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The Best New Sports Cars for $100k or Less.

Posted in auto industry, Chevrolet, Corner Carvers, Corvette, Dodge, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Popular Cars, Porsche, Rally by MrAngry | May 20th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

The Best New Sports Cars for $100k or Less

It’s amazing how little $100,000 is these days. I remember when I was a kid thinking that if I made a six figure salary then I’d be rich and able to go out and buy just about everything my heart desired. This was back in the 1970’s when $100,000 was still a lot of money. Now, 40 years later and the harsh reality of a broken economy, housing prices and unemployment have forced the world to wake-up and rethink a few things. Lucky for me though I can only dream about cars that cost $100,000 which is why that amount doesn’t matter to me. Believe it or not this was a actually a pretty tough list to form as there are quite a few cars in this segment to choose from. Some of the rides on this list will be obvious, but there is one in particular that may throw you.

• 2010 Nissan GT-R

2010 Nissan GT-R

The reason they call this thing Godzilla is because it can literally stomp the shit out of 99.9% of the road going cars on the market. Climb into the 2010 Nissan GT-R and your greeted with more techno goodies than the space shuttle. You can see how many G’s your pulling, your 0-60 times, and even make coffee when your at a stop light. Seriously, the car is that good. It also produces 485 HP and 434 lb-ft of torque, which is capable of propelling it to speeds of over 190 mph. Not to shabby for a 3800 lb., AWD, V6 coupe.

• 0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds
• Top Speed: 193mph
• 485-hp / 434 lbs. tq

• Cargo Volume 8.8 (cu ft)
• Curb Weight: 3829 lbs.
• 15 City/21 Highway mpg
• Price: $85,060

• 2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10

2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10

It’s time to say farewell to the big bad snake from Detroit as 2010 is the final year that the Viper will be produced. Since it’s debut in 1994 the Viper has been the bad boy of the sports car market. It’s big, fast and in your face with a f*ck you attitude that it doesn’t apologize for. It has no traction control so if you lose it around a corner, the car will kill you. This car is raw, plain and simple, and in an age of cars filled with 10,000 get-out-of-jail-free cards, the Viper was a refreshing smack in the mouth that just kept on giving. I love this car.

• 0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds
• Top Speed: 197 mph
• 600-hp / 560 lbs. tq

• Cargo Volume 9.0 (cu ft)
• Curb Weight: 3430 lbs.
• 13 City/22 Highway mpg
• Price: $91,385

• 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

2010 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Say hello to Mr. Refinement, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. The Porsche 911 has been around in one form or another for almost 50 years. It has been refined, redeveloped and now, in its 6th generation is considered to be the benchmark for which other sports cars are measured. Getting into a 911 feels like you’re climbing into a block of granite. The cars are superbly constructed and have a reliability record that has them dubbed, “The German Honda’. You will notice that the 911 Carrera 4S, compared to others on this list has the lowest HP and TQ. ratings, it’s also the most expensive. Because of this you may be asking yourself why even bother with it. The reason however is simple… the car is proven and bullet proof. The 911 is a car that you can take out of the box to any racetrack on the planet and be competitive with. It’s been dialed in and massaged to the point where modifications, in some cases, do more harm than good. It’s also an understated icon, so for that reason the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is here to stay.

• Curb Weight: 3263 lbs.
• 18 City/26 Highway mpg

• 0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds
• Top Speed: 185 mph
• 385-hp / 310 lbs. tq
• Cargo Volume 3.71 (cu ft)
• Price: $97,000

• 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

If you’ll look below you’ll notice that there are not too many things listed on the “cons” section and that’s because the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is that good. It’s the cheapest of the bunch, the second fastest by 1 mph, has more cargo room than an SUV, is unbelievably comfortable and has bulletproof reliability. If there was a con to this car I would say that it’s the interior. The steering wheel is off a Chevy Cobalt and the interior panel fitment is good, but not great. Otherwise that’s it, in fact I’m amazed there aren’t more of these things tooling around because for just over $75k these things are a downright bargain.

• Price: $76,000
• 505-hp / 470 lbs. tq
• Top Speed: 198 mph
• Cargo Volume 22.4 (cu ft)
• Curb Weight: 3175 lbs.
• 0-60 mph: 4.3 seconds
• 15 City/24 Highway mpg

• Low-buck interior

• 2010 Mercedes Benz E63 AMG

2010 Mercedes Benz E63 AMG

So here it is, the fly in the ointment, the Mercedes Benz E63 AMG. Nope, it definitely doesn’t look like a sports car with those 4 doors, nor does it pretend to be one. The reasons that this car made the list are simple. It’s ungodly fast, it’s uber comfortable, has a nice size trunk for storage, and with a good driver behind the wheel it can surprise the hell out of just about anything. It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing and the gun at the knife fight, and it does all this while wrapping you up in full-on luxury.

• 518-hp / 465 lbs. tq
• Cargo Volume 15.9 (cu ft)
• 0-60 mph: 4.3 seconds
• Top Speed: 186 mph

• Curb Weight: 4084 lbs.
• 13 City/20 Highway mpg
• Price: $87,000

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5 Responses

  1. a says:

    what, no M5?

  2. derek says:

    I didn’t hear about the Viper being discontinued until I read this article. I remember about 10 years ago, that was THE vehicle that everyone was talking about. Sad to see the Viper go.

    Ill take the Z06 any day

  3. dark111 says:

    what about the new cadillac cts-v????
    $62k,0-60 in 3.9 sec,luxury,566 hp corvette c6 supercharged and as fast as HELL!!!!!!

  4. maxrov says:

    m5 is way over 100k, the list could be longer..

  5. lew azzinaro says:

    all of these cars are amazing,…and i would be proud to own any one of them,…agree that it’s sad to see the viper discontinued,…and of course the 911 is the daddy by which ALL other sportscars are measured,…the nissan gtr used the 911 turbo as their car to beat,…and they did for a few years,…until porsche had had enuf and came out with the 2010 turbo,…which supremely craps all over the gtr,…and the turbo s does so even more,…have to give the gtr it’s kudo’s though,..a great car for the money,..and it upped the ante on all high end car manufacturers…forcing them to make better and faster cars,…i just think that people who have 100k are hesitant to buy “a nissan”,…and will instead buy the porsche,..witness the gtr’s dismal sales numbers,…85 a month in u.s,…versus 500 a month for the911,…and the 911 is usually the more expensive car!