Some good but decent priced sport cars or coupes. Looking at Cameros, and Mustangs. I would like to stick to American vehicles, but I am open to foreign as well. Good power, and tech. Suggestions?
Not sure if you're looking at V6 or V8 engine or Man. Trans or Auto...but the Mustang GT with Man. Trans is good choice (not crazy about the Camaro). There are a TON of both cars on the road. Have you considered a Nissan 370Z or Infiniti G37? I've owned a 350Z previously and have the G37 Coupe now...both are awesome. The Nissan VQ engine used in both cars is very well built and durable with good HP and acceleration with its 3.7L V6 engine (332 HP in the 370Z, 330HP in the Infiniti G37). Both can be had with Man or Auto Trans. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a helluva good looking car with great power from its 3.8L V6 (348 HP)...I'm still on the fence on Korean cars...it's a real looker though! I do like the Subaru BR-Z and Scion FR-S for being reasonably priced sports cars...obviously not huge on HP (only 200 HP), but good performers and since they aren't big sellers right now, you could probably negotiate a really good deal on one right now!
I don't consider the Mustang, Camaro or Challenger to be "sport" cars. Certainly they are sporty, but not true sports cars. Sport cars would be the Mazda Miata, Chevrolet Corvette, Nissan 370Z, Mazda RX8 etc. I too am not a fan of the Camaro as I think it has a very cheap looking interior and visibility is horrible from the inside. Currently in my opinion the Mustang is the best looking and best made car in the retro muscle car category. I am the former owner of a 2008 Bullitt Mustang and I liked it very much, but the new ones are even better.
Definitely agree on the enthusiast/purist point of view that neither the Mustang nor Camaro are true sportscars...They fall under the muscle car / sporty coupe category. But take it from the former owner of a Mazda MX-5, Nissan 350Z, Toyota MR2, and Mazda RX-7 ...true sportscars can be hard to live with at times and aren't as practical as a sports coupe. COMM_FT...sounds like you're not even looking for a 2 seater anyway. What have you test driven so far??
Racer X and Bob bothe covered the list pretty well and I would go test drive as many as you can to figure out which one suits you best. I personally have driven most of these cars and they each have a different fun factor. I have owned 13 miata's and currently a 89 Mustang GT. I think the miata is one of the best entry level sports cars due to affordability across the years theres one for almost any budget, great handling, realiability, 50/50 wieght balance, 30 mpg depending on how heavy your right foot is and great aftermarket supply of performace parts. All of the other cars are much faster but the way the miata handles is like have a two seat go cart it loves the twisty roads. Heres the 3 generations of miatas as shown.
Oh I almost fogot the 2016 Miata MX-5.
Another plus on the MX-5 is they are just about bullet proof when it comes to their drive train reliability The 2016 model looks pretty good and I'd say they will probably sell very well.
The 2016 MX-5 certainly looks better than my old 2011 model. I do think it was a mistake to do away with the Power Retractable Hardtop (PRHT) option and to decrease the HP from 167 to 155. The PRHT did add some weight to my 2011, but it damn sure gave me more peace of mind in terms of security, weather, storage...plus it was sooo easy to use. I would have thought that adding the SkyActiv Tech would allow the car to gain HP. Loved the car, but my next convertible (IF I do ever buy another one) will have to be something different.
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