Let's be completely honest here - there most aren’t any "cheap" supercars. The cars listed here still retail for what amounts to spending money on an average sized house in a 1st world country!
Whilst they certainly aren’t cheap, they are just more within reach of the people who between $250,000 to $1 million to spend on a car. When it comes to servicing these cars, they cost as much as a Honda Civic or Toyota - it's just that initial capital outlay that might take your breath away.
Here are our 5 top choices:
The 458 is powered by a 4,499 cc (274.5 cu in) V8 engine of the "Ferrari/Maserati" F136 engine family, producing 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp) at 9,000 rpm (redline) and 540 N·m (398 lb·ft) at 6,000 rpm with 80% torque available at 3,250 rpm. The engine features direct fuel injection, which is a first for Ferrari mid-engine setups in its road cars.
The only transmission available on the 458 is a dual-clutch 7-speed Getrag gearbox, in a different state of tune shared with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. There is no traditional manual option, making this the fourth road-car after the Enzo, Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia not to be offered with Ferrari's classic gated manual. It is the first mainstream model to not be offered with a manual transmission.*
An interesting fact about this car that will appeal to many Michael Schumacher fans is that the interior was designed with direct input from this former Formula 1 racing driver. It features a layout common to racing cars and the new steering wheel incorporates many controls that were normally located on the dashboard or on stalks, such as turning signals and high beams.
Approx price: $250,000 in the US, but you can pick up a great deal buying direct from an owner or through a dealer.
It is the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren since the McLaren F1, which ended production in 1998. The car's final design was unveiled in September 2009, and was launched in mid-2011.
The MP4-12C features a carbon fibre composite chassis, and is powered by a mid-mounted McLaren M838T 3.8-litre V8, twin-turbo engine developing approximately 592 hp (441 kW; 600 PS) and around 443 lb·ft (601 N·m) of torque.*
One of the interesting features of this supercar is the transmission which allows the driver to pre-select the next gear by lightly tapping on the paddle. This car is available in both hard top and soft -top convertible and comes in a wider range of colour choices than the Ferrari 458 Italia.
Performance wise, this is a car well suited to speed nuts with a recorded quarter mile time of 10.27 seconds at 135mph making it the 3rd fastest production car at the time.
Approx price: Can be bought for around $520,000.
The Audi R8 (Typ 42) is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car, which uses Audi's trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It was introduced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG in 2006. The car is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG's high performance private subsidiary company, Quattro GmbH, and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform.The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame, and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The car is built by quattro GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi's 'aluminium site' at Neckarsulm in Germany.*
This car is ideal for you if you want the speed but don't like making a huge statement. Even though this car is available in only two choices of engine, there are more flexible options in styling and models. It was also the first production car that was launched with full-LED headlamps. A plus factor for the Audi R8 is that it is more economical than either the McLaren or the Ferrari.
Approx Price: 2017 base package starts at $165,000
It is Lamborghini's best-selling model with 14,022 being built throughout its lifetime. Named after a famous breed of fighting bull, the V-10 Gallardo has been Lamborghini's sales leader and stable-mate to a succession of V-12 flagship models—first to the Lamborghini Murciélago (4,099 built between 2001 and 2011), then to the current flagship Lamborghini Aventador. On November 25, 2013, the last Gallardo was rolled off the production line.
The first generation Gallardo came with an even firing 5 litre 90 degree V10 (4961cc). The Gallardo offers two choices of transmissions, a conventional (H-Box) six-speed manual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled semi-automatic robotized manual, which Lamborghini abbreviates to "E-gear". The "E-gear" allows the driver to make shifts much faster than they could with a manual transmission. The driver shifts up and down via paddles behind the steering wheel, but can also change to an automatic mode.*
This supercar is definitely a collector's item. It is/was known in its segment for having the most varied options available in terms of models, which make it an excellent option as a collector's item.Considered to be one of the easiest supercars to drive and the most practical due to its small size. This is also the only supercar ( apart from the Audi R8, which is still available with a traditional 6-speed manual stick.
Approx Price: $380,000 – $450,000
The production Lexus LFA features a new even firing V10 engine and a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) body. CFRP materials account for 65 percent of the LFA's body composition by mass. The LFA went into production in late 2010, with a base price of US$375,000. A circuit-tuned variant debuted in 2012 with a base price of US$445,000, making it one of the most expensive Japanese road cars ever built.[ Production ended in December 2012 with 500 vehicles completed, the final version being a Nürburgring Package model.*
What makes this car unique amongst all the supercars in the world, is that this one has almost no steel in its body - the whole car is almost entirely made out of carbon-fibre and each engine is hand built. It is also one of the most limited edition supercars every built and sold in the world. A great investment for collectors of special automobiles.
Due to many unique features and looks in the Lexus LFA, this supercar is literally one of a kind and if you are lucky enough to own or be able to purchase one, you are preserving a piece of automobile art and history.
Approx Price: $500,000 - $750,000