18 Cheap Cars to Build Fast (Part 2)
This is part 2 of 18 Cheap Cars to Build Fast, click here to read part 1: 18 Cheap Cars to Build Fast.
6. Mazda MX-5 Miata
The latest Mazda MX-5 Miata costs nearly $25,000 but you can get 5-year-old MX-5 Miata for less than $10,000 or a 10 year-old MX-5 Miata for less than $5,000. Many Mazda fans purchase a used Miata and rebuild them to a real fast car. The original engine under the hood of a 2011 Mazda Miata has at least 167 hp and 140 pound-feet or torque. It has a lot of potential thus many people tune the engine up to 200 hp.
7. Mazda RX-8 (2003-2012)
The heart of the Mazda RX-8 is a 1.3-liter rotary engine rating 212 to 232 hp. The cheapest price you can get in the market is approximately $4,000 to $5,000. Thanks to its perfectly balanced weight distribution, the Mazda RX-8 is one of the best handling cars ever made. There won’t be any regret if you are looking for cheap cars to build fast because the original RX-8 is already fast enough.
8. BMW M3 (E46)
The new BMW M3 requires deep pocket to own one. However, you can get an earlier model below $15,000 such as the E46 (2000 – 2006), E36 (1992-1999) or E30 (1985-1992). The E46 uses BMW’s 3.2 L S54 M-tuned engine pumping 338 hp @ 7900 rpm. You can still modify for more powers if you think it is not fast enough. With limited budget, you can get a good M3 E36 at $6000-$7000.
9. Subaru Impreza WRX
The Subaru Impreza will impress you with its power. The WRX debuted in 1992 with a 240 hp engine. A 240-horsepower car in early 90s is considered powerful and fun enough even in 2016. The 1997 model added with forged pistons and the power was increased to 280 PS. Second generation of Subaru Impreza (2000-2007) has a few powertrain variants, rating from 261 hp to 280 hp. There are various type of Subaru engines available for the Impreza WRX therefore it is one of the great cars to build fast at low price. The engine sound of the Subaru Impreza WRX will impress you for sure.
10. Mitsubishi 3000GT / Mitsubishi GTO / Dodge Stealth (1991-1999)
The Mitsubishi GTO is the legend of Japan. It was one of the best cars ever built by Mitsubishi. This 2-door coupe sports car look fast and it is really fast. It is cheap to buy and you will have a lot of fun to own one. Under the hood, the top model features a DOHC 24-valve twin-turbo engine producing 396 horsepower at 6000 rpm. This is an impressive amount for a sports car built in the 90s.
11. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
A 10 year-old Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution costs less than 10 grand. You will have a lot of fun to rebuild or modify this car because the original 2.0-liter 4G63T engine in an Evolution VII is pumping 276 horsepower. Get an Evolution III (1995-1996), Evolution IV (1996-1998), Evolution V (1998-1999) or Evolution VI (1999-2001). Any of these generations are very cheap to buy and build into a real fast car.
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