Any sports car aficionado usually has at least one of the many German sports cars in his dream garage, used or new, and real or imaginary. Germany may have been home to Adolf Hitler, but it’s also home to the best of engines and cars. Beginning with Hitler’s dream vision of a mass car, the bestselling Volkswagen Beetle. The Bug was envisaged by Hitler after Henry Ford decided that every American should be able to afford a car, and so made the Model T. So Hitler decided that every loyal and hardworking German also deserved a car. The Beetle may not have been a sports car but there’s no dearth of German sports cars in the market today.
With car marques like Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and more, it’s not surprising that German sports cars have made a mark in the world. Even used German sports cars are thrilling enough. While most of them can cost a pretty penny when new, you can easily go for a used German sports car from the pre-loved car mart and get yourself an under $30,000 deal. Here’s a list of 10 such cool, used German sports cars.
10 1991-95 BMW 8 Series
BMW unveiled the E31 8 Series in 1989 as a big, luxury two-door coupé. Under its massive hood, it housed a monstrous 5.0-liter V12 powerplant cranking out 296 horses ready to dash a 0-to-62 MPH sprint in just 6.8 seconds.
There was a 4.0-liter V8 version too that pumped out 286 horses, which sounds equally cool. However, if you can have a 1992 V12 example, with around 64,000 miles on the odometer for just $30,000, grab the deal. The BMW 8 Series is already a collectible classic.
9 2016-18 Audi A5
The Audi A5 coupe is a good starting point if you’re looking for a luxury sports car. It comes with plenty of technology, potent drivetrains to choose from, and a good reliability rating. A clean 24,000-mile 2016 Quattro Premium Plus AWD A5 Cabriolet is up for grabs for about $30,000 at CarGurus.
It’s got a 2.0-liter inline-4 pumping out 220 horses good for a 0-to-60 show in just 6.1 seconds. The A5 makes for one of the best German sports cars for that price.
8 2012-14 BMW 6 Series Convertible
This third-gen 41,000-mile BMW 6-Series has got a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 thrashing out a whopping 400 horses and 450 lb-ft of torque. This one is a convertible and is a steal for $30,000. Lowering the roof takes about 19 seconds and raising it back takes 24 seconds, making for a fun ride, any day.
It’s a mint condition 2012 example with a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and tops out at a limited 155 mph. It’s a Bimmer, so it also comes with all the plush amenities one can think of in a cool German sports car, today.
7 2008-11 Porsche Boxster S
$30,000 is an excellent bargain for a 2008 Porsche Boxster S with about 40,000 miles on the odometer. It’s a convertible Porsche that’s got a potent 3.4-liter flat-6 gas engine churning out 295 horses and 251 pound-feet of torque.
It can perform a 0-to-60 MPH jig in just 5.1 seconds on a manual transmission. This iconic sports car offers classic Porsche styling and unmatched driving dynamics that can tempt any used German sports car buyer these days.
6 2014-16 Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG 55
Powering this 2014 Mercedes SLK 55 AMG is a monstrous 5.5-liter naturally-aspirated V8 mill that unleashes a solid 415 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. It’s a clean AMG 55 with just about 86,000 miles on it, up for grabs for $30,000.
With its exhilarating soundtrack, this AMG is capable of doing a 0-60 MPH time in less than 5 seconds. So just fire the V8 engine and revel in its growling exhaust notes. Note to self: this is best enjoyed with top-down cruising.
5 2012-15 BMW Z4
The second-generation E89 Z4 debuted in 2009 and came packed to the gills with technology. It was an expensive toy back then but nowadays 2012-15 examples are available for a good bargain price in the used car bazaar. This one is a 2013 RWD sDrive35i trim for $30,000 and is an admirable performer with a 5.1-second 0-to-60 MPH time.
This impeccable 24,000-miles Z4 Coupe uses a monstrous 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline-6 jetting 300 horses and 300 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the coolest used German sports cars ever.
4 2001-2004 Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 is an iconic sports car and we all grew up wanting one of these. The one featured above is a 2002 Carrera 4 Cabriolet that adds an all-wheel-drive to the convertible and can achieve a 0-to-60 MPH acceleration in just 5.5 seconds. On a 5-speed automatic, it tops out at 174 MPH.
It’s a 3.6-liter flat-six speed machine thrashing out a respectable 320 horses and 273 lb-ft of torque. It has just about 54,000 miles on it and is an awesome bargain for $30,000.
3 2014-15 Audi TT
Priced at $30,000 this 28,000-mile 2014 Audi TT is equipped with an S Line Competition package. That means this 4-seat coupe has got exquisite 19-inch wheels, an exceptional exterior and interior styling with trim detailing all over, athletic sport suspensions, and premium leather upholstery in the cabin.
Under the hood, it sports a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder mill that makes 211 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque. Paired with the standard dual-clutch transmission and Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive, it hits the 0-to-60 MPH milestone in just 5.3 seconds.
2 2006-08 Porsche Cayman S
The second-gen Cayman S offers better versatility as the car sports a hatchback design. Its large cargo space is twice as big as its sibling, the Boxster. This rear-wheel-drive sports car uses a 3.4-liter flat-six coughing up 295 horses and 251 lb-ft of peak torque.
This powerful gasoline engine is bolted to a 5-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. With this setup, the Cayman S accomplishes a 5.1-second 0-to-60 MPH sprint at 183 MPH top speed. If you want this kind of power then a 2006 Cayman S with about 61,000 miles can be yours for $30,000.
1 2015-16 BMW M4
BMW took the wraps off the brand-new M4 line in 2014 and after seven years on sale, it continues to delight thrill-seekers and that’s what matters. A 2015 BMW M4 pumping out a whopping 425 horses and 406 lb-ft of torque is up for grabs at CarGurus for a little more than $30,000, however, it’s judged overpriced.
So there is the chance for a potential bargain. This rear-wheel-drive M4 has got a 3.0-liter inline-6 mated to a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission. Plus, you will fall in love with its insane 0-to-60 MPH time of just 3.9 seconds.
Once reserved only for true supercars, 180-mph top speeds can be achieved by plenty of mainstream sports cars currently on the market.
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