5 Things to Look for In a Good Mid-Range Sports Car

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There is just something about high-performance cars that makes our blood boil, and causes us to act a bit reckless, even childish. I suppose it goes all the way back to our wild ancestors who had great respect for the big, fast and powerful beasts roaming the fields and letting out deep growling noises. In many ways, a good sports car is like a creature of the wild – it looks dangerous, it roars, and only a worthy individual can tame its massive power. It’s a little bit sad that not everyone gets to experience the great thrill of zooming past clunky and sluggish sedans on the highway, due the higher price associated with top grade sports cars, but there are some cost-effective options for the car enthusiast on a budget. You just need to know what to look for when weighing your options. Here are a few basic things that make the difference between a well-priced car with good performance, and a cheap mediocre ride.

1. Define your preferred driving style and your needs


There are different types of sports cars available, and we can generally divide them into these basic informal categories:

  • Performance hatchback – these are entry-level sports cars, essentially the beefier versions of good hatchbacks like the VW Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST, which are maneuverable and relatively powerful, great for finding your way around a big city.
  • Rally car – we’re looking at options like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, which are built for acceleration and great cornering, usually squeezing all that they can from a medium-sized turbocharged engine.
  • Muscle car – big, loud and slick American cars with some history, like your Mustang GTs, Dodge Challengers and Chevrolet Camaros, usually featuring a big V-8 engine and a raised hood.
  • Sports sedan – these are your Audi S4s, Mercedes AMGs and BMW M3s, essentially your standard-issue high-performance German models.

Each of these has a unique set of pros and cons, a distinct style, and a price range you need to carefully consider based on your preferences.

2. Find a
combination of traits that won’t depreciate in value too much

It’s kind of difficult to think about selling our sports car several years down the road when we haven’t even bought it yet, but it’s important to think ahead when considering good deals. Certain colors, engines and models are far popular than others, and will maintain a good part of their initial value even after a few years, if you take good care of it. More popular models will also have plenty of options and accessories to choose from, including a wide range of aftermarket parts.

3. Make sure it has a good suspension system

Since you’re likely going to be doing most of your driving around town, you want something that can go through tough corners, as well as develop a decent amount of speed. An option that a lot of people go for is to invest in a good stock car, and then put in a full professional suspension kit later on. So, you can invest in version of the car with all the sporty bells and whistles, or you can make do with cheaper versions, and make all the necessary tweaks to upgrade to high-end sports performance when you have the extra money.

4. Rear-wheel drive is a must


There’s a simple reason why most great sports cars are rear-wheel drive – it allows for excellent weight distribution, high traction, and lets you to drift through corners effectively. It can take some experience to learn to power-steer and keep the tail end on point when going through corners at speed, but it is an acquired skill.

5. Choose acceleration over top speed

A big engine with tons of horsepower and promises of an impressive top speed doesn’t actually guarantee a great level of agility and maneuverability. When driving in urban environments you want to be able to overtake other cars and go from a full stop to impressive speeds in as little time as possible.

The final choice will depend on your style, finances and needs, but if you want a good mid-range sports car, whether you’re buying new or used, make sure that you’ve got all these points covered first and work from there.