There are fast cars, and then there are those that push you back into the seat and make you cry for your momma, at least on the inside, as you try to ease that death grip on the steering wheel. Fast is a relative term. For race car drivers, even your average Mustang or Camaro is likely to seem slow, and for someone whose best speed can be described as plodding, a Mini Cooper can appear to be the very devil. All at 93 mph, tops.
But for the sake of this list, let’s call any car that reaches 180 mph a fast one. And make no mistake, 180 mph is a scary fast speed once attainable only by the most exclusive six-figure supercars.
That said, the cars on this list do not come “cheap” as you know it, but alongside all the crazy supercars and electric hypercars on the market, these are the cheapest new sports cars that can reach 180 mph.
10 2023 Lotus Emira
The Lotus Emira First Edition is not only a stunning car, but it’s also a powerful one. It bears a 400-horsepower supercharged 3.5-liter V6 with a six-speed manual, though a six-speed automatic is a paid option.
The quickest Lotus Emira will zip 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, reaching top speeds of 180 mph, and cost you $96,100. But there are cheaper, lower-powered 360-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot options as well.
9 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Ford is bringing Shelby back, and how. The 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is as powerful as a sports car can be, carrying a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 that jets a whopping 760 horses and 625 lb-ft of torque.
This muscle/sports car can sprint 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can reach top speeds of 180 mph, for a base price of $78,000 but it’s the Shelby GT500KR that boasts the most power for $127,895.
8 2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
The 2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody does not only sound like a mouthful, with a 203-mph top speed, it’s a big deal. The 6.2-liter V8 jets an insane 797 horses and sprints 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. While this sounds like insane speed, it handles rather well, because of the widebody.
The price starts at $76,045 for the Hellcat Widebody but if you want all that Redeye power, cough up extra for a total of $84,645.
7 2022 Jaguar F-Type R
Jaguar certainly knows how to make fast and beautiful cars, even if they are not furious, per se. The F-Type R comes powered with a very adept 5.0-liter P575 V8 engine that makes 575 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
Both the coupe and the convertible models can race up to top speeds of 186 mph and sprint 0-60 mph in 3.5 punchy seconds. At $100,000, it crosses the six-figure mark, but looking at the car and its prowess, it’s still a steal deal. If you have that sort of money lying around.
6 2021 Chevrolet Corvette C8
The Chevy Corvette C8, a mid-engined avatar of the ‘Vette is already the spunkiest of all, and with its upcoming Z06 2023 trim, thrills just quadrupled. With a 6.2-liter V8 revving to the sound of 495 horses and 470 lb-ft torque, the C8 Corvette can hit a top speed of 194 mph.
If that, like Shania Twain, does not impress you much, do glance at the 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds. About the time it took your brain to process it. All of that power and performance come for an incredible base price of $59,900, making the C8 ‘Vette a true performance car bargain.
5 2022 Audi R S3
The Audi R S3, it’s the raciest version of the company’s smallest luxury sedan, with gumption. The RS3 is based on the sportier S3, a version of the Audi A3 itself but comes with more power and way better tunning.
The turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five engine is seduced into making 401 hp and 369 lb-ft torque, for a 0-60 mph sprint of 3.8 seconds. The top speed is 180 mph and the (estimated, not announced) price is likely to be around $60,000.
4 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
At $81,000, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is relatively cheap, considering the four best-in-class awards it sashayed away with. The twin-turbo V6 powers it up with 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft torque, for a top speed of 191 mph.
It has been labeled as Alfa Romeo’s “most powerful sports sedan ever created” considering the 0-60 mph run of 3.8 seconds. We have to admit, it looks pretty good zipping around at 180 mph-plus, even if the name sounds like an exotic mouthful.
3 2022 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The Camaro ZL1 starts at about $66,000 and carries a 6.2-liter turbocharged V8 that jets a cool 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. With top speeds of 195 mph, the Camaro ZL1 is one of the cheapest new sports cars for 2022 and enough for all the thrills you need.
It zips 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and offers a cool option for anyone looking to buy a muscle/sports car that’s not a Mustang, a Charger, or even a Challenger. All of which are on this list.
2 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
For all those who thought Cadillac was all about making stuffy luxury cars for old gents with a penchant for the plush, think again. The CT5-V Blackwing starts at $85,000 for top speeds of 200 mph.
The hand-built 6.2-liter supercharged V8 makes a whopping 688 hp and 659 lb-ft of torque, letting it rocket 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. So this is one sports car that lets you have all the thrills of a fast car but is replete with iconic Caddy plush.
1 2022 Dodge Challenger Super Stock
If you take the Dodge Challenger at its weakest best, it still jets a crazy 717 horses. Climb up to the SRT Hellcat Redeye and you 797 horsepower but if you go for the 2022 Challenger Super Stock, you got yourself 807 foaming-at-the-mouth horses.
The top speed is a “limited” 203 mph, though we truly think the Super Stock may just be able to achieve escape velocity and go to the dark side of the moon. One rev of the pedal and the engine certainly out-howls a pack of wolves. Drive this, at your own risk, for $85,675.
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