What Car? Personal Shopper: sports car for £60,000
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- Our recommended choice: 2012 Porsche 911
- Price: £55,000
- Mileage: 31,857
The Porsche 911 is an institution that has been going for more than 65 years, thanks to continual improvements that have turned it into the best sports car you can buy – at any price.
Even the standard 911 is a bit of a back road weapon, with 350bhp, a top speed of 179mph and a 0-62mph sprint time of 4.8sec. A car equipped with the PDK (Porsche's automatic gearbox) would be faster still, but since this seven-speed manual is so nice to use, you won’t feel hard done by. What’s more, the 911's handling is beautifully balanced, its steering is accurate and well-weighted and its grip levels are phenomenal. Traction off the line is also superb, thanks to the weight of the engine being at the back.
Arguably, the 911 is an even better purchase when used, because while a new 911 will cost you nearly £80,000, this 2012 example we found is just £55,000. And since every 911 re-style is so conservative, you could put a private numberplate on it and few would notice that it wasn’t factory-fresh. Also, the 911 is so well built that you can still depend on it every day, and this approved used example is supplied with a two-year Porsche warranty for additional peace of mind. Fast and fun yet practical – the perfect retirement present.
- Also consider: 2017 Jaguar F-Type 5.0 V8 R AWD
- Price: £60,000
- Mileage: 11,851
If you fancy something that’s a bit more exhilarating, the F-Type R could be the answer. It also comes with two years of warranty cover, but it also has a thunderous 550bhp 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine that’ll launch you from 0-62mph in less than four seconds. This example has four-wheel drive for added traction in the wet.
- Also consider: 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé Premium
- Price: £58,000
- Mileage: 2516
Another performance car with a thumping great V8 petrol engine is the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé. It will be a great choice if you need something practical, because it has a large boot, but you’ll no doubt fall for its exhilarating engine and glorious exhaust note.
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