One of the most thrilling, exhilarating and daring things known to man is speed. Have you ever paused to think why jet fighters, Formula One racers and Moto GP riders attract so much envy? The fascination with speed began even before the early humans invented the wheel. Unluckily for them, the best they could get was a flamboyant display of agility by the birds that flew past them. Leaving them in awe. Trying to emulate the example set by fast birds or animals would leave humans exhausted. They had no chance of feeling the thrill. Today, however, we live in an era that boasts of the fastest planes, jet skis and most important for us, cars. It's impossible to do a car advert today without mentioning its top speed or some mention of performance. But who wants to break a bank to purchase a fast car only to have the feds on your tail, with choppers and guns aiming for your head? Car manufacturers understand this demand for affordable vehicles that deliver good power and speed. With each passing year, we are getting new members to the club of fast cars under $30,000. Allow us to bring you up to speed on the latest developments of 2018.
What makes the Subaru WRX Premium tick?
World famous for their rally championships, Subaru is a group that always has an ace up their sleeves. This right here is a world-class performance ride that is totally practical and affordable. With an engine that produces 268 hp, the WRX premium is famous for all-wheel drive and available manual six-speed transmission. It may look like an ordinary family sedan but underneath it carries a high revving 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-four. The premium has a starting MSRP of $29,690.
What does the Hyundai Genesis R-Spec offer?
The Genesis R-Spec is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 that pumps out up to 429 hp and 376 pounds of torque. This beast from Korea is made with massive front brakes, a sturdier rear anti-roll bar and a recalibrated steering that spells out "performance" in bold. The MSRP starts at $29,749.
What does the Ford Mustang bring to the table?
This one comes really close to the $30k mark for a good reason; an eight-cylinder GT model is available as a retro-themed coupe. One of two engine options power the Mustang; a 2.3-liter inline-four EcoBoost capable of doing 310 hp and pulling power of 320 lb-ft as well as a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Both engines can do 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The 2018 Ford Mustang Starts at $25,585.
What about the Scion FR-S Monogram Series
While all the cars on this list are fast and affordable, the Scion throws in something irresistible. It has got a very sleek design and absolutely attractive sporty curves. The FR-S boasts of a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The engine is capable of producing 200 horses. Combine that with an upscale interior, push-button start, and GPS, and you are on top of the world. The coupe starts at $25,000.
Where do we rate the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart?
Here is another hot rod from Japan disguised as your usual guy just like with the Subaru, but with more aggressive looks. It packs a 4 WD system and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that pumps out 237 horses and 253 lb-ft of torque under the hood. This is paired with a 6-speed dual clutch transmission available in both manual and automatic versions. From a stop, it can get to 60 mph in only 5.8 seconds. The sedan starts at $25,198.