There’s an age-old axiom in the motoring world: Speed costs money; how fast do you want to go? The implication is, of course, that if you want to drive something that’s scorchingly fast, you have to shell out the big bucks. Makes sense, right? A Lamborghini Aventador is far ahead of its (distant) corporate cousin, the Volkswagen GTI, in terms of performance and price. It is, to quote some guys from Illinois, the way of the world.
But what if you were to set a budget cap on how much money you could spend on speed? Then it would be easy to see what new cars offer you the most driving thrills while keeping to a certain fiscal ceiling. Well, guess what? That’s precisely what we’ve done, though it’s worth pointing out that we’ve based the following list on manufacturer’s suggested retail prices published on the respective manufacturers’ websites, excluding taxes and fees, destination and delivery charges, and good ol’ dealer markup. Enough with the boilerplate; on with the list!