Best Performance Cars for Your Budget

Are you looking for a car that has an excellent performance rate that’s within your budget?

You don’t have to buy an expensive car in order to enjoy a world-class driving experience. You’ll be happy to know that there are great performance cars you can afford. You can get some really neat vehicles with turbo and supercharged gas engines manufactured from lighter materials and possessing top quality chassis control systems and cabin technology.

Here’s a list of cars, all under $40,000 that are sure to thrill you without breaking your budget.

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Top 6 Performance Cars of 2018

If you’re shopping for a performance car, you have plenty of options, but not all are created equal. Sports cars are stereotypically expensive, but 2018 offers quite a few options that are affordable without sacrificing the quality and speed. If you have a big budget, then you can also find a performance car that will fulfill your need for speed.

Lexus LC

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The sleek lines and angles of the LC look sharp and let other people on the road know that your car can move. Some people prefer the V8 engine for the strength and speed, while others may prefer the LC hybrid for the fuel efficiency. It’s a top ranking performance vehicle with a reasonably affordable price tag. 

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Highest Horsepower Cars of 2018

While American’s tastes in vehicle change with alarming frequency, powerful cars never seem to disappear from the radar. The alluring factor of a massive engine is almost irresistible to even lukewarm automotive fans, and nearly every manufacturer, domestically and abroad, brings at least one vehicle to showrooms each year. If you have an insatiable need for speed when you’re on the I-35 or downtown Dallas, check out a few of the highest horsepower cars for 2018.

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Mclaren Fans Can Now Get Winter Tires

Dallas is not known as the snow capital of the world, and the McLaren 570 models are not known for their wintertime prowess. However, if you would like to take your McLaren out in cold weather, you now have the tire to do it.

The designers at McLaren got together with the folks at Pirelli to create the perfect winter tire for all of the models in their 570 series. As with everything McLaren does, these aren’t your average winter tires.

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Venom F5: An Insane Amount of Horsepower

Ferrari, Bugatti, Chiron, and McLaren are the big boys in the supercar industry, pumping out limited numbers of the world’s fastest cars each year. However, the American company Hennessey is turning heads throughout the automotive industry with their specially designed sports cars that pump out absurd power, speed numbers, and exorbitant price tags. The latest incarnation is the Hennessey Venom F5.  (more…)

Building a Performance Chassis

Dallas auto enthusiasts are part of a unique class of drivers with discerning taste in cars. The Texas car culture is infectious, drawing interest from drivers with high standards about their cars’ appearance. And their commitment to excellence doesn’t stop with good looks. For many members of this Dallas “club,” peak performance is also a must.

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Why Porsche Has Never Had a Front Grille

In a recent interview with Porsche’s head designer Michael Mauer, Road and Track Magazine learned something very interesting about Porsche. They have never had a front grille. The claim set the car world talking about the differences between a grille and an air intake.  

What Is a Grille?

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We aren’t talking about the kind you flip burgers on. The grille we’re talking about is a metal grid on the front of a car that allows air to enter. As you drive down the road, air flows across the engine and the radiator, helping to cool them. (more…)

A History of the Porsche 911

In 1963, the Porsche 911 was developed. It was patterned after the Porsche 356, with a bigger body and more seating. The model made its debut at the Frankfurt Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung Motor Show. Initially named 901, the moniker had to be changed to escape a conflict with another automobile brand. The original 911 could reach a speed of 131 miles per hour. Vroom, vroom. Read on to learn more about the intriguing history of this epic vehicle.

A Star Is Born

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A few more models of the Porsche 911 were manufactured before the megastar of them all was born. The Carrera RS 2.7 came about in 1973. It is considered one of the most popular 911s among car lovers today. Its famous ducktail rear spoiler is the first of its kind worldwide. A 1973 lightweight model recently sold for over $1 million dollars at an RM Sotheby’s auction. Now, (more…)

Go for Refined Fun in the 2017 Camaro 2.0T

Fast cars don’t need to come with a sky-high price. That’s the philosophy behind the Chevy Camaro, and it’s why the sports car (completely redesigned in 2016) offers a range of trims that ends in the luxury car price range but starts with models that cost the same as a mid-level Cruze. And while the top-tier Camaro has a lot more power and plenty of features, the Camaro 2.0T trims won’t disappoint you with what they have to offer.

More Power From Less Weight

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The 2.0-liter engine only gives you four cylinders compared to the ZL1’s eight, but the 2017 Camaro makes the most of those cylinders. Thanks to features like a turbocharger and variable valve timing, the 2.0T engine punches way above its weight by delivering 275 (more…)

Porsche’s New Carbon Fiber Wheels

Carbon fiber has been around for years, but it keeps getting more popular every year thanks to new composites with the strength of steel and prices that become approachable for more and more consumers. The latest news from the world of carbon-fiber composites is that Porsche is adding a carbon-fiber wheel option to its 911 Turbo S Exclusive.

How They Did It

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While carbon-fiber composites can be stronger than steel, the material has a few disadvantages compared to metal. When you hit metal hard enough, it’ll bend or dent but otherwise stay intact. When you hit carbon fiber just as hard, it tears and loses a lot of its strength. (more…)