As you might know already, we are truly living in the golden age of performance cars. Never before have we seen so many interesting and diverse performance cars available on the market and never before has the choice been so hard to make. From compact roadsters, highly capable hot hatches to a lineup of new sports cars and surprisingly competent American muscle cars, they all are fantastic machines which can provide loads of driving fun. As you might imagine though, there is one problem for most of us and that is the price! The most interesting models are all a bit pricey and above the reach of an average enthusiast. The only solution to the problem is to buy them used and we suspect that all of the cars on the list will be pretty affordable by 2030. Don’t worry, 2030 will arrive sooner than it seems.
Toyota GT 86
The GT 86 and its twin brother Subaru BRZ were introduced in 2012 and immediately drew attention from performance car guys for their raw driving dynamics, low weight, uncompromised handling and lively performance. The GT 86/BRZ technical layout is pretty basic with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine which sends power to the rear wheels over a close ratio 6-speed manual gearbox. With 200 horsepower on tap, the GT 86 doesn’t sound as powerful as some of the competitors but if you consider that it weighs just 1200 kilograms (2,700 pounds) it is more than enough for spirited driving experience and massive skids thanks to skinny rear tires.
With the price of a brand-new GT 86 in the $30,000 range (28,000 pounds in the UK), the Toyota is relatively affordable, but by waiting a few years we will be able to pick up a perfect example for just a fraction of that price. By 2030, who knows, maybe the GT86 will be the new Miata!
Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE
One of the most amazing modern day muscle cars is the brand-new Camaro SS 1LE which combines raw power of the 6.2-liter V8 engine with precision handling and sharp steering which was once a trademark feature of thoroughbred European exotics. This unique combination is unbelievably fun and delivers not only brutal acceleration figures, but unbelievable lap times as well. The well-sorted chassis with improved suspension and Brembo brakes handles 455 horsepower perfectly and launches the Camaro SS 1LE to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Even more amazing are its track capabilities and in various magazine testing, this Detroit coupe managed to be as fast as a Ferrari 488 GTB or McLaren 570S! At $45,000 base price, it is the cheapest way to match Ferrari on the track but we will have to wait until it becomes much cheaper.
The brand new I30N is a very interesting model since it is the first hot hatch ever produced by this brand and a long-prepared entry into the highly competitive market segment. The I30N introduction marks the beginning of a new era for the Korean brand and shows that Hyundai is capable of producing a proper competitor to the likes of Golf GTI, Focus ST or Civic Type R. The specs of the new I30N show that Hyundai has decided to attack the established models head on and prove that there is a new kid on the block. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder with 275 horsepower sent to the front wheels over trick differential designed to reduce torque steering and improve cornering. At $30,000 base price (27,400 pounds in the UK), its great value for money but for most of us, it’s still kinda pricey.
With a 0 to 60 mph time taking 6.1 seconds and a top speed of a pretty impressive 155 mph, the I30N is great proposition but we bet it would be quite an inexpensive purchase in near future. With the EP3 Civic Type R being a great option now, 16 years after production, I reckon the I30 N might go the same way!
Abarth 124 Spider
The resurrection of the famous Abarth performance marque brought us several interesting models like the brand new 124 Spider. Based on Mazda MX5 and even built on the same assembly line, you would think that this little roadster drives and handles just like the Miata. But you would be wrong. The Abarth has a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder turbo engine and unique suspension settings which totally transform the character of this model.
That is why the 124 Spider is a bit livelier than the Miata, with cooler design and resemblance to the iconic 124 Spider from the `60s and its rally-winning Abarth variant. With the base price of $33,000 (28,800 pounds in UK), the Abarth 124 Spider is somewhat more expensive than the MX5 but we would argue that it has more personality and appeal which makes its higher price understandable. We know you want this car, but just wait till you see how much it will cost in a few years time!
Porsche 718 Cayman S
For more than 20 years, Porsches Cayman and Boxster have been some of the best drivers cars out there with a reasonable price tag. The mid mounted flat six engine, rear wheel drive, Porsche build quality and perfect handling basically offers you 90% of Porsche 911 driving feel for 60% of the 911 price; a great deal by any means. However, if you turn the percentages into numbers, you’ll discover that a new 350 horsepower Cayman S is still a whopping $67,000 (51,000 pounds in the UK)!
That’s just the base price without any extras. Yes, the new Cayman S is a fantastic car and one of the best sports cars currently available but with older Caymans and Boxsters dropping to under $15,000, this suggests that the 4 cylinder 718 will be a bargain buy in a few years time!
Every BMW M car is an extremely desirable second hand performance machine but the new M2 is one that we are truly waiting for. Introduced in 2016, the M2 marked BMW`s return to its roots with a smaller, more muscle car-like model available in 4 colors and with just a few options. The M2 is a pure driver`s car powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter six cylinder engine with 370 horsepower, sharp handling and precision steering which you would expect from a proper M car.
0 to 60 mph takes 4.1 seconds with the top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. Ever since the M2 was released it has been extremely popular not just with the enthusiasts but also with the motoring press, calling it one of the most important performance cars of the decade. However, this incredible piece of BMW magic comes with a steep price – $54,000 in the USA or £47,000 in the UK. As for us, we will follow the second-hand market and wait until 2030 for our perfect used example, rather like the e46 m3 these days!
Which car would you buy in 2030. Would you buy them sooner? Let me know in the comments below.