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The number of wealthy car enthusiasts in India is gradually growing three-fold; as a result, the sports cars from Lamborghini, Porsche, BMW, and Ferrari etc. are no more a rare sight, especially in metro-cities like Delhi and Mumbai. Just recall the last time when you spotted a super-car with loud engine noise and you jumped out of excitement just to have a glance of it in that crowded traffic. How thrilling it was, No? Well, Now if I ask that rather than spotting, You can own and drive one of those cool looking sports car, that too in an affordable budget, so would you believe? I am sure that the majority will not. That is why, today The Automotive India reveals the truth. Of late, The trend of buying and modifying the cheap used sports car in India is spreading like a forest fire, amongst hard-core enthusiasts. In fact, even more so, because there is a variety of such cars to fit almost every pocket. No matters whether your budget is Rs.1.5 Lakhs or Rs.30 Lakhs to own a car that carries an exclusive and sporty appeal, the major letdown however, is that you need to perform a thorough research and work hard to find one in a healthy-condition inside out, and if you do, then be quick before someone else drives that dream away.
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Perhaps one of the most common and most admired little sports cars in India. Toyota Sera is a compact two-seater car, with main attraction of awesome butterfly doors. The best part is that it makes a great everyday car due to the small dimensions which help to blaze it away in traffic like a breeze.
Price Range: Rs.1.25 Lakhs - Rs.3.5 Lakhs
Manufacture Year: 1990 - 1996
Engine Capacity: 1496cc
Pros: Capable City Car, Space-shuttle Looks, Butterfly Doors.
Cons: Out of Production, Spare Parts are Difficult to Source, Some of them Cost a Bomb.
San Storm is a made in India ‘sports car’, but its performance is far behind one. A brand new Storm can be yours for the price of a Maruti DZire, but buy it if you are concerned only about looks.
Price Range: Rs.5.95 Lakhs (New)
Manufacture Year: Latest
Engine Capacity: 1149cc
Pros: Convertible top, Cute Looks, Light on Pocket.
Cons: Lacks the Punch, Limited Dealerships, Weak After Sales Support.
Miata is a well-known sports car worldwide, though its looks are not something special to talk about, but you need to drive it to feel it. There are a few Miatas in Pre-owned car market in India, but finding the model, which is not abused is the challenge.
Price Range: Rs.5 Lakhs - Rs.6 Lakhs+
Manufacture Year: 1989 - 1997
Engine Capacity: 1599cc
Pros: Great Handling, Modification Friendly.
Cons: Average Looks.
Probably the best pick of the lot, and an excellent car to drive. Second hand Toyota MR-2s come and sell away like hot cakes. No wonder, why this car is popularly also called as a "Poor Man's Ferrari".
Price Range: Rs.6 Lakhs~ Onwards
Manufacture Year: 1989 - 1999
Engine Capacity: 2000cc (Turbocharged Available)
Pros: Reliable, Fresh Design, Spare Parts Availability.
Cons: Almost Zero Luggage Area, Some Mechanics Complain Difficulty to Work with Mid-Engine.
The Z enthusiasts like me can grab their Fairlady for as much as Rs.6.5 - 7 Lakhs. There are quite a few of them in Western region of the country, and if you own one, be assured about the 'head turning' factor, and oh, how to forget that powerful engine sound too.
Price Range: Rs.6.5 Lakhs+
Manufacture Year: 1984 - 1996
Engine Capacity: 1599cc
Pros: Twin Turbo, Member of Popular and Reliable 'Z' Family.
Cons: Ownership could be Expensive.
Being another Toyota in the list, You can definitely expect the solid Japanese reliability which promises miles with smiles, but if you find one up for sale in a reasonable condition, please do let me know too.
Also known as Mitsubishi GTO, it was re-badged and sold as Dodge Stealth for the North US Market until 1996. This car has almost everything which one would expect to find in a real sports-car, Moreover, at the same time, the Mitsubishi brand comes as a bonus which defines charterstic racing DNA. Though, consider getting the GTO only if you can afford the cost of spare parts which need to be imported.
