Top Ten: Bargain Sports Cars For £8,000

Some of the cheapest new cars in Britain cost around £8,000. They’re perfectly worthy, but we know you can get more. This is where the classifieds come in.

For £8,000, the world is your oyster. Even if you restrict a search to only looking at the sportiest cars for the money, there’s endless choice.

Here, we pick out 10 of the best buys at the moment.

BMW Z3

BMW Z3

The BMW Z3 wasn’t the best sports car when new, but a few years on, it makes a great sports cruiser – particularly with the later 3.0-litre straight-six engine. It’s effortlessly fast, pleasant to drive and makes a lovely noise.

We saw: 2000 BMW Z3 3.0i (55,000 miles): £8,000

Fiat Barchetta

Fiat Barchetta

A retro modern classic choice, the Fiat Barchetta is left-hand drive only and is based on a 1990s Fiat Punto, but you don’t buy it for the on-limit thrills: you buy it for how it looks, and for its sheer rarity factor.

We saw: 2004 Fiat Barchetta 1.8 (35,000 miles): £8,000

Honda CR-Z

Honda CR-Z

The green sports car choice, Honda’s innovative little CR-Z paired a petrol engine with an electric motor for a form of fuel-efficiency hybrid drive. It also looks distinctive, although it’s not the most practical of cars, even for a sports car.

We saw: 2012 Honda CR-Z Sport (35,000 miles): £8,000

Honda S2000

Honda S2000

One of the most extreme sports cars you can buy for £8,000, the S2000’s highly strung 2.0-litre VTEC engine demands hard driving and high revs, but the rewards if you do so are out of this world. It’s Honda-like for reliability as well.

We saw: 2005 Honda S2000 (100,000 miles): £8,000

Mercedes-Benz SLK (Mk2)

Mercedes-Benz SLK

The much-improved second generation Mercedes SLK was a real step on – particularly in potent 272bhp 3.5-litre V6 SLK 350 guise. The seven-speed automatic gearbox gives it an advanced feel and it’s surprisingly entertaining to drive.

We saw: 2005 Mercedes SLK 350 (50,000 miles): £8,000

Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5

The archetypal soft-top roadster is everyone’s favourite budget sports car. Charming, friendly and oh so easy to drive, the little Mazda isn’t the world’s best-selling sports car for nothing, you know. Top-notch reliability adds used market kudos.

We saw: 2009 Mazda MX-5 2.0 Sport (30,000 miles): £8,000

Nissan 350Z

Nissan 350Z

The 350Z put Nissan sports cars back on the map: the Z car had returned. It’s a traditional sports car in its lack of refinement and so-so quality, sadly, but overlook all that for the way it drives, sounds and handles.

We saw: 2007 Nissan 350Z (60,000 miles): £8,000

Peugeot RCZ

Peugeot RCZ

The sporty Peugeot that’s so much more exciting than a period hot hatch. Equipped with tuned suspension and a powerful range of engines including a GTI-like 1.6-litre turbo, it’s a good-looking charmer that’s widely available in the secondhand market.

We saw: 2010 Peugeot RCX 1.6 THP GT (70,000 miles): £8,000

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Boxster

The Porsche Boxster was a groundbreaking two-seat soft-top roadster in so many ways – not least for the fact it saved Porsche by opening up its model range to a whole new wave of customers. It still stands up to scrutiny today.

We saw: 2005 Porsche Boxster 2.7 (100,000 miles): £8,000

Smart Roadster

Smart Roadster

It’s far from perfect: naturally it’s small and not very practical, while its automated manual gearbox will always be frustrating. But look at the positives. It has a mid-mounted engine, is rear-wheel drive, looks great and costs pennies to run. Budget sports car heaven, no?

We saw: 2007 Smart Roadster Finale (35,000 miles): £6,000

Source : https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/cars/car-features/top-ten-bargain-sports-cars-for-8000_534e05075ccf99e74fa8ea6a9891a56f/

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