The fastest used cars
There are some tantalizing possibilities at the $30,000 price point. Vintage exotic? Heavily depreciated luxury car with an enormous engine? Or, decade-old sports car? Here, we list the 10 fastest used cars measured by 0-60 time. Better yet, all cars are currently available with a clean title and fewer than 75,000 miles.
#10: 2001 Aston Martin DB7
Starting things off is the most expensive (when new) and arguably the most beautiful car of the bunch. The DB7 had an original MSRP of $143,000 in 2001. It's also the only car on the list with a V12. A sumptuous 6.0 liter quad-overhead-cam engine that produces 420 horsepower and 400 lb feet of torque. 0-60 comes at you in 4.8 seconds.
#9: 2012 Maserati Quattroporte S
Hail the depreciation gods. This Maserati had an original MSRP of $127,550 just 5 years ago. There are some questionable things about the Quattroporte (as pointed out by Doug Demuro). But if you want a budget Italian V8 that produces 430 horsepower and has four doors, this is it! The 0-60 time is 4.8 seconds, tying it for 10th place.
#8: 2015 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
One of these things is not like the other. In the midst of these expensive super cars and exotics is a Japanese pocket rocket that costs just over $30,000 NEW. The $35,290 car (in 2015) also has the smallest engine: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that produces 305 hp. Nonetheless, it still manages 0-60 in 4.6 seconds. In addition, it's almost guaranteed to have the lowest running costs of any car on this list.
#7: 2007 Audi RS4
The RS4 was Audi's answer to the BMW M3 and it largely succeeded. The Audi's 4.2-litre V8 produces a hefty 420 horsepower and the car attains 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. However, many critics contend that the BMW is still the better car. The original MSRP was $68,820 and its value has held up reasonably well. Plus, just look at that grill.
#6: 2011 Jaguar XFR
There are a few things you can count on with Jaguar: big engines, fine English hides, and massive depreciation. The XFR doesn't disappoint on any of those fronts. Packing a huge 510 horsepower 5.0 liter V8, the Jag does 0-60 in an impressive 4.4 seconds. With an original list price of $80,475, this car has also lost its value faster than every car on the list other than the beleaguered Quattroporte S.
#5: 2012 BMW M3
With an original MSRP of $60,100, the M3 has held roughly half of its value over the last five years. Part of that has to do with the M3's dominance in the sports coupe category. Its 4.0-liter V-8 engine produces 414 horsepower and 295 lb feet of torque. 0-60 rushes by in 4.4 seconds.
#4: 2012 Mercedes C63 AMG
#3: 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
#2: 1998 Dodge Viper GTS
#1: 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Hailing from Detroit, the Corvette Z06 is the fastest used car one can buy for $30,000. It's not even close. The Z06’s LS7 7.0L engine delivers 505 horsepower to the wheels. 60 miles per hour arrives in only 3.7 seconds. The Corvette isn't for everyone, but no one can argue with this car's impressive performance. The car's value has also held up pretty well, falling a little more than 50% over ten years (original MSRP of $70,00).
Which of the fastest used cars should end up in your garage?
It's completely subjective, but I'm picking the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. Not only do Porsches tend to have excellent resale value, but the 4S is the only mid-engine car on this list. Add all wheel drive and you've got a seriously fun car for the price of a new Honda. Honorable mention goes to the crush-worthy Aston Martin and our "fastest car" winner, the Chevy Corvette. What's your pick? Leave it in the comments below.