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The Best New Sports Cars for $75k or Less.

Posted in BMW, General, Lexus, Lotus, Mercedes Benz, Porsche by MrAngry | May 18th, 2010 | 1 Response |

If you’ve been following this series you’ll know that we’ve already covered the best new sports cars for $25k or Less and the best new sports cars for $50k or less. Well, it’s now time to bump up into the next tax bracket and find out what is out there for $75k or less. This is truly interesting category as we’re right on the fringe of the entering exotic car territory. The list as it stands may in fact surprise you as there are a few cars here that you may not have thought. One reason is they may have two to many doors, the other is that they’re all pretty damn expensive. Either way though, presented here for you are 5 great sports cars that can be had for $75k or Less. Oh yea… and just for the fun of it I figured I’d throw in some video so could see what I mean.

• 2010 Lexus IS-F

Introduced in the United States in 1989 Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand has been cranking out beautiful and luxurious automobiles for over two decades. From time to time they would release a few performance oriented models like the SC and IS models, but they never got really serious until 2008, when the mid-sized 400 + hp IS-F hit the market. Now in its third year of production, the 2010 Lexus IS-F is finally starting to win over those who doubted that a Japanese automaker could in fact build a worthy adversary for Germany’s reigning mid-sized performance king, the BMW M3.

• 0-60 mph: 4.6 seconds
• Top Speed: 170 mph (limited)
• 416-hp / 371 lbs. tq

• Cargo Volume 13.5 (cu ft)
• Curb Weight: 3780 lbs.
• 16 City/23 Highway mpg
• Price: $61,200

• 2010 Lotus Exige S 240

In all honesty it really doesn’t matter what kind of car you bring to the race track, because if someone shows up in a Lotus Exige S 240 you should know that you’re pretty much finished. Lotus has always been known for their handling. They produce cars that corner like they’re on rails and they do this, not by having them make big power, but by making them as light as they possibly can. Weighing in at a mere 2077 lbs, the Lotus Exige S 240 is like an Olympic sprinter compared to the other cars on this list. It’s small, nimble and extremely well built. The only real place that the Exige does fall short is when you bring up the topic of storage and fuel capacity. With just 2.0 feet of storage space and a fuel tank that will make you fill up every 210 miles, the Lotus Exige S 240 may not be the best for long distance travel, unless of course you enjoy sprinting from gas station to gas station.

• 0-60 mph: 4.0 seconds
• Top Speed 150 mph (limited)
• 20 City/26 Highway mpg
• Curb Weight: 2077 lbs.

• Cargo Volume: 2.0 (cu ft)
• 240-hp / 170 lbs. tq
• Price: $65,690

• 2010 Porsche Cayman S

It has 320 hp, tops out at over 170 mph and has Porsche’s new PDK dual-clutch automated manual gearbox. It’s also more than $10,000 cheaper than the base Porsche 911. So do all these specifications and goodies make the 2010 Porsche Cayman S a good buy and a great sports car? The answer… YOU BETCHA! Now some people will say that you bought the Cayman S because you couldn’t afford the 911 and while that may be true, it matters not because this is one serious sports car. The Cayman pulls .94 on the skid pad, holds 13.9 (cu ft) of stuff, and with a 16.9 gallon fuel tank you’ll be pulling well over 300 miles to a tank. If you want a stellar track car, as well as a great mile eating road burner than you should pay serious attention to the 911’s baby brother, the 2010 Porsche Cayman S.

• Top Speed 172 mph (limited)
• 18/26 Highway mpg
• 320-hp / 273 lbs. tq
• Cargo Volume 13.9 (cu ft)
• Curb Weight: 3164 lbs. (PDK equipped)

• 0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds
• Price: $64,000

• 2010 BMW M3

For almost 25 years the BMW M3 has been terrorizing imports and sports cars the world over. BMW started out with a simple formula. Take one small sedan, give it a big honkin’ engine and good suspension and then set it free to cause’ havoc on the open roads. The M3, now in its fourth generation, is the most powerful to date and the first to have a V8 engine. With 414 hp and 295 lb. ft. of torque the M3 can hold it’s own against the competition on any racetrack in the world. The BMW M3 is a fantastic sports car on all counts, although the hefty 3700 lb. curb weight and combined 16 mpg can make it feel a little chubby at times.

• Top Speed 155 mph (limited)
• 0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds
• 320-hp / 273 lbs. tq
• Cargo Volume 11.0 (cu ft)
• Price: $58,400

• Curb Weight: 3700 lbs.
• 14/20 Highway mpg

• 2010 Mercedes C63 AMG

Rounding out the list of $75k or less sports cars, is the 2010 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG. Some of you may look at this car and notice that it has four doors. You may also feel that Mercedes doesn’t build true sports cars. I must inform you though, that you would be wrong. The Mercedes Benz C63 is nothing short of a wolf (with BIG FUCKIN’ TEETH) in sheep’s clothing. It may seem like a mild-mannered sedan until someone starts it up and you here that grumbling coming out of the bazooka style exhaust tubes in the rear. Sure it sucks on fuel, and it’s heavy, but man is this thing fast. Plus, it’s a total sleeper with a decent amount of cargo space, so it fits the bill in my book.

• Top Speed 155 mph (limited)
• 0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds
• 451-hp / 443 lbs. tq
• Cargo Volume 12.4 (cu ft)
• Price: $62,000

• Curb Weight: 3900 lbs.
• 12/19 Highway mpg

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  1. Dave says:

    Thanks for the research. A lot of great cars here! I’m most excited about the Mercedes Benz C63 AMG.