Price Range: Rs.10 Lakhs -Rs.15 Lakhs Onwards
Manufacture Year: 1990 - 2001
Engine Capacity: 3000cc (V6)
Pros: Perfect Sports Car, Awesome Design.
Cons: Cost of Spares could Burn a hole in Pocket.
BMW Z3 Roadster
Good things come in small packages, this saying is apt for the Z3. After all, who doesn't wants to drive around an open-top BMW? Especially if you are ready to throw the grand sum for a used car which could rather get you a brand new, feature laden Honda Accord. However, unfortunately it is too rare to find in India.
Price Range: Rs.17 Lakhs+
Manufacture Year: 1996 - 2002
Engine Capacity: 1800cc (More Options Available)
Pros: An awe-inspiring roadster, Brilliant to drive, BMW tag.
Need For Speed fans will go wow. This Audi is yet another attention-grabber while running on roads, and if you were driving only in games yet, it can be now driven in reality for as much as half of its actual price.
Price Range: Rs.25 Lakhs Onwards
Manufacture Year: 1998 - 2006
Engine Capacity: 1800cc / 3200cc
Pros: Evergreen Design, Performance, Availability of Audi Network.
Cons: Yet Not the 'most affordable' sports car.
Aah. As my user name already tells, I'm one huge 350Z aficionado who can write pages and pages about it. Excuse me if I sound biased, but this is an ultimate car your money can buy today.
Price Range: Rs.20 Lakhs - Rs.30 Lakhs
Manufacture Year: 2003 - 2006
Engine Capacity: 3500cc
Pros: Most appealing, and up-to-date design, Availability is Not Difficult, Exhilarating Performance, Tremendous After-market support.
Cons: Not much really, Or maybe I ain't the most suitable person to ask.
The looks of Mazda RX8 can easily make an automotive enthusiast go crazy, especially rear and those suicide doors, it is my next most favorite after the 350Z. However the RX8 are in very limited numbers in India, and until you have reliable sources, getting the spares and servicing could be a cause of concern, since the brand called 'Mazda' still does not exists in India.
Price Range: Rs.30~ Lakhs
Manufacture Year: 2003 - 2007
Engine Capacity: 1300cc
Pros: Tempting Looks, Suicide Doors.
Cons: Price, Spares & Servicing concern
Mercedes Benz SLK - Class
Status, Brand Value, Performance, Looks and more. What you don't get along with a Mercedes SLK? If you desire one, and have the money, a couple of years old model surely makes worth the purchase at price similar that of an entry-level C-Class.
Price Range: Rs.30 Lakhs Onwards
Manufacture Year: 2006 - 2007
Engine Capacity: 1800cc
Pros: Status, Brand Image, Design, Mercedes Benz India Network.
Cons: Expensive to Maintain.
That's all for now. If you know about more such cars, Please do feel free to share them in this thread itself.
Even the oldest Z4 (’02 Model) will fall somewhere in the RX-8 price range, I guess, but the CLK is a nice addition to this list. There is a red coloured one up for sale in Delhi for approx. Rs.15 Lakhs, 2001 Model.
Originally Posted by Akash
Excellent work again.
I agree with your statement about the Toyota Sera's popularity.
If you ask me, my favourite among these is Toyota Sera. A complete VFM.
True, but only as long as everything goes right. One shunt (Especially on the butterfly door) can leave the owner into a trouble.
Originally Posted by jalex
I love the Mitsubishi GTO and the Toyota MR2. They are from the time when I was a teen and I had posters of them both on my bedroom walls.
Absolutely, and in fact I came to know through dealers that a couple of MR2s were immediately sold in Delhi as soon as they were put up for sale (That too at a good price of Rs.8+ Lakhs). This literally shows the demand of such cars in our country.
I would like to add the Honda CRX in the list. Another great buy. Seen in Lotsa movies. Not that i like it, but should be added to the list.
For me It has to be a MR2 (SW20). Mid engined rear wheel drive. Drift King.