3 BEST SUMMER SPORTS CARS FOR UNDER $100K AVAILABLE IN CANADA NOW

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BY IAN PALMER

Do you want to get behind the wheel of a spanking-new sports car, cruise down the open road with the wind in your hair, and enjoy some thrilling speed and responsive handling?

With the balmy weather upon us and the lockdown restrictions gradually lifting, now might be a good time to drive the sports car of your dreams off the dealership lot and onto your driveway.

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Buying used or leasing new will help save you some money upfront. But maybe you want to own outright a vehicle that’s so new that the only posterior that touches the driver’s seat before yours does is the one belonging the person who drives the sports car from the car carrying trailer to the dealership lot. There are, fortunately, lots of options in the sports car category where prices can go from the tens of thousands of dollars to the millions of dollars.

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You don’t have to spend seven-figure money to get a great sports car, though. What follows is a look at some of the best brand-new sports cars priced at under $100K in Canada. Any one of these could top the list for best sports car for the money.

BMW M2 – From $72,000

With the standard three-litre twin-turbocharge engine that produces 405 hp and maximum torque of 406 lb-ft, the BMW M2 combines power, responsive handling and a definite fun factor.

It also takes south of five seconds to reach 100 km/h, and it has a top speed of 250 km/h – though that figure can reach 280 km/hr with the optional M Driver’s Package. The BMW M2 has plenty of competition in the stacked coupes segment, and some of the other contenders admittedly offer even better performance levels. But when you look at the BMW M2’s mix of luxury and drivability, there’s no denying it’s a worthy contender in the sports car space.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R – From $92,420

When the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R was first released back in 2016, it came with the 5.2-litre V8 under the hood. The engine was greeted with much fanfare. In a classic case of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”, Ford has ensured that the 2020 edition of the sports car features the same much-beloved engine. While the engine is the same, the sports car does benefit from some changes on the aerodynamic and suspension fronts. The Mustang has 526 hp under the hood, features 429 lb-ft of torque and goes from zero to 100 km/h in less than five seconds. Its MagneRide Damping System, designed to take responsive suspension to the next level, provides a smooth, balanced ride regardless of changes in road conditions.

Porsche 718 Cayman S – From $79,300

With 350 in hp, a top speed of 285 km/h, acceleration of zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package – or zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds without the package upgrade – the real-wheel drive 718 Cayman is a particularly sporty sports car. Described by its manufacturer as a “corner-devouring coupe” with “performance-oriented ergonomics,” the Porsche 716 Cayman S is another worthy addition to the sports car space. Among other things, its sports steering wheel comes from the 918 Spyder. The GT Sport steering wheel – which is an optional feature – is smaller in diameter and is designed to enhance the cockpit feel you get when in the driver’s seat.

These are just some of the best sports cars in Canada that you can get for south of $100K. You don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot. So if your goal is to buy a new sports car sooner rather than later and you don’t want to spend too much, consider adding these 3 options to your shortlist.