Do you plan on actually using the back seats to transport anyone other than double amputees for any appreciable distance? Because that would be a prime decider for some of the cars with token backseats.
Hey guys, I'm looking to see what TCL says is the best sports car with 4 seats for around $50-$60k?
Other criteria besides price and seating capacity: comfortable, reliable, and fun daily driver; excellent performer at weekend auto-x, track day or drag strip visit, 4-doors not necessary, but would be a plus....
Basically, I'm thinking about my next car that will be 4-5 years down the road. So, I'm figuring that cars in the $50-$60k range now will have solid examples that are easily be attainable in the $20-$30k range in another 4-5 years.
My initial thoughts go to Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911, M3 (coupe or sedan), CTS-V (coupe or sedan), C63, Audi S4 or S5.... what are your thoughts on these, or is there anything else I'm forgetting or overlooking???
Would consider the GT500 for sure, but not the Camaro.
I guess the 911 back seat is kind of a joke.
I showed my wife the list and she's partial to the GTR (because she loved her Sentra). Anyone know how usable the rear seat is on it?
The E63 would be baller, but definitely won't be good at an auto-x.
Do people really buy $50-60k sports sedans based on their auto-x ability? Seems to me that would rank just slightly above whether the rear windows had auto-up.
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Although, It seems like the torque on the M3 is kinda low, and peak HP RPM is nose-bleed high... these kinda make me want to lean towards the GT500... but then I go and read reviews of how harsh the suspension is, how the quality of the interior could be better, and how the steering wheel doesn't even telescope! come on ford, seriously?
I think my first choice would be the CTS-V. Evora close behind. Trailing behind that, mostly because it's unknown territory, is the new Mustang that's due to arrive in 2014. If Ford keeps it up, I just see that car getting even better. And with what we've heard about it so far, I can't really imagine it being a disappointment.
A B8 Audi S4 would be a good choice. It can fit 5 people and is one of the fastest sport sedans you can buy under 60k. I have driven one and it has to be one of the best handling cars I have driven. It has so much grip that you can push the car hard through turns without having to worry about losing traction.
A great cheaper alternative would be the 5 door Golf R, another finely appointed and fun to drive daily Haldex AWD car. Haldex IMHO with eLSD is a slightly better than Quattro, but the the added ponies in the S4 must be at least partly responsible.
For Southern climates without rear winters the BMW M3 is still the machine.
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If the wife likes the GT-R, go check it out. It will positively WIPE the floor with any of the other cars listed here in really any aspect. You'll be at the very top end of your budget for an 09 with some miles, but they really are absolutely phenomenal cars. My favorite one to date, actually.
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Just went through pretty much the same dilemma. GT-R was out of my price range, M3 gets surprisingly bad gas mileage, CTS-V gets horrible gas mileage and the transmission irks me along with most of the ones I saw not having Recaros. It also just felt big as odd as that sounds. I just couldn't live with the C63's interior or the gas mileage, or the pretty dire handling; tires would probably last 5K at most in that car. The IMS bolt issue on the 911 scared me away (have already replaced the engine in a 996 I used to own) and you also get a lot less for your money with the 911 equipment wise. Didn't want a 4 door so the S4 was out.
I ended up with an S5 and love it. But, you might as well forget about the back seats even for children, they're just not practical. The S5 has its issues like carbon buildup, numb steering, and suspension related woes so in a few years when CPO is out of the question it might not be such a good choice. I pretty much ended up with the best looking car out of the bunch IMO with an amazing interior and all the bells and whistles. I see 25MPG (I have an hour commute each way) driving normally on the freeway and it's fun to drive when you bury the throttle.
I was also looking at the Jaguar XFR, BMW M5, Audi S6, and Aston Martin V8 vantage. The Vantage was more of a pipe dream and I really couldn't afford to run it, let alone buy it. I never managed to find a good example of the others locally so didn't get any opinion of them.
thanks for all the feedback so far folks... I hadn't considered the lotus, and even though I know it will probably be the best track performer, I really don't think it will be comfortable or practical enough on a daily basis.
I had an A6 4.2 quattro for a while and i really loved it and it stuck like glue... so i will definitely consider the S4, but I was looking at the power numbers of the supercharged 3.0 and when tuned it doesn't seem to make any more power than a K04'ed 2.0T, am I right?
I thought the S5 was on the same chassis as the S4?
Since I don't really need AWD, I think RWD will probably win out...
the M3 is still looking the best... but I haven't totally checked out the CTS-V though...
doesn't the M3's DCT have 7 gears?
I wasn't knocking the fact that it revs to 8k, i am just a bigger fan of low end torque, and not really used to engines revving up that high... it's just something i'd have to get used to... i know it makes a wonderful noise...
The previously mentioned Carrera IMS issues are more widely prevalent in 2006 and older 997s, so don't let that scare you off* (*surveys on Rennlist indicate that failed IMS has only been an issue in >2% of hundreds of 997s surveyed). MY 2006.5 and up cars have upgraded IMS bearings, and are not as likely to fail. Your $50-60k can buy you a MY 2007+ car, which should make IMS virtually a non-issue.
Were I in your position (which I was, 6 months ago), I would drive the E92 M3 and 997 back to back prior to making a final call. You can't go wrong with either car, frankly. My $0.02 only....