortunately for turbo enthusiasts, Mitsubishi got it right with the Lancer Evolution GSR. The GSR’s 2.0L turbo offers 291 ponies and 300 ft/lb of torque at 4000 rpm. The standard five-speed manual makes it especially fun to drive. You will have to forget a 2015 for $30,000, but you should find a new 2014 example just under our price point. If you find a gently used 2014(under 10K miles), you will only have about $26,000 in it.

Volkswagen GTI Wolfsburg Edition

Many people prefer a turbo hatchback over a sedan.. The Volkswagen GTI has been among their favorites for many years. So they know that the GTI can get pricey quick. The Wolfsburg Edition is the lowest price point of the GTI, but low price does not equal a lack of performance. The Wolfsburg features a 2.0L that pumps out 210 ponies and has a 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph. Not bad for a ”base model”. The 2015 Volkswagen GTI Wolfsburg Edition has a base MSRP of $24,995. If you can’t beat that down, you need to go back to school and pick up some haggling skills.

Chevrolet Sonic RS

Alright, after the laughter dies down, have a look at the specs. This car is being thrown in as an entry level turbo for those first time buyers who may not have the 30 grand mentioned here. The 2014 Sonic RS features a more than adequate 1.4L turbo capable of 138 hp. While that may seem a bit low, keep in mind that this car has a curb weight of just 2,800 lbs. Three guys can pick this baby up and carry it away, so the lower hp is still enough to push it down the road in a very fun way. At the beginning of the year, a new 2014 Chevrolet Sonic RS stickered for $21,000. Now that the year has worn on, that price is down in the $19,000 neighborhood. A little bit of savvy negotiating and you should be able to wrap up the deal closer to 18.

Volvo S60 T5

For those of us who enjoy the feel of a turbo, but want the added touch of luxury, the Volvo S60 may be the answer. Granted, to hit the 30G mark, you will need to look at the base model T5, but you are getting a great 5-cyl(5 is not a typo) 2.5L turbo engine that is well worth a look. Pumping out 250 hp and 266 ft/lb of torque at 1,800 rpms, you are not going to be disappointed with the performance you get from this luxury car. The 2015 Volvo S60 T5 has an MSRP of around $33,000, but you can find a new 2014 for about $29,000.

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