One of the most common questions we get asked by new members is “What are the best cars to start out with?” While everyone has a different perception of what is hot and what is not, there are some undeniably good deals. This three part series will show you the best bang for the buck cars broken down in $100k, $75k, and $50k price points.
While busting the common misconception that all exotics are upwards of a quarter million, the cars in this list can all be bought for under $100k with relatively low miles and high options.
Obtaining these cars at the optimal price point gives leverage to you on both the purchase and the potential resale in terms of price.
One of the most jaw-dropping deals on the market now is the ability to own a Lamborghini for less than $100k. The Gallardo is the Lambo in question and is one of our most hackable exotic cars with over a dozen of our students purchasing/reselling theirs with enjoyment and ease. The models you’ll want to look for at the price point are the first generation 6 speed manual transmission. While they are older and may create some hassle when applying for financing, a little extra research is nothing compared to getting to drive a Lambo for free.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
The Porsche 911 Turbo S makes it on our list from the prestige and power Porsche exudes in this model. Current prices on 2012 and previous model years are right below the $100,000 mark and deliver amazing value for the money. Subtle styling which is not for everyone, but still brings Porsche right up there with Lamborghini and Ferrari in terms of turning heads. Also comes with usable power and handling that everyone can enjoy. Not far from a race car with all the comforts needed to take you to the office Monday to Friday and to the track on the weekends.
Bentley Continental GT
We were hesitant in adding the Bentley GT Speed since prices on modern models are right around the $100,00 mark we couldn’t deny their hacking potential. Despite Bentley having a rough start with electronics and trim issues with the their first generation model year GT’s, we feel that the 2007 onward has not seen as many angry owners and does an unbelievable job delivering great performance and amazing luxury. We also believe this is one of the best and most elegant Bentley’s in history with the beautiful upgraded wheels, seats and veneer on the inside.
Another shocking deal is certain Ferrari F430 models. Specifics matter with this car as their transmissions make a world of difference when hacking. The Ferrari F430 is the exact opposite of older Ferrari models like the 360 Modena and needs to be bought as an automatic as clutch problems plague the earlier model F430s that fall under the $100k price point. While it may have taken over a decade to accomplish, Ferrari’s have depreciated enough to where the common man can achieve owning one of the most prestigious exotic car brands.
Mercedes-Benz S Class AMG
Mercedes-Benz never fails to deliver some of the most luxurious vehicles ever produced. The modern day S-class proves that to be true. The sixth generation is what we are looking at specifically in this case (2013-present). These are some of the most prestigious four door sedans on the market and offer a lot of class from the inside out. With Designo interior packages you could obtain a luxurious feel that still has the drive-able edge that AMG has created. The S63 will of course be the best bet as the S65’s still haven’t depreciated to their full hacking potential.
A staple car used with our methods is the Audi R8 V10 first generation. The R8 is a major bang for the buck, packing a lot of power in a sleek sports car design. Designed with comfort and driveability in mind, the R8 is a car anyone could get into and feel at ease hitting top speeds. The price points for these cars will range between $90k-$75k dependent on transmission (manual always holds value) and option list.
Aston Martin Virage
Much like Right Said Fred and his song “I’m Too Sexy” the Virage was a one hit wonder. The Virage was built for 2012 only, being incredibly beautiful and carrying all the power and refinement that comes along with the Aston Martin badge. After the evolvement of the DB9 and the Vanquish there was no longer a need for the Virage and it soon began to fade into the background. This fact alone makes it a great hack. Depreciated from being relatively unknown to the masses, but valued heavily by the collectors and aficionados. While the Coupe is preferred, the market is flooded with Volantes all swimming along the $100K-$85K range and aren’t looking to drop any further any time soon.
Mercedes-Benz G Class AMG
Following the theme of SUVs, the Mercedes-Benz G Wagon can be hacked for under $100k. While the miles may be a little higher to allow for such a low price, it doesn’t take away from the strong presence this vehicle gives off in the realm of exotic/luxury cars. Keep away from the G550 as it doesn’t bare the “AMG” badge and depreciates much faster without the upgraded engine. The G series is timeless and is a great daily driver able to navigate suburban streets and the off-roads.
We hope you enjoyed our picks for some of today’s hottest exotics under $100,000. We know that we are all going to share different opinions, but we think that regardless of which model you choose, you can hardly go wrong. There were many other cars that fit being a great buy under a $100,000, but we felt these fit the bill best.