Best Supercar for the price, or cheapest supercar period? There’s a huge difference. If we were to form a list of “cheapest” supercars we’d have to dissect the definition of what a supercar actually is, then go through decades worth of cars from every corner of the world and people would somehow get their feelings hurt. Instead, we formed a short list of newer performance cars that fetch you the biggest bang for your buck. Enjoy.
Audi R8 V10 Plus (2018)
We could save a lot of time with this one by just telling you the Audi R8 V10 Plus is one of the closest relatives of Lamborghini’s Huracan. But then you’d only want to know more. (Sorry Lamborghini fans, we’ll stop comparing your beloved performance cars to Audis) So how did the R8 make it on our list? Well, it’s 5.2-liter V10 is a pretty good start. Or how about the fact that this engine generates 602 horsepower. But if you know Audi, you also know they don’t stand behind power alone. The R8 is equipped with Audi’s very own Quattro All-Wheel Drivetrain. The combination of this car’s rabid beast of an engine, along with the Quattro all-wheel drive, allow the R8 achieve 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 207mph.
Yet another highlight on this Audi is the interior. Ask anybody who own’s one, they’ll all tell you the R8’s interior is unlike any other at its price point. From the materials Audi uses, to the way those materials are put together, the R8’s interior holds Pagani-like attention to detail.
It really isn’t easy finding dirt on the newer Audi R8, although the car’s weight could be an issue. Weighing in at 3,629lbs, (or 1,645kg) the R8 is the heaviest of our three picks. The car’s heaviness and all-wheel drive sometimes make the more experienced driver hungry for more. Though the car performs extremely well, enthusiast want to feel like they’re driving a true performance vehicle, not a daily driver.
Porsche 911 Turbo (2018)
If you have a revolutionary idea regarding motors, or the transmission for that motor, chances are someone at Porsche already had the same idea. And if said idea were a good one, Porsche’s probably already been implementing it, for quite some time even. Really, it’s that type of outside-the-box thinking that’s led to Porsche becoming one of the greatest car brands around. So, adding the 911 Turbo to our list was a no-brainer. For the sake of convenience, from here on out if we say “911”, we’re referring to the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo. Well, other than the sleek signature look of a Porsche, what does the purchase of a 911 really include? How does 540 horsepower sound? That power comes from a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo H6 engine. “H6” isn’t an engine type we hear of that often. Though Porsche’s been using it for years because its flat design keeps the car’s center of gravity a bit lower. The 911 (Turbo, remember) is also all wheel drive- as if Porsche cars don’t already handle themselves excellent in the turns. Thanks to its all-wheel-drive, the 911 hits 0-60mph in 3.0 seconds. The 540 horsepower is a major factor in the 911’s top speed, which is 198mph.
Putting Performance aside for a minute, people buy Porsche’s for other reasons too, I mean, it’s a classy car. If you can taste the difference between a $1,000 bottle of whiskey and a glass of Jack Daniels, A Porsche 911 might be your car. And if you feel more yourself in a suit and tie than you would in a T-shirt and sweatpants, then yeah, you belong in a Porsche.
The Porsche 911 Turbo is hard to pick out of a line-up. This is a car that could out-perform most others in its family and yet, to the untrained eye, it looks like any other Porsche. Many people wouldn’t even qualify this issue as a legitimate problem. And as long as you’re focused on the car’s actual performance, and not on how much it stands out to others, it really won’t be a problem at all.
McLaren 570s (2018)
Ah, the McLaren 570s. One of our favorite supercars for a few reasons. First things first, its performance. The 570s is yet another mid-engine car that houses a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8. A 3.8-liter engine might sound a little underwhelming, especially when compared to most Lamborghini and AMG motors (or literally anything American) But this McLaren’s V8 still manages to put out around 562 Horsepower. Not bad right? And that’s not all. The 570s only weighs an astonishing 3,212 lbs! (1,457 kg) that’s well over 400 lbs. lighter than the Audi R8. The McLaren’s relative lightweight helps reach 0-60mph in 3.0 seconds, and a top speed of 204mph.
Now on to the cars looks, and this is something we applaud McLaren for. See, often times car designer and manufacturers don’t put quite as much dedication and detail into their entry-level cars. I mean, why would they? They want people buying the multi-million-dollar hyper car even more than the two or three hundred-thousand-dollar super car. The goal is to motivate people into buying the best car they can afford. But not McLaren. If you ask us, the 570 series looks every bit as exotic and badass as McLaren’s P1 (which has a price tag of $1,150,000)
The McLaren 570s is the most expensive of our picks. MSRP on a 2018 570s is a whopping $191,100.