Sport Cars – These New Sports Cars Are Surprisingly Cheap To Maintain
Buying a new sports car is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many gearheads, who might have saved up for years to be able to afford one. That experience can quite easily be ruined by an unreliable machine that breaks down constantly and costs a fortune in maintenance. Thankfully, in today’s market, there’s more choice than ever for buying a hassle-free car.
Most buyers know that opting for traditional muscle like a Mustang or a Camaro will mean an easy ownership experience, or that buying a Mazda Miata means build quality won’t be an issue. But, there’s actually a much wider variety of sports cars out there that are straightforward to maintain. From track weapons to family-hauling sports sedans, these sports cars mean even the most scrupulous of savers won’t need to worry.
10 Honda Civic Type R
Honda’s long-running hot hatch not only sports the brand’s famed reliability, but it keeps the space and practicality that a regular Civic offers. With a 316 hp engine, it’s powerful enough to be seriously fun on a track but can still drive home in comfort too.
Maintenance isn’t really a thought for most Type R buyers, as unless the car is really flogged for an extended period of time it shouldn’t have any issues. It might not be a pure-bred sports car, but for a hassle-free ownership experience, the Civic Type R is generally one of the best options around.
9 BMW M2 Competition
The BMW M2 C’s sporting prowess cannot be understated, with Top Gear calling it “one of the best driver’s cars full stop”. It offers the excellent engine out of the M3 and M4, has top-tier handling and it looks great as well.
Being a BMW, maintenance won’t be the cheapest, but it should be relatively hassle-free. A yearly trip to a BMW service center should be all that’s required, with the car boasting a surprisingly strong reliability rating.
8 Kia Stinger
A Kia sedan capable of tire-shredding burnouts would have been the butt of a joke a decade or two ago, but the Stinger proves just how far the brand has come in a short period of time. Fast, fun, and practical, the Stinger provides a compelling alternative to the usual BMW 3 and 5 Series.
The car comes with up to 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain warranty, which is not only market-leading but also unheard of for anything that could be called ‘sporty’. The general warranty is 5 years, so for the first half-decade of ownership Stinger buyers won’t have to worry about any unforeseen costs. Given that the Stinger makes up to 356 hp, that’s a pretty unbeatable offer for maintenance.
7 Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche’s baby sports car is an all-around great machine that’s both fast and brilliant to drive. It’s not uncommon to see examples on the used market with over 100,000 miles on, which is a testament to the car’s unfailing nature.
It’s a pure-bred Porsche, which means a chassis built from the ground up to provide maximum driving thrills. It also means the build quality of the Cayman is generally very good, so there shouldn’t be a lot of maintenance that’s needed in the first few years of ownership.
6 Chevrolet Corvette
The flagship muscle Chevy recently saw the launch of its eighth generation, which made several radical changes, including changing the engine to a mid-mounted position. Also considered in the re-design was maintenance, and Chevy has taken great care to make the C8 as maintenance-friendly as possible.
As this article from GM Authority shows, the C8 sports a reasonable service interval for a performance car, and Chevy made sure that things like the oil filter are easily accessible for owners who prefer to do their own maintenance. That’s a big difference from many manufacturers, who like to make DIY services as difficult as possible to force owners to come back to dealerships regularly.
5 Toyota GT86
When it launched in 2012, there wasn’t anything else like the GT86 on the market. Well, apart from the Subaru BRZ, which is essentially a rebadged 86. Still, it fills a niche that many gearheads had been hoping for years, being a small, affordable but reliable sports car.
Being a Toyota, GT86s are fiercely reliable, and like the Porsche Cayman, many come up on the used market with six-digit mileage. Unlike the Cayman, servicing for the 86 is very cheap, being comparable to many other popular passenger cars. For all-out money-saving, it’s difficult to beat a GT86.
4 Nissan 370Z
Nissan’s aging 370Z sports car has been on sale since 2009, and many consider it to be too old to be competitive in today’s market. But, for those who want an analog, old-school driving experience, it’s actually one of the few new options left.
It’ll shortly be replaced by the 400Z, although the exact time frame for that new car’s arrival is unclear. In the meantime, a new 370Z offers not only a unique back-to-basics drive but also refreshingly uncomplicated construction, which makes maintenance a breeze.
3 Audi TT
The Audi TT might slip under the radar of many gearheads, as it’s been on sale since the end of the 20th Century with very little in the way of radical changes. The truth is it doesn’t need them, as Audi’s iterative upgrades have made sure that the TT is still competitive even in today’s market.
It’s small, fast, and handles well, and although Audi’s reliability rating is hardly stellar, the TT still fares decently in comparison to other sports cars. Maintaining a TT that’s higher mileage is going to cost some big bucks, but for the first 50,000 miles or so very few owners report significant problems. So, new buyers should probably aim to get a few years out of their car and sell it before maintenance becomes a hassle.
2 Subaru WRX STI
The sporty Subaru has long been a favorite among young people wanting their first sports car, and that’s partly because it’s so simple to take care of. WRXs are built to take a beating, and many do over their lifetimes.
But, the flipside of that is that buying a new WRX means buying a tougher sports sedan than many of the other offerings on the market. Given Subaru’s historic connections to rallying, it’s probably the only sporty car here that’s off-road capable, too.
1 Toyota Supra
While some purists would argue that the new Supra is to BMW and not enough Toyota, most agree that it’s still an amazing car. It’s a model that many thought would never arrive, but thanks to cost-sharing with the German brand the A90 Supra managed to make production.
As with most cars that have a Toyota badge, the Supra is largely reliable, although it’s still too new to evaluate its long-term durability. Still, buying new means a Toyota warranty, Japanese build quality, and the prestige of the Supra name badge. That combination means owners will be able to drive tens of thousands of miles before the thought of expensive maintenance even crosses their minds.
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