This is where used cars come into play, allowing us ordinary folks to find our dream car and fix it up for less just a fraction of what we’d pay for a new model. And depending on depreciation, you can find a seriously fast luxury or sports car that will do 0-60 in less than 5 seconds for well under $20,000.
Here are just some of the amazing options out there, with prices based on used models with around 100,000 miles on them.
10Chevrolet Corvette C5 – 4,8 Seconds ($20,000)
The Corvette is one of the American sports car icons. And C5 is the most recognizable as it has classic lines, round taillights, and, most importantly, pop-up headlights! The Corvette is known to be more crazy than refined, just like the Dodge Viper. But that’s why everyone loves them so much! On top of that, the legendary 5,7-liter V8 engine really can pull! In fact, it can pull so well that you will reach 60 mph in just 4,8 seconds. That’s some really cool stuff for around 20 grand used!
9Jaguar XJR – 4,9 Seconds ($10,000)
When car fanatics search for fast and sporty cars, they’re looking for coupes and hatchbacks too often. Of course, they are much lighter, agile, and easier to handle. But so many big and fast sedans are on the market, and they are underpriced because nobody wants a big, boring, old sedan.
But don’t call Jaguar XJR a boring car – it’s a very refined performance sedan, which is underpriced because people are scared of its maintenance costs. And while it can be expensive and hard to maintain, its 4,2 liter, supercharged V8 will move this barge from 0 to 60 mph in 4,9 seconds.
8Audi RS6 – 4,4 Seconds ($9,000)
This one may be harder to find, but it is well worth it. The Audi RS6 is the ultra-performance sports sedan, which was very crazy in the early 2000s. It has a twin-turbocharged 4,2-liter engine, producing 444 horsepower. Moreover, it is an all-wheel-drive (Quattro), which helps to maintain a perfect grip. With this combination, you’ll be able to brag that your car can do 0-60 mph in just 4,4 seconds! By the way, look for manual transmission, because automatic is very slow.
7Dodge Charger SRT8 – 5 Seconds For ($12,000)
Many would agree that Dodge made a big mistake by making this Charger a 4-door sedan. While the Camaro, Challenger, and Mustang still are going strong, the Charger was left behind because of its new sedan design. Moreover, the Dodge Charger is cheaper than its rivals, so you can still buy a 5-second muscle car for a decent price. The most disappointing thing about these cars is that the interior doesn’t match the exterior. So, while it looks very charismatic and brave, it’s weak inside.
6Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG – 4,7 Seconds ($8,000)
Basically, that’s a Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It’s a compact saloon and Mercedes-Benz advertised it as “the smaller version of an S-Class”. Overall, it’s a great car, but the C55 AMG is also crazy. Let’s thank Mercedes engineers for fitting enormous 5,4-liter V8 engine in it! The result of that – amazing sound, great handling, and 0-60 in 4,7 seconds. And the prices start at about $8,000. However, don’t expect them to be reliable, because almost all AMG versions have numerous problems with engines.
5Chrysler 300C SRT8 – 4,9 Seconds ($9,000)
Chrysler 300C SRT8 is an underrated performance sedan. Even though it has a few drawbacks like cheap interior and wobbly handling, most engines are great, many chassis components were taken from reliable W210 Mercedes-Benz and overall car design is great. It really does look good. Unfortunately, this car is ruined by ricers, who put Bentley or Rolls-Royce grill on it, R30 rims, and silly paint jobs. But if you ignore that, you can get a pretty serious car, which does 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
4Audi S4 – 4,8 Seconds ($5,000)
While its 0-60 mph results vary from 4,8 to 5,5 seconds, this is still a very quick car for the $5,000-$10,000 range. The Audi S4 is very similar to the original A4, but there are many small changes, which make the biggest difference. For example, the S4 has a 4,2-liter V8 engine and its brakes, wheels and some suspension bits are also reinforced.
3Cadillac CTS-V – 4,6 Seconds ($12,000)
In terms of performance, the Cadillac CTS-V competes with such cars as the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG. While the standard CTS version has V6 engines mostly, the CTS-V is equipped with 5,7 liter V8, which produces 400 hp. Because of that, the Cadillac CTS-V can get from zero to sixty in just 4,6 seconds. Moreover, these versions came with 6-speed manual transmissions only. So, if you are after performance – prepare for shifting!
2Chevrolet Camaro SS – 4,6 Seconds ($13,000)
This Chevrolet Camaro is one of the last ones that still looked great. Knowing how horrible the new Camaro facelift is, it’s pretty neat to know that you can buy a much better looking one for much less. The 2010 Camaro SS features a 6,2-liter V8 engine, which is capable of doing 0-60 mph in just 4,6 seconds. You can choose between manual and automatic transmissions and, of course, the best acceleration time can be achieved with manual transmission only.
1Mercedes-Benz S600 – 4,5 Seconds ($6,000)
And there’s an almost 20-year-old and 2,2-ton monster on this list. Mercedes-Benz S600 was one of the most powerful sedans at that time. It has a 5,5 liter V12, twin-turbocharged engine. It will do 0-60 mph in 4,5 seconds and, believe it or not, this masterpiece is pretty common. Forget about fuel economy, forget about low maintenance costs, but this Merc’ once was the top-notch luxury sedan. And you can find many examples for as low as $6,000!