The Fastest Cars You Can Buy For $20,000

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You don’t have to spend super money to own a super fast car. These are the fastest rides you can get your hand on right now for just under the 20k benchmark.

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1999 – 2004 Mustang Cobra

Now the real gem is the brilliant 2003 – 2004 “Terminator” Cobra, which sported a supercharged version of the Cobra’s 32-valve DOHC V8 and independent rear suspension. You might have to shop around for a good Terminator for under the 20k mark, but a 1999 – 2002 Cobra should be no problem.
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1996 – 2002 Trans Am WS6

The market on just about every non-classic Pontiac has hit the floor. The good news is that you can pick up the 325hp, LS1 powered WS6 Trans Am for a song. Spending your left over cash on a roller camshaft and a set of lifters will make you the resident street bully.
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C5 Corvette

It’s easy to forget about the C5 Corvette in the wake of the new C7 Stingray, but this LS1 powered, light-weight platform is ripe for bolt-ons and upgrades. And that’s beside the point, because you can have a proper Corvette for under 20k.
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BMW M3 E46

With it’s near perfect balance and 3.2L, DOHC, 338hp straight-six engine, this is the first car on the list that’s a monster on the straight as well as in the corners… and has an interior that won’t make you cringe.
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2002 – 2006 Impreza WRX STI

Any newer than 2006 will probably put you over the 20k mark, but the WRX STI’s boxer engine, 6-speed manual gearbox and AWD is great fun to drive, even in the winter months, and will take you to 60mph in 4.8 seconds.
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2004 – 2006 Cadillac CTS-V

This is not your grandfather’s Cadillac. With a 400hp 6.0L V8, you’ll be dusting off just about everybody between the lights.
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2003 – 2006 Mercedes CL600

Repair and running costs aside, there’s perhaps no greater bargain right now than the Mercedes CL600 with it’s twin-turbocharged V12 making almost 500hp. As a bonus, you’ll look like you’re in the mob.
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