4 Performance Cars You Can Own for Under 40K

Looking to buy a new ride this year? Now might be the best time to score the performance car that you’ve been dreaming of for years.

In this piece, we’re going to list some of the best performance cars that you can take home now if you have a $40K budget. These cars are made by some of the most popular car makers, you’ll be surprised that you can buy them at that budget.

So if you’re ready, buckle up and let’s start geeking out on these bad boys.  

1. Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Fiesta is one of the hottest hot hatches right now, whether you believe it or not. Not only does it have smooth handling, but it also has workhorse qualities in it. All for a more affordable price of $27K.

Also, it’s front-wheel-drive and it offers smooth manual steering, which is totally not bad for its price.

While this is not the first choice of long-time car enthusiasts, this car and its qualities are perfect for newbies.  If you’re just starting with performance cars, you certainly can’t go wrong with a Ford Fiesta.

If its outside appearance doesn’t entice you that much, keep in mind that you can always smarten it up piece by piece. What’s important right now is that this won’t fail you performance-wise.

2. Mazda MX-5

If you’re into open-top cars, then the Mazda MX-5 is worth the look. It’s a performance car that promises smooth steering and full control for the driver. And that’s all thanks to its rear-wheel-drive configuration. Not to mention, there’s an option for a 1.5L or a two-Liter engine.

The Mazda MX-5 is a two-seater so if you’re on the hunt for a family car, this might not be your cup of tea. But if you’re single and ready to mingle, this is the perfect car to pick up your date.

For 30K, you can own and ride this beauty around town. For its workhorse qualities and great price, it’s a sweet deal, isn’t it?

3. Toyota 86

The Toyota 86 is another bad boy that’s worth 30K. It’s a classic reimagination of a Toyota car that was first introduced in the 80s. The current model is a rear-wheel drive that allows you to control it more easily.

While this car is not the most powerful on this list, the Toyota 86 is still a performance car that’s worth every penny. It strikes the perfect balance of smooth handles and sheer mechanical power.

Since only for 30K, you can spend the rest of your money with flashy and functional upgrades like the Supra wide body kit. These body kits will not only transform your car into a head-turner but will also make it even more efficient when you’re out riding.

2021 Mini Copper GP3

4. Mini Cooper S

Mini Coopers are probably one of the most easily recognizable cars in the world. Everyone knows what a Mini Cooper is. But make no mistake, this is more than just an iconic ride. It’s also a little beast on the road.

For this car, you can opt for a 2L turbo engine if you think that matches your riding style more. You can also choose between a three-door or a five-door setup depending on your preference. Not to mention, the Mini Cooper S comes in different colourways to perfectly match your personality.

The best thing about it is that this mini beast also comes at a really sweet price which is $38K. If you want to spend a little more to make it flat 40K, there’s a ton of stylish add-ons you can buy for your new ride.

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