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Top 5 Tuesdays: Affordable Sports Cars

September 2, 2014

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Everyone wants something sporty, whether it’s to satisfy our need for speed or desire for design – however, price and practicality often get in the way of our dreams. While these issues may be true for many, getting your hands on a naughty little speedster could be cheaper than you think. Behold our list of the top 5 affordable sports cars that deliver on performance and handling – without the hefty price tag.

  • Ford Fiesta ST –  the ultimate hot hatch
  • Seat Leon Cupra – the Nurburgring record holder
  • Porsche Boxster – refined Porsche engineering
  • Audi TT – Audi’s latest TT is a stunner
  • Nissan 370Z – nothing tops this power to price ratio

Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Fiesta ST

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This hot hatch is the cheapest sports car in our lineup, with its aggressive styling and award winning performance and quality – the Fiesta ST is a no brainer. The aerodynamic Fiesta ST has been fine-tuned at Germany’s famed Nurburgring and comes with sports suspension, 17 inch alloys and a 6 speed manual transmission. The Fiesta comes with an feisty 1.6 litre 4 cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engine that helps the hatch achieve 0-62 mph in an impressive 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 139 mph. The entry level ST is well equipped and available for the bargain price of £16,995, you’ll definitely have an all-day fiesta cruising around in this sweet little hatch.

 

Seat Leon Cupra

SEAT Leon Cupra

Original image by M93

The Cupra is every inch the sports car with its huge 19 inch alloys, sharp nose and well-defined aerodynamic creases. This sexy hatch is so swift that it set a new Nurburgring front-wheel drive lap record of 7 minutes 58 seconds. This is thanks to a 2.0 litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine that puts out a spirited 276 bhp – achieving a 0-60 time of just 5.9 seconds and achieves a delightful top speed of 155 mph. The range-topping Cupra can be yours from £25,960 and considering its punchy performance, it’s worth every penny.

 

Porsche Boxster

2014 Porsche Boxter

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This budget-friendly Porsche Boxster is the baby of the porsche lineup and offers you an unbeatable driving experience thanks to its superbly refined engines. The entry-level Boxster comes with a formidable 261 bhp 2.7 litre flat-six engine that delivers a strong performance, hitting 60 mph in a respectable 5.8 seconds and reaching a top speed of a 164 mph. Just shy of £40,000, it’s cheaper and more powerful than other top-spec versions from BMW and Mercedes and is a relative bargain for a brand-new Porsche!

 

Audi TT

Audi TT

Original image by Robert Basic

The all-new Audi TT has just arrived on our roads this year and its sharper and more aggressive than ever. Audi’s sporty new coupe is 50kg lighter than its predecessor and comes with Audi’s trademark Quattro all-wheel drive system, offering you increased torque, grip and traction. While the TT has decreased in weight, its power outputs have evolved. The entry-level TT pushes out 227 bhp and goes like stink, reaching 60 mph in 5.9 seconds thanks to its 2.0 litre 4 cylinder TFSI engine. The 2014 Audi TT could be yours starting for just £29,860.

 

Nissan 370Z

Nissan 370Z

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This sexy coupe has the performance specs to match its road-hugging street-racer looks. The Nissan 370Z sweeps the asphalt on its large alloys and low-riding chassis. This Nissan takes power on a budget to the next level with its potent 3.7 litre V6 petrol engine – generating 326 bhp. In fact, the 370Z is so powerful, it can hit 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph. A brand new 370Z could be yours for just £27,015.
You could be closer to getting your dream car than you think. The Car Loan Warehouse are experts in car finance and offer competitive financing deals, regardless of your credit score. Need a quick quote? Try our online car finance calculator now – just select how much you want to borrow, and how long for. It’s as simple as that.

 

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.