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10 Performance Cars That’ll be Future Bargains

Updated February 1, 2017

Always wished to get yourself a fine performance-oriented car to brag about but never had the means to do so or never considered the additional cost justifiable? Have no worries for there’s always a solution. Although not exactly a shortcut, it’s probably the most obvious of solutions there are when it comes to buying a car. Wait out for their prices to drop and then get yourself a used car for cents on the dollar. Or, if you simply can’t bide your time any longer, you can always get your hands on one of these sports cars that are all available brand new for under $30,000.

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If you’re still thinking on waiting, though, know that we’ll only consider true bargains. This includes both the initial cost and all future maintenance costs. This is the reason you won’t see many luxury cars here. While some of them often fail to keep their value, they usually still turn up to be expensive investments when their running costs get taken into account. Take a look at what we consider will be the future bargains among performance cars.

Ford Fiesta ST

You might think Ford Focus ST deserves the spot on this list more than Fiesta ST does, but hear us out. Focus might be the better performer, but it’s also much more sought after car, and that keeps its value somewhat high. Fiesta ST, on the other hand is, as we have just said, overshadowed by its larger sibling. Lower demand usually means lower prices, and that’s exactly what happens here. Used 2015 Fiesta STs can already be had for as little as north of $15,000. Those are one year old cars still under warranty, mind you. Imagine their prices in five years or so. Just wait and watch them plummet.

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Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

To begin with, modern Dodge Challenger has always been less desirable than the Mustang or a Camaro. That makes it a fine candidate for our list to begin with. Furthermore, pretty much every Challenger will lose value, but Scat Pack models might lose out the most. They’re mighty close to the top of the lineup, but still somewhat affordable – especially considering how much the new Hellcat costs. And while they remain in the shadow of much pricier Hellcats and 392 Hemis, they still push up 485 horsepower. Moreover, they do so for $25,000 and $11,000 less respectively. It’s only safe to assume this trend will keep up.

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Subaru WRX STI

WRX STI currently starts from $35,000, but Subarus haven’t been known as value keepers. Around $28,000 is as low as they currently go, but those are 2015 or even 2016 year models. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out they’ll be available for much less than $20,000 in five years time. That’s a nice way to get yourself one affordable sporty performer with all-wheel drive and more than 300 horsepower.

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Volkswagen Golf R and GTI

More than 40 years on the roads mean Volkswagen is doing something right with the Golf. The most powerful iteration of the compact is the Golf R which packs 292 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Like any other car, Golf R too will likely lose much of its value over the next five years or so.There’s the less powerful GTI version which you should also pay attention to. The problem might rise when trying to find one of them as they aren’t as popular in the states as they are in Europe, for instance.

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Scion FR-S

Scion FR-S is the most expensive of all three Japanese mechanical twins including the Subaru BRZ and the upcoming Toyota 86. Since we’ve already included one Subaru, we decided to pick the Scion this time. Moreover, FR-S is being withdrawn from the market in favor of already mentioned 2017 Toyota 86, so expect its prices to plummet as it becomes one of the best future bargains among small performance cars. 3 year old models can already be found for less than $15,000. Wait for them to mature a little bit more and voila! There’s your (almost) new affordable sports car.

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Fiat 500 Abarth

This one might actually become the least expensive performance car among future bargains you’ll be able to find. It’s already quite affordable new with price tag slightly higher than $22,000. Knowing Fiat and their car portfolio, little 500 Abarth will have its work cut out for it trying to keep the value. They’ll likely be available for less than $10,000 beyond 2020 which makes them great first cars. Freshmen teenager drivers should, furthermore, be happy it produces 160 horsepower while staying fuel efficient at the same time.

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Ford Mustang GT

Mustangs too lose plenty of their value over the years, and there’s great many of them available which further eases things up to potential second hand shoppers. Mustang GT with 435- horsepower Coyote engine is one hell of a performer, and it starts from just over $32,000. In few years time, it’ll be available for much less than $20,000 because Shelby GT350 is supposed to be more desirable of the two. Even now 2014 year models go for less than $15,000.

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Cadillac ATS-V

Another one of potential future bargains, Cadillac ATS-V is already somewhat affordable. At least as far as high performance luxury cars go, that is. $62,000 is no mean feat for most of us out here. In any case, it’s still no Mercedes-Benz or BMW, so expect its price to fall rapidly after five or so years. ATS-V has only been in the market for three model years, so it’s impossible to judge the downfall of its price curve for the given period. Judging by the more expensive CTS-V, price dip will be dramatic. 5-year old CTS-V sedans can be found for 40% of their original $80,000 price tag. I’ll go out of on a limb here and say ATS-V will follow the same pattern.

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Nissan Juke Nismo

Although a subcompact crossover, and weird one at that, Nismo badge testifies in favor of Juke’s high power output and above par performance. 215 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque in such a small car are more than enough to get the feeling you’re gliding down the highway. Although starting from $28,000 new, used Nismo Jukes are already available for less than $20,000, and they’re only two or three years old. Give them a little bit more time to mature and you’ll have a fine city performer for $15,000 or even less.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda Miata is simply unavoidable when it comes to affordable sports cars lists. Whether new or used, it’s something that simply has to be mentioned. Japanese 2-door roadster is a certain future bargain, and it always has been. It starts from $26,000 or so, while 5 year old models usually go for between $10,000 and $15,000. 10 year old MX-5 can easily be found for less than $5,000, and so on. In any case, it’s the premier example of sports cars’ future bargains.

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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