The 2000s were an iconic yet simpler time, with everything from Cartoon Network to Heelys, sidekick phones to iPods…but the supercars of that era were anything but simple. These fantasy cars have developed in terms of design, power, and performance throughout the years but have always remained “cool.”
That said, if you dig hard enough, you may find some incredible high-end sports car bargains from the noughties on the secondhand market. Buying a secondhand car solves the problem to some extent, but it also comes with a slew of issues, such as maintenance costs and a mediocre driving experience.
We’ve compiled a list of ten sports cars from the 2000s that you should still consider today. They provide the ideal balance of affordability and driving experience, and many of them look like they haven’t aged a day!
10 Toyota MR2 Spyder (W30)
The third version of the Toyota MR2 was nothing like the previous two, especially in terms of design, which is where Toyota truly stepped outside the box. The 1.8-liter twin-cam 16-valve four-cylinder engine in the MR2 Spyder produces 138 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 125 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.
Some critics complained that the Toyota ZZ engine’s 138 horsepower wasn’t enough, but with just 2,195 lbs to move about, it was still a fun car to drive, reaching 60 mph in roughly 7 seconds. However, the car’s true show-stopper was its beauty. To be young, gorgeous, and driving a convertible around town. You can get your hands on a decent one for about $10,000 now.
9 Corvette C6 Z06
The C6 Z06 had 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, weighed less than 3,150 pounds, and could achieve 60 mph in 3.5 seconds in first gear. It had a top speed of 198 mph and outperformed the finest Ferrari and Lamborghini had to offer at a bargain price.
Not only is the C6 Z06 quick, but it’s also practical, with plenty of rear storage, 26 mpg, and a cabin that’s simple to look out of. A Z06 may cost anywhere between $42,000 now, depending on the modifications you want. The most significant price variation will be due to mileage.
8th Honda S2000AP2
The 2006 Honda S2000 is a genuine enthusiast’s vehicle. You want luxurious leather and well-constructed wood grain touches, right? Please go to the European car dealer of your choice. The S2000 eliminates the gloss in favor of a blazing engine and a rock-solid chassis that caters to people who seek the best of both worlds in a performance roadster. Today it is estimated to be worth around $25,000.
The Honda S2000’s 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine develops 237 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and 162 pound-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels using a six-speed close-ratio manual gearbox. It delivers you quality, smooth, and speedy driving experience. You may have fun with it without putting yourself in danger.
7 Lamborghini Gallardo 2006
Unlike most Lamborghinis, the Gallardo is quite driver-friendly, with a refined and comfortable interior, high-quality materials, and stylish styling. Lamborghini kicked out 2006 with a bang, enhancing their interior and increasing horsepower to 520 horsepower, but more crucially, shorter gear ratios for faster acceleration.
Its spyder model provided convertible car driving sensations with exhaust howling behind your head. Lamborghini certainly knows how to make good-sounding cars. You can find one of these today for around $100,000 to $200,000.
6 Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren
According to Mercedes, the SLR was the first production vehicle with a complete carbon-fiber monocoque, as well as the first production car with a carbon-fiber front crash structure. The end product was an automobile that went from zero to sixty in 3.6 seconds (in 2006) and was still useful on a daily basis.
With a top speed of 208 mph, this car was one of the fastest in the world at the time, and it was the perfect blend of performance and comfort, owing to Mercedes-Benz and McLaren’s collaboration. It is currently estimated to be worth around $250,000.
5 Ferrari 360
The Ferrari 360 was the first true modern Ferrari. It was the first Ferrari with an aluminum frame when it debuted in 1999. It also included a fully independent electrically adjustable suspension and multi-mode traction control.
The 360 is really quite capable as a daily driver. It comes with air conditioning, electric windows, a working radio, and a leather interior. Although there isn’t much storage room, it is rather large for individuals. Aside from the back, visibility is excellent. A good-condition Ferrari 360 will set you back $150,000.
4 Lotus Elise Series 2
Lotus undoubtedly followed the philosophy of “less is more” while developing Elise. The Elise has a 1.8-liter engine with outputs ranging from 134 to 218 horsepower, which isn’t much, but it’s enough to make the featherweight 750 kgs quick. It takes 5.8 seconds to go from zero to sixty. Everything feels faster when you’re sitting 2 feet above the ground.
Yet, if you’re looking for something extraordinary and affordable at the same time, something sophisticated but capable of sweeping away the stresses of the week, your wait has ended. The Lotus Elise Series 2 costs around $45,000 today.
3 Bugatti Veyron
With the Veyron, Bugatti established to the world that they could indeed pull off technical prowess. It demanded a great deal of skill in a variety of sectors, which is pretty incredible and admirable.
Its 1,000-horsepower 8-liter W16 quad-turbocharged engine can attain a peak speed of 253 mph and accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.46 seconds. It was a very revolutionary car in its day. You may well be able to purchase one of its models now for a lot cheaper than the original price of $1.6 million.
2 Lamborghini Murcielago
After Audi took over Lamborghini, the Murcielago was the company’s first all-new V12 Lamborghini, which makes it a piece of history. it was thought to be too Germanic, but in retrospect, it’s the right mix.
It possessed the same 6.5-liter V12 as the SV but with somewhat less power that is 631 brake horsepower. Overall, the Murcielago appears to be the ideal all-around Lambo package and the cheapest ones can be found for anywhere between $150,000 and $200,000.
1 Saleen S7
This most advanced of S7s features power output that not only tops the S7R race-bred vehicle but also virtually everything else on the road, thanks to a 7.0-liter engine and two turbochargers that provide 750 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. The time it takes to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour is around 3.3 seconds.
In terms of handling, the S7 Twin Turbo performs like the race-bred vehicle it is. Suspension improvements enhanced ride quality and overall comfort, while aerodynamic changes improved the body’s lift-to-drag ratio even further. It is currently valued at roughly half a million dollars.