When debating on purchasing a new vehicle, there are usually a few attributes that one looks at. These usually include personal brand preference, physical appeal and of course power. But for now, we’re just focusing on power and for 2020 there are a lot of options. So based off price, power and 0-60 mph times, here are our top picks for some of the fastest cars you can purchase under 50K.
Hyundai Veloster N
With a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower and 260 lb-fts of torque, one can’t argue about the fun-ability this car to sporting around town or as a daily. Plus the Veloster N is available in both automatic and manual transmissions; something that is rare with many new compacts. The best part is this car will sail you from 0-60 in just 5.5 seconds and has a very affordable price starting at $27,600.
Subaru WRX STI
Sporting all wheel drive and a electronically controlled differential for adaptive traction control, this 6-speed manual transmission hot hatch is a ticket to fun. Or jail. With a turbocharged 2.5 liter flat four cylinder engine the powerplant produces 310 horsepower and 290 lb-fts of torque, which will push you through a 0-60 time in just 5.2 seconds, and with a price comparable to the Veloster starting at just $27,495.
Kia Stinger GTS
The Kia Stinger is possibly one of the best looking Japanese muscle car inspired vehicles to hit our shores. And if you’re thinking purchasing a 4-door sedan with reliability and raw track inspired handling and power, this is the car. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.3 liter V-6, that boasts 365 horsepower and 376 lb-fts of torque, you’ll have no problem getting your groceries and back home before dinner. Plus, the Stinger will push you to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and is on market at a reasonable price tag of around $44,000.
Although this car will not be available in the US until 2021, we had to include it. This spicy edition the Audi line up is certainly worth a look. With tremendous curb appeal and sport inspired performance, you may be surprised with this little jewel. Pop the hood and you’ll find a turbocharged 2.0 liter that makes 288 horsepower, and although it is only available in a 7-speed automatic. This car offers all wheel-drive, sport tuned suspension and extremely quick shifts. The combo will get you to 60mph in just 4.6 seconds, and if that’s not enough the RS3 version will do a 0-60 in 3.5 seconds (Faster than any car on this list). Plus, the A3 starts at a glorious price tag of just $43,900.
Dodge Charger RT
We all know that the Dodge vehicles are not a light car. In fact, they are some of the heaviest. But think of this car as a heavy metal band with a bald eagle is your lead singer. The Charger is a 4-door sedan packed with a cast iron 392 Hemi, 6.4 liter V8 engine that puts out 485 horsepower and 475 lb-fts of torque. This lead sled combo will push the charger from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and has a price starting at $36,495.
BMW 240i XDrive
Some may mix up XDrive with a BMW M2, but that’s not the case. The difference is not just the turbo charged 3.0 liter engine that puts out 335 horsepower and 369 lb-fts of torque, but that this car is all wheel drive versus rear only. Paired with a lighting speed shifting eight speed DCT gear box, the XDrive will sail you from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Last but not least, is it will only drain your bank account of around $47,800 — and for a feisty BMW, one can say that’s a bargain.
Chevrolet Camaro SS
Slimmed down and powered up is the mantra for the new generation Camaros and the SS version is no slouch. Powered by the tried and true 6.2 liter Chevrolet V8, this powerplant is good for 455 horsepower and 455 lb-fts of torque. While the Camaro is still available in the manual transmission, the 10-speed automatic version will post a time 0 – 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and starts at a reasonable price of just $36,000.
Ford Mustang GT
Known as the American pony car, there’s no surprise that Ford motor company is continually changing the game with looks and drive train with the Mustang, and the newest GT is no let down. Powered by a 5.0 liter 4-cam V8, that puts out 460 horsepower and 420 lb-fts of torque. This little pony has a lot of kick. The 10-speed automatic, performance package version will pilot you from 0 – 60 in just 3.9 seconds and with a price starting at just around $42,000
Dodge Challenger Scat Pack
With mostly unchanged looks in the past decade, the Challenger’s exterior design team may be on break, but the performance department has been hard at work. The 2020 Challenger RT is no slouch with a 392 Hemi V-8 engine that produces 485 horsepower and 475 lb-fts of torque, the new 2020 version will snap a 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. For a such heavy beast, that’s quite a remarkable feat. Plus, the RT starts at just around $38,000