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The 9 best sports cars under $100k you can get

Six figures may not get you as much as it used to, but you can get one of these sports cars with that budget

Side view of the 2023 Dodge Challenger 1320

Blame inflation, supply chain issues, or global issues that won’t go away, but cars are way, way, way more expensive than they used to be. Unfortunately, inflated auto prices are a new trend that doesn’t seem like it will be slowing down anytime soon. Despite this, if you’re lucky enough to have $100,000 to spend on a high-performance sports car, you have some great sports cars under $100k to explore.

Are sports cars affordable? Yea right? While one wouldn’t normally consider $100,000 sports cars affordable, shoppers who have some money to blow can find homegrown American muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger or exotics like the Lotus Emira on this budget. So, if you’re seeking a sports car in this price range, from mega-powered muscle cars to mid-engine sports cars, here are the nine best sports cars under $100k.

Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 front end angle from passenger's side parked on a race track.

Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 – $88,750

Unbelievably, $100,000 isn’t enough to get into a base Porsche 911 anymore, but Porsche’s loss is your gain because you can get a 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 for that money. The GTS 4.0 has the same flat-six engine found in the track-ready GT4. In this sports car, the 4.0-liter six-cylinder makes 300 horsepower and revs all the way to 7,000 rpm. Additionally, the motor is an ode to natural aspiration with rapid response time and a pure sound. 

Like other Porsches, what makes the GTS 4.0 so special is the way it handles and feels like a complete package. Shifts are excellent, handling is sublime, and the car feels like it can take beating after beating without an issue. So, whether you spend time on the track or the road, the GTS 4.0 feels special in either environment.  

2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 front end angle from driver's side in front of a warehouse.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – $80,795

The fastest and quickest Ford Mustang available continues to come with a V8 engine, regardless of whatever naming malarkey Ford uses for its EVs. The Shelby GT500 is a visceral experience that’s similar to a rollercoaster. The acceleration from the 450-horsepower supercharged V8 engine is brutal, the ride is harsh, and the handling capability is enough to forgo botox.

It looks like it’s trying to kill you because that’s precisely what it’s trying to do. It’s a riot and worth every dollar, even if you must rent one before making an official purchase. 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray front end angle from driver's side in the desert in front of mountains.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – $64,500

Six figures isn’t enough to get into one of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s performance models like the Z06 or the new electrified E-Ray. Still, the standard Stingray offers blistering performance at an affordable price. The Corvette’s standard 6.2-liter V8 engine sits in the middle of the sports car’s body, bringing supercar performance and looks.

After all, even a regular C8 Corvette can reach 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 194 mph. So, if you were to ask us, we’d say that the Corvette is an absolute bargain for a car that starts at well under $100,000. 

2023 Lotus Emira front end overhead shot with studio lighting in the back.

Lotus Emira First Edition – $85,900

Lotus may not have Ferrari or Lamborghini brand recognition, but its cars are nearly as exotic. The Emira is one of Lotus’ newest vehicles, but it still follows the automaker’s history of being a true driver’s car. It also looks like a million bucks, and because Lotus is such a small brand in the U.S., the Emira will get drivers the attention they crave without them needing to fork out $1 million for a sports car.  

The Emira’s engines seem dull for a slightly under $100,000 sports car, but that’s far from the truth. The base engine is a 360-horsepower four-cylinder from Mercedes-AMG, and the upgrade is a supercharged V6 engine from Toyota that makes 360 horsepower. These offer plenty of power, but how the Emira handles the road is transformative. In a world that’s moving to electric wizardry, the Emira feels old school in the best way possible.  

2022 Lexus LC front end angle parked on the side of the road in front of green grassy and hill.

Lexus LC – $98,850

The Lexus LC is the best product that Lexus sells, hands down. It looks incredible, has a sonorous V8 engine that will make you fall in love, and has a scrumptious interior you’ll want to live in.

Unlike most of the sports cars on this list, the LC isn’t about outright performance. It’s about slowing down and enjoying the journey. With a 5.0-liter V8 engine and a comfortable ride, you’ll enjoy every journey in the LC, no matter if you mostly take short trips or love traversing the countryside or coastlines.

Want some free advice? Spend some extra money and get the convertible. You won’t regret it. 

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE front end angle from passenger side parked on a race track with the sun setting in the back.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE – $76,295

Chevrolet certainly knows how to make bargain-basement sports cars. The Camaro may live in the Corvette’s shadow, but for those in the know, this more affordable sports car has plenty of performance.

By all measures, the ZL1’s 650-horsepower supercharged V8 engine is more than powerful enough for most people. Those seeking extra performance can opt for the ZL1 1LE package that turns the Camaro into the baddest Stormtrooper you’ve ever seen.

In addition, things like sticky tires, Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers from Multimatic, dive planes, and carbon fiber components turn the Camaro into a track monster. It’s a must-drive!

2022 Jaguar F-Type rear end overhead shot in front of a building with the top down.

Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic P450 RWD – $69,900

Jaguar is saying goodbye to the F-Type after the 2024 model year. It’s going the way of the dodo, which is heartbreaking. The F-Type drool-worthy design, delightful exhaust note, and engaging handling leave a lasting mark on your soul. Drive one, and you won’t be able to forget the experience, and if you buy one, you never have to.  

With a budget of $100,000, you could be locked into getting the base supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine Jaguar F-Type that’s pumping out 575 horsepower. While Jaguar claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.4 seconds, outlets have hit the figure in just 4 seconds with the sports car. However, since the F-Type isn’t as sharp to drive as its competitors, we say go for the convertible and enjoy the sound. 

2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Jailbreak front end angle from passenger side parked in a garage.

Dodge Challenger SRT Jailbreak – $73,330

At this point, you’ve probably heard the gospel of the mighty Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and its cohorts. Somehow, despite all odds with the industry moving to electric cars and government officials coming for everything fun – that poor M&M – the Challenger SRT continues to exist. 

With six figures, you can go straight to the top of the lineup to the SRT Jailbreak. Instead of the Hellcat’s 797-horsepower engine, the Jailbreak boasts up to 717 horsepower. This model unlocks a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.25 seconds and a top speed of 203 mph. Dodge claims it’s the “Fastest Muscle Car” on sale today. Buy one to get a direct injection of Americana while you still can. 

The new 2023 BMW M2 Coupe side shot while it impressively handles corners on a raceway.

BMW M2 – $63,195

BMW is a German automaker. Many consider this brand one of the best car manufacturers in the world. Although most of its vehicles tip the scales at the higher end of the price spectrum, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a BMW sports car for under $100k.

The BMW M2 is the perfect example of what you can get for under 100k since the base model costs about $63,195. This high-performance sports car comes equipped with a lightning-quick standard 6-speed manual transmission with a roomy interior, stylish exterior, and impressive turbocharged 3.0-liter engine — making it bigger than its predecessors.

This engine can produce a horsepower rating of 453 and a torque rating of 406 pounds per foot, so you can trust it will get you where you need to be on and off the track. Unsurprisingly, with its innovative style and impressive specifications alongside its fitted M Drivers package, this model can reach an estimated top speed of 177 mph, which is more than enough to get you frothing at the mouth for a drive or two.

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