Have you ever wondered what car you would buy if you had $50,000? If not, take a second and think about it. It can be either a very exciting thought because of all of the options that you have or a scary thought because you still cannot afford a GTR or E-63. Either way, I have hand picked my top four options while staying away from the classic muscle cars. I am excited to present these vehicles to you because they are all sub 5 second vehicles which is impressive considering they are not muscle cars like the Mustang, Camaro or Corvette. We will look at these four vehicles starting with the least expensive and working our way to the most expensive models. Keep in mind, the criteria for these vehicles is that they have to be brand-new, have 0 miles and be this model year or newer. I know that sounds weird but 2016 models are already out.
In the first round, weighing in at a staggering 3,975 lbs, the Chevrolet SS. This vehicle comes in strong boasting 8 cylinders and a whopping 6.2 liters of displacement. It falls short of the opposition by being naturally aspirated. This big guy pumps out 415 hp @ 5,900 rpms and a well matched 415 lb/ft of torque at a tall 4,600 rpms. This leaves the SS a little sluggish for this class, covering 60mph in 4.7 seconds, although car and driver will say they clocked it at 4.6 seconds. This vehicle does come in with a highest reported top speed of 163 mph. Chevy has also been so kind as to provide a 2 year 24,000 mile warranty. This car will run you $45,745 for the base model.
Coming in next at $46,150 is the BMW M-235i X-drive. This all wheel drive machine comes in at 3,695 lbs and is sporting a refined inline 6 that displaces 3 liters. This engine has a twin-screw turbocharger to help with boost build up on the low end and top end. This engine creates 320 hp @ 5,800 rpms and 330 lb/ft of torque @1,400 rpms. The thing that impresses me most about this vehicle is its ability to make so much torque at such a low RPM band. This impressive power is able to bring this car to 60 in 4.4 seconds and to top out at 130mph. Don’t worry there is a electronic limiter on there which you can easily bypass. To conclude, this car comes with a 4 year, 50,000 mile warranty.
This vehicle is one to pay close attention to. A few years ago Mercedes came out with the CLA line. To my knowledge, the smallest line of sedans produced by Mercedes for the U.S. market. This sedan weighs in at just 3,619 lbs. It has a turbocharged 2 liter 4 cylinder engine. Before I tell you the amount of power it produces, keep in mind that this mini engine has the turbo pumping out 26.1 psi. That is a mind-blowing number. Because of so much pressure, this small engine is able to produce 355 hp @6,000 rpm and 332 lb/ft of torque at 2,400 rpm. All of this combined allows the car to sprint to 60 in just 4.4 seconds but Car and Driver will tell you that it can make it there in just 4.2 seconds and will hit 158 mph, extremely impressive. To top it off, Mercedes throws in a 4 year, 50,000 mile warranty.
The last vehicle in the mix is the Audi TT-S. This vehicle is by far the most expensive vehicle in the mix coming in at $51,900. This car is $3,400 more expensive than the rest. It has a 2 liter, 4 cylinder, turbo charged engine. It produces 292 hp @5,400 rpm and 280 lb/ft @1,900 rpm. This means that while it costs the most, it is about 30 hp and 40 lb/ft behind the closest of the competition. That being said it weighs almost 400 lbs less than its competition. The Audi TT-S weighs in at 3,230 lbs and will get you to 60mph in 4.6 seconds and is limited to 155 mph. It seems that Germany is fairly generous with their warranties because Audi too will throw in a 4 year, 50,000 mile warranty.
What vehicle would you choose as your $50,000 car?