1992 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4
Without a doubt, the ZR-1 is the C4 Corvette that most collectors lust for, what with its punchy LT5 V8 and 375-405 horsepower. But in 1996, Chevrolet introduced the manual-gearbox-only LT4 V8, serving a spicy 330 hp. It was quick, fun and – during that year– the top rung of Corvette-dom. If an extra 30 horsepower doesn’t phase you, the other LT1-equipped C4s should put you down the road in a hurry as well.
2003 BMW 540i M-Sport
Can’t afford an E39 M5? Worry not. The ’03 540i M-Sport is equally cool, if but a little slower. The rarified US model toted M5-esque front and rear bumpers, stunning 18-inch wheels, six gears to row, a tougher rear differential, as well as an M-spec suspension. It might not make 395hp like its big M5 brother, but the the 290hp M-Sport does quite well on its own.
1999 Chevrolet Camaro SS
It may not have the dashing good looks of its new age counterparts, but the old F-body Camaro is far from a slouch. In 1998, GM ditched the LT1 V8 in favor of the aluminum-block LS1. Horsepower followed, a heady 305hp in the Z28 and 320hp in the hood-scooped SS. When it comes to buying a cheap fast car… you’d be hard pressed to find a better bargain.
1997 Acura Integra Type R
This one is a verifiable legend. In 1997, Acura gave the US its boy racer masterpiece – the Integra Type R. It pounced with an absolutely whizzing high-rev 1.8-liter engine, delivering 195 horsepower in a package that stripped nearly every non-essential item from the spec list. Power spun to the front-wheels via a close-ratio five-speed gearbox, applied to terra firma using a trick limited-slip differential. They don’t come up for sale quite often, but bidding on this example has remained quite low.