These are the top 5 best bang for buck sports cars to look out for in 2017 via the Cartavern cult. We list cars that we think buyers should opt for based on price-per-hp. Some of these cars are still not available for sale but are due by the end of 2017 as 2018 models so keep an eye out for updates. Let’s start by listing some of the cars you might want to think about (random order):
1.Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster (Aed 209,100 – 236,400) – $53,900-$68,400
The Porsche 718 Cayman is the most expensive car on this list but is probably the most refined car as well. It might not be the fastest coupe but it promises to be an exciting Porsche altogether. The most notable thing about the 718 is the riddance of the flat V6 engine and the addition of the all new 2.0-turbo that produces 220 kW (300 hp) and allows the little Porsche to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. Pricing starts at Aed 209,100 | $53,900
The Porsche 718 Cayman S which has more power – 257 kW (350 hp) to be exact, does 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and starts at Aed 236,400 | $68,400. The Boxster versions are basically the same but are convertibles with an additional Aed 12,000 dirhams added to the price tag.
2. 2017 Audi RS3 (Aed 211,000 – 225,000) – $42,500 – £39,955
The new Audi RS3 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds making it the fastest car on this list. It features one of the best hot-hatch exhaust notes around, Quattro AWD, a 7-speed S-tronic gearbox and the 2.5 TFSI 5-cylinder engine – 367-hp and peak torque of 465 Nm make it the most powerful car on this list too.
The RS3 is one of the most exciting hot-hatches on the market right now although it under-steers when pushed, the engine more than makes up for it on a straight line. A real contender for anyone looking for a good daily driver. Pricing starts at Aed 211,000 | $42,500
The RS3 carries an exhaust note that became the selling point of the car, never-mind the exaggerated price and the dated interior. People are flocking for this car in Europe. But if you are a sedan fan like me, you might want to wait a bit because we hear there might be an RS3 sedan and from the looks of it – it is much better than this one and has an updated interior plus more power. If you have the money, the RS3 certainly belongs to the best bang for buck sports cars club.
3. Ford Focus RS (epa – Aed 140,000 – 155,000) – $35,730-$36,995
No word from Al Tayer about the all new 2017 Ford Focus RS but we got the hint, it would be offered here with a small premium before people start importing them from the U.S and overpricing them. Usually Al Tayer then reverts back and drops the price a bit. Pricing estimated at Aed 140,000 | $35,730
Although not many people in Dubai showed interest in the RS, the market for those who like hot-hatches are intrigued by this little monster. A manual transmission remains standard but the competition demands a dual clutch to post good times and the drift mode thing is just childish.
The Focus RS is no joke though, with AWD, a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder ecoboost engine producing 350-hp and an estimated price tag of about aed 145,000 it is one of the most bang for your buck cars on this list. That’s as much power as you would get from the $100,000 Porsche 911 Careera 4 cabriolet. I’m planning to get one if they ever release the RS500 version with over 400+hp, the previous MK2 RS500 is my all-time favorite hot hatch.
0-100 Km/h takes 4.7 seconds depending on the tires and the shifting patterns but launch control and AWD should make it easier for the seasoned driver.
4. 2017 Subaru Impreza WRX STI (Aed 165,000 – 185,000) – $36,015
The new 2017 WRX Sti is my favorite car on the list. If there might be an Sti worth buying it’s the S207 version which is a special edition produced for die-hard fans featuring more power (324 hp), insane handling upgrades, Recaro seats and much more. Subaru says the WRX STi S207 “aims to be the world’s most enjoyable vehicle” and with the added bits, gorgeous yellow and blue paint jobs and big list of upgrades I don’t doubt their statement. I’l buy this thing in a heart beat if it comes here.
The S207 will be produced in 400 units only and sold in Japan. But fingers crossed one might make it here – wait, isn’t it right hand drive in Japan? okay, never-mind the S207.
Back to the standard WRX Sti. Probably the best handling car on the list but sadly under-powered with the same dated boxer 2.5-liter engine producing 305 HP. The Sti accelerates from 0-100 km/h in around 4.6 seconds and tops out at a limited 280 km/h. It’s also a bit overpriced when new. If you’re planning to get one, plenty are available on the used market with a lesser price making it another one of the best bang for buck sports cars. Pricing starts at Aed 165,000 | $36,015
The WRX STi is only available with a 6spd manual transmission and the interior falls short from the seats to the awkward cabin design. The greatest aspects about this car have to be the cornering abilities and the aggressive stance but is that enough? With cars like the new mk7 Golf R and the 17′ RS3 offering similar power and great interior designs this might be a hard sell. Now get me that S207 version and the problem is solved. I would add the Mitsubishi Evolution X to the list, but it has already been out of production and never received a face-lift since 2007.
5: 2017 Audi S3 (Aed 150,000 – 200,00) – $43,425
The 2017 Audi S3 boasts a very impressive package that makes it one of the best cars you can buy for as little as 150,000 and much less on the used market. What basically is a Golf R sedan version that has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 296-hp and 380-lb-ft of torque, AWD, and a super impressive 0-100 km/h time of just 4.7 seconds.
The price, interior quality and performance of the S3 might be enough to propell it to the top of your list. Some people even said they managed to hit the 100 km/h mark in just 4.5 seconds flat thanks to the S-tronic gearbox. Pricing starts at Aed 150,000 | $43,425
If you are not too concerned with the under-steer and would be inclined to tune your car then this might be the winner as it ticks all the right boxes and especially the price tag box. This is perhaps the best bang for buck sports cars on this list.
Honorable mention: 2017 Nissan 370 Z (Aed 127,000 – 139,500) – $29,990
The second rear-wheel drive car on the list. Japanese old-school design and a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 330-hp and 336 lb-ft of torque while capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in about 4.9 seconds flat.
This sports car deserves a seat among the best bang for buck sports cars to be had in 2017 although looks are starting to get dated, it’s relatively slow compared to the other cars and the exhaust note is probably the worst compared to cars on this list. The bang comes if you opt for one of these on the used market available for just under 90,000 dirhams. Pricing starts at Aed 127,000 | $29,990
It’s hard to make a case for the 370Z against cars that seat 4 and have way more power and better handling but for a coupe that’s been around for this long it has earned its spot with the best of them. If you are a fan of tail happy cars, this should be for you. I would advise that the trunk space is very limited and the strict two-seater proposition might not suit you.
Let us know which one of these 5 best bang for buck Sportscars you like the most.