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Supercars On A $50,000 Budget: The Boosted 911 That Fought Ferraris

So fast you'll have to call 9-1-1!

For the 2007 model year Porsche introduced the 997 version of the 911 Turbo. The car was powered by a 480-horsepower 3.6-liter flat-six engine. With AWD and a six-speed manual transmission, the 911 Turbo could hit 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. It is hard to believe that this car came out almost one decade ago, but the performance is still impressive by today's standards. You could also get an optional automatic transmission. The dual-clutch PDK transmission wasn't introduced until the 997.2 in 2010, though.

Back in 2007 the 911 Turbo had an MSRP of $160,000. Now prices of used examples have dipped down by more than $100,000. We even managed to find a high-mileage example with 95,341 miles for $49,900. The car is listed for sale by BBC Motorsports in Dallas, Texas. The car may be high in mileage but appears to be in pretty good shape with some typical Porsche wear in the interior. The car isn't exactly base either. It is optioned with navigation, a Bose stereo, carbon fiber trim, sunroof and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires. The color combination is pretty nice as well with an understated grey. The black interior is a good choice because it wears out less over time than other Porsche interiors.

The 997 Turbo was so good that when Jeremy Clarkson tested it on "Top Gear" it wasn't compared to other sports cars like the BMW M6 or Maserati GranTurismo. Instead, the 911 was matched up against a Ferrari F430.

Comparing the car to a Ferrari is obviously high praise. Even more so when you watch the review to find out that the Porsche can keep up with the Ferrari despite being much more practical. Finding a 997 Turbo for less than $50,000 isn't that easy. Most low-mileage examples cost at least $60,000. The 996 Turbos have reached this price, but if you are willing to take a high-mileage 997 like the example we found with almost 100,000 miles, then you can own supercar-level performance for less than $50,000. The one we found even comes with the Sport Chrono Package and a built-in radar detector for when that turbo power takes you to some crazy speeds!

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