If you were a sports car, what would you be? You’d probably say a Ferrari or Porsche, but let’s not use these classic stereotypes here. Nor should we use the typical P4-P5 million ones we have today. If we’d ask you again which sports car under P2 million would you rather be, can you give us an answer? Or will you get completely stumped?
Here are six of the best and most affordable sports cars we have in the Philippines. Can you see yourself in any one of them?
6. Peugeot 208 GTi (Peugeot Sport)
There are three things Peugeot does well these days: (1) sound exotic and classy just by label alone (2) confuse people with its name pronunciation, and (3) create a fast hatchback like the Peugeot 208 GTi that can give the Mini Cooper S and even the popular Ford Fiesta ST a run for its money.
The 208 GTi is still up on its performance level even after 30 years when its extremely popular grandfather, the 205 GTi, made a great impression to the world. Powerful yet surprisingly efficient, the 208 GTi has a turbocharged, 1.6 liter, four-cylinder that churns out 205 hp. It can jumpstart from 0 to 97 kph in 6.5 seconds — not bad, since it’s even two-tenths faster than the Fiesta ST200 and a little behind the Renault.
Leaner and a spunkier version of the Peugeot 208, the 208 GTi isn’t only fast, but it’s also classy inside. It’s polished on the road, with crisp handling and good equipment to boot. This car maintains its poise even when driven on bumpy roads, thanks to a firm, yet supple suspension. And if the road is smooth and less challenging, then it’s really one of the best front-drive hatchbacks you’ll ever drive around.
|Peugeot 208 GTi 1.6L |
5. Subaru BRZ 2.0 MT
In case you’re wondering why they both are the same car, it’s because the names depend on the country**:
- Toyota 86 in Asia, South Africa, North America (from August 2016), South America and Australia; GT86 in Europe; both of the preceding names in New Zealand; FT86 in Nicaragua and Jamaica;
- Subaru BRZ worldwide;
- Scion FR-S in the US and Canada. After the Scion brand was discontinued in August 2016, the FR-S was renamed as the Toyota 86.
BRZ–which stands for Boxer engine, Rear-wheel drive, and Z for the zenith–has a different design from the Toyota 86 in terms of the front fascia design, front fender vent, headlight and grille assembly. Its suspension setup is also different compared to Toyota 86, so they’re really not a carbon copy of each other.
Well-balanced and upgraded, the BRZ can give out 205 hp and 300 Nm of torque (at 6400 rpm), and can go from 0 to 97 kph in 6.2 seconds. Its top speed is 217 kph. What we love about Subaru BRZ is its excellent braking and handling. Its reprogrammed stability control (or VSC in Subaru talk) can allow you to do some over the top drifting that all serious drivers will have a lot of fun with.
|Subaru BRZ 2.0 AT |
Gasoline ₱ 1,928,000
4. Mazda MX-5
The Mazda MX-5, or Mazda MX-5 Miata in North America and Eunos Roadster in Japan, is actually the number one sports car for us in terms of performance and fun driving. Sadly, it’s not as cheap compared to the number one on our list, so it’s ranked number four here.
Still, if you have a lot of cash to spare, we’d suggest you buy this car. Why? Well, maybe because over one million MX-5s have been built and sold around the world since April 2016 alone? Or if you’re not convinced, perhaps you might be if we’ll tell you that it’s awarded the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car in history by the Guinness World Records. So really, if you want a sports car, then you should take a long hard look at the MX-5.
The MX-5 is a gorgeous-looking car that is poised and quieter than the roadster ( quieter electric actuators), with ample cargo space, and SKYACTIV technology that makes it an extremely fun car to drive. Its power comes at 155 hp @ 6000 rpm, and torque at 201 Nm @ 4600 rpm. It can reach 0 to 97 kph in 6.3-6.5 seconds, with a top speed of 217 kph.
|Mazda MX-5 2.0L SkyActiv A/T |
|Mazda MX-5 2.0L SkyActiv M/T |
*add ₱ 16,800 for Soul Red; add ₱ 3,000 for NAVI SD Card
3. Toyota 86
Don’t be confused–the Toyota 86 you have one right now is formerly known as Scion FR-S in North America.
This car, along with BRZ, has recently been updated, giving it a higher boost in terms of performance. So yes, the Toyota 86 is still a very enjoyable car to drive around. The 86’s 2.0-liter flat-four makes around 205 hp and 300 Nm of torque when joined together with its smooth-shifting six-speed manual. It can go from 0 to 97 kph in 6.2 seconds, with a top speed of 216 kph. It now has a sharper turn-in response, and is slightly faster than its predecessor.
Exterior-wise, it now has a wider, lower intake grille that merges with the more gentler lines of its brand new fascia. What’s more, the new LED headlights has a snout that looks a tiny bit like a salamander (which is cute in a creepy, scary kind of way).
|TOYOTA 86 2.0 Aero A/T (White Pearl) |
|TOYOTA 86 2.0 Aero A/T |
|TOYOTA 86 2.0 Aero M/T (White Pearl) |
|TOYOTA 86 2.0 Aero M/T |
|TOYOTA 86 2.0 A/T (White Pearl) |
|TOYOTA 86 2.0 A/T |
|TOYOTA 86 2.0 M/T (White Pearl) |
|TOYOTA 86 2.0 M/T |
2. Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The Hyundai Genesis Coupé is a rear-wheel drive sports coupé that was first released by the Hyundai Motor Company for the Korean market. It is Hyundai’s first rear-wheel drive sports coupé, and has a similar basic platform with the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan.
Aside from getting a great facelift, the Hyundai Geneis also updated its base 2.0-liter with a bigger intercooler and a twin-scroll turbocharger. Its DOHC 16-valve inline-four engine can wield around 274 hp at 373 Nm of torque, and can go from 0 to 97 kph at 5.9 seconds. Its top speed is 243 kph.
Spunky and pleasant to drive, this front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, and 2-door coupé is great if you’re looking for a car that offers good steering PLUS a good balance between comfortable riding and good body handling.
|Hyundai Genesis Coupe FL 2.0L Turbo 6MT |
Manual Gasoline ₱ 1,518,000
|Hyundai Genesis Coupe FL 2.0L Turbo 6MT Brembo |
Manual Gasoline ₱ 1,818,000
|Hyundai Genesis Coupe FL 2.0L Turbo 8AT |
Automatic Gasoline ₱ 1,838,000
|Hyundai Genesis Coupe FL 3.8L V6 6MT Brembo |
Manual Gasoline ₱ 1,958,000
|Hyundai Genesis Coupe FL 3.8L V6 8AT |
1. Honda CR-Z
The Honda CR-Z is unique in that it’s a sport compact hybrid electric automobile. It’s marketed as a “sport hybrid coupe”, which uses a combination of hybrid gasoline-electric power train with the traditional features of a sports (such as having a 2+2 seating arrangement and a standard 6-speed manual transmission).
So basically, if you’re into sports cars and environment preservation, then Honda CR-Z is the one for you. It’s rated “Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV)” by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), making it one of the least polluting sports cars around.
The Honda CR-Z’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder comes with an electric motor, giving it an EPA rating of around 15.3 km/l for city driving and 16.6 km/l for highway driving. It also comes with a manual transmission, which performs surprisingly well. Now, here’s the bad news: It’s not as fast and as powerful as the other sports cars mentioned here. The CRZ only generates 130 hp and 172 Nm of torque, and can go from 0 to 97 kph in nine seconds. Still, it’s a good hybrid sports car if you’re not too particular about speed.
|Honda CR-Z 1.5 IMA Hybrid |
Navi MT Final Edition
Manual Hybrid ₱ 1,445,000
|Honda CR-Z 1.5 IMA Hybrid |
Navi CVT Final Edition
CVT Hybrid ₱ 1,535,000
Honda CR-Z 1.5 IMA Hybrid
Navi CVT 2-Tone
CVT Hybrid ₱ 1,565,000
**The list is taken from Wikipedia
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