Six Surprisingly Spectacular Sports Cars for under £3,000
Now the summer is fast approaching you may ponder, thinking about that convertible sports car you always wish you had. There are many aspects you must consider when purchasing a sports car like; can I rely on it? Will I fit the kids in? Would I look good in the car? But most importantly, how much will it cost?
There are many fantasy cars we all wish we had like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT (right), which will set you back a hefty £191,000, not bad for a car which produces 469 BHP and can reach 60mph in 3.7 seconds. Or the Nissan 370z Convertible (left) which is noticeably cheaper than the Mercedes but will still cost a sturdy £40,000. Beautiful Sports cars are available to the very average spender so it is always worth a second look when shopping for a new car.
Hyundai Coupe (second generation)
The Coupe is a beautifully designed compact sports vehicle which was produced by the Korean giants Hyundai. The car itself which looks good with any colour attached to it became a popular choice in the UK from 1999 onwards. The second generation (GK Tiburon) was an upgrade from the first generation (RD Tiburon) and became a very stylish compact sports vehicle almost overnight. The new design received praise from a number of automotive journalists, some of which compared it to the Ferrari 456. A 1.6-liter Turbocharged engine was available for some years, producing 145 PS/5800 rpm and 190 Nm/4300 rpm of torque and making the 1233 kg vehicle capable of accelerating 0–100 (0–60 mph) in 9.3 seconds and achieving a top speed of 131mph.
Estimated Price: £1,599 (used)
Most BMW vehicles are beautifully built, perfectly produced and delicately designed and there is no exception when it comes to this BMW Z3. This coupe/roadster which was designed by Joji Nagashima in 1992 featured in the film James Bond: GoldenEye, which was specifically chosen by the film producers and has since had many other notable appearances. Capable of a maximum speed of 130mph and produces 140 BHP the Z3 is a classy, stylish vehicle available for a surprisingly low cost.
Estimated Price: £2,499 (used)
3. Mazda MX-5
A very popular choice when it comes to the soft top convertible. The Mazda MX-5 will be seen in every country, roof down, whizzing along the motorway every summer. Designed and assembled by Mazda in Hiroshima in the late 80s the MX-5 is conceived as a small roadster with a big fan base, a very light vehicle giving you that ‘sporty feel’ when driving it.
Pushing the limits of the safety requirements, the mechanical complexity is very minimal but very reliable and modern. Top speeds of 135mph and can get from 0-60 in 7.6 seconds.
Estimated Price: £2,199 (used)
Audi TT (mk 1)
Surprisingly, the Audi TT can be purchased second hand at a very low cost. The VW based platform vehicle is a powerful, trendy car, with a convertible roof which adds that extra edge to your drive. With a 1.8 turbo petrol engine, the coupe has a maximum speed count of 140mph and 225 BHP, this Audi is definitely no slouch and it handles itself very neatly.
Estimated Price: £2,399 (used)
This tidy MG TF was one of the most popular sports car in the early 00s produced on British soil. The 2 door convertible had its minor problems over the years, especially with the collapse of its forefather Rover, but it’s still a well respected car and still seen on the streets today in numbers. The sporty design ensures the feel good factor for people who own this car and the price ensures a bargain.
The BHP is up at a tidy 114 and can reach highs of 118mph aswell as reaching 60mph in 9 seconds.
Estimated Price: £1,399 (used)
Toyota Celica (7th Gen)
Available as a notchback, liftback and convertible the sports car from Toyota is a popular choice throughout the world when choosing a cheaper stylish car. The reliable Seventh generation Celica comes with twin front and side airbags, ABS, a leather-covered steering wheel, electric windows and mirrors, a decent stereo, 16” alloy wheels and remote central locking. There’s enough leg space in the back for two adults, and when the rear seats are folded the boot space becomes endless. Low running costs, the design and the size of this vehicle means a brilliant choice if you ever purchased one.
Estimated Price: £1,799 (used)
Notable other mentions:
Toyota MR2: Estimated Price £2,199 (Used)
Mazda RX-8: Estimated Price £2,399 (Used)
Vauxhall Tigra: Estimated Price £1,799 (Used)
Peugeot 206 CC: Estimated Price £1,099 (Used)