Best used sports cars

Ready to live the dream in a fast car that costs less than a family SUV? Here are some of the best used sports cars you can buy

Simon Ostler
Jan 6, 2022

Owning a sports car is something many of us would consider a dream unlikely to ever come true. There is an inherent exclusivity that comes with owning a sports car, which can make them expensive, but if you look to the used car market you might be surprised what’s available. We’ve picked out five great used models for those looking to make their dream of a sports car come true.

For less money than a brand-new Kia Sportage, you could be the proud owner of some of the greatest sports cars ever made - that’s a low price to pay for a lot of rewarding driving enjoyment and pedigree that might even turn heads.

With used cars being offered with great finance deals too, there are some great savings to be had on cars that have already lost the majority of their original value in their first few years on the road. Your bank account doesn’t even need to be bursting at the seams - if you’ve got £500 per month spare then you could be in a great position to buy one of the following sports cars.

Ready to join the illustrious world of sports car ownership? Here are our top five picks for the best used sports cars you’ll want to keep looking back at in the car park currently available on the market.

Best second-hand sports cars

1. Porsche Cayman

Best used sports car for dynamism

Used deals from £39,990
Monthly finance from £0*

The heart of a sports car is its motor, and for decades, Porsche used an engine made up of six cylinders, which gave a characterful growl when you pressed the accelerator. Then, for the latest model, the German manufacturer ripped the heart out of the Cayman by replacing it with a smaller four-cylinder engine that’s more efficient and powerful - but doesn’t sound anywhere near as good.

These newer versions are badged as the 718 Cayman, so if you're looking for the full sports car experience with plenty of engine noise avoid these and opt for the older generation Cayman instead. The thing to remember though is that, either way, you'll have a very pure driving experience thanks to some excellent Porsche engineering. Stepping away from the engine for a moment, the Porsche Cayman will weave through corners with the lightness and agility of a ballet dancer, and then fire itself up the road with a nerve-trembling wail.

2. BMW M3

Best used sports car for a V8 soundtrack

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Another victim of engine downsizing is the BMW M3. The previous-generation car that ended production in 2013 was powered by a fiery 4.0-litre V8 engine that made the M3 one of the most powerful saloon cars in the world. As the need for more environmentally friendly engines has intensified however, it was an engine that no longer had a place in the world.

So, nowadays, a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine powers the BMW M3. It's still powerful; in fact the addition of two turbos means this latest M3 is actually the most powerful yet, so the car itself has not suffered in terms of performance, while mechanical advancements mean it's also the best yet in terms of handling.

The BMW M3 is a popular and high-quality saloon car that can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds - say no more. It's still as good to drive as ever, but crucially maintains the practicality of a saloon car that means you can justify it to the other half as well.

3. Audi R8

Best used sports car for out and out power

Used deals Limited stock

While it might be more expensive than the other four options on this list, the fact you could be driving an Audi R8 for less than £40,000 is astonishing in itself. New or old, just standing still, the Audi R8 looks supercar quick. And it is. Particularly as the new model only comes with a very large and very powerful V10 engine.

The older version, which was built until 2015, was also available with a smaller V8 engine, however. Just as smooth as the V10 motor, the V8 is also lighter, so if you choose a car with the smaller engine, it will prove to be more nimble and eager to change direction. Its performance - offering acceleration from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds - is hardly slow, and it’s much cheaper than a V10, too.


4. Jaguar F-Type

Best used sports car for British charm

Used deals from £29,991
Monthly finance from £0*

The Jaguar F-Type is a sports car that rewards drivers who push the car to the limit, thanks to its grip and stability in corners - even at high speed - and the blistering pace available from its engines.

One good thing about the F-Type is that you do have a choice of engines, from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder option with 300hp on tap, through a 3.0-litre V6 with 340hp, and finally a 5.0-litre V8 with a whopping 550hp. If money was no object, we'd all be going for the big one, but having the choice of cheaper options does open the door to a wider audience of hopeful customers.

Perhaps more important than the engines is the bodywork that covers them. The Jaguar F-Type is an astonishingly good-looking car. From the tip of the long bonnet to the muscular proportions of the rear haunches, every surface sweeps smoothly back to form a hugely satisfying and aerodynamic shape - especially in coupe guise.

An updated F-Type arrived in 2020 with a sharper-looking front end and a revised engine line-up. The V6 is gone and has been replaced by a toned-down version of the 5.0-litre V8.


5. Ford Focus RS

Best used sports car for hatchback practicality

Used deals Limited stock

Admittedly, the Ford Focus RS doesn’t follow the classic sports car silhouette, and it even has the gall to have five doors and a big boot.

However, the way it drives is befitting of a sports car. At the heart of the car is its turbocharged 2.5-litre engine. It’s keen and sounds mean, and makes a hearty 350hp. It has four-wheel drive (like the R8 further up the list) and different driving modes, including a drift button, which can boost power to the rear wheels in order to allow the car to get a steering angle more crooked than a politician's smile.

There’s a brand-new Focus on sale, which means the RS - based on the old one - has been discontinued for now. So if you want one, you’ve got no choice but to look for a used model.


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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