The Supra was never cheap, but these cars certainly are.
After a 21-year wait culminating in over five painful years of rumors, spy shots, and leaks, the 2020 Toyota GR Supra finally arrived, albeit to a mixed reception. We really like the new Supra but some critics were hoping for the 3.0-liter inline-six to deliver more than 335 hp. The internet's split opinions on the Supra haven't stopped others from buying it, as the first production model was auctioned off for charity for $2.1 million.
Of course, the actual starting price is a much more reasonable $49,990. We'd like to remind people that a Supra Turbo cost over $50,000 back in 1998, so it has actually become much cheaper when you factor in inflation. If the Supra's price still sounds like too much for you and 335 hp just isn't enough to make you sign a check to Toyota, we've come up with seven used alternatives to satisfy the lust for power and value.
The car we have seen draw the most comparisons to the new Supra is the Chevrolet Corvette. Many commenters have been quick to point out that for far less than the cost of a new Supra, a used Corvette provides much more power (455 hp to be exact) from its 6.2-liter V8. Of course, we do agree - the Corvette has long been the affordable performance benchmark.
While it isn't possible to get a C7 Z06 for less than $50,000, a used Stingray can be found starting in the low $30,000 range. Unlike the Supra, the Corvette is available with a manual transmission, which should please all of the manual purists out there.
Aside from its power output, the second criticism we've heard about the new Supra deals with its shared platform with BMW. During the Supra's development, we were well aware it was being developed alongside the new BMW Z4, so we aren't sure why there was any surprise when the final product was revealed. Some diehard Supra fans may be disappointed to see how much of the car is German but others may be excited to see a BMW inline-six under the hood.
If you're a fan of German cars, you can now buy the previous E89 generation Z4 sDrive35i starting at around $13,000. The sDrive35i models are powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six producing 300 hp. Although it may be rare, the Z4 was also offered with an optional six-speed manual transmission.
If the Supra's German parts content has you upset, why not take a look at a more decidedly Japanese performance coupe? For less than the price of a new Supra, you could have a sports coupe that was designed and built by Toyota's Lexus luxury division. We aren't just referring to any old Lexus, we're talking about the V8-powered Lexus RC F. While it may be larger and heavier than the Supra, we found used examples of the RC F starting in the mid-$30,000 range.
The RC F is powered by an in-house 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 467 hp - if you haven't heard this engine at full tilt, it sounds phenomenal. That power is routed to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission only.
People seem to be torn on the Supra's design - some people love it, while others wish it looked more like the concept. The Jaguar F-Type, on the other hand, doesn't seem to have anyone questioning its styling. Starting at around $30,000, it is possible to buy a base F-Type with the 340 hp supercharged V6. For around $8,000 to $10,000 more, it is possible to buy the supercharged V8 model with a whopping 495 hp. V6 models can be found with a six-speed manual while the V8 is only mated to an eight-speed automatic.
Like the Corvette, the Ford Mustang represents a massive bargain in the performance car world. Case in point, you can now get a Shelby GT350 for around $40,000. This is a great deal for a car with a 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 pumping out 526 hp. Enthusiasts will also be happy to hear a six-speed manual is the only transmission option.
For those seeking a more premium brand, why not take a look at a used Porsche Cayman? For less than the cost of a new Supra, it is possible to buy a third generation 981 Cayman S. The S models are powered by a 3.4-liter flax-six producing 340 hp that's sent to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK. If you can live with a 2.7-liter flat-six producing 275 hp, prices can go as low as around $30,000.
The internet can be a funny place. Many of the same people who mocked Nissan for continuing to sell the 370Z after 10 model years are now singing its praises. Despite having a dated interior, the 370Z is powered by a competitive 3.7-liter V6 producing up to 350 hp in Nismo form. The 370Z is currently a bargain, with used prices starting at just $10,000. Even the most recent Nismo version can be found starting at around $25,000.