Despite the number of performance cars on sale today, there aren’t many fun-to-drive sports cars on sale for around $50,000.
The $49,990 Toyota Supra should be a welcome addition to the industry, then, even though some fans dislike its close relation to the BMW Z4 or find its performance figures a bit underwhelming.
If you find yourself in that camp, then this list is for you. We’ve compiled 10 of the best alternatives to the Toyota Supra that are priced at around $50,000. Some of these vehicles will be a bit less than $50k and some a bit more, but we think they are all vehicles consumers will cross shop with the new Supra.
Scroll down to view the list and free to let us know which fun-to-drive cars we missed in the comments below.
10. Civic Type R
If you want a rear-wheel-drive performance car like the Supra, the Civic Type R might not be too appealing. It’s still worth checking out, in our opinion, though. This hot hatch is a riot to drive and feels extremely fast thanks to its 306-hp turbo four. The Civic Type R is also quite a bit less expensive than the Supra, starting at $35,595, though many dealers have been charging a premium for the hot hatch and availability isn’t the best either.
9. Caterham Seven 360
Sure, it’s barely usable an everyday vehicle, but the Caterham Seven 360 is just about the most fun you can have on four wheels. It only makes 180 hp from is 2.0-liter Duratec engine but is still quick thanks to its featherweight construction. Prices start at around $46,000.
8. Nissan 370Z/370Z Nismo
The Nissan 370Z has been around forever but is still a great performance proposition thanks to its well-sorted chassis and sweet-sounding 332-hp V6 engine. You could save quite a bit of money opting for the 370Z over the Supra in non-Nismo form, with prices starting at $29,990. The Nismo starts at $45,690.
7. Kia Stinger GT
Kia’s first crack at a performance sedan is a ton of fun to drive and is also more powerful than Supra with an available 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. It’s heavier than the Supra and won’t feel nearly as sporty, but it also has four doors and a lot of cargo space. Prices start at $38,350 in the U.S. for the RWD model and $40,550 for the AWD, so you’ll also save some cash.
6. BMW M240i
With the same 335 hp turbocharged inline-six engine as the BMW-based Supra, the BMW M240i is a very logical alternative to the new Toyota two-door. It won’t be as spritely on a twisty road or track, but it also has back seats — albeit very tiny ones. It’s also a bit less expensive than the Supra, starting at $45,450.
5. Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400S
You could argue that the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400S is more true to the MK4 Supra than the new one with its larger footprint and 2+2 seating layout. The Red Sport is powered by a twin-turbo V6 good for 400 hp and prices start at $54,900.
4. Audi RS3
The Audi RS3 is more expensive than the Supra, with prices starting at $56,200. It’s also more powerful, though, packing a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder under its hood with an awesome 394 hp on tap. If you live in a wintery climate and can only have one car, the AWD RS3 is worth considering.
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3. Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2
The Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 has way more power on tap than the Supra, making 460 hp from its 5.0-liter V8. The Performance Pack Level 2 also helps the Mustang out through the turns, adding wider and stickier tires and Magneride suspension, bringing it closer to the potential handling prowess of the Supra. The Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 starts at just under $45,000.
2. Camaro SS 1LE
Essentially Chevy’s answer to the Mustang above, the Camaro SS 1LE makes 455 hp from its 6.2-liter V8 and also has a suite of handling upgrades, along with more robust brakes and lightweight wheels. Both the Mustang PP2 and Camaro 1LE are a similar performance bargain, with the Chevy also starting at just under $45,000.
1. Corvette Stingray
The base Corvette Stingray starts at $55,900 in the U.S., making it more expensive than the Supra. It’s also more powerful, making 455 hp from its 6.2-liter V8, and should also be a slight bit faster in a straight line. The Corvette and Supra two would actually make a great head-to-head comparison test, although the customer overlap here may be small.
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