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11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under $100,000

Now don’t get me wrong—these cars aren’t cheap, but they’re all fast and powerful and that’s the name of this game.
Lee Bailie
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While going fast in a car is an easy thing to do when money is no object, that doesn’t mean one needs to spend a small (or large) fortune to do so.

Listed here are 11 cars with starting MSRPs under $100,000 that are blindingly fast, yet don’t come with an acquisition cost that will have you going broke in the process.

Now don’t get me wrong—these cars aren’t cheap (some barely made the $100K cutoff), but they’re all fast and powerful and that’s the name of this game.

Before diving in, a few caveats:

One, eligibility is based on MSRP before extra charges such as freight, PDI and applicable taxes.

Second, this list is somewhat subjective as figures listed reflect data supplied by the manufacturers, not performance testing conducted by Wheels.ca. With that in mind, the cars are listed in alphabetical order and aren’t ranked in terms of outright speed and performance.

Third, getting on the list isn’t just about sheer torque and horsepower or 0-100 km/h times and top speed, but rather a combination of all those things.

Hey, I said it’s subjective, right?

Finally, this list isn’t exhaustive – there are other fast cars under $100,000 out there. But to keep the list at a reasonable length, I’d had to pare it down a bit. With that in mind, I’m including a few honourable mentions that also meet the criteria laid out here.

Without further ado here’s the list:

Audi RS 5

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

Base price: $82,500
Engine: 2.9L bi-turbo V6
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Layout: AWD
Horsepower: 444
Torque: 443
0-100 km / h: 3.9 seconds
Top Speed (km/h): 280

Powered by a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 shared with the Porsche Panamera, the Audi RS5 offers a sub-four second 0-100 km/h time in a sleek coupe form that includes a performance-oriented interior featuring Audi’s virtual cockpit display.

Audi TT RS

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

Base price: $72,900
Engine: 2.5L turbocharged inline 5-cylinder
Transmission: 7-speed DCT
Layout: AWD
Horsepower: 400
Torque: 354
0-100 km / h: 3.7 seconds
Top Speed (km/h): 280

Audi’s legendary race-winning turbocharged 5-cylinder legacy lives on in the TT RS, with its 2.5-litre turbo inline five churning out an incredible 400 horsepower that can launch this compact coupe to 100 km/h in less than four seconds.

BMW M3 / M4

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

Price: $77,550 – $88,000
Engine: 3.0L twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder
Transmission: 6-speed manual / 7-speed DCT
Layout: RWD
Horsepower: 425
Torque: 406
0-100 km / h: 4.1 seconds (7-speed DCT)
Top Speed (km/h): 250

The quintessential sports sedan (which now includes coupe and convertible stablemates) is now in its fifth-generation and is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 425 horsepower and can gallop to 100 km in 4.1 seconds.

Cadillac ATS-V

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

Base price: $66,245 – $68,545
Engine: 3.6L twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual / 8-speed automatic
Layout: RWD
Horsepower: 464
Torque: 445
0-100 km / h: 3.9 seconds (6-speed manual)
Top Speed (km/h): 304

The compact Caddy V-Series coupe and sedan are no shrinking violets in the performance game as their numbers make clear. Both ATS-Vs also come loaded for bear with a weight-reducing carbon fibre hood, magnetic ride control, and Brembo brakes.

Cadillac CTS-V

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

Base price: $93,485
Engine: 6.2L supercharged V8
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Layout: RWD
Horsepower: 640
Torque: 630
0-100 km / h: 3.8 seconds
Top Speed (km/h): 322

Cadillac’s King of Hill performance machine produces a staggering 640 horsepower from a 6.2-litre supercharged LT4 V8 shared with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Standard kit includes magnetic ride control, Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

Base price: $80,390
Engine: 6.2L supercharged V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual / 10-speed automatic
Layout: RWD
Horsepower: 650
Torque: 650
0-100 km / h: 3.6 seconds (6-speed manual)
Top Speed (km/h): 306

The baddest Camaro of them all gets everything included with the ZL1 plus a few other goodies thanks to the 1LE performance package. These items include: Brembo brakes, magnetic ride control, 20-inch aluminum wheels and front splitter and rear blade spoiler.

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

Base price: $76,695 – $81,695
Engine: 6.2L V8
Transmission: 7-speed manual / 8-speed automatic
Layout: RWD
Horsepower: 460
Torque: 465
0-100 km / h: 4.0 seconds (7-speed manual)
Top Speed (km/h): 282

Available with either a 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic, the mid-range ‘Vette offers the same small-block V8 go-fastness of the base car plus a few extras including functional brake ducts, unique 19-inch wheels, magnetic ride control and electronic limited-slip differential.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat / Charger SRT Hellcat

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

Base price: $78,195 – $78,695
Engine: 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual (Challenger) / 8-speed automatic
Layout: RWD
Horsepower: 707
Torque: 650
0-100 km / h: 3.7 seconds (8-speed automatic)
Top Speed (km/h): 320

Nothing personifies the notion of ‘muscle car’ quite like Dodge’s twin Hellcats. Subtle, these cars are not. But they are quite fast, thanks to a 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI V8 that produces an eye-popping 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. of torque. What else needs to be said, really?

Ford Mustang Bullitt (2019)

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

Base price: $57,025
Engine: 5.0L V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Layout: RWD
Horsepower: 480
Torque: 420
0-100 km / h: 4.1 seconds
Top Speed (km/h): 262

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the Steve McQueen movie that made the Mustang famous, Ford has revived the Bullitt nameplate for its legendary pony car. This limited-edition model has some special kit including a performance open air intake, Mustang Shelby GT 350 intake manifold and a larger throttle body (87 mm) than the one used in the Mustang GT.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

Base price: $84,600 – $93,700
Engine: 4.0L biturbo V8
Transmission: 7-speed DCT
Layout: RWD
Horsepower: 503
Torque: 516
0-100 km / h: 4.0 seconds
Top Speed (km/h): 290

The C 63 in its most track-capable form features a spit-snarling 4.0-litre biturbo V8 that pushes 503 horsepower that can launch the car to 100 km/h in four seconds.  The car also looks the performance part with unique 19-inch wheels, bodywork and AMG-finished interior.

Porsche 718 Boxster GTS / 718 Cayman GTS

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

11 Blindingly Fast Cars Under 100K

Base price: $92,600 – $99,250
Engine: 2.5L turbocharged boxer 4-cylinder
Transmission: 6-speed manual / 7-speed PDK (automatic)
Layout: RWD
Horsepower: 365
Torque: 309
0-100 km / h:  4.6 seconds (7-speed PDK)
Top Speed (km/h): 290

The spiciest 718 Boxster / Cayman brings a powerful 2.5L turbo boxer 4-cylinder engine to the party along with a slew of unique details such as more aggressive bodywork, 20-inch wheels, and an interior finished primarily in Alcantara to create a more high-performance character.

Honourable mentions:

Audi RS 3, BMW M2, Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 / GT 350 R

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