A Sports Car Is In Your Reach

April 17th, 2020 by

A popular used car in Indianapolis, a gray 2015 Ford Mustang convertible is driving on a mountain road.

One of the great advantages of shopping for used cars is that it gives you the option of looking at vehicles you could never afford if they were new. Now you could use this advantage of used cars to look at something like a Chevy Suburban or a Toyota Sequoia, but you could also use it to buy yourself something truly special. Sure, there might come a time when you really want to be able to carry seven people and their luggage while pulling a trailer, but what about being able to enjoy yourself every time you get into your car to get some groceries? So as you look for used cars in Indianapolis, take a moment to look at some of the exciting sports cars that you might not have considered before. To start your search, here are some of the best deals in used sports cars today. And to top it off, all of the fun cars below will run you no more than a new midsize economy sedan.

The Ford Mustang GT

One of the best options for used sports cars is the American icon, the Ford Mustang. While it may not have the refinement of some European sports cars, it is the most affordable way to get lots of horsepower. The four seats and good-sized trunk also means that owning a Mustang is not incompatible with going on a road trip or taking the family out to dinner (although your passengers will have to fight to see who gets confined in the back seat). And despite its power, the Mustang is still a fairly simple American car, so maintenance fees are not going to cost you an arm and a leg the way some foreign sports cars might.

The sixth generation of this legendary car was introduced in 2016, and this model is probably the best deal for a Mustang among the used cars in Indianapolis. However, do not settle for the four-cylinder EcoBoost. While that engine is powerful enough to leave economy cars in its dust, the real Mustang experience comes with the V8 engine of the GT model. Producing about 435 horsepower, this beast will take you from a dead stop to 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds. This is roughly a full second faster than the EcoBoost can. And while many would argue that a sports car should have a manual transmission, the Mustang is an exception as the automatic option is noticeably faster.

In short, while the Mustang GT might not turn heads the way a more unique car might, it is the rarity of a sports car that can actually double as a practical daily driver. This makes it the go-to option for people looking to have fun in something that will be their only car. But while that practicality is there, whether leaving a red light or on the drag strip, you will know that the Mustang GT is a real sports car at heart.

The Chevrolet Corvette

A silver 2013 Chevy Corvette is parked in an empty lot near Indianapolis, IN.

If you want something a little more interesting than a Mustang, keep your eyes open as you are browsing for used cars in Indianapolis for a low mileage Chevrolet Corvette. Right now, very good deals can be had on the sixth generation of the Corvette (the C6), which was sold from 2005 to 2013. Although these cars are older than a similarly-priced Mustang GT, they are not so old that they will have dated interiors or require constant maintenance. And while opting for this two-seat car will lose a lot of the practicality that is offered by the Mustang GT, the Corvette will get you a low-slung honest-to-goodness sports car with superior performance.

Like the Mustang GT, the C6 Corvette is also powered by a V8 engine, and it actually has a touch less horsepower (only 430 instead of 435). However, while horsepower figures may give bragging rights, what really matters is how the car performs. And the Corvette outperforms the Mustang GT across the board. Because the Corvette is the lighter car, even with less horsepower, it is far faster with a zero to sixty time of just 4.0 seconds––not bad for a car that will cost you less than a new Camry. The lighter weight of the Corvette, when combined with its design, will also give it better agility on the track or on winding roads.

Overall, a used Corvette is one of the best sports cars that you can get for your money. It makes a great choice for someone who wants an incredible driving experience and who can afford to sacrifice a bit of practicality to get it. However, if you do not have a second car for mundane tasks and bad weather, a Corvette will probably not work out well for you. And because practicality is not the name of the game with the Corvette, we would suggest looking at the convertible version with the manual transmission to maximize fun. Even if you have never driven a manual before, it is never too late to learn.

The Porsche Cayman / Boxster

A yellow 2016 Porsche Cayman is racing around a track.

However, if you really want the best driving experience possible in this price range, then you will have to look at foreign cars—namely, the Porsche Boxster or Cayman. Despite having two names, these are really the same car––the Boxster is a convertible, while the Cayman is a hardtop. Although these cars are not built for speed like the Corvette or Mustang GT, the Boxster and Cayman are lightweight and perfectly balanced with dreamlike handling and agility. The best deals for these models among the used cars of Indianapolis are from the 981 series, which was a contemporary of the Corvette C6 and sold from 2012 to 2016.

The 981 series of the Boxster and Cayman is particularly desirable because the next generation of the cars switched to a smaller turbocharged engine. The engine is actually what gives the Boxster its name, instead of an inline or V-shaped engine, the Boxster and Cayman are powered by a flat six-cylinder boxer engine. This somewhat rare choice helps to lower the center of gravity of the car and improve its handling. In another departure from the Corvette and Mustang GT, the Boxster and Cayman are mid-engine cars with their engine positioning behind the driver. Again, this is done to improve the balance and handling of the car.

In terms of raw power, the Boxster and Cayman are rather unimpressive for sports cars. The base model only has 265 horsepower, while the S model has 315 horsepower. This limits the cars to 0 to 60 times of 5.2 seconds for the base model or 4.2 seconds for the S model (although that is still far better than the new mainstream cars that you would be looking at for this money). But raw speed is not the point of a Porsche, and with a skilled driver on a twisty road, the superb balance and handling of these cars can leave even a Corvette behind.

Finding Your Used Sports Car

It doesn’t matter which of these sports cars you chose to pursue further, you will be buying a far more enjoyable driving experience than you would have gotten in shopping for a new economy sedan or a used SUV in the same price range. So spend some time here on Online.Cars exploring your options, and find yourself a car that will make you look for reasons to go for a drive instead of looking for reasons to avoid one.