The BMW M2 offers decent power and a thrilling drive at an affordable starting price of about $56,000. For this amount, you get 365hp, which pushes you from 0 to 60mph in 4.1 seconds. The M2 has the same lightweight aluminum suspension as the M4 and is also equipped with compound brakes and BMW’s Active M Differential.
No performance BMW list is complete without including the legendary M3. Prices start at about $65,000, which means when you’re done adding optional extras, the prices could just go past $75,000. But skip a few non-essentials that you’ll get this fantastic machine. It will generate 425hp to give you a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds. Sadly, top speed is limited to 155mph. It has variable camshaft timing to create higher pressure in each cylinder to force-feed the TwinPower turbos. So you know it is capable of more.
Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
This is a pure sports car. But it makes this list because it is available for about $66,000. The Grand Sport puts the Z06 suspension with the 460hp 6.2-liter V8 from the Stingray that propels it from 0 to 60mph in 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 195mph. An upgrade to the Z07 package adds ceramic Brembo brakes and high-performance tires, making the Grand Sport track ready! And the upgrade keeps it just under $75,000.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
This is a must-have sport sedan. It offers sharp handling, a 505hp engine, and a super-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. It has a 0-60mph time of 3.8 seconds, a top speed of 191mph, and can even lap the Nurburgring in 7:32 minutes. And all this awesomeness can be yours for $72,000.
Porsche 718 Cayman S
The 718 Cayman S is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four that churns out 350hp that pushes it from 0-6mph in 4.4 seconds. This version will put your back by about$67,700. If you go in for the standard Cayman, you get a 300hp engine that hits 60 in 4.9 seconds. But that one can be yours for the low price of $55,300. Very affordable.