Let’s let this straight, this is a list for the fastest cars under 30k, not the most practical. This is only a list for the people out there that want the fastest of the fast, but, they do not have the money to buy straight off the lot, with that being said, a lot of the cars on this list are 10+ years old, but hey, who cares about that, when you have 500 horsepower cranking out of the hood.
Extra! 1995- Dodge Viper SRT-1
If I did not already make this clear, this is not a list for the faint of heart, and this car is here to prove it, with 400 horsepower and 450 lb, this car is about as extreme as it gets for this list, even I admit, this car is about as impractical as it gets, no air bags, traction control? Nope, Anti-Lock brakes? Nope, power steering? Well, yes! But even after all of that, this is still a great car, and if all of those things do not matter to you, (and getting about 10mpg) this might be the car for you, fast, fun, and crazy!
5. 2005 Cadillac XLR
So, after that crazy entry, we need to take it a bit slower, but not to slow because the XRL is no slouch, while it may be slower than the downright crazy Viper, it pulls out a respectable 5.8 0-60, although I’m going to say that the gearing is so bad its not even funny, some people, who have put in the much closer, and faster 3.74 gear ratio have pulled times from any wear from 5.5 to a crazy fast 5 flat, and that’s before you even touch the engine. On the bright side, the XLR was a rather pricy car, so the interior is nice, but not over the ordinary. In my eyes, I see it as a slightly slower Corvette with leather seats, with some sexy sheet metal.
4. 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E55 AMG
Forget the long and boring name, after all you can simply just call this car "The Boss" and you will feel like one to, once you step inside, leather on every imaginable surface in the car, beautiful interior, but this is a list of the fastest cars, not the prettiest, so let’s start with the AMG engine that pulls out an amazing 468 horsepower! but you might be saying `"well it’s a large sedan" but all I have to do to prove it to you that this is a insanely fast car is to read the reviews online, there all great, crazy fast car, with an superb interior, you can’t go wrong with this car, and with prices just starting to dip under 30k, there’s no better time than now.
3. 2011 Nissan 370Z NISMO
yep, only two years ago you would of had to pay 40+ grand for this car, but now, you can find one with low miles, still under warranty, and lots of features for right at 30k. Although this is a fast car in the straights, this car really shines in the bends, and that’s what the NISMO package is for, lower springs, anti-roll bars in the front and back, lower control arms, and a NISMO exhaust, as a personal owner of several Nissans, I can tell you a few things, Nissan makes the best sounding V6 engines by far, same goes for their upscale luxury brand infinity, and with the upgraded exhaust and intake, it won’t get any better in the world of V6 engines, another perk of Nissan is that they will go on forever, inexpensive parts to, unlike the AMG. Easy to maintain, and killer looks, it's only choice for you prefer to take the back roads.
2. 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
While the 370Z might be great for the twists, and turns, this beast, is meant for the straights, and with over 425 horsepower, and a blitz 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds! Keep going, and you will do 12 second quarter miles, at 115mph. But the reason I put this car on this list is to compare it to the Viper, while the Viper seems to have aged quite well in its design, the Corvette on the other hand, has not (or, at least to me it hasn’t) but if looks are not your thing, the Corvette might be the best option, it’s *slightly* more convent, with handy things like traction control, and anti-lock brakes, not to mention parts are dirt cheap. So if you want a car that launches to 60 in under four seconds, the Z06 is for you.
1. 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera
I’m just as surprised as you are on this one, and it might leave some people wondering why they just bought a Camry, and not a 911, and they run about the same price to, a 2013 Camry w/navigation, and other nice 21st century things run right at 30 grand, and this 2003 911 runs to, at 30 grand, but these are two very different cars, one does 0-60 in 4.3 seconds, while the other, well never mind, but you get the point, it is amazing how cheap these cars are, and they are great cars! Nice leather, and fantastic handling, the only thing that might be a problem is the price to maintain this car which can get a bit pricey.