4. Nissan GT-R
We know, $10 short of $100,000 is not for everyone. The thing is, though, that even at that price, the Nissan GT-R offers value for money like you’ve never seen. It’s a hypercar with four seats and cornering speeds that verge on witchcraft.
Nobody quite knows how Nissan does it, first with the Skyline and now with the GT-R. It’s a big, heavy coupe that weighs in at 3,836 lbs and yet sticks to the road like glue thanks to Gran Turismo-style electronics that have become the GT-R’s USP.
It’s a 565 bhp machine with 467 lb-ft of torque, which aren’t quite supercar numbers these days. It still hits 60 mph in 2.9s, though, and tops out at 195 mph, so it’s a potent beast in a straight line. On the track, the GT-R comes alive and for a while, this was considered the fastest point-to-point car in the world.
It’s an engineering masterpiece that has won legions of fans around the world and turned into a halo car like no other for Nissan. So, it will too expensive for many, but it is a bargain.
5. Dodge Challenger R/T
The Dodge Challenger is another great American icon that sits alongside the Ford Mustang in folklore. It’s a true muscle car, arguably the only true muscle car in a herd of ponies, and you can get the big V8 for less than 35K.
You can have the entry-level Challenger SXT for $27,295, with a smaller engine, but that’s like buying plain vanilla at the ice-cream store. Spend a little more and get the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 Road and Track package that has become a legend in its own right. Do that and you’ve got 375 bhp and, more importantly, 410 lb-ft of torque to play with.
You can spend more and get the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, which is still a bargain considering the power, but the Road and Track package is a great compromise.
Go for the six-speed manual gearbox and save a few bucks, rather than the automatic, and you’ll get a playful car that will poke the rear out on demand. It’s a big machine, but that long wheelbase means it’s a stable drift car that is endless fun.
The Challenger also looks incredible. It’s retro, curvaceous, classic and yet still a thoroughly modern machine. It’s unique and, at this price, it’s a steal.