5 Ford Shelby GT500
It took a while for the Ford Shelby to come out of its shell and become a true threat at the track. The Shelby is 662 seriously affordable horses, and it brings along with it that backbone Ford warranty. Zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds? We’ll take that, too. Thanks to the new lighter weight aluminum block engine, updated cooling designs, and Ford engineers attempting to make a goal of 600 ft-lb of torque, the 2013 Shelby is a beast of a car. And again, that warranty man, that sweet, sweet warranty. Excessive and American, I love it.
4 MX-5 Miata
Never, ever, underestimate the power of the little Miata. This thing is super light, and super powerful, and just eats up corners. Car clubbers have loved taking the Miata to track for years. Why? There is magic in the Miata with its awesome balance of power and weight distribution. You can’t just call the Miata zippy, because that sounds lame for a vehicle that offers true performance in a small, and very reasonably priced package.
3 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
A supercar with a GM warranty? Sign me up. With 638 horses and 604 feet of torque, along with selectable stability control based on how you like to drive, it’s almost hard to think of a Corvette being this fast and powerful. Chevrolet has made it perfectly clear: The ZR1 is no car to mess with.
2 Nissan 370Z
This author’s personal favorite, Nissan’s supercar is yours for less than 44k – and as low as 31k. The car is made to be a cheap track machine: It roars at 332 horses, weighs in at 3,200 lbs, and carries a 3.7 V6 engine. Hardcore drivers will either love or hate the auto rev-matching downshift capabilities, but no matter what people may think of the SynchroRev, the way the 370Z handles corners is simply insane.
1 Subaru Impreza WRX
The supercharged Impreza attacks almost any corner you approach – it’s an absolute cornering monster. This car was designed to take curves, and it’s been a legend since its release. The 2013 model has 265 horsepower, a 2.5-liter engine, and an all-wheel drive train – so little has changed over the years that it goes to show how perfect the Impreza was from the beginning.