Performance vehicle bargains are all relative. To the well-off, a McLaren 570S is a killer deal compared to million-dollar supercars. Most of us, though, must search for value much (much) lower on the price spectrum.
Used sports cars offer incredible bang for the buck, but carry reliability risks. Then there’s the question of utility. If your speed machine needs to comfortably seat 4 or more passengers and tote items in the trunk, the spread of choices thins considerably. Something new, practical, and affordable – may I interest you in a hot hatch?
For years, sport-tuned 5-doors have rescued enthusiasts from excuses, and the latest crop transcends segment boundaries. Volkswagen’s Golf R has reigned over the hot hatch ecosystem for years, thanks to a potent turbo motor and sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, but Ford’s Focus RS is poised to usurp authority.