Call it an indulgence or a mid-life crisis need for something exotic, but 2017 has seen some fast cars hit the market, causing a stir among those who like the fast and furious built into their automobiles. It’s car news like this that gets many car enthusiasts excited.
Driving a car that goes fast doesn’t always come with a large price tag. Mazda’s MX-5 Miata can be purchased for less than $30,000, and it tops out at 133 mph. This is a coupe with a six-speed automatic engine. It’s a light car, which is part of the reason why it can hit those top speeds.
On the higher end of the market we have the Lamborghini, which made car news with its Aventador, a sleek and flamboyant car that will reach 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and tops out at 217 mph. Lamborghini isn’t holding much back with the Aventador, dropping a 750 horsepower V-12 engine into it with all-wheel drive. Do yourself a favor and look it up on YouTube – the car manufacturer produced a video showing the car in action. You’ll need a cool $400,000 though if you want to put one in your garage.
Another supercar entering the market in 2017 was the Bugatti Chiron. This muscle machine brings 1,500 horsepower to the mix, allowing it to hit a top speed of 261 mph. The Chiron relies on four turbocharges, creating 1,180 lb-ft of torque. It’s a masterpiece that comes with a near $3 million sticker.
If we’re talking speed, then we have to mention the Porsche, which has a couple of offerings this year that made car news. First is the Macan turbo, which is a fairly modest looking vehicle. It doesn’t stand out like the flashy Lamborghini or Bugatti, yet it has been clocked at 169 mph. On the flashier side, Porsche also introduced the 718 Boxster – a sports car that is small yet powerful, coming in at 177 mph.
If you’re more of a Mercedes type of person, check out the AMG E63 S. With a starting price of $105,000, you get a car that will top out at 180 mph. Utilizing a 603 horsepower engine, you’ll go from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds, but you also get the luxury that comes standard with a Mercedes vehicle.
While you might not see a Bugatti on your lot anytime soon, you definitely will see consumers inquiring about speed. And while economy cars won’t pack a punch like the Aventador or Macan, you have many options that offer a little pep in your gas pedal, like the Dodge Dart SXT, Honda Civic hatchback, Volkswagen Golf, Kia Sole, Fiat 500 Abarth – all of which have a base sticker price of $20,000 or less.