You can buy these supercars of the 2000s for the price of a new Challenger

When buying a fun new sports car in North America, many buyers take the American muscle car route, and more often than not they accept a Dodge Challenger instead of spending some extra cash on one of Europe’s best sports cars. The new base model of the SXT Challenger comes in at $32,025, and in return, you’ll get an old-fashioned pony that’s powered by a V6 and produces 303 horsepower. There’s no manual gearbox, no luxurious leather-wrapped interior, and certainly no V8’s powerful roar or the groan of a supercharger like on the SRT Hellcat or dragstrip-dominator.
So, how about this: Instead of spending your money on a basic new Challenger, how about you instead spend less than the MSRP, and in return pay some of the coolest supercars from the 2000s? Well, let’s go straight to it, here is a list of some of the coolest relatively modern supercars that you can buy for less than the price of a new Challenger.
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9 2007 Jaguar XKR $24,850

Jaguar is known for its impeccable interiors, elegant design language and outstanding road presence, but the XKR adds an extra ingredient to this recipe: its supercharged V8 engine. Its 4.2-liter V8 puts out 420 hp, but the power number isn’t the engine’s most impressive, it’s the unparalleled roar this cat has.

Unlike modern cars, the XKR hasn’t been forced to castrate, so by depressing the throttle you’ll hear every horse scream as it sprints up to 186 mph if the limiter is removed, and enjoy the rush to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. It’s a super Jag for $25,000, so what else needs to be said?
Related: Here’s why the Jaguar XKR is now a good performance bargain

8 2008 BMW M6 ($20,000)

Chris Bangle has been responsible for some of the world’s most beautiful automobile creations ever, but one of Beemers’ often overlooked cars has to be the V10-powered 6-Series. Personally, we find the E63’s design aged gracefully, but the most notable feature has to be the 5.0-liter V10 with 500 horsepower that screams an incredible red line at 8,200 rpm.

The M6 ​​of the 2000s was available with either a 7-speed automatic transmission, or a 6-speed manual, and could go from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds. So, there’s nothing wrong with 2000s M6s, especially since the well-kept ones sell for around $20,000 on the CarGurus right now…well, it all depends on whether you’re keen on blasting into a ball of fire of course.

7 2009 Bentley Continental GT – $31,500

Bentley is prone to neglect, there’s no secret to that. But what these British touring cars lack in dollar value they make up for with pure performance, and we really consider them a bargain. Take the 2009 Continental GT, which sold for just over $30,000.

And for that hefty sum, you’ll of course get all the luxuries you didn’t know you needed before, but also the massive 6.0-liter W12 engine that puts out more than 550 horsepower for all four wheels. If you want to have a car, grab a hot date in it, and head to the highway the next morning, the Continental GT is probably one of the best cars for sale right now.

6 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL 600 – 19850 dollars

Before we mention how amazing it is to drive a topless three-star German sports car, let’s throw some stats at you: a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V12, rear-wheel drive, adaptive suspension, and under $20,000. That’s right, you don’t have to paralyze yourself financially to drive a topless V12-powered sports car.

In the early 2000s, Benz unveiled its revamped SL 600, equipped not only with 500 horsepower, but its new exterior design so badly, and that combination is exactly why it’s one of the coolest supercars on our list.

5 2009 Maserati GranTursimo ($30,000)

The name of one automaker that is more synonymous with depreciation than Bentley is Maserati, and their GranTurismo sports car is a prime example of this. For nearly 80% of the original MSRP, you can buy a 2009 GranTurismo on your own without having to wonder if you’ve wasted your money.

See, Maserati doesn’t have the cleanest track record when it comes to reliability, but the GranTurismo is an exception to that rule. The 400-horsepower V8 was built by Ferrari itself, its technology is much better than that of its four-door sibling, the Quattroporte, hence its amazing reliability. Without a doubt, the Maserati GranTurismo is one of the best ways to drive a Ferrari without paying Ferrari money, and that’s why we love it so much.
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4 2002 Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa ($19995)

Let’s say you sell 10 thousand dollars, and you can’t quite buy a GranTurismo, but your heart still wants an exotic Italian sports car, but your patience will not allow you to wait any longer, the Maserati Coupe is an excellent alternative. For $20,000 you can buy a Cambiocorsa version of the Maserati Coupe, and while it might not be as amazing as GranTurismo, it still packs a nice punch.

So, what makes the Cambiocorsaso different from the regular coupe you might ask? not much. Basically just a mandatory F1 automatic gearbox, but that transmission complements its stern Ferrari’s 390-horsepower V8.

3 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL 63 AMG, $25,900

It’s usually American car companies that specialize in super-powerful V8 muscle cars, but in the late 2000s, Mercedes-Benz gave them all a run for their money. They called it CL, and the variant 63 AMG was the perfect embodiment of the German pony car. The CL 63 weighs about 4,800 pounds, but its weight is met with a massive amount of power; 520 hp from a 6.2-liter V8 to be exact.

So if you’ve always dreamed of having the power of a proper muscle car at your fingertips without sacrificing any luxuries, then the CL 63 might be the answer to your prayers, selling for less than $26,000 nowadays.

2 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – $31499

The C6 Corvette Z06 is the most expensive entry on our list, but its $31,499 price tag is well worth it. See, the Corvette Z06 isn’t like any Vette that can just grip the tow bar, it’s able to get around bends, it’s even more powerful than the standard Z06.

The upgraded V8 engine produced 505 horsepower, and because it followed a lighter diet, grew bigger brakes, thicker tires, and was only available in a 6-speed manual, it was one of the most visceral supercars of the early 2000s. The C6 Z06 topped out at 198 mph and could miraculously pull from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds.
RELATED: Here’s What We Love About the Corvette C6 Z06

1 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – $28,950

We’ve got it, big one. They call it the Shelby GT500, and it’s the hottest Mustang you can buy for under $30,000. Of course, we’re not talking about the new 2022 GT500, but rather about the 2007 model. While the Corvette puts out an incredible amount of power, is solid through corners, and looks like a killer weapon, the Mustang exudes raw intimidation.

Under the hood was a 5.4-liter V8 with 500 horsepower that propelled the Big Python to highway speeds in 4 seconds, but best of all – other than its old design of course – must have been its sinister character. This may not be the fastest entry on our list, nor the most focused on the track, but it is the most brutal and will try to kill you at every opportunity presented.


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