Every motorist has dreamt of waking up and finding their dream car in the garage. Unfortunately, most will never turn this dream into reality as supercars are typically accompanied by super price tags.
Or are they?
There are a number of vehicles out there that don’t sacrifice performance or driving experience, despite the lower price tag. And below are some of the best, which can be purchased for less than £40,000.
There are few supercars on the market boasting the same heritage and pedigree as the 911. Despite seemingly countless revisions and updates, one aspect of this iconic car has remained constant through the years: its rear-mounted engine. This layout sets the 911 apart from its rivals and provides an entirely unique driving experience.
Due to the very first 911 being released in 1963, it is not surprising to see it featured on a list of affordable supercars. But that doesn’t mean your choice is limited to cars older than you are. Many newer models can be picked up for around £29,000, with the 2006 Carrera 4S being the best of the bunch in terms of performance and value.
Although not a supercar per-say, the BMW M3 still offers seriously impressive performance figures and styling to match.
A 2010 M3 will set you back around £28,000. For this money you get over 400bhp, a 0-60mph time of under five seconds and just enough practicality to take the kids to school - one area the other cars on this list can’t compete in.
When it hit the market in mid-2007, the Audi R8’s soon-to-be-famous LED headlights caught the attention of everybody who passed one on the road. Eight years and four refreshes later, the R8 is still one of the most stylish and drivable supercars on the market.
With that being said, you can still pick one up for around £40,000. Although it will be difficult to find one with less than 50,000 miles on the clock, Audi’s reputation for build-quality should be enough to put your mind at rest.
Lotus Exige Sport 240R
The limited edition version of a British classic, the Lotus Exige Sport 240R is the vehicle of choice for those who want trackday levels of performance from their daily runaround.
Anything not required by law has been stripped out, leaving a lightweight vehicle that can corner as if it’s on rails. Low tech levels mean that a quality Exige Sport 240R can be found for under £40,000. For that money you get a car that will beat far more pricey alternatives around a race track, even if you might be slightly less comfortable in the process. It is also worth noting that an Exige will hold its value very well, making it a great investment for any motoring enthusiast.
Often mistaken at distance for an Aston Martin, the Jaguar XKR is an impressive vehicle, which deserves the spotlight all to itself.
If you’re lucky you might be able to find the V8 supercharged convertible model for around £29,000. An output of 500 bhp and a top speed of over 150 mph doesn’t prevent the XKR from excelling as a grand tourer. High levels of tech and a famously smooth ride make it perfect for long-distance driving, even if pressing the accelerator can deafen bystanders.
Aston Martin Vantage
Keeping with the British theme, you may be surprised to find Aston Martin appearing on this list. A common aspect of supercar ownership is having to deal with high levels of depreciation. But when it comes to the Aston Martin Vantage, its looks are one thing that will never reduce over time.
Although you will be looking at a high-mileage marque, a V8 Vantage can be bought for a shade under £30,000.
Dodge Viper ST-10
The Dodge Viper is a performance car icon. With a huge sweeping bonnet and width larger than most roads, the Viper definitely has presence, if little else in terms of in-car tech.
Although they are rare in the UK, quality ST-10s occasionally hit the market at around the £35,000 mark. Try to purchase at less than this price if possible, because a seven litre engine means that any leftover cash will quickly disappear out of its double tailpipe.
Anybody who has ever played a racing game is familiar with the NSX. Designed by track legend Ayrton Senna, this Japanese showcase of styling and cutting-edge technology is coveted by enthusiasts worldwide. Early examples can be purchased for £20,000 and if you are looking to spend more, a later model with very low mileage can be found relatively easily.
Bentley Continental GT
The last supercar on this list is definitely the most luxurious. Although a standard spec Bentley Continental can be picked up for under £25,000, if your budget will stretch to £31,000, you can upgrade to the GT version.
The GT offers the ultimate in comfort and style, with plenty of performance to go with it. Add the prestigious Bentley badge to this and you have a solid vehicle that will boost the profile of anybody who gets behind its wheel.
Do you dream of owning any of these cars? Are there any other affordable supercars you would add to this list? If so, leave a comment below and let us know.
This blog was written by Jennifer Smith on behalf of Stratstone, the UK’s leading premium automotive retailer.