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Most of us enjoy a responsive car. Nothing is more frustrating than hitting the gas pedal and having to wait for some action. Unfortunately, in this era of the fuel misers, CVT transmissions, and high fuel economy standards coming from the government, that is what most cars are beginning to do. So, what is a speed enthusiast to do? Buy a turbo! The early days of turbo lag are largely gone, and there’s nothing much better than the whistle of a turbo winding up. Since the majority of us cannot afford a brand new turbocharged Ferrari California T, here is a short list of cheap cars that have turbos.

Subaru Impreza WRX

Subaru WRXIf you have read up on turbos at all, you knew the WRX was going to be on this list. It is the most frequently modified turbo in North America. Combining a responsive turbo with AWD was sheer genius on the part of Subaru. A 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, which is the top of the line sport package, will run you in the neighborhood of $34,000. You can find a 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium (no STI in ’08) for $15,500.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Mitsubishi Lancer EvoThe Mitsubishi Lancer in its base models is boring to no end. It features drab styling and grade-school performance at best. That all changes when you step up to the Evolution GSR. The Evolution GSR features a turbo-charged engine and body styling that will excite you. The downside is that the Evolution did not appear until 2010, making it a tad less affordable than you may like. A 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR will run in the $23,000 neighborhood. If you prefer a lower sticker price, you can look at the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart which will come in under $15,000.

Audi TT

Audi TTAudi introduced the TT in 1998. It has always been aesthetically pleasing, but a bit of disappointment under the hood. It had adequate power with a 3.2L V6, but lacked that breath taking get-up-and-go that defines a sports car. In 2008, Audi fixed that by adding a turbo-charger to a bored out 3.2 in the S-line. You can find a great performing 2008 Audi TT RS for around $19,000.

Volkswagen Jetta

VW JettaQuite a few people are aware of the Jetta TDI, but may not want a diesel engine, turbocharged or not. Few people are aware that Volkswagen put a turbo in the Jetta Wolfsburg Edition in 2008. Even fewer people are aware of how affordable the vehicle is today. You should be able to find a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition for an affordable $11,800.

Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4

Mitsubishi hit it out of the park when it created the 3000GT. The base models were powered by a more than adequate V6 that produced an admirable 260+ hp. The best of the bunch was the upgraded VR-4 that featured a 3.0L V6 with twin turbos that quickly pushed out 300 hp. In order to find this car, you have to be willing to go old school since Mitsubishi stopped making them in 2001. Despite being 16 years old, you will struggle to find a 1998 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 for less than $8,500. A cheaper, but admirable, substitute would be a 1996 Dodge Stealth R/T turbo, which comes in at around $5,500. Also by Mitsubishi were the Eclipse GS-T (FWD) and GSX (AWD), which both came with 210 hp stock. Not as quick as the 3000GT, but easily upgraded for more power.

If you’re not heart-set on a car that’s turbocharged, check out our picks of other cars that are fast and cheap. Otherwise, explore the turbocharged cars for sale below, contacting the seller if you have any questions.

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