Ciao everyone, here it’s Marchettino and today we talk about sport cars on a budget! In the previous weeks we’ve plaied by talking about supercars and super-vehicles at good prices but with insane running costs, you can buy them at good prices but the maintenance is another story! Today we’re talking about budget cars, accessible to run! Today we’re talking about fun cars, affordable by most petrolheads! Second hand market is full of cars that may not be very powerful but with a light weight and a good chassis, they’re fun to drive. Many of you think ” Marco, you’re used to drive supercars, what do you feel behind the wheel of the S2000 or its rivals? ” Power is not everything, driving experience is a union of multiple factors like a precise steering, possibly a manual that offers sharp changes and links you with the car, a light and perfectly balanced chassis, this is what I consider when I think about the driving pleasure, the power overshadows. Here’s why I want to mention some affordable rwd sport cars that you must consider! I’m gonna show you 6: let’s start with the 1st, the Toyota GT86! It’s on the market since 2012 and to date, no big changes have been made, especially mechanically speaking. A pity that after all these years, Toyota and Subaru never decided to offer a supercarged/turbo version of the 86 and BRZ. The great thing is, the 86 is a car you can find second hand at reasonable price, starting at about 13/15k and with this price you get a rather fun japanese sports car. I got to drive one – video is above – and I really liked it. The engine is not the strongest point, here we have a 4cyl 2.0L N/A boxer engine, capable to produce 200hp and 205nm. Many people say the 86 is slow, pure acceleratio ain’t its best quality 0-100kph in 7.6s and a top speed of 228kph. Once you jump onboard and drive it around twisty roads, you realize the chassis is the biggest quality. It has a dry weight of 1170kg and the distribution is 53% front 47% rear. I like the gearbox very much. Brand new costs nearly 32k € so at half the price you truly get a proper sports car! Still in Japan, we may find another sweet jap to drive, the Nissan 350Z! I also got to drive it and I like it – video above! Starting at about 8000€, you get a real japanese icon! 350Z was built from 2003 to 2009 and it’s not hard to find on the second hand market, lots have been sold. Compared to the GT86, it’s more expensive to run, value is lower also because of the depreciation due the running costs, after all with a good price you get a 3.5L N/A V6 engine, first series had 280hp and 353nm 0-100kph in 6.3s with a top speed of 250kph. Performance are good but after having driven it I realized you feel the dry weight of 1446kg. Weight is distributed 53% in the front and 47% in the rear. It’s fun to drive, it’s a cheap RWD with a great engine but the weight spoils a bit the performance. Given the respectable performance and the weight, the brakes are underpowered. Still, with this price you get a proper sports car and depending the version, you can get full option like sat-nav, leather, premium sound system. So as a weeekend or drift car, I think it’s worth it. Can you pay a little and buy a blazoned car? Yes and I think the first gen Porsche Boxster S is a good example! First series was built from 2000 ’till 2004 and 20 years after, they start at about 12/13k €. With this price you get a car that has aged nicely, and this one in this unusual yellow, it’s pretty! If you have to buy such car, dare and go for unusual colours.. enough with silver or grey! At this price, you get a sweet car to drive because here we have a mid-engine, a 3.2L N/A flat-six capable to produce 260hp and 310nm. These are the figures of the 2003/2004 facelift. The interesting thing is if you buy a pre-facelift, the first ones are 20 years old so you can make it historic so you can sensibly lower the running costs, such as car tax and insurance. 260hp are enough to move it to 100kph in 5.7s with a top speed of 263kph so you may understand with a little expense, you can get a fast and fun car to drive. Also because the weight ain’t huge, 1320kg dry with a weight distribution rated at 47% in the front and 53% in the back. Let’s jump back to Japan because with a big smile on my face, what are we going to talk about? That’s right, the Honda S2000! As you can tell by the enthusiam I use whenever I mention the S2000, this car has wicked me! I drove it without even driving it first and dynamically speaking, I fell in love within the first kilometer I drove with it. The S2000 was built from 1999 ’till early 2009 and you still find ’em for reasonable prices, starting at about 17k €. One thing I noticed is that in the previous years, prices have gone up will it increase even more? I don’t know but if you have the doubt go for it, low mileage and mint condition exemplars, they might increase in value. I bought it with about 230k km, I don’t care about the investment, I only invest on my personal pleasure whenever I turn the key and drive, this is the investment! Anyway, with this reasonable price you get a first series S2000, from the first ’till the last one, not that much has changed. With this price you get the legendary F20C, the VTEC 2.0L 4c that redlines at 9150rpm! Developing 240hp and a whopping 207nm! Performance are good though, 0-100kph takes 6.2s and top speed is rated at 240kph – I didn’t test it yet! Dry weight is low, 1274kg and the distrubution is perfect, 50/50. It’s special because whenever you drive it, you realize Honda create a wonder, a car made to enhance the driving pleasure and involve the driver. Some of the best manual transmission i’ve tested have always come from Honda. The engine, nowadays with so many restrictions, a N/A VTEC redline that high, it won’t happen anymore. The power of 120hp per Litre was an impressive output for a N/A engine, just consider this car held the record ’till the arrival of the Ferrari 458 Italia, a car with one of the best N/A V8 engine ever made! I know, when I talk about S2000 I sound biased, I wish you drove it at least once in your life.. it’s special! Now let’s move to UK because there’s an icon, the Lotus Elise. The problem with current exotics is that they’re fat and Colin Chapman was smart, it’s impressive to know the Lotus Elise S2 weighs just 710kg! Behind the wheel of a Lotus you feel like you’re driving a completely different car than the others. Lightweight make it agile, dynamic, fast and with a good acceleration with a low power and also, little braking spaces. Starting at about 20k € you can get a Rover-powered Elise S2, built from 2001-2006. The Rover-derived 1.8L N/A engine produces just 122hp and 168nm low figures but given the low weight, it makes the power/weight ratio very interesting. As a daily driver, it’s tough because there’s no comfort to maximize the performance, driving position you’re sitting so low you nearly scratch the bottom with the road but behind the wheel, the sensations are marvellous. We’ve arrived to the last one, back in Japan to mention a real icon, the Mazda MX5! It’s a myth that lasts since over 30 years, generation after generation is on production since 1989. All the generations are quite appreciated and if you want to join the MX5 world with a little expense, you can get a first series starting at 2000€ if you want a more sophisticated, evolved and comfy model, by looking at the latest gen you can get the 2.0L N/A version with about 15k €. Recently, Mazda did a facelift raising the power of the 2.0L to 180hp but the prices are higher, starting at about 22k € With about 15k € you get the 160hp version which ain’t bad. 160hp and 200nm offer a 0-100kph in 7.3s with a top speed of 214kph. These figures aren’t the top quality of the MX5, the chassis is it. In a world where modern sport cars are becoming heavy, Mazda made it light as the dry weight is 1048kg. Mazda did a fantastic job to make the perfect weight distribution, 50/50. Modern cars built with this phisophy are starting to get a few, sadly this segment is becoming niche. The MX5 is one of the last proper cars in this segment filled of boring cars. The good thing is, in the past lots of manufacturers have built proper sport cars that today you can buy for reasonable prices for us petrolheads. Which one would you pick? Me? Needless to say! 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