The prevailing current of thought among the public is that supercars exist only for the wealthy. Wealth is a subjective term though, and while that thought is generally true, many don’t even realize there’s a plethora of affordable supercars out there. Again, even the term “affordable” is subjective, because what a grand is worth for the middle class is different to the upper class.
With the rise of hypercars, it becomes apparent to properly define what a supercar is. At its most fundamental, a supercar puts performance and style first, everything else comes secondary. It also has to comprise of some of the best materials out there, which is going to raise the cost above the average car prices.
Many car enthusiasts argue that supercars aren’t mass produced and have to possess at least 500 hp. Supercars certainly have to live up to a performance criteria, though the number produced seems inconsequential. As long as it delivers in style and power, then it’s enough to call it a supercar. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be a need to create the term hypercar, or even the up and coming megacar label.
To be in the top 1% of earners in the United States, according to CNBC, you have to make $389,436 on an annual basis. Those who make half of that—or even less in some cases—can afford the supercars on this list, even if they have to give an arm and a leg to get one.
20. PORSCHE 997 TURBO / $45,000
The 997 Turbo is a car that’s received a huge reduction in cost, making it a more attractive supercar. According to Jalopnik, the original price tag was $130,000, but it’s not impossible to find them used starting at $45,000.
That’s a great deal for a supercar considering their 3.6-liter turbocharged engines can do 470 hp. It gets better though—the 997 Turbo is able to do a top speed of 193 mph. The cars were in production from 2007 to 2012, so owners have to go to the used car market to scoop one up.
19. FERRARI F355 / $40,000
The Ferrari 308 might be an outdated look, but it still stands the test of time. The only thing that won’t are the mechanics, which Thrillist notes will have owners paying extra visits to the auto repair shop.
According to Jalopnik, the F355 originally listed for $45,000 when they first came out; when factoring inflation, that comes out to about $140,000 today.
Today is different, where it’s possible to find these listed used for between $50,000-$90,000. The same source confirms that the V8 engine is able to do a modest 214 hp. Again, this is another supercar that excels more in looks than it does power, but with the benefit of a reduced cost.