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Here Are 5 Great Modern Sports Car Bargains

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Later today, I'm writing a story about one specific, modern sports car that I personally consider an excellent deal -- the Porsche "997" 911 Turbo. But before I get to that, I've decided to give you a list of five other recent sports cars whose prices have started to enter the "great deal" category -- including a few that have already been there for a while. Enjoy this list that's filled with reliable, sensible consumer advice that you should follow immediately.

BMW i8 -- $88,983

BMW i8 -- $88,983

I know, I know -- it's hard to consider a car a "bargain" when it has an asking price of nearly $89,000. But hear me out: The BMW i8 is only three years old, and its original asking price was $150,000 with options -- or more. BMW hasn't changed the i8's design in three years, meaning used examples look just like new models -- and they drive like new ones, too. Best of all, the one listed here comes with BMW's certified pre-owned warranty, which provides up to six years of comprehensive coverage from the original sale date. For half price! Sure, the i8 is still expensive, but it's a bargain compared to a new one -- and it's becoming more of a bargain with each passing month of depreciation.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) -- $41,991

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C6) -- $41,991

The "C6" Chevy Corvette Z06, which was sold from 2007 to 2013, is one of the great sports car bargains on the market today. Not only does the Z06 offer surprisingly tight handling and quick, precise steering, but it boasts an almost unbelievable 505 horsepower -- a massive figure that feels even more massive when you consider the average asking price on Autotrader for a C6 Z06 is just $42,000. This example is right around that number, and it's a one-owner car with just under 33,000 original miles -- an excellent deal for anyone interested in a lot of power for the money.

Dodge Viper SRT-10 -- $44,880

Dodge Viper SRT-10 -- $44,880

The third-generation Dodge Viper, which was sold from 2003 to 2010, is likely the "least loved" generation -- the one that fades a bit into the background, compared to the wildly styled first- and second-generation models, and the massively powerful fourth-gen version that's just ending production now. But I always had a soft spot for third-gen Vipers, especially considering they're such great deals: The average asking price on Autotrader for a 2003-2010 Viper is right around $54,000, but drivers who don't mind an "early" one can get them a lot cheaper. This 2005 Viper is offered for just $44,880, which is a pretty good deal for a 500-horsepower, V10-powered exotic car (and especially one without massive maintenance costs!).

2007-2013 Jaguar XK -- Under $30,000

2007-2013 Jaguar XK -- Under $30,000

The 2007-2013 Jaguar XK is one of the great deals on the market for drivers who want a little luxury and relaxation to go with their "performance." The average asking price for a 2007-2013 Jaguar XK is a mere $24,000 on Autotrader, which is edging towards economy car territory -- though shoppers who want to spend more will be richly rewarded. This XKR, for instance, looks gorgeous and modern -- and it boasts a raucous 420 horsepower, along with a wonderful engine note. It's available for just under $30,000, and there are some other great XK deals to be had.

Maserati GranTurismo -- $42,777

Maserati GranTurismo -- $42,777

The Maserati GranTurismo is a bargain for obvious reasons -- it's really well priced for a Maserati, with the average asking price for early GranTurismo models currently hovering around $43,000 on Autotrader. This 2008 GranTurismo, offered for sale by CNC Exotics in the Los Angeles area, is a good example of what that figure will buy you -- a car with average miles (this one has over 40,000 miles on the odometer) in fairly nice shape, from one of the earliest model years. This car is especially a bargain when you consider that the design hasn't changed much in the last decade -- meaning this GranTurismo still has a lot of "new car" look to it.

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