Top 10 Sports Car Under 100k
A sports car (sportscar) is a small, usually two seater, two door automobile designed for spirited performance and nimble handling. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the first known use of the term was in 1928. Sports cars may be spartan or luxurious, but high maneuverability and minimum weight are requisite. These top ten lists rank and explain the best sports cars you can buy for 100k.
Top 10 Sports Car Under 100k
#10. Jaguar XK-R
The Jaguar XK-R is the second most powerful car on this list with over 500 raging horses under the hood; it looks fantastic and has a supercharger. So why is it so far down on this list? Weight. Despite having twice the engine displacement and 150 extra horsepower, the XK-R is 16 seconds behind the TT-RS, the next slowest car on the list, around the Nürburgring.
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#9. Audi TT-RS
The Audi TT-RS is coming to the United States in limited quantities, and it’s only available with a proper manual transmission. This sportier version of the TT has plenty of grip, with its wide tires and Audi’s Quattro AWD system. Add the 360 horsepower produced by the five turbocharged cylinders to these factors, and the acceleration from this car is absolutely brutal.
#8. BMW Z4 sDrive 35is
This is the first of two BMWs—the best version of the Z4. Gone is the convertible and coupe option—all Z4s from this generation have retractable hardtops. Despite the upped power from the 3.0L I6, the Z4 isn’t a purist driver’s car by any stretch of the imagination. The car has softer handling than some of its competitors, which makes it more of a weekend cruiser than a hardcore sports car.
#7. Porsche Cayman R
In stark contrast to the Jaguar, we have the Porsche Cayman R. Porsche is synonymous with motorsports racetrack performance, and that is exactly what the Cayman R is built for. When building the R version of its popular Cayman sports car, Porsche decided to cut weight instead of adding lots of power to achieve the desired performance goals.
#6. Lotus Evora S
Lotus has been building purists’ sports cars for a long time. Expanding upon their model lineup of the Elise and Exige, Lotus added the Evora as a slightly larger and more powerful sports car. Although it is bigger than the tiny Elise, the Evora has retained everything that has put Lotus on top of the wish lists of drivers worldwide.
#5. C63 AMG Coupe
As with all AMG vehicles, the key to the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe’s performance is its heart—the 6.2L AMG V8. While this AMG will still happily kick its rear end out if you lift off the throttle coming around a bend at the limit, it isn’t quite as insane as previous C63 AMGs due to chassis refinements that have somewhat neutralized the balance of the car, according to Car and Driver.
#4. Chevrolet Corvette Z06
In the fourth spot, we find the only American representative on this list, the Corvette Z06. The Corvette has long been the best value in horsepower per dollar on the market, and the C6 Z06 is no exception. The only cars with more power on this list cost over $20,000 more—for only five to 40 more horsepower.
#3. BMW M3
The BMW M3 was engineered for the track, and you’ll notice this from the start in the streetcar. From the V8 that revs to 8,400 rpm to the cross-drilled brake discs, this car is very serious about performance. The M3 looks fast even while standing still—all of the bodywork is aerodynamically functional or feeds air into the engine compartment.
#2. Nissan GT-R
The R35 Nissan GT-R hits 60 mph from a standstill in 2.9 seconds. This is faster than hardcore racers like the Gumpert Apollo Sport (roughly $400,000) and high-speed legends such as the Koenigsegg Agera (over $1 million, with a top speed of 270 mph). Engage launch control, and any driver can pull off this unbelievable 0-60.
#1. Porsche 911 Carrera S
This latest iteration of Porsche’s classic sports car has more power and less weight than the 997 generation, with updated styling and a brand new manual transmission. The 911 (known internally as the 991) generation keeps with the Porsche tradition of placing the flat-6 at the rear of the car, but Porsche has improved upon the balance of the last generation by redistributing a bit more of the weight from the rear.
The definition of a sports car is not precise, but from the earliest first automobiles “people have found ways to make them go faster, round corners better, and look more beautiful” than the ordinary models inspiring an “emotional relationship” with a car that is fun to drive and use for the sake of driving.