Have you always dreamed of owning a performance car but think you need to put down six figures to own one? Think again. You’ll find plenty of great performance cars in Dallas, Texas, for cheaper prices than you realize. The following four cars offer power and excellent performance at under $50,000.
Ford Mustang GT
Car fanatics continue to drool over the iconic American-built Mustang — and for good reason. This Mustang has the looks everyone on the drag racing strip wants.
If it’s the brawny looks and a fun drive you’re looking for, the V6 and 2.3-liter EcoBoost models will earn you enough street cred. However, serious petrolheads will give the 5.0-liter V8 engine the nod as it pumps out 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Start it up, and that deep guttural rumble breaks out the goosebumps.
The Mustang features larger intake and exhaust valves, straighter intake ports, and an improved manifold. Electronic Line-Lock keeps the front brakes locked while releasing the rear brakes, letting you spin and warm up the rear wheels.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen created a winning recipe back in the 1970s when they launched the Golf GTI and gave birth to the hot hatch segment. This car soon became a wildly desirable car with its winning combination of compact size and lusty power under the hood. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission. You’ll get 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
With pricing that starts at only $25,595, this vehicle is still one of the most popular hot hatches around. Higher up the ladder, the 2017 model with autobahn-tuned suspension will cost you $34,095. For those seeking more of an edge, opt for the Golf R, which takes you from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds and still comes in under $40,000.
With a starting price of $26,695 for the base model, you get symmetrical all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring. In addition, you’ll discover a sport-tuned suspension, a 268-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer engine, and a six-speed manual transmission.
Up the stakes with the WRX STI model that churns out 305 horsepower with its 2.5-liter engine. The STI is stiffer, both in terms of the body structure and the suspension. Steering is quicker than the standard WRX, and the braking system is spot on.
This hot street-legal rally car deftly handles tight corners on the paved road while bouncing nimbly over uneven dirt roads.
Chevrolet Camaro SS
Adequately competing with the Ford Mustang is Chevy’s much-loved Camaro, which continues to be a popular choice in Texas. Both sport similar V8 engines, but the Camaro SS wins with its 6.2-liter engine paired with an eight-speed transmission. The Camaro generates 455 horsepower, making it just that bit faster.
If the price of $42,900 for the top-of-the-range V8 is too steep, the 1LT model with a modest turbocharged 2.0-liter engine comes in at a respectable $26,900. Introduced to the world in 1966, the Chevrolet Camaro comes with a 50-year history and pedigree. Hit the start button and revel in the ferocious roar.
As you can see, having an awesome performance car parked in your garage that will turn the neighbors green with envy is not as far out of reach as you once thought.