Most of us want dream of owning the fastest sports cars and the most powerful muscle cars. But not everyone can afford to spend upwards on 50 grand on a gas-chugging V8. So here are some of the quickest cars you can buy without breaking the bank.
1. Ford Focus RS
Coming in at $35,000, the RS is not the cheapest Ford. However, it’s completely worth it, going from 0 to 60 in just 4.7 seconds and topping out at a max speed of 165mph–very close to the realm of sports cars costing 10 times as much.
This all-wheel drive hatchback runs on a 2.3 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 350 pound-feet of torque and 350 horsepower.
This gorgeous little gem from the Italian car maker is meaner than its specs might have you believe (a 1742cc turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower): it goes from zero to sixty in 4.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 160mph.
This rear-wheel-drive is the first Alfa to come to the US in quite a while. At $53,000, it’s the most expensive car on the list. But for what it is and what it does, it’s well worth the price.
Other than the high-powered engines, the Camaro also includes a 2.0 liter version. It’s obviously a lot less powerful than the V8 version with 455 horsepower.
However, it’s quite impressive for the 275 horsepower it produces: it goes from zero to sixty in 5.1 seconds (if you’re using the manual transmission, that is) and it reaches a top speed of 155mph. It’s also quite affordable, at just $25,000.
The CLA is compact, quick and efficient. Powered by a 2.0 liter twin-scroll turbo four cylinder, it produces 375 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 in just 4.1 seconds, with a max speed of 155mph.
5. Subaru WRX STI
This is a car for rally fans; it’s powerful, fast (it goes from a standstill to sixty in 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 miles an hour) and doesn’t have to be driven on tarmac. What are your picks for the quickest economical 4-cylinder cars